Sirocco! Calypso! Ah, yes. Gotta love Chanel Glossimers that 1) rhyme and 2) sound like the names of late-’80s pop duos, which reminds me…
…freshman year in high school, I sat next to a girl in algebra class who went to a Milli Vanilli concert one night and then gushed the next day at school about how “They were so amazing live!”
It’s too bad the Glossimers aren’t less expensive. Both of these limited edition shades from the Summertime de Chanel collection are also pretty sheer, and at $29.50 a pop, they aren’t exactly a bargain in terms of pigment per ounce.
Even so, their sheerness is oddly what I like about them.
I can just imagine the summertime adventures I could have with these two. Touring wine country one Sunday with my friends, Jen and Cindy, peachy beige Sirocco on my lips.
The color is a little like MAC C-Thru, only less pigmented and more shimmery. Perfect for an easy nude lip. I’d whip it out for touch-ups between sips of Merlot and the grand revelations that come with being a boozy lightweight/cheap date (“Dude, Madonnaâ€™s Bedtime Stories CD was way ahead of its time!”).
Fun facts about “Sirocco”
- It’s also a North African wind that blasts across the Mediterranean to Southern Europe
- The title of a movie staring Humphrey Bogart
- The name of a parrot that once tried to mate with some dude’s hair
The second shade, Calypso, is a reddish coral with golden glitter. More pigmented than Sirocco but less opaque than similar shades like MAC Lychee Luxe, it’s the one I’d wear with friends to Bliss Spa, followed by lunch at the Samovar Tea Lounge (because tea with friends makes everything better).
Sheer and shiny coral lips + spa treatments * tea + good conversation = happiness. Add a bright floral dress, and I’m smiling from ear to ear.
Calypso (bottom) and Sirocco (top)
Sirocco (left) and Calpyso (right)
Sirocco on my lips
- Texture: Both of these feel thick to me, but they aren’t sticky. Good if you like to feel like you’re actually wearing something on your lips. Oh, but about the glitter? — that, I can’t feel. No grit from it at all, which is a plus.
- Flavor and scent: Neither.
- Hydration: I don’t have any issues with these drying out my lips. In fact, they’re pretty moisturizing.
- Wear time: Not bad. I get about three hours out of them before I need a touch-up, and I definitely need to reapply after tea and crumpets.
In this case, being sheer is a strength because it makes them easy to apply and wear, and these are good colors for that. No need for a lip liner, and I can apply them without a mirror.
Some gals will probably be quick to write these off, call them “just another summertime release,” and say they’re too sheer and not unique enough for $30. Ya know, part of me would agree, but here’s the thing: I really like Chanel. Actually, I love it, but mostly because I associate makeup with how it makes me feel, and for a variety of reasons, Chanel makes me feel special.
Not rocket science here. If you like sheer summery colors and Chanel, either/both of these wearable shades should put a spring in your step.
PRICE: $29.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (being Chanel, they are on the expensive side)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,