Last week, I graduated from university, and my aunt handed me this. We don't really do graduation presents in my family, but I suppose this falls into that category.
It's not like I shy away from high end makeup, but for whatever reason, I have never even entertained the idea of a Chanel lipstick. It felt too grown up/classic/out of my league. Having tried this though, I can visualize the beginnings of an haute lipstick binge.
This is a Rouge Allure lipstick in #28 Romantic. On the bullet, it's a cool-toned berry colour with a very pink base. The house's name is stamped on the side of the bullet, which twists out of a gold casing. Funny enough, my aunt couldn't figure out how to open the lipstick. There's a spring-loaded compartment that the bullet rests in, so you press on the gold bottom of the case, and an edge will pop out so you can remove the case.
The formula is extremely smooth but not too creamy -- right on par with all my department store lipsticks. The colour payoff is excellent, too, almost opaque in one swipe and definitely opaque in two. There's a tiny amount of reflection so the finish is pretty satin-y. I personally prefer matte/cream finishes, but I can see a lot of people liking this. In the swatch the colour is rather true, but on my pigmented lips, leans much redder. It's a bright raspberry pink, which almost works on my skin.
I'm not sure why, but I don't absolutely love this colour on me when I first apply it. After blotting and powdering the brightness tones down a little, and it works better with my skin. Isn't that weird? I love NARS Schiap more than anything, but this just doesn't work. Clearly I can't do anything in between; I need BRIGHT or muted. To make this work, I'll apply a milky-peachy gloss on top -- something like Revlon Nude Lustre or Stila grapefruit works really well.
This has been kind of a Chanel week. What should my next item be? Let's go three for three.