Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Review + Swatches

March 24, 2017

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel recently reformulated their lip gloss with a new formula called Rouge Coco Gloss ($30 each for 5.5 g/0.19 oz, made in France). This is a new and improved version that offers more hydration with a glossier finish and plump feel. As a long-time Glossimer fan I was a bit sad to see the original formula go but since Chanel has revamped a number of other products in their line I think it was inevitable to see a new gloss formula. The new Rouge Coco Glosses have two different formulas, most are a regular lip gloss formula Gel Brilliant Hydrantant / Moisturizing Glossimer, but three shades are what Chanel calls Top Coat Intense / Colour-Intensifying Top Coat designed to layer over lipstick to change color.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Review | The Beauty Look Book

There are 30 shades of Rouge Coco Gloss total for the initial launch. At a quick glance there are at least a few that seem to be repromotes (but with different names). We’re in the midst of working on a few remodels which will take some time so much of my makeup is stored boxes so I won’t be able to do swatch comparisons for old vs new. I received 8 shades as press samples and purchased 8 on my own to review. Some thoughts on the new formula and then swatches of 16 colors below.

  • The Rouge Coco Gloss formula is described as a “non-sticky, ultra light formula leaves lips visibly smooth and plump, and perfectly brilliant.” These are indeed smooth glosses that give the lips an ultra high shine. They aren’t tacky or sticky but being a gloss there is still a little bit of balmy gloss feel. On my lips they don’t really feel ultra light, but more like a semi-thick balm.
  • Finish is ultra shiny and glossy.
  • Pigment and finish varies across all colors. Some are sheer creams, some sheer shimmers, some high sparkle shimmers, others are opaque creams.
  • There’s no detectable scent. Yay!
  • Compared to the original, the sponges have a curved more cushiony bigger applicator tip which allows for more coverage in fewer swipes.
  • Formula is hydrating and has a cushiony feel, the new ones are noticeably more cushiony and hydrating compared to the original formula.
  • Lasting power is pretty good, I’ve been snacking a lot lately so I haven’t had any extended period of time where my lips go untouched to test these. I find they stay put for a few hours without sliding off or fading. They will of course transfer if you drink or eat.
  • Some of the colors are sheer so my natural lip color shows through making many of these look similar.
  • These have numbers on the bottom of the sticker, but they also have names which aren’t listed on the actual gloss (they are on the boxes).


A look at the old vs new:

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss vs Glossimer Tips | The Beauty Look Book

I split the colors into color grouping for the swatches, descriptions on each color below as well. As always I’ve swatched these on bare lips. My foundation shade is Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation in Bisque. First are the light golds and neutrals:

  • 774 Excitation is a top coat, it’s a sheer gold that brightens lip colors
  • 712 Melted Honey is a sheer warm golden honey shimmer
  • 722 Noce Moscata (purchased) is a semi-sheer smooth shimmering neutral fawn, love this!
  • 714 Caresse (purchased) is a medium coverage nude brown cream
  • 716 Caramel (purchased) is a medium coverage nude pink cream

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Next are the peach orangey shades and the two darker colors I have:

  • 744 Subtil (purchased) is a pigmented shimmering peachy color with pink and gold
  • 736 Douceur (purchased) is a sheer cantelope cream
  • 776 Impulsion is a top coat, it’s a sheer orange that brightens and warms up colors
  • 752 Bitter Orange is a pigmented bright orange with a tiny bit of shimmer
  • 768 Decadent is black in the tube, on the lips it’s a sheer vampy plum, color is gorgeous but this one went on super streaky and settled into lip lines for me
  • 778 Caviar is a black shimmer in the tube, on the lips it’s a super sheer almost black grey gloss, this is a top coat designed to deepen lipstick color

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Subtil, Douceur, Bitter Orange, Decadent, Caviar | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Subtil, Douceur, Bitter Orange, Decadent, Caviar | The Beauty Look Book

Last set are the pinks:

  • 726 Icing is a sheer pale milky pink, this one goes on smooth without any streaks
  • 119 Bourgeoisie is a medium pigmented shimmering rose with gold flecks, this is almost identical to Wild Rose in the original formula, but the new one feels a lot more sparkly
  • 728 Rose Pulpe (purchased) is a medium bright soft pink with micro sparkles
  • 172 Tendresse (purchased) is another favorite, it s a medium hot pink rose with shimmer
  • 738 Amuse-Bouche (purchased) is a pigmented bright pink with a tiny bit of shimmer

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Icing, Bourgeoisie, Rose Pulpe, Tendresse, Amuse-Bouche


For those curious about how the top coats transform lip colors, I have it swatched over Rouge Coco in Vera (a baby pink) and Suzanne (a medium plum). To recap, 774 Excitation is the gold top coat, 776 Impulsion is the Orange Top Coat and 778 Caviar is the black top coat. I was really skeptical that these would do anything to lip color. I received the top coats as press samples and even after seeing them at the counter they didn’t really speak to me until I swatched them on my own. As you can see below they really do shift the color. They’re sheer but still manage to change a lipstick. I like Impulsion (the orange one) the best.

Chanel Rouge Coco Top Coat Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Overall, my thoughts are that Chanel has indeed improved the formula. I still have quite a few in the old formula which I adore. I would have loved to see a few more of the original shades in the new formula, but I think there will be a lot we can look forward to in the future. The main differences between old vs new is the applicator change and also the new ones have a cushiony feel with more shine. Off the top of my head, Bourgeoisie looks like Wild Rose, Douceur reminds me of Sirop, either Caresse or Caramel remind me of Giggle.

