Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss

Even for the most jaded lip gloss user/collector, she who has more tubes than she'll ever admit, and feels she has tried everything, a new lip product from Chanel is always a must-try (and a must-have. That's just how it works).

The new Chanel Aqualumiere high shine gloss is the latest addition to the Aqualumiere line that also offers some fabulous sheer lipsticks. This is a different product than the classic Glossimer: A lot less shimmer, a smoother texture and more shine. It might be a bit more sticky than some Glossimers, but not by much, and never to an annoying degree. The colors are very sheer and you need to build them up if you want to get the exact effect you see in the tube. As a result, even the darkest shade available, Bubble Plum, is far less scary or intense than it looks, and as a result, very wearable, even if you are paler than me.

As a a matter of fact, Bubble Plum was the only color that looked good on me. The other colors, pretty as they are, were much too light. My rule is that lip products have to add color, not to take away (obviously, Jennifer Lopez doesn't share my ideas), and that was the only one that worked. A light-handed application gives just a touch of plummish color, very suitable for days and looks good with a light (fake) tan. You can add another dollop or two for a sexier look. The brush applicator required some practice (I prefer sponges, but it's not that big of an issue), though once you get the hang of it, delivers a perfect and precise coverage.

Staying power: moderate. It doesn't survive lunch or kissing, but half the fun is in reapplying.

All in all, another little happiness in a tube. I hope to see more colors join the range.

Aqualumiere gloss is available from every good department store that has a Chanel counter, as well as from the official Chanel website. I bought mine at the local Saks for $26.


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