Nars Charlotte Gainsbourg Collection

New and limited for summer 2017 is Nars’ Charlotte Gainsbourg collection. The lip colors and shadows I picked up are supposed to be a variation of their typical formula. If that is true, they Nars should make the change permanent. I find the glosses really comfortable to wear. They are definitely not the typical sticky Nars gloss. The texture of the eye shadows are smooth and buttery, especially the matte shade. The packaging is the same rubber-like texture, but is a deep olive green with gold lettering versus black with white lettering.

L to R: Double Decker, Promise, Ephelide

Double Decker Lip Tint  is described as a Ruby Red. It has a jelly look to it and is my least favorite of the bunch. It is very sheer and on the verge of pointless for my dark lips. This is a risk I take buying online.

Promise Lip Tint is described as a red plum. It has decent pigmentation, but those with lighter natural lip tones may find it streaky.

Ephelide Lip Tint is described as an antique rose. It is my favorite of the bunch. It is not fully opaque like a lipstick, but it has great buildable coverage. It is a perfect lip shade for wearing bright shadow in the summer.

Nars Velvet Duo – Old Church Street is described as a golden champagne. On me, the left shade is more pink than gold. (The swatch is on top of a primer.) Rather its pink or gold, the shade is nicely pigmented. The teal shade is buttery smooth, has great pigmentation and blends out nicely, but picks up extra product on your brush. So, tapping off the excess is greatly needed.

Lip Tints retail for $26 and the duo is $35.


Hourglass Lip Stylo

Are you in the mood for a colored lip balm? How about a moisturizing lip stick good enough for the chronically lip balm addicted? If so, you’ve got to try Hourglass Lip Stylo’s. They are castor seed oil based with shea butter and jojoba oil. The formula isn’t thin, so there isn’t a slick feeling when applying with the quick disappearing act. It also doesn’t feel thick or heavy. The pigmentation is great, last hours and leaves a stain behind. The downside is eventually, the nice tip will wear down and it may be a challenge to apply from the bullet for those with thin lips. There is no discernible taste or smell. The packaging is lovely and has a nice weighty feel, but is fingerprint prone.

L to R: Warrior, Liberator, Protector

L to R: Protector, Liberator, Warrior

1 – Protector is a purple-pink with good pigmentation and buildable color.

2 – Liberator is a warm medium pink with good pigmentation and buildable color.

3 – Warrior is a dark cherry with great pigmentation in the first pass.

These retail for $32 and have 2.5g each.

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