My Rogueish Valentine: A Love Quest with Chanel Rouge Coco in #40 Charme

Greetings from the side of my trusty wizard adventuring partner!

Probably everyone has at least one piece of loot that means more to them than any other. Usually these pieces of loot are associated with strong feelings and significant experiences, hopefully happy ones (and not, say, that time the cleric lost his leg to a gelatinous cube…).

In my case, this piece of loot is, without question, Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick in #40, Charme. Why, you ask? Well, it’s the lipstick I wore when the wizard and I got married 🙂


Chanel Rouge Coco Charme

Ahhh, memories. This is the quest where we first uncovered Charme. Don’t worry, the lipstick was unharmed by the wizard’s fire spell. The undead…not so much.


Like a couple of the lipsticks I’ve reviewed before, Charme is a ‘my lips but better’ shade – a slightly sheer (but still more than adequately pigmented), hydrating, medium-cool pink lipstick that you can toss on without thinking about it, or using a mirror. You can rest assured that when I did my makeup for my wedding I was all about the mirror, but it’s so important to be able to touch up while in the middle of a goblin raid without having to stop and rummage in your kitbag.


Chanel Rouge Coco Charme

True love and lipstick. Also a skeletal king but he kept relatively quiet, actually. I think he realised that this was a special moment for us.


The packaging on this lipstick is the usual glamorous, understated Chanel black and gold, and has a really pleasing weight to it. The mechanism is smoother than a lock after I’ve had a go at disarming it , and the engraved bullet doesn’t rattle around or smoosh at the sides while you’re using it (unless one of the goblins actually crashes into you, in which case shit is gonna get REAL for that goblin). The lipstick is unflavoured, but has the usual soft Chanel rose scent.


swatch of Chanel Rouge Coco Charme

Daylight swatch of Charme. In the bullet the lipstick reads medium to cool. Because I’m ghostly pale, it reads a little warmer on my skin, but it’s definitely not a *warm* lipstick.


Charme applies smoothly and evenly, and gives a pleasant creamy, ‘softly coated’ sort of feeling to the lips. The finish is satin, not glossy (that’s what the Rouge Coco Shines are for) and the colour wears well for about four hours on me, which is enough for a decent sized dungeon or wedding ceremony up to the reception. It doesn’t leave much of a stain, but then it’s an MLBB shade anyway, so you probably shouldn’t expect much there.  It does leave my lips feeling hydrated, so combine that with the coating aspect and you’re all set for rooftop chases in night winds as well.


Chanel rouge Coco Charme swatch

Artifical light swatch to show the satin finish. Dungeon lighting will have a similar effect, but may impart a greenish tinge.


You can build the pigment up to a certain extent if you want to try and get the bullet colour as ‘opaque’, but that’s not really how this lipstick works best. The finish is satin, although you can see lots of tiny gold and pink sparkles in the bullet. These sparkles were inadvertently shown off when the wizard cast a flare spell:


Chanel Rouge coco Charme

He cast a flare spell. I think the Skeletal King’s expression perfectly sums up how everyone was feeling at that moment. You can see the sparkles in the lipstick though!



You can use this lipstick as a very soft cream blush that has a few tiny sparkles in it, but it will probably only show up if you have quite pale skin. One advantage if this lipstick’s relatively sheer, non-staining colour, however, is that you can safely kiss your wizard, without leaving him looking like he’s been molested by a saucy sorceress. Unless you are a saucy sorceress, in which case pack tissues to clean him up before the post quest or wedding ceremony photos :-).

*one quick note – the swatch on the Chanel website for Charme is a lot darker and more orange the lipstick – so you might want to exercise caution with those swatch images!

Rogue and Wizard Love

Rogue + Wizard 4 Eva ❤
(Don’t mind the skeletal wizard – we didn’t take him home with us ;-))


The verdict: Chanel Rouge Coco in #40 Charme is a gorgeous, soft pink, ‘MLBB’ shade that’s perfect for all your romantic adventures, whether they be questing for hidden loot, going out for Valentine’s Day, or getting married to your adventurer of choice. It’s also a fabulous every day shade that will fill a staple niche in your beauty arsenal. Highly Recommended!

The practicalities: Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks cost NZD ~60.oo / USD 35.00 for 5.8 g/0.2 oz, are permanent (although limited edition shades do come out), and may be acquired from Chanel counters and stores the world over, and

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!


22 thoughts on “My Rogueish Valentine: A Love Quest with Chanel Rouge Coco in #40 Charme

  1. The undead have zero tact. I am a bit surprised you didn’t find just-the-right shade of purple for your wedding, but I can hardly argue with your choice – Charme is super lovely. What a beautiful rose! May you and your Wizard enjoy many years of adventuring together!


  2. I like that shade and think it might be a way to get my lip color more neutral. So far the only thing that works for that is a copious amount of Revlon’s Nude Luster gloss which I believe is now DC’d.
    You need to get a Paladin or a Cleric in your party! Always finding the undead, they would come in handy. Hard to tolerate during the day to day adventuring slog, I know, but a rouge needs to use ALL THE TOOLS! 🙂


    • We have a paladin, Hilarion. He’s insufferably smug, but a good guy underneath it all and damn handy when skeletons are bursting out of the earth.

      This quest was kind of a date, though, so we left him behind 😉

      Charme is a great evening-out shade…both in the colour-correcting sense and the dinner date one! You should definitely give it a swatch if you get the chance, or a purchase if you’re feeling like treating yourself!


    • I love how easy they are (er, MLBB lipsticks, that is, not rogues). I do love a good bright lipstick, but sometimes it’s nice to not have to do the rest of your makeup just to wear a nice lipstick, or have to worry about smudging or feathering!


  3. It’s cool that you wore this when you became Mrs. Painted Rogue. 🙂

    My MLBB lipstick is Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. It used to be Revlon Colorburst in Rosy Nude, but they effing discontinued it. *mutters curses under her breath*


    • It’s somehow worse when they discontinue MLBB shades than when they discontinue exciting, bright ones. The MLBB shades are the staples you rely on! (And are, to be fair, exciting int heir own way!)


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