Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss

L to R: #754 Opulence, #756 Chilli, #724 Burnt Sugar, #752 Bitter Orange

L to R: #754 Opulence, #756 Chilli, #724 Burnt Sugar, #752 Bitter Orange

#754 (Opulence) – A cinnamon red with red shimmer.

#756 (Chilli) – An intense, bright pink red with minute shimmer that doesn’t come across when worn.

#724 (Burnt Sugar) – A sheer pinky brown with rose-gold shimmer. This shade is very sheer on my lips, but is a nice neutral. It would be a lovely shade for those with a lighter lip color.

#752 (Bitter Orange) – An intense red orange with minute gold shimmer. Like Chilli, the shimmer is barely noticeable when worn.


Chanel has discontinued its Glossimer range. If you were a fan like me, I’ll give you time to mourn.

The new Rouge Coco glosses are promoted as a non-stick, light formula that has coconut oil and vitamin E. It also supposed to smooth and plump the lips. They can be mixed together or layered over lipstick to enhance or slightly alter the shade.

Glossimers were nice to wear, but these are much more comfortable and moisturizing. I actually went the whole day wearing this on its own without needing to reapply lip balm, which is a big deal for me. I found that these bleed into my lip lines, so a clear lip liner is a must.

The wand has changed as well. It is fatter and thicker and much easier to use if you have full lips. It picks up more product, which allows for full coverage without dipping the wand two or three times.

There is a very light floral scent, which will be a turn off for some. It definitely isn’t as strong as Mac’s Vanilla scent, but it is there. It doesn’t bother be, but if you’re sensitive…beware.

The packaging is similar to the Glossimers, but with a thinner gold decorative band.

These can be found at Chanel counters or online for $30 (5.5g). Most of the shades are permanent with the exception of Impulsion (#776), Caviar (#778) and Fragola (#742).

754 Opulence

754 Opulence

756 Chilli

756 Chilli

724 Burnt Sugar

724 Burnt Sugar

752-Bitter Orange

752-Bitter Orange

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet

Matte lips have been the craze for a while. Not just matte, but clay facial mask…matte. My lip balm addicted lips quiver at the thought of wearing such a drying product. The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are a happy medium.

Black Cherry #57 Bright Plum #49

Black Cherry #57; Bright Plum #49

It has a whipped formula that is supposed to be comfortable, non-drying that won’t fade, dry or crack. I wouldn’t call them moisturizing in the traditional sense, but it has enough silicones in the formula to prevent it from sucking the life out of your lips. I didn’t experience any cracking and it maintained matte/velvet finish.

The pigmentation in the Liquid Lip Velvet’s is awesome. I was blown away with the first swipe. The color stays intense for hours, but needs fixing up after meals. It also leaves a nice stain behind.

L: Black Cherry #57 R: Bright Plum #49

L: Black Cherry #57
R: Bright Plum #49

When initially applying the product, it has a slippery feel that stays around for quite some time. The slip feels comes from the silicones, which feels good initially, but after an hour or two, I was reaching for my lip balm. It isn’t a perfect lip product for me, but if you’re looking for a more manageable matte finish, these should be considered.

The Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are $34 for 6mL.

Black Cherry #57

If your lips are naturally dark brown like mine, #57 comes off as a really, really dark brown. There is no hint of “cherry”.


Bright Plum #49


Mac Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

If you’re a fan of makeup and Mac Cosmetics, chances are you know about its Viva Glam campaign. If not…Mac Viva Glam is typically a lip stick or lip stick and lip glass combination released annually where 100% of the selling cost goes to the Mac AIDS Fund. So go out and buy one…buy two. It’s for a good cause.


Mac has been doing this since 1994, but only a handful of the previously released Viva Glams are available. Mac Viva Glam 1 is really nice (and still available), but this year’s is quite lovely. It is fantastic bright matte fuschia lipstick and a fuschia lipglass with pink pearl. I am loving the limited edition packaging with Taraji P. Henson’s signature.

The matte lipstick is a comfortable to wear and isn’t too drying. It goes on relatively smooth and doesn’t tug at the lips during application. The lipstick is brighter than the gloss, which is intensely pigmented and can be work alone. It is a typical, sticky feeling Mac lip glass (though in larger packaging).


Mac Viva Glam Taraji P Henson


Mac Viva Glam’s are limited edition, but are available for most of the year it’s released.

The lipstick (3g) and gloss (4.8mL) can be purchased at Mac counters or online for $17.