A tale of Dragons and Pirates: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous in Pirate

When Temptalia broke the news more than a year ago that my favourite red lipstick Chanel Dragon was being discontinued, I think I went into some type of denial because the news didn’t actually sink in. It wasn’t until literally a year later that it clicked that this shade was no longer available which caused me to go into a bit of a frenzy trying to track down some backups. Unfortunately this was all to no avail as all the counters I tried had run out of stock or returned what they had.


What’s a beauty blogger to do? Look for a dupe of course! This started off a somewhat obsessive week of researching and analyzing online swatch after swatch to find something that might compare. I have some contenders in mind but I decided to start with a shade from the newly released Rouge Allure Luminous Intense range ( a reformulated substitute to the original Rouge Allure range). I picked up the shade Pirate and, with a name like that, I really couldn’t resist. The shade is a gorgeous blue based red that works well with my skin tone and I can already tell that it’ll be spending a lot of time on my lips!


The new Rouge Allures come in the same ‘click click’ packaging as the old (click the double c’s to open and again to shut) and no matter how many times I use it, it never gets old!


I’ve tried all the various formulas of Rouge Allure’s (original,  extrait de gloss, laque and velvet) and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried because Rouge Allure is synonymous with quality and excellence and the new Luminous Intense range doesn’t disappoint.  The texture of the lipstick is so light that I find myself forgetting that I’m wearing such an intense shade until I catch a glimpse in the mirror. The weightless feel on the lips has not resulted in a comprise in pigmentation with the shade reaching full opacity with very little effort. The finish on this is a lovely satin sheen and, while it’s not a drying formula, it doesn’t moisturise the lips. I find it very comfortable to wear and can get a good few hours without retouching if I’m not eating or drinking.


I really like the brightening effect blue based reds like Pirate have on my warm toned complexion.


No matter how gorgeous Pirate is though, it just doesn’t compare to Dragon and you’ll be able to see why very easily by taking a look at the swatches below. Pirate (on the left) just doesn’t have the same intensity and depth (not to mention the gorgeous micro shimmer) that makes Dragon the ultimate special occasion red. Don’t let that put you off Pirate though because it’s still one fantastic red and, unlike Dragon, it’s a red you can actually buy right now without having to pay ridiculous eBay prices!


In the picture’s below I’m wearing Pirate on the left and Dragon on the right.



I’m probably being too hard on poor Pirate since I feel like a solid lipstick just doesn’t have the capacity to achieve the result of the liquid Dragon no matter how hard it tries. There’s an impressive array of reds in the Luminous Intense range so I might be able to find a better contended but for now the next shade on my Rouge Allure Luminous Intense hit list is the pretty pink Exaltee.  Every bright lipstick lover knows that a girl can never have too many amazing reds or bright pinks!

What do you think of Pirate? Have you tried any shades from the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense range? Also let me know if you have any dupes to Chanel Dragon!

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5 Comments on “A tale of Dragons and Pirates: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous in Pirate”

  1. January 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM #

    Hi Ahalya 🙂
    The shade looks very pretty on you 🙂
    Btw I checked here n unfortunately they don’t keep soft ochre shade in malaysia 😦 do you have any other dupes for this? I really need one badly

    • January 23, 2013 at 11:26 PM #

      Thanks Parita 🙂 aww that sucks about Soft Ochre. I’m sorry but I don’t of any dupes 😦 I’m sure there must be one though so hopefully some googling can give you the answer.


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