Inevitably, every season there’s at least one makeup trend that’s great in theory but not so easy to pull off in real life. Right now, my big beef lies with the dark plum, brown and berry lip shades that keep popping up in the fall collections. I like dark lip looks (the more vampire-y the better), but I don’t always like having to go through the steps involved to get them, nor am I always up for the maintenance required to keep dark lips looking their best.
It can be exhausting!
I’ve long searched high and low for an easy way to get dark lips looks and found comfort at la casa de Chanel (where else?), thanks to a sexy plum-gold lipgloss sporting the oh-so-clever name, Ironic Tonic.
This Purple and Gold Combo Reigns
A beautiful plum with subtle flecks of gold, Ironic Tonic looks great even after a single layer. It delivers a hint of purple with lots of gold shimmer. I like to think of it as a watercolor dark lip look with the shine turned up to the max.
A quick change artist, Ironic Tonic flashes from purple to gold depending on the light and the angle of view. The gold in it dominates right after application but fades to more purple as time passes between applications. I really like how it looks after about an hour. By then the gold has diminished somewhat and what you’re left with is a sexy, deep flush — like you’ve just engaged in the most excellent makeout session with ya’ boy toy (woot!).
OH, and sidenote, MAC lipglass fans — Ironic Tonic is the plum version of Nymphette, a pink shade with gold shimmer. If you like Nymphette, you’ll probably dig this shade, too.
Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Ironic Tonic
Use: To add shine and a plum-gold color to lips
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Low Maintenance and Easy to Apply
Aqualumiere glosses do have a limited wear time (for the full deets, check out this earlier review), but it’s easy to reapply. Ironic Tonic is sheer enough to make liner optional; plus, the brush that comes with the gloss works like a charm. I found one layer was just enough to give my lips adequate ZAP! BAM! POW! And, unlike really dark colors, which I have to constantly worry about, the sheer plum-gold doesn’t stand out when stray streaks accidentally end up on my chin.
Other Ways to Wear It
So far I’ve only worn Ironic Tonic by itself, but I think it might look pretty on top of plum or gold lipstick (try Chanel’s Formentera or Plum Rouge lipstick shades from the fall 2008 release). The combination possibilities are endless.
Things that Make You Go Hmmm…
Last, but not least, I’m thinkin’ whoever named this shade either majored in English Lit or has a weird sense of humor. What, exactly, is an Ironic Tonic? Is it tonic you’d take to cure an excess of irony, or does it bring out more of the irony in life? Hmm…
If you’re in need of some Ironic Tonic, then pay a visit to your nearby Chanel counter or check it out online.
This morning I braved a long line (and a hefty 2-year contract) to get the new iPhone and made the startling discovery that one’s humanity is tested when one is forced to stand in line for long periods of time. In general, I noticed people getting C-R-A-N-K-Y around the 45-minute mark. To make matters even more amusing, the mall that I was at was playing this weird orchestral music with lots of scary drum and string instrument sounds that reminded me of the music played during alien chase scenes in sci-fi movies. Unfortunately, the music riled up the natives even more; if there’d been spears available, I fear things would’ve turned Lord of the Flies.
Despite the line, I managed to get the phone AND still make it to work on time. Now, I’ve just finished a big vat of coffee and feel super hyper… WHEE!
What’s cracking with you today? Are you happy it’s hump day?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,