Every super spy gal needs a secret weapon. Sydney Bristow’s (loved me some Alias!) were arguably her crazy-@ss wigs — perfect for fooling bad guys into thinking she was someone other than the lethal agent she was.
But say Sydney had a thing for Chanel lipsticks. If she had, she would’ve fallen hard for Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Impatiente ($32.50), the sole lippie from the Eclats du Soir de Chanel makeup collection for holiday 2012. A deep reddish black with a matte finish, it’s drizzled with a semblance of shine.
A twist of the tube reveals a dark wine bullet the color of a rich cabernet sauvignon. Before I tried it on, I expected L’Impatiente to be a tough cookie, both in terms of getting it to look good on my lips, and in the sense that I wanted to wear it with black leather pants, studded bracelets and spikes.
Before it ever touched my lips, I made a mental note to look for my lip brush. I also sought out a matching lip liner and dusted off my pair of black platforms with chains (my “tough girl” shoes).
And then, when I applied my first layer, TWIST!
L’Impatiente was nowhere near as opaque as I expected it to be. Not sheer, by any means, but just sheer enough to make it very easy to apply — so easy that I can do it straight from the tube without a liner or brush.
And the best part yet? It’s still dramatic, but at the same time elegant and gangsta.. I think it must be thanks to the slight shine.
I can see a photographer, one who had to scrap her way to her hard-earned success, dressed from head-to-toe in black McQueen wearing this shade on her lips as she clinks champagne glasses with her BFF after a sold out gallery show.
Have you met L’Impatiente?
- Lasts about four hours on my lips
- Unscented and unflavored
- My lips like the lightweight, comfortable texture
- The color doesn’t migrate outside of my natural lip line, even when I smack my lips together
- Gals with chapped lips, take heed: I’ve noticed that if my lips have any flakes at all, L’Impatiente will latch on to them and appear uneven
With L’Impatiente, you can follow Sydney Bristow’s lead and trick your makeup-loving friends into thinking that you’re about to apply a completely opaque lip shade. Imagine their surprise when they see how wearable it really is.
AVAILABILITY: Coming next month to Chanel counters and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (beautiful! — but it is spendy)
Chanel makes everything better…
Remember how grumpy I was last weekend after the cookies and lemonade debacle? Well, shortly after that “incident,” I made my way over to the nearest Chanel counter.
While I was there playing with face products, I heard the Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder and Soleil Tan de Chanel cream bronzer begging for a nice lady to take them home.
I’ve only just started wearing the powder this week and haven’t really dug into the bronzer, but I have a good feeling about them based on what I’ve seen so far.
The Nordie’s SA that day was nice enough to make me a sample of Lift Lumiere Eye Concealer to try, but I’m not sure if it’s right for me. I’ve worn it a couple times already and like how it blends, but it’s not doing a great job of covering my dark circles, grrr…
I’ve been on something of a Chanel kick lately, so if you can recommend any unsung heroes of your own from Chanel’s permanent line, please, PLEASE let me know.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,