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A few weeks back, I became fixated on acquiring a particular lipstick that launched in 2010. For whatever reason, hard to find seems to translate to need now, in my mind. It all started when I saw this picture…

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

Chanel Genial is a limited edition Rouge Allure from Summer 2010 and I was a few years too late. Google advised me that this shade seems to look different on every set of lips- no matter! I tracked it down on AllCosmeticsWholesale and fumbled for my credit card, hoping that I wasn’t about to received a tube of Eau-De-Rancid-Lipstick, it’s a relatively old product after all (madness, I haz it).

It arrived. I tore open the package. Sniffed furiously. The scent of Rouge Allure filled my nostrils. Thank you, makeup gods.

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

Pinky-Coral goodness, ladies and gentleman.
Temptalia describes this as a brightened pinky-coral with a slight glossy sheen, that is pretty accurate but I should add that this has a touch of white in the base. Lipsticks with white bases are tricky: done poorly and they’re awfully tacky, done well and they allow a lipstick to stand apart from the face, creating a gloriously bold lip. It’s a fine line and Chanel nailed it with Genial.

I was clutching for straws- how can I blog about this without being an absolute tease? How about… dupe searching? Was I successful? You tell me.

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

I shuffled through my collection; Lancome Rose Boudoir and Maybelline Shocking Coral were my closest contenders.

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

Since blogging, I’ve learnt that arm swatches are very, very deceiving. My arm indicated that I had two almost perfect dupes. My lips told another story. I don’t have full face shots because I’m protecting you from the horrors of my healing eye- but I’ve given you a bit of my neck. To compensate? I just don’t know.

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

Chanel Rouge Allure Genial & Attempts to Dupe

Excuse sudden changes in lighting, I was doing backward somersaults to get the lipcolours to picture true to life (application secondary, apparently). A quick blurb on each of the lipsticks…

Chanel Genial
It looks nothing like the catwalk photos on me, much pinker (because that’s what my lips do…to everything). I find the Rouge Allure formula to be very creamy and comfortable, it doesn’t have too much slip and I don’t find that it bleeds. Genial has a slight pastel quality due to the white base- which also has the tendency to show lip texture 🙁 I can deal with it because it’s a very modern pinkycoral and I lurve it. As of right now, Genial is still available from AllCosmeticsWholesale for USD50, which is well above US retail but on par with Australian retail. That’s how I justified it- don’t rain on my parade.

Lancome Rose Boudoir
Judging from this lipstick, I’m also a fan of Lancome Rouge in Love formula! It is slightly less opaque than Genial and translates to a deeper, more muted shade on my lips (not a bad thing, depending on your preferences). Quite creamy and easy to wear, I found this had more slip than Genial and did bleed a tad into liplines. It some lighting, this has a purple tinge and leans fuchsia.

Maybelline Shocking Coral
I spend a lot of my spare time googling ‘neon lipstick’ (and that sounded more pathetic than I intended). Maybelline Vivids kept appearing so I opted for coral because…coral. Maybelline Shocking Coral is definitely shocking but coral? Not so much. It’s a warm, neon pink. I snorkelled on the Australian Great Barrier Reef and coral wasn’t this pink. It could be my lips. I don’t know. Just sayin.

So…not exact dupes but I did find a reason to blog about Genial. I’m content.

NB: none of the above lipsticks have shimmer, my camera seems to reflect glossiness like whoa.


Complete list of products mentioned

Sensational Vivids Lip Color
Sensational Vivids Lip Color
Rouge in Love Lipstick
Rouge in Love Lipstick
Matte Lip Colour
Matte Lip Colour
* Denotes products sent for consideration. Iā€™m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. I hate when I pick up a lipstick and it always looks pinker on me than I thought it would! I always have that. I really love the Lancome one on you.

    1. Gah! Must be a tone in our skin that pulls all lip colours pink. The Lancome is a winner šŸ™‚ Despite the fact that they’re similar, I justify keeping all šŸ˜‰ x

  2. The Maybelline Shocking Coral looks like an almost exact dupe to me – all three shades look great on you, though I have to admit my least favourite is the chanel!

    1. Maybe my photography skills are failing me, it’s more Shocking Coral is more neon pink than Chanel Genial but…they’re all corals so I’m just nitpicking. xx

  3. Just came across your blog and youtube-channel and I must say that it made me so happy! You are really talented, and it is a lot of fun to watch your videos and read your blogposts. However, I was just wondering if you could tell me what kind of foundation you are using? Your skin looks flawless! Maybe you could do a video on your favorite foundations, or your foundation routine? That would be awesome! šŸ™‚

  4. Must… buy… all?

    Seriously, you do great lip swatches. I love them all, but must admit the Lancome in particular caught my eye!

  5. Nice comparison but what is the number for the lancome lipstick? The rouge un love here are identified with numbers..

  6. OMG. I remember a friend having this lipstick, I tried it on and LOVED it and by the time I went online to try and get it, it was gone. I have since then amassed an unhealthy amount of coral lipsticks in the vain attempt to dupe this color. I do like Maybelline shocking coral – but I want to try the Lancome color you have suggested.

    Also – Bobbi Brown Guava is close..not exactly the same..but close.

    :cries silently onto keyboard about not having Genial:

    1. Yeah to be honest, I haven’t found a great dupe. It’s still available at All Cosmetics Wholesale if you’re super keen, I listed the link in the post. xx