Since I have pigmented lips and some of these colors are sheer or semi-sheer many look pretty similar on my lips. I was completely blown away by the pigment of Bitter Orange and Amuse-Bouche. Both are brighter than I’d normally wear but I think will be perfect for when the actual summer season arrives. As much as I adore sheer glosses, part of me wishes all the colors had the same pigment as those two. My top 5 color picks out of what I tested: Caramel, Noce Moscata, Amuse-Bouche, Tendresse and Bourgeoisie. My husband commented that my lipstick looked good when I wore Tendresse which made me smile because he rarely comments on my makeup.

You can find the Rouge Coco Gloss at all Chanel counters now. I ordered the ones I purchased online at Chanel and Nordstrom. They retail for $30 each.

8 colors provided as press samples, 8 colors purchased by me.


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  • Lisa Adams March 24, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Those were my 5 favorite on you as well! As far as for myself, Amuse Bouche is an absolute, and I am thinking about Bitter Orange (I have been diping my toe into some oranges that have a little pink or a little red to them I can pull them off as long as they are ot too warm).

  • Stephanie March 24, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I actually love all of these colors, except for the more purpley one. I don’t say it often about lip colors, but these actually look wearable for anyone.

  • so_schilly March 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    These look really nice. I love matte lipsticks but I don’t think I’ll ever not love a good gloss!

  • Karin Z March 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I love the new formula but I still haven’t found one close to my all favorite 19 Blizzard 😢

    • BeautyLookBook March 27, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Unfortunately no dupe yet 🙁

  • Shellie Skillen March 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    These glosses look amazing, there are so many there that I want to try! Especially Noce Moscata and Subtil, I think they will look so pretty in summer!

    • BeautyLookBook March 27, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Thanks Shellie! Yes there are quite a few nice summery colors 🙂

  • Eileen March 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I have Rose Pulpe, Tendresse, Amarena (#106 a shimmering, pinkened red) and Confusion (#764 a dark, rich orchid cream) I’ve been wearing them daily for weeks now without any flaking or irritation which is often the case with my sensitive lips. After a day of wear, my lips actually feel soft and hydrated even after the gloss is long gone. I also like the larger applicator although, in truth, having a side for the lower lip and a side for the upper lip seems gimmicky to me. It really doesn’t matter which side I use to apply the gloss to my upper and lower lips, the result is the same–a smooth, even distribution of product. I’ve worn my glosses alone, under a lipstick, over a lipstick, or over a coordinating lip pencil and have been pleased with the results and wear every time. My favorite way is over a lip pencil and found that Dior has some lip pencils that coordinate beautifully with the Chanel glosses. For example, Dior’s Mauve Désinvolte looks gorgeous under Chanel’s Confusion; Dior’s Première gives more substance to Chanel’s Rose Pulpe; Dior’s Rose Prétentieux enriches Chanel’s Tendress; etc.

    As much as I loved Glossimers, they were getting dated and were in need of an update. I’ve been wearing lip products for almost sixty years (yikes!) and have seen so many products come and go. Perhaps that’s why I just can’t get upset when I see a product replaced. Not always, but in the vast majority of cases, it is for something better. If people can just get over their disappointment about Glossimers being discontinued, I think they’ll find much to love with these new ones.

    • BeautyLookBook March 27, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Hi Eileen – the more I use these the more I like the larger applicator too. I’m also loving the hydrating formula 🙂 Thx for the tip on wearing them over liner, I haven’t done that in a while and I think these will be great to wear over a pencil 🙂

  • Clever Girl Reviews March 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    The topcoat changes the shades more than I thought it would!

    • BeautyLookBook March 27, 2017 at 1:16 am

      I know! It really surprised me!

  • lara ng March 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    great review and swatches as always! I have so many glossimers that I can’t justify buying new ones. I was just thinking the other day that I need to find a replacement for Giggle if I run out, so I’m happy to see that Caramel may be it.

    • BeautyLookBook March 27, 2017 at 1:16 am

      I can definitely see that! I already own a lot so if you’re stocked up on originals, then yes no need to go out and buy new ones 🙂

  • SoSuSam March 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Wonderful review! I’ve been looking forward to your thoughts on this new formulation and the colors. As soon as I saw your swatch of Caramel, I thought: dupe for Giggle! I’m so glad it looks that way to you, too. I currently have Tendresse (my favorite), Rose Pulpe (close to clear on my mauve-pigmented lips), and Bourgeoisie (alas, not a dupe for Wild Rose on me). You’ve made me very curious about Caramel and Noce Moscata, so I can see I will have to investigate the line further. 🙂 I do like the new formulation; the old Glossimers were too sticky and (a while after application) drying for me.

  • TheSunnyDay2013 . April 3, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Hi Sabrina,
    How do these lipglosses compare to Mac’s Cremesheen Glass in terms of stickiness and lasting power?
    Thank you for the review!

  • Δήμητρα Χα April 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

    i have purchased Tendresse and Douceur. Tendresse has enouch color to make your lips look betterever without a lip liner. Douceur is pretty sheer and in my occasion that i lack of full lips i found that works better with a lip liner in peach tone ( Chanel No 94). it’s the perfect summer combination. i really love your post.

  • SM April 22, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I was wondering which new color is closest to spark?

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