Chanel Reflets d’Ete de Chanel Glossimers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

For summer, Chanel introduces four new shades of their Chanel Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.). All four have a “jelly” finish, and they’re very, very sheer and have a tendency to look the same applied to lips. Chanel described them as “translucent.” They’re as described, though shorter-wearing than the average Glossimer, but otherwise rather consistent. If you have more pigmented lips than mine, you may even find that they do not alter your natural lip color at all. The four feel the same: light-to-medium in weight, non-tacky, comfortable to wear, and are lightly hydrating. They last two hours on me (judging by the shine and feel of it on). If you’re a big fan of the Glossimer formula and are in the market for a mostly sheer-to-clear option, any of these will work. I’ve said it before, but a translucent gloss is one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare.

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly light rose.” It’s a clear gloss with a faint tint of rosy pink; applied, it just looks like my natural lip color with a glossy finish. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is very similar on. Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly fuchsia.” It swatched completely clear, and applied, it looked clear as well. It certainly appear fuchsia-tinted in the tube, but I didn’t detect any visible tint outside of the tube. Any clear, shimmer-free gloss will be similar to this.

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly coral.” It was a warm-toned, light-medium pink-tinted gloss. It is very sheer applied, just amplifying the natural lip color and adding a glossy finish. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly orange.” It’s a muted, peach-tinted clear gloss. It added warmth to my natural lip color when applied. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer
Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer
Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer
Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer
Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer
Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer
Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer
Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer
Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer
Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer
Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer
Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer
Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer
Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer
Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer
Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer
Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer
Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer
Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow , I was hoping that “Sexy” would have at least some of that fuschia tint to it, but alas it does not. What a bummer. Your description is spot on with the visual aids- clear. Additionally, I don’t think I could bring myself to shell out nearly $30.00 for a clear gloss without even any iridescence or anything of the sort. 🙁

Yeah, it’s really crazy how vibrant they all look in the tubes but manage very little color swatched! It’s interesting how that works.

SAD!!! I love sheer lipgloss without shimmer. I LOVE the glossimer formula. I thought these would be perfect and that I would end up with every single one. These basically look the same (and I never say that!). I know that they’re supposed to be transluscent, but four super sheer, all non-shimmering glosses in a single collection doesn’t make much sense to me. Well, at least they look great in the tube.

Right? It’s weird that they release four in a single go – I could see maybe one warm and one cool, then maybe similarly colored but more pigmented options.

I don’t feel this review is very honest. If you say (and I can clearly see) that they are very sheer and you even compare them with clear gloss, how can they have 10/10 for pigmentation? Why is the overall grade B+ since they all look pretty much the same and provide almost no color or longevity?

Hi Elle!

I recommend reading the first paragraph! 🙂 Pigmentation is rated based on what the pigmentation is supposed to be (similarly, all ratings are based on what the brand markets/describes, what they’re supposed to do). Chanel said these are supposed to be translucent – they are not supposed to be opaque.

Though lips are a different application and might have more pigment than nails? I’m not sure how much variance there is from person to person regarding color/tone/depth of the nail bed vs. the lips. Even something that is semi-opaque may seem the same on someone with more pigmented lips, you know? Unfortunately, none of the terms are really standardized! I’ve seen brands use translucent and transparent and sheer all interchangeably!

Well, nail bed vs. tips will always have a bit of variance, since the bed’s going to depend on skin pigmenatation, like someone’s lips.

If brands are dumb enough to use words interchangeably that have different meanings, that would be their problem, and the review ought to reflect that, right? I think you ding longevity on products that claim to last stupid lengths of time like 18-24 hours and don’t, when we all know they probably just MEANT that product will last all day.

