Chanel lipsticks seem to work for a lot of people, but sadly not for me. I have similar problems with this as with my Rouge Coco - it goes on patchy, doesn't moisturise and forms a lipliner ring. I bought Guerlain's Rouge Automatique along with this and the difference in quality for me is vast. This doesn't even work well as a tint over a balm, it still somehow accentuates my dry skin. I can only use it fairly successfully if my lips are completely smooth and healed.
The two points are mainly for packaging, shade and finish. Other than that, my cheap Dermacol Lip Seduction lipstick does a better job than this. And guess what, it has that click-pull opening mechanism too. :)
This is the 1st red lipstick I own and I like it! It's like a deeper blue based red with fine shimmers in it. It's moisturizing so it glides on easily and feels very comfortable on the lips. It also lasts decently, I usually only have to retouch once or twice in a day. It's full on boldness so it's a good choice for those who have pigmented lips and want true color to show.
Lover was a gift, but I know it is a really expensive lipstick, so I took the cost factor into account while reviewing it.
As I have fair skin with yellow tones, Lover comes across as a purply-red when swiped onto my lips right from the tube. It looks gaudy and really unflattering that way. FYI, Lover is a blue red.
However, when I dab it onto my lips lightly as a stain, it works wonderfully with my skintone as it comes as a lovely light rose shade that makes my lips look natural yet polished at the same time. It is almost like I can't exactly tell if I'm wearing any lip products, but the lips look so pretty and others can't help but keep wondering!
Texture-wise, it is fine. Moisturizing, pretty long-wearing (could be because I wear it as a stain), 4-5 hours before I work a tiny little bit into my lips again.
I might not repurchase it again because looking at the way I'm using it, it will last for eons. Also, the shade does not really work for me, but we'll see how it goes. Maybe I will repurchase it for memory's sake, but the verdict remains unclear. Not totally impressed, but Chanel lipsticks are the kind of benchmark I set for other lip products I buy because the quality is really out there for me.
I'm not a happy consumer off the bat, because I was really in love with my "Coco Red" Hydrabase. I loved the rose scent and taste of my Hydrabase (weird I know). Anyway "Lover" is too purple-y for my dark skin and comes out looking more cordovan, than red. The only thing cool about this is the packaging. If I had been in the market for a mauve colored lipstick, I would have been over the moon with "Lover" but as a replacement of the Hydrabase "Coco Red" red. Not. So. Much.
I didn't expect to like it when I saw how it looked in the tube but what a diffference when it's on the lips! Gorgeous colour - classical red that is not too bright, not too light and can be universally flattering. It's very moisturizing and it does not bleed which is the best combo. Unfortunately, it's not an everyday colour but I think that every girl has to have a classic red lipstick to match her little black dress.
The only negative side is the price (keep in mind it's more of a special occasion lipstick) but I do think that it's so pretty it won't get a lippie off because of this :)
And the packaging is superb - such a pleasure taking it out of the bag and reapplying (something that doesn't really happen often since it's super long-wearing!).
Lover is a softer blue-toned red with a slight frost effect. At my age I prefer this shade over a true blue red. It isn't as harsh looking. It seems to go well with fair-medium skin tones. I have received compliments when I wear it. I bought it to wear for Christmas and New Year's Eve. I own Ruby nail polish by ES, which is a blue toned red. I think it will be a good match for it. Nice packaging with the click lid. It won't come open in your purse. It takes me a while to go through a lipstick, so I am not sure it will still be available when I finish it sometime in the next year.
Lover is a creamy rose red. Dabbed on the lips it gives me a bitten stain more on the pink side, full on it morphes into a deeper red color, cool and rich but still sophisticatedly muted and wearable. The formula is mosturizing, glides on smoothly and wears well for a long time. I'm a sucker for elegant packaging, so the sleek black tube with the click bottom makes my little snob heart sigh in bliss evertime I pull it out of my makeup bag. My favourite way to wear this lipstick is with quite a lot of soft pink blush, curled lashes without mascara and a soft curl in my hair. Youthful with a twist.
I love love love love love this lipstick! I got it on my birthday and wore it all day and all night. I thought with such an intense colour it would fade or smudge and I would be retouching it all the time. I kept going to the bathroom to check it but it was always fine! Unbelievable. Its a gorgeous red, deep, luscious and sexy. Certainly not for those days when you don't want to be noticed!
I am a red lipstick fanatic and of course I had to have this one in my collection! I am giving it 4 lippies only because this is not my MOST favourite red, plus its tendency to bleed, but with that said, I do love this lipstick very much. I bought it as a "lipstick version" of the RA Lacque Dragon, which is probably my all-time favourite red, but even though Lover is very close in colour to Dragon, there are slight differences. I would describe Lover as a cranberry red (which I think someone already did below) and a must-have for anyone who likes red lisptick. It is a very classy red, probably more appropriate for evenings (but I do wear it during the day as well). I have numerous RA lipsticks and they all tend to be different in terms of the texture/finish. It seems to me that this particular one is on the more moisturizing side of the spectrum. If you like reds, I recommend buying lover, but make sure you use a lip primer or pencil to prevent bleeding.
I happened to find Chanel Rouge Allure in Lover by accident. I was looking for Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon which was sold out. The SA suggested the new RA in Lover for me. It looked really dark in the tube but I tried it on and it was love. It's a red lippie but not an in your face red. it's blue based and more of a raspberry red. It is especially pretty with Chanel Equinox Glossimer over it.
will post pics in profile of me wearing Lover