Sunday, 13 March 2011

Chantecaille Lip Chics - Swatches and Review

You may well remember me mentioning these wondrous things in some of my past 'Must-haves' so I thought it was about time I did a post on them.

Left to right: Chantecaille Lip Chic in Amaryllis, Zinnia, Bourbon Rose, Heirloom - photo taken in natural light

Left to right: Chantecaille Lip Chic in Amaryllis, Zinnia, Bourbon Rose, Heirloom (photo taken in artificial light)
Originally I saw London Makeup Girl posting about Bourbon Rose, it looked pretty, sounded good for dry lips so I ordered from Space NK. Since then I have totally rethought my lip product purchases and a love affair has begun.

The Lip Chics are similar to the Lipstick Queen Saint range, in that they are less pigmented than ordinary lipsticks but therefore more moisturising and glossy. I don't like lip gloss for the sole reason that when I wear my long hair down outside, the wind blows and it gets stuck to my lips. Not a great look. So no more lip gloss for me. However, I am a person of extremes, I either like a glossy lipstick or a matte (yes, i know matte lipsticks are the most unforgiving on dry lips like mine, I make no sense!).

The Chantecaille Lip Chics come in a reasonable colour selection but the main thing I notice about them is their glorious vanilla scent. They are easy to apply and give me just the right amount of colour for when I don't want to look too done, in other words when my Tom Fords are having a day off!

Left to right: Swatches - Amaryllis, Zinnia, Bourbon Rose, Heirloom
Bourbon Rose is a definite my lips but better colour, a little rosy, and from then I got Amaryllis and Zinnia in the sale from HQHair. Amaryllis is a light red whilst Zinnia is a light pink. Finally, on my trip to London last week I managed to dash into Space NK Liverpool Street and get Heirloom, a more plummy colour.

Amaryllis applied to the lips
Zinnia applied to the lips
Bourbon Rose applied to the lips
Heirloom applied to the lips

My only gripe with the product is the price. They were £25 each and are now £27 each since the VAT increase. In America, they are a more reasonable £19. Everything from Chantecaille is expensive but these are good quality, much better than cheaper versions I own from brands like No.7 and as I wear them everyday, I can justify the price.

I was about to say that I would recommend them to anyone, but I feel I need to adjust that slightly since I stopped by the Chanel counter on Friday and saw the new Coco Rouge Shines. They are available in a mass of colours and although they seem sheerer, I prefer their more balm like texture to the Chantecaille, and they are cheaper at £22. Both are great products and you can see my review on the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines here.

You can purchase Chantecaille Lip Chics online from Space NK or Nordstrom in the US.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine should be available on counters nationwide.

1 comment:

  1. These look and sound lovely, but given your Chanel review I will stick with the Chanel! x