Really, though, Chanel just has an ongoing problem with this sort of thing. Why can’t they just make a nice, clear gloss with a gorgeous hot pink packaging and stop pretending they’d make a glossimer have a color? 😉

Thanks for your input, Quinctia! My rating system is definitely not arbitrary, and I’ve put a lot of thought into it over time to determine what I feel is right and makes sense based on how I’ve chosen to rate products. Just for clarity – I only hold a brand to an over-the-top 18-24 hour claim if they make it specifically, if they say “long-wearing,” I’m not looking for 18-hour wear. If they want to say specifically 8, 10, 24 – then yes, I will. In a perfect world, brands would state realistic wear times (perhaps a range), provide detailed information and scales (like Zoya has an opacity scale), finish info, etc. etc. that could at least standardize what you see in a brand.

The colors look so great in the tube, so I am disappointed to see that they are so translucent. I was hoping for a middle ground; clearly I did not read the description first!

At least Chanel says outright that it’s translucent.

I prefer my jelly type of lipgloss to be a bit more pigmented and in a squeeze tube, like the MAC lip gelées and Lancôme juicy tube.

I’m happy Channel came out with this though, it might influence other companies to start bringing them back!

Err, i am not sure if my eyes are playing tricks on me, but why does all the 4 colours looks the same on you, christine? in the tube..it looks different but wants swatch ..totally disappointing :/ it will not show up at all on my pigmented lips 🙁

Chanel said these are translucent – the idea being all sheer, barely-there color on lips – and unfortunately, that’s pretty much the case, but the problem with releasing four shades is once applied, they run together!

Pretty colours — if only they showed up on the lips. Four shades of clear? No, thank you. Chanel’s “colour collections” have been disappointing for a while. This may drive me into another brands arms.

I feel like these would be a complete waste of my money. If I wanted a good clear gloss then I’d buy a clear gloss. Also, I think you could find something that works just as well for $1.99.

Very disappointed in these, although I kind of feared they wouldn’t have much colour to them. Honestly, if I were going to spend that money on a nearly colourless gloss, I’d want to make sure that it would have ingredients that soothed and hydrated my lips. If I’m purchasing something for colour, I want colour. Just my opinion, though.

I remember the first time Chanel put out a fuchsia jelly-ish gloss, and it was almost clear on, lol! I was so sad.

It’s too bad these lack any real pigmentation. The colours in the tube look like they’d be so lovely if only more opaque. Using the word “translucent” is one thing if they were truly that – lip colour with translucency (rather than transparency), but they lack any real colour to even classify them as separate shades (“Hello” and “Sexy” at least). The only one I’d consider is “Sunny” as it really does add a nice warmth to the natural lip colour. Otherwise, tisk tisk, Chanel.

I can see it being a bit of a stretch, though it really seems like brands use translucent/transparent/sheer interchangeably, so it can be difficult to interpret at times, but I try my best!

Wow… you kinda wonder why they even bother making different shades? o___O It seems like such a tease, or even just a waste of time, to invent pretty colors that will not translate at all to lips.

I can’t justify paying anything over $3 for a basically clear lipgloss. Like if it’s got good pigmentation and color, I don’t mind paying $20-$35 on it. I mean….the description sounds lovely though, I like the description of “jelly” in makeup products for some reason :p

THANK YOU!!! And, to boot, they were tested on animals. Why? They’re nothing, and do nothing for up to 2 hours! ( Oh, they have a Chanel logo) I fully love Tenptalia & value Christine immeasurably, but these should make us want to say more than boo for senseless jelly. Smh.. 🙂

Having read the description, luckily I knew what I was getting into, but one of the problems with stuff like this is it’s easy to miss those descriptions or you see it in store and maybe you don’t try it before hand – and it’s a shock!

I read the description as well, and dozens of other similar glosses came to mind. This is just robbery. There are t even any benefits in the formula! Shocking..

Like most products, there are definitely dupes! The less color/texture, the more readily duped a gloss is usually, unfortunately! The formula has to be really awesome, I think, otherwise. For me, it’s not the best/most hydrating option, so there’s no way I’d opt for these personally.

