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 Lâ€™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 Lâ€™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 Lâ€™Impatiente, you can follow Sydney Bristowâ€™s lead and trick your makeup-loving friends into thinking that youâ€™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,