Ahh summertime; the sun is out, the birds are singing, and I’m sat inside ordering as many sheer lipsticks as humanly possible.

Chanel Rouge Coco Flash and Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipstick collection

Earlier this year, Chanel and Dior released some new sheer lipstick formulas. Chanel came out with their Rouge Coco Flash lipsticks, replacing their discontinued Rouge Coco Shine formula. Dior launched the Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipsticks to replace the original Dior Stellar Shine lipsticks. I find these lipsticks to be fairly comparable to one another, so I thought I’d group them together for a quick review and swatch.

I never owned any of the original lipsticks that these formulas replaced, so I won’t be able to make comparisons between old and new. I can, however, show you the shades of the new lipsticks I picked up and compare the Chanel to the Dior formula.

Chanel Rouge Coco Flash Lipsticks

The Rouge Coco Flash is a lightweight, oil-based sheer lipstick formula. They retail for £31 and are permanent to Chanel’s makeup line. There is a large shade range, with the lighter/nude colours leaning quite sheer but still buildable, and the deeper reds and berry tones generally being more opaque. They apply evenly to the lips and feel very comfortable and moisturising to wear. The finish is very shiny with an oily consistency, and is not very long lasting but easy to reapply without a mirror. I decided to skip any dark, bright colours as I fear they may smudge all across my face.

I ended up picking up four colours; 53 Chicness, 54 Boy, 62 Rush, and 82 Live. I also received samples of another four colours with a Chanel beauty order, which I will also swatch. The eight shades I have are detailed below:

  • 53 – Chicness, a deep brown nude
  • 54 – Boy, a very sheer nude
  • 60 – Beat, a bright orange
  • 62 – Rush, a sheer candy pink
  • 68 – Ultime, a bright red
  • 82 – Live, a medium rosy pink with a subtle golden shimmer
  • 91 – Boheme, a sheer raspberry red
  • 92 – Amour, a deeper pinkish red

Dior Addict Stellar Shine Lipsticks

The Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipsticks are a hydrating lip shine. They glide on smoothly, but are not as oily or slippy as the Chanel lipsticks. They are slightly less nourishing but have slightly better staying power. They retail for £30 and are permanent to the line. Unlike the relatively unscented Chanel lipsticks, these have a stronger vanilla fragrance to them – personally I don’t mind this but others may find it off-putting.

I picked up three of the lighter shades:

  • 260 – Mirage, a pink nude with a slight shimmer
  • 267 – Twinkle, a light pink with a cooler undertone
  • 352 – D-Galaxy, a shimmery peachy pink

Comparison Swatches

I have swatched all 11 shades of the Chanel and Dior lipsticks together for colour reference:

Swatches of my Chanel Rouge Coco Flash and Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipsticks. Going from bottom to top: 267 Twinkle, 62 Rush, 352 D-Galaxy, 260 Mirage, 82 Live, 53 Chicness, 54 Boy, 60 Beat, 91 Boheme, 92 Amour, 68 Ultime.

Lip Swatches

Final Thoughts

I definitely prefer the Dior Formula as I like a better staying power and am not personally a huge fan of the feel of lip oils. I also find the shade range of the Dior lipsticks to suit my preferences better. I still reach for my Dior Lip Glow in 001 Pink over these sheer lipsticks as I like the thicker texture which moves around less on my lips, and the lasting tint it gives is my ideal lip colour. I still reach for the stellar shines if I want a more interesting shimmer or just a different tone, D-Galaxy being my favourite. I am happy to have the Chanel Rouge Coco Flash in the colour Chicness as I don’t own many browny nudes and this is a nice subtle way to wear quite an intimidating colour for me without it being too bold.

Let’s chat below! Have you picked up any sheer lipsticks ready for the summer?


This is not a sponsored post. All products mentioned in this post have been purchased by me.

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    • lydiamkirkham
      November 7, 2019 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you!!

  1. Tracy
    April 24, 2022 / 6:57 pm

    Hi, could you do an updated list? Thanks!