Lip Look: Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Leopard Lipstick

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It’s raining out, so I totally ditched going to the gym; instead, I’m at home watching yet another America’s Next Top Model marathon (Cycle 7) and playing with lipstick. I had to take a break from the Melrose madness (anybody else suspect she might be a cyborg?) because in my soul I felt compelled — yes, compelled — to share this picture of Chanel’s Rouge Hydrabase Leopard lipstick ($26) with you.


It’s my civic duty to inform coral lipstick lovers everywhere…

  • how creamy and smooth this formula feels on my lips!
  • how the intense, rich color stays on for hours (five so far, and even through dinner)!
  • how moisturized my lips feel (the formula contains both Vitamin E and chamomile to protect and soothe yer pucker)!


This leopard deserves her big jungle cat name. She’s an awesome, semi-matte golden coral, and she makes me look and feel ready to pounce! Even though I’m looking pretty tow up right now in my stretchy pants (had to have ice cream after dinner) and oversized UC DAVIS ALUMNI t-shirt, with Leopard on my lips I still feel hot enough to stalk unsuspecting man prey. This is my very first Chanel Rouge Hydrabase lipstick, and I predict it won’t be my last. Leopard is the queen of my lipstick jungle, rrraaoooww!


But now… the couch beckons me, so I gotta get back to Tyra, Miss J. and hottie photographer Nigel Barker.


Did you have a good day today? I hope so. What are your plans for tomorrow?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Glosslizard says:

    Oh, I loved Leopard! I can’t wear it at all, but it was so gorgeous I bought it for my mom for her birthday! She’s warm-toned and it looks amazing on her! I’m just happy to give it a home! 🙂

    I bought the rouge hydrabase in Splendeur, and, oh yeah, it feels so fantastic on the lips! I am fully jonesing for more!

  2. Karen says:

    I remember you telling me that! Every mom deserves a lipstick named after a big jungle cat. There should be a rule!

    Maybe we should start a Chanel gang. We can just rove around and flash our lipsticks to people to show our affiliation.

  3. Haha girl u totally made me the word cyborg. LOL And god that lipstick has my name all over it. I’ll check it out at work tomorrow. Chanel’s counter is like a hop, skip, and a jump away from me now:P

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Iheartmakeup,

    LOL, maybe I’ve watched one too many sci-fi shows! BTW, is probably my second favorite web site. 🙂

    I have two Chanel counter that are literally five minutes away from me by car. UM, DANGEROUS!

    Can’t wait to hear what you think about Leopard!

  5. ParisB says:

    I love coral lippies. That looks amazing. Maybe I should check this one out.

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  6. Jacks says:

    Ohh Karen this colour is fierce! Can’t wait to try this shade out, but not until after my final chem exam *thumbs down*

  7. Mariah says:

    OOh! That is too pretty! I realized looking at my own lippies, that while I usually buy berry colors, most of my glosses are coral-y. I think it’s an unconscious phase I’m in! LOL! So this lipstick looks too adorable!

    And BTW, love the green complementary background on that lower pic! (or as my fellow art student/boyfriend would say, “Compsies!!”)


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  8. Pia says:

    omg! That’s some fierce lips! LOVE ‘EM!

  9. Eru says:

    My bunnychan said hi! Right now she is busy eating a nice,yummy, big carrot. 😀 I would love that my happiness was as easy to achieve as hers!
    Your lips look gorrrrrgeous!!! I don´t own any hydrabase (yet). Do you know any pretty pink shade?


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  10. beautytalk says:

    I have this and I love it!

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  11. Dao says:

    It looks very fierce! I can see how you feel when you wear it hehe. Very attractive color but I don’t think I can pull it off since I’m a cool-tone person.

  12. Karen says:

    Hi ParisB,

    Me too! What are your fave corals?

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Jacks,

    Good luck on your chem exam! At least you have something fierce to look forward to after you finish it. Are you ready for your test?

    Gotta say I remember nada from my chem days. I have a vague recollection of “chair” and “boat” rings and that’s about it. Oh, and remember titrations, ha ha!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    I do that too, especially with pinks! I actually need more berry shades, now that you mention it!

    Aw, thanks! What year are you in art school? Do you enjoy what you’re studying?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Msnotty,

    Me too!

