Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer
Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer

Chanel Ocean Shimmer Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with light silver and pink shimmer. There’s not a whole lot to say about a clear gloss, and it is unquestionably dupable by a variety of brands, formulas, and price points as most brands have some type of clear gloss available. If you’re a die-hard fan of Chanel’s formula and like clear gloss, it’s certainly worth considering. If you only splash out for more unique shades, more pigmented hues, or really sparkly shades, there’s nothing here for you. The consistency is lightweight, thin but not watery or too thin, and non-sticky. It’s hard to really determine when the gloss totally wears away, but it remained noticeably shiny for two hours. I reapplied it a few times, so I wore it for a total of six hours, and it was lightly hydrating over that time period.

Do you wear clear lipgloss? I’d love to hear you incorporate it into your routine!

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Ocean Shimmer

B+
It's clear, lightly sparkly, and it's pretty much exactly as it looks in the tube. It doesn't last too long on lips, so you'll need to reapply to keep up the glossiness since there's no underlying color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 13th, 2013

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer
Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer

Chanel Crushed Cherry Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a bold, berry-red with a glossy shine. MAC Plum Fun is more plum and has shimmer. MAC Lasting Achievement is much darker and has shimmer. MAC Rebel is purper. NARS Bougainville is slightly more berry-hued. NYX Burgundy is not quite as red and has shimmer.

It was such a happy moment to apply this shade, because it’s a very opaque Glossimer, and I feel like we haven’t seen enough of these in recent history (to balance out all of the ultra sheer shades). It’s also an interesting shade as it has no shimmer, just semi-opaque color with a high shine finish. The consistency is lightweight, medium in thickness, and applies incredibly evenly for something this deep. There is very faint settling of the color into lip lines, but at a distance, it is hardly noticeable. Crushed Cherry wore for five and a half hours for me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time.

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Crushed Cherry

A-
It was such a happy moment to apply this shade, because it's a very opaque Glossimer, and I feel like we haven't seen enough of these in recent history (to balance out all of the ultra sheer shades). It's also an interesting shade as it has no shimmer, just semi-opaque color with a high shine finish.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Eden (437) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “translucent raspberry.” It’s a shimmer-free pink-tinted gloss. On lips, it gave my lips a slightly pinker tint (and looked very much like Evolee once applied, but there’s a decrease in the warmth added). There is a number of sheer glosses that are similar to this.  I wish Chanel would consider releasing a better variety in intensity/opacity within a collection.

Again, sheer glosses are one person’s best friend and another’s nightmare. At least with Eden, Chanel made it clear what to expect: not just sheer but a translucent kind of color. The effect of this gloss is primarily adding a glossy, high-shine finish to lips, rather than adding sparkle or color. My lips looked pinker and less washed-out with this applied, but there’s no arguing about how subtle it is. It was rather difficult to assess how long this gloss lasted on me, but I noticed that at least half the glossiness had disappeared after two hours. There was some subtle sheen that I could still detect after three hours, but by four hours, my lips felt naked. The texture is slightly thin, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear. I wore this back-to-back, and it was lightly hydrating during that time.

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Eden (437)

B
It's not long-wearing like Chanel says, but at least Chanel put it out there to expect translucent color from this shade (which is exactly what you get). If you need semi-sheer or more color payoff, this isn't the right shade for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral.” In the tube, it appears like a warm coral-red with shimmer, but swatched on the skin, it takes on a much softer, lighter color–more soft orange with gold shimmer than coral. On lips, it adds warmth and maybe tints them to something slightly darker, but it’s very minimal and the shimmer is hard to spot (it is not a very sparkly shade).  There is a number of sheer glosses that are similar to this.

Sheer gloss should have a more visible impact than a clear gloss would. On my lips, this shade makes my lips look glossy and adds more pinkness to them (you can see that my lips almost look a bit washed out when they have nothing on them). Because the effect is subtle, it makes this gloss more readily duped–there’s nothing particularly notable about this shade. It wears three hours on me, and the consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, doesn’t get tacky, and is comfortable and lightly hydrating while worn. But I recognize that many readers need some special oomph to merit splashing out this much on a gloss, and if that’s you, keep going and don’t look back on this one.

We will always see and hear the debate between clear, sheer, and opaque gloss and what is or isn’t worth it and what does and doesn’t make it worth it. If you prefer opaque gloss, Glossimers (generally) aren’t going to be your number one go-to. Sometimes they have semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, and more frequently (in the past couple of years), many of them are very sheer. The press release described Envolee as just “coral,” whereas Eden, another shade, is described more aptly as a “translucent raspberry”–so this should be more pigmented than Eden, but it is not.

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Envolee (427)

B-
The press release described Envolee as just "coral," whereas Eden, another shade, is described more aptly as a "translucent raspberry"--so this should be more pigmented than Eden, but it is not.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige with shimmer.” It’s a warm, orange-peach with peach and gold shimmer. MAC Summer Sweetneart is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Pure Flattery is warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly is similar. MAC Poetic License is warmer.

It’s one of the creamier-finished glosses within the range, so it doesn’t have as much sparkle as the sparkliest Glossimer and has a milkier finish on the lips. Because of the milky quality of the color, it does settle into lip lines somewhat. The high-gloss finished paired with the shimmer does help distract the eye from the settling so it is not as noticeable. I wish Zephyr applied more evenly, as it constantly would show “lines” if I pressed my lips together.  It lasted four hours, which was good and around average, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, felt comfortable when applied, and wasn’t sticky.

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Zephyr (377)

B
Because of the milky quality of the color, it does settle into lip lines somewhat. The high-gloss finished paired with the shimmer does help distract the eye from the settling so it is not as noticeable.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Chanel Daydream Glossimer
Chanel Daydream Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense metallic fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-red with fuchsia and silver sparkle. Guerlain Cherry Swing is lighter and has gold shimmer, but they are similar applied. MAC Totally Fab is redder. Lancome Sienne Ultime is slightly redder and less shimmery/glossy.

This spring, Chanel’s refreshed the Glossimer range with a few new shades, and Daydream is one of them. The Glossimer range is intended to vary from “simply sheer … to intense” with “subtle sheen to sparkly metallic [finishes].” Beyond that, the formula is supposed to be conditioning  comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel’s recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you’ll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream. It’s richer in color and still has plenty of sparkle to dance and glimmer in the light, while the color itself isn’t too red or fuchsia, and the result is something slightly muted and balanced between the two. Daydream lasted five hours on me, which was an hour above average. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and never gets gritty (and the sparkle doesn’t travel).

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Daydream

A
For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel's recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you'll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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