Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer
Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted red.” It’s a warm-toned, muted coral-red with a glossy finish. It looks a lot redder in the tube, but swatched and then applied, it has such a muted appearance that it ended up looking more coral-red than red. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker but is close. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two shades for Spring (the other is Murmure, but I’ve only purchased Sonate at this time), and both are supposed to be added to the permanent range based on the press release I received. Chanel specifically listed the two spring shade as having “no shimmer,” so if you love the formula of Glossimers and not the sparkle-factor, then these might be just the right ones for you. On the other hand, if it’s that glimmering sparkle that does it for you, it lacks it. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; noticeable amount of color that it changed the coloring of the lips from afar, but it let the natural lip color come through quite a bit (and you can see how much of my lip freckle is visible). For reference, the formula basically ranges from sheer to rich, and there’s typically no indicator as to which shade is supposed to be what. For the most part, it applied evenly, and it only settled slightly into lip lines after an hour of wear. This shade wore just under three hours on me, which is a little short for me. The consistency was lightweight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

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12 thoughts on “Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Merry Christmas to you, Christine!!

  2. Finally a nice glossimer without that nasty glitter!

  3. Kind of reminds me of Nakkar from a couple of years ago. Very pretty and spring-like, though. I’m actually more tempted by this than the bright shades. I love my brights, but I feel like everyone has been doing them lately.
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  4. Too sheer for me! Almost looks clear to me.
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  5. Nice, but not very special.

    Could you please reveal, which foundation and powder do you have here? Your skin looks so flawless in those photos :-)

  6. This is very pretty and fresh :-) you look lovely, Christine! Merry Christmas!
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  7. So pretty! I tend to prefer creamy glosses over sparkly ones as well as with lipsticks. I’m just not a fan of so much shimmer on the lips. Looks nice as an everyday color since it isn’t as bright.
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  8. AudreyNZ

    This color looks great on you, Christine. It gives you a brightening glow.