Personally? No, I’m with you. I can eat grease and add food coloring while holding up the channel logo, if that’s so important. I expect spectacular!I rarely see them, except for the pink “fresh expert” one, but Dior NAILED it awhile back with their Dior Addict Lip Polish that intensely hydrated, massaged, and made lips cushioned with a hint of color, either coral, pink, or more nude beige option. They were all so lovely with maximum potential. I went through dozens of them. (which is soooo rate for me to go through anything) while I’m here, I received an email from Mac that expressed they have LE things. Again. Is there a forum on here for those of us needing emotional and mental help due to the crap of cosmetics? I..can’t…hold..on.. Lol. Let’s have a contest! How many blushes will come out claiming what the Hourglass blushes do? I’ll sculpt my own best best light. I feel taken. Whoops! I must run, I’m late mixing jelly into Mac clear gloss. Oh.. Lasting for 2 hours? What?! Wow! Crossing fingers that mine go for 2.5! 😛

Hm. Although my zero-pigment lips would probably actually show some of the in-tube colour of these, I’m not sure I would take the $60 risk here, LOL! They sure are pretty in the tube, I’ll say that for them.

Aww I was so hoping Sunny or Sexy would be more pigmented! With all the bright lips we’re seeing on all the lists of trends for the summer this is so disappointing. Hope there are some other good finds in this summer collection…

They all look the same (clear)–like the fluo glossimers that came out a few years ago, and a few years before that. What a disappointment. It hardly seems necessary for Chanel to have released different “shades.”

“I’ve said it before, but a translucent gloss is one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare.”

Very well put, it’s certainly my nightmare, lol! These may look good over a lip stain, but between the relatively short wear time and that price point, I think I’d pass. I do love Glossimers for the sparkly finish, so the jellies don’t do it for me. The creams are a little bit better but not nearly as special as the sparkly ones, IMO.

I agree, Ryou! I think the sparkle MAKES Glossimers for me. The sparkle is what makes them special! For a clear gloss, I’d go for a more hydrating formula (personally), than this.

I want to say it’s for someone who longs to own a fuchsia gloss that’s bold and bright but doesn’t actually want to WEAR a shade like that, so they get the fun of looking at the pretty tube with something they feel great wearing.

After reading the previous comments and review, my opinion is pretty irrelevant, however, Chanel, in case you are reading this –

I realize they are touted as translucent, the formula may be amazing but for $30 US (which will undoubtedly be at least $5 more CDN) I expect SOME kind of jelly colour on lips, esp. when they look so beautiful in the tube. My NYC Kiss Gloss were under $3 CDN (and sadly discontinued) and deliver more satisfactory results. There is NO way I could ever justify these. And yes, I have purchased Chanel products and covet the ones I own.

Just sayin’.

I think they would be more interesting with more color, but I would have also liked them to have done one warm/one cool sheer gloss, then coordinating more opaque glosses – then you could have options. Four that look so similar on in a single go is like, “Why?”

Too sheer for my liking. I’d give them a try if only they were loaded with shimmer. On a positive note, I’m glad that Chanel’s description for these glosses is spot on. 🙂

I have one “fluo” glossier from 2 summers ago and is my go to gloss for layering. The texture is perfect and lightweight and it doesn’t create residue over the lipstick but enhances the colour.

But I agree, four almost the same lip glosses???

I tried Sunny today at Nordstrom. Did nothing, but my lips are quite pigmented. That said, I have to say I wore it home and after it came off, my lips feel plump and super conditioned. That alone says to me that I should try Sunny at least on top of a coral/orangy lipstick, like Mac’s m’orange, or Chanel Pimpante…I am going to give it a go this weekend and see if that makes sense. Also, Sexy could go on top of any fabulous fuchsia lipstick, or a bright pink like Chanel’s old Super. I wonder if it was marketed right…

I think they just didn’t need to have four 🙁 When you put ’em together, then it’s like, “Why four of the same?” (they aren’t 100% exactlyyyy the same, but they’re very, very close!).

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