Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Lipstick Wars: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine vs. Dior Addict

It seems as if makeup companies are in a war to see just who can come out with the best, most luxurious (i.e. most expensive) lipstick. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté and Gloss Volupté. Guerlain Le Rouge G. Dior Rouge Dior. Chanel Rouge Coco. YSL Rouge Pur Couture. Lancôme L'Absolu Nu. The list goes on.
I feel like some old-timer, talking to young kids about the good ol' days when I see how many pricey new formulations are out there: "I remember when high-end lipsticks were around $20!".

With spring's arrival and summer on its way, two companies in particular are competing with sheerer, glossier formulas: Chanel just released their Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, while Dior revamped their Addict Ultra-Shine line. Rouge Coco Shines retail for $32 a tube, while Addicts go for $28 a tube. Chanel's come in 18 shades, while Dior's are available in 44 (with extra shades exclusive to stores like Sephora). Chanel's packaging wins, hands down in my opinion (come on, it's Chanel ;): a slim black rectangular tube with a gold band and the Chanel logo on the top of the cap. Dior Addict's packaging is bigger, chunkier, and futuristic: a clear plastic rectangular cap with a silver band, while the tube is rounded and silver, with a knob on the bottom. When comparing the formulas, Dior Addicts are slightly more moisturizing and longer-lasting on my lips. 

I own two of each lipstick; Dior Spotlight and Nude, and Chanel Biarritz and Cavalière. Here are the tubes, side-by-side:

And some comparison swatches (L-R, Chanel Cavalière, Dior Spotlight, Chanel Biarritz, Dior Nude):

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