Review: Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer Lip Gloss

By Voxy  

You know, every lip product should be so good that it makes you run around your house making kissy faces at your reflections in various mirrors.

Not that I did that, or anything. I’m just sayin’.

But if I had, hypothetically, done such a silly thing as that, which I didn’t, then I might conceivably say that Chanel Glossimer lip glosses are among the kissiest of lip products around. Actually, most of Chanel’s lip products are pretty kissy.

My very first makeover ever was at a Chanel counter in … where? Boston, I think. I was visiting a friend there and we both decided to have makeovers. I hardly remember mine (although I do remember buying a blush and two lipsticks), but I remember that my friend hated hers and declared for weeks afterwards that the Chanel lady had made her look like a PW (which stands for “Painted Whore,” one of her idiosyncratic phrases). I thought she looked fantastic, but you know how it is when it’s your face and you’re used to seeing it a certain way and then suddenly it doesn’t look that way anymore. It’s a shock. But I didn’t think she looked like a PW, and I don’t think anyone on the street would have said so either, once you told them what PW meant, of course.

Nowadays most Chanel products are out of my price range in terms of daily purchasing ($42 for a blush, $54 for foundation, $56 for an eyeshadow quad, ouch), but I saw this gloss on someone online and loved it enough to shell out the bucks. You will have to tell me if the swatch makes me look like a PW.

The Glossimer formula has one of the nicest lip-feels of any gloss I’ve tried. That’s the thing about Chanel: in some ways, you definitely do get what you pay for with them. The blush I bought after my first makeover was, in retrospect, probably a little too dark and mature for the early-20s Voxy, but there’s no question it was a quality product that went on beautifully — as is this gloss. The formula is high on shine — I’d say a 7 or 8 out of a maximum of 10 — but it’s not at all the thick vinyl shine that’s become popular in recent years. The shine is more like that you might get from a liquid lip balm. The formula is lighter and thinner than I’d expected (which is not a bad thing), and it’s virtually non-sticky. I think only anyone who had a princess-and-the-pea sensitivity to stickiness could complain.

This particular shade is Spark; in the container it looks red with gold shimmer, but it goes on more pink than red, which is just what I wanted. The pigmentation is medium — over bare lips it provides a little color and sparkle and a lot of shine. Over another lippie it does the same, but also has enough pigmentation to alter the final color. It works really well over paler lippies, since it gives them more body, and it softens lippies that are a little too dark. It has the standard gloss wearlength; when I tested it, I probably shortened the wearlength because it felt so nice I just couldn’t stop rubbing my lips together (when I wasn’t making kissy faces at myself). (Which I did not do, of course.)


Today’s naked lip:

Today’s lip with Chanel Glossimer in Spark:


Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer lip gloss: $27

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. High price, but excellent product.

Purchase again? Oui. If you want a little bit of Chanel luxury, this is one of the more affordable options.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar Baz
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You are such an enabler!


  2. avatar Baz
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I dunno.

    27 bucks for that! I want wam bam color for my 27 bucks.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Have you tried any of their other lip products? The glossimers are probably the least pigmented. What I like about this is that it’s sheer but bright. But their other products are a lot more colorful. I have the Chanel Rouge Allure Dragon liquid lipstick and it is so bright you can see it coming from 3 miles away.


      • avatar a biologist
        Posted April 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

        I’d pay 27 bucks to feel like an alluring dragon.


        • avatar Voxy
          Posted April 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

          That one is really a “special occasion” lipstick. I’ve worn it maybe twice; it’s obscenely pigmented and you cannot make a mistake when putting it on or you will look like a vampire post-midnight-snack.


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