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Pia,

    YAH girl! Do you think you’re gonna check it Leopard?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Eru,

    Awww, lucky bunny!! If all happiness took was a carrot I’d be passing them out to all of us 24/7!

    I don’t know of any pink shades, but when I go this weekend I will ask my homeboy who works at the counter what he suggests. The nicest part about the lipstick (besides the color) is the moisturizing properties, so if you’ve got dry lips like moi you’ll dig it!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi BeautyTalk,

    Yay! What do you pair it with?

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Thanks girl! Even in my PJs I feel like a big cat when I’m wearing Leopard. Yes, you’re right it’s a very warm shade. But hey, you might want to try it just for kicks! You never know!

  20. Indian Girl says:

    Hey Karen….SMOKIN HOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cant wait to see a full face FOTD of yours with this lipstick.

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  21. Karen says:

    Thanks Indian Girl. 🙂 Hope you’re having a good Wednesday!

  22. Marjorie says:

    Hi Karen,
    In the picture did you use only Leopard lipstick or a lipliner and lip gloss too? You keep making me want to try Chanel. I still have to try Gazelle lip gloss. I’m already addicted to MAC. It would be even more dangerous to be addicted to Chanel.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Marjorie,

    It’s just Leopard lipstick with no liner!

    And girl, yeah, I’m here to testify the Chanel addiction is DANGEROUS! 😉

  24. Amanda says:

    wow, these Chanel lippies are really fantastic lately. 🙂 I haven’t tried any yet, but have “browsed” the website. (it’s too dangerous to go in person, LOL). but I just don’t know if I can spend *that much* on one lipstick. le sigh.

  25. kyl says:

    I’m so jealous of your full, perfectly-shaped lips! I swear, it doesn’t matter what color you have on, they always look great. That color is beautiful with your skin. I don’t know about the $26 though… I feel like $20 is probably my max for lippies. Maybe I’m missing out.

  26. I totally picked it up today!!! It feels like I have lip balm on… I got atleast 5 compliments on how coral is the ‘it’ color of the season, and how divine this looks on my lips!!! <3 yay!!! another gorgeous color. Thank u Karen! *Muah*

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  27. Kate Brian says:

    another Chanel product,another sold-out product in stores n shopping sites.just like dat.sometimes,i ignore there must-have-4-my-life products bec. of jus’ one thing:D PRICE.,they’re products r d greatest of all great n i’ll be thrilled 2 hav them but i’ll jus’ think:is it worth it? i dunno…,is it?people said i can jus’ get something like dat 4 a cheaper price,i keep trying 2 find these products but so far;none.but now,i think dat it’s really worth it now bec. of d leopard lipstick.well,i hav 2 go now!y u ask?gona but those Chanel products i missed,of course!B-bye!:)

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Yah, it’s not budget friendly (Chanel never is, pooh). But there’s just something about busting out that tube with the gold C’s – ahh, I love it. I figure though if you’re going to spend that much $ it should be something you totally love, so maybe if you “visited” just once you’d find something… the formula is hydrating! Big ole plus!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Kyl,

    Aww, thanks girl! There are some colors that look pretty bad on me, I gotta say… some really pale beiges just don’t work! While $26 is kinda steep, I think it’s worth it to have one Chanel lipstick in the stash. This formula is also very long wearing, so technically you won’t have to reapply it often and can make it last longer (lol, okay, maybe that’s just my justification).

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Iheartmakeup,

    UM, YAY! I am so glad that you are the uber hotness in your Leopard lipstick!! What did you pair it with?

    I am going to wear my Leopard tomorrow. Right now I’m rocking MAC Super Sequin…wasn’t feeling to coral today. Shocking, I know!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Kate Brian,

    I think they are worth the price. I do like Chanel’s quality and am attracted to the “prestige” the brand holds! The lipsticks are great and I hope you try ’em someday. I’ll warn you though – you might be hooked!

  32. Hey Karen,
    I paired it with nude eyes and brown liner, M.A.C Stereo Rose gently applied on my cheeks. and Chanel Leopard on my lips!! I felt FABULOUS!

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  33. Girl-Woman says:

    I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but anything named “Leopard” gets my attention. I’m on my way to check it out now. Thanks.


  34. Suzann says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. So glad you found it for us! I’ve never done well with the pinks and cool colors, and have been looking for an orange that might work. This looks like it – especially because it’s semi-matte (which I love), and it’s got that hint of golden to it. Thanks!

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