Chanel Rogue Coco Le Rouge ultra hydrating Lip color

Chanel Rogue COCO ultra hydrating lip color dimitri

Update 2022: So, for years I have had this blog post calling the lipstick rogue instead of rouge. I can only imagine how many people saw it and laughed at me and called me an embarrassing stupid idiot. I can think of a few people who, if they saw it, were mortified on my behalf, but saw it as being kinder and more polite to let me keep the mistake unfixed forever. I am correcting the spelling but in case I miss some, yes, I have dyslexic tendencies but I can’t blame the misspelling on dyslexia. I saw rogue in my head and so that’s what I kept calling the lipstick in my head and consequently kept writing.

Dear Diary, I bought myself a Chanel lipstick. To be specific, I bought a Chanel Rouge Coco Le Rouge ultra hydrating Lip color in the shade Dimitri. I ordered it from Nordstrom last week and it arrived yesterday.

Don’t ask me why I bought myself a Chanel lipstick. I mean, what was I trying to prove spending $36.00 for a lipstick and to whom was I trying to prove it?

I haven’t tried the lipstick yet. I guess I’m reluctant because, once I use it, it will officially become just another lipstick on my vanity table. I’ll look at it next to my other lipsticks and I’ll shake my head and scold myself because I will not be able to justify the price difference just looking at the tubes.

The truth is, seeing that Chanel name and the intertwined CC logo doesn’t really do anything for me. In all seriousness I really don’t care about that. And from what I can see that’s really what the $36 is for, because the lipstick looks like all the others. Without the Chanel name and the logo it cannot be told apart from any other red lipstick in a black tube. So why did I buy this lipstick for $36 when I fully well know I am in no position to be spending $36 on lipstick?

Chanel Rogue COCO ultra hydrating lip color in dimitriI guess I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about with designer brand cosmetics. I wanted to discover for myself what makes them worthy of their much higher price tag? But to be frankly honest, I don’t yet see why this lipstick costs what it does.

Who knows, maybe once I get around to putting on the lipstick I’ll be blown away by what it can do. Right about now I can’t imagine it has any abilities that my cheaper lipsticks lack. But who knows? I might discover that there’s a dramatic difference between a Cover Girl, Revlon, Loreal, and Maybelline lipstick and a Chanel lipstick. And I may come to consider the price of a Chanel lipstick quite reasonable given how it performs by comparison to the brands I’ve used in the past.

For now I’m more inclined to go with my first thought when I  saw the box containing the lipstick: “WTF? This is it?” For $36 I’d expect some kind of special touch.

Rogue coco 442 dimitri chanel le rogue ultra hydrating lip color I mean it’s just a lipstick, I know. But I felt kind of stupid when I saw it. I felt stupid because it’s not like I really needed the lipstick. So to have spent $36 only for it to turn out to be the same as my other lipsticks for the most part left me with a gnawing feeling of buyer’s remorse.

I know that $36 is nothing for the average person and I should probably be embarrassed to be complaining over spending $36 on a lipstick. But much as I’d like to pretend I’m the kind of girl for whom buying a $36 lipstick is no big deal, I cringe at the thought of spending $10 on a lipstick. So $36 is very much a big deal.

I can only hope this lipstick will at least prove useful and I’ll get some nice photos out of it.




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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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