Once upon a time there lived a $35 lip balm named Aura.
She was beloved by all of the fabulous forest creatures and magical makeup mavens, myself included, because of her devil-may-care, mega-moisturizing formula and her totally low-maintenance point of view.
Like other products in the forest, she had powers, too. She was much more than a mere lip balm. She could summon a smooth texture and enough pigment to allow makeup lovers to skip liner and just apply her directly on their lips from her tube — even without a mirror!
For their États Poétiques fall 2014 collection, Chanel added four new Coco Shine shades in soft pink Intime, fuchsia Viva, rosy Confident and plum Aura.
My dry lips kicked it last weekend with two of them — Intime and Aura, woo-hoo! — and a good time was had by all.
For the ultimate in causal pinks, there’s Intime. Neither too warm, nor too cool, Intime actually shows up on my pigmented lips, which is unusual for pinks like this; I’ve been wearing it a lot.
I think Aura is just as beautiful and remarkably easy to wear. It appears really dark in the tube, but applies with less intensity than that — almost like Clinique’s Black Honey Almost Lipstick, but with a plummier reddish tone.
Lip colors typically turn toward opaque and matte for fall, so I’m a little surprised to see Chanel go shiny and sheer.
I like it. It’s different and fun, and yes — easy! Plus, I like the idea of sheer, shiny lips to go with more intense fall eye makeup looks.
Obvs, the $35 price tag per tube is a lot, and these might not be the most groundbreaking lip colors in the kingdom, but if you’re looking to splurge on something fabulous you could wear every day, I bet you could wear these super wearable workhorses down to the nub.
You can find them now online at chanel.com and coming soon to Chanel counters and boutiques.
What the heck happened to the day, babe? It was just this morning!
Not that I’m complaining. Tomorrow is Friday.
Are you doing anything fun tonight? I’m craving Italian food (BIG surprise), particularly tiramisu.
Dessert is a food, isn’t it?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,