While nude lipsticks and lipglosses rule Chanel’s Spring 2009 Bohemian Fantasy Makeup Collection, Coco and company did include a few rich, colorful lip shades for good measure.
Like the new Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour lipsticks ($34 each) — both of them deliver long-lasting lip drama.
- Alexandrite: shimmery brick red
- Opal Rose: shimmery rose gold
The double-sided wands come with a separate lipstick (base coat) and a clear gloss (top coat) designed to be worn together.
Coco wasn’t kidding about the “long wearing” part
These babies are the Terminators of long wear lipsticks. They last all day and don’t stop for nothin’! One morning I applied a layer of Alexandrite, and six hours and several cups of coffee later, my lips were still a rich brick red.
There’s always a catch…
These have mad pigmenation and staying power, but there’s a catch, or at least there was one for me. They aren’t the easiest lipsticks to apply. My first attempts left me with blotchy, streaky lips. Totally gross.
After a few dreadful attempts, I found a few application techniques that seemed to work.
1. Start with smooth lips
When my lips weren’t completely smooth, these lipsticks settled into the cracked and peeling areas, resulting in uneven color. Applying a lip conditioner or lip balm overnight helped a ton. I slicked on a layer of Philosophy Kiss Me before I went to bed and in the morning my lips looked smooth and felt soft.
2. Use a thin base coat
Thick layers resulted in heavy streaking (a little went a long way!), but applying a super thin base coat with the doe-foot applicator coat seemed to help.
3. Press those lips together
Even with a thin coat, I still saw some streaking, but pressing my lips together and rubbing them back and forth a few times helped to distribute the color and remove the streaks.
4. Go thin with the top coat, too
Less was best when it came to the top coat. I applied a very thin layer of the clear top coat gloss with the brush and then pressed and rubbed my lips together again to distribute it evenly.
5. Keep oil-based eye makeup remover handy
To clean up my mistakes I used Q-tips dipped in an oil-based eye makeup remover (I like Lancome Bi-Facil) to quickly and thoroughly clean up any mistakes around my lips.
What do ya think of these colors? I think I’m partial to Alexandrite.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,