Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Things I Can't Live Without - Chanel Rouge Double Intensite

In the overdone "if you could only take X items to a desert island, what would you take" hypothetical, mascara invariably tops my list of must-have cosmetics. Nonetheless, as I have yet to settle on the perfect mascara (L'Oreal Lash Architect and Benefit Bad Girl have been my most recent faves, but I'm not yet satisfied ... hopefully there will be updates forthcoming), I've decided to instead discuss the newest staple in my makeup collection: Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour by Chanel. The dual product (base color at one end; clear gloss at the other) bests any lip color I've yet to try. The brush allows color application so defined that the need for lipliner is totally eliminated; the color survives food, drink, and hours of wear; and the ultra-shiny, non-sticky gloss "imparts brilliant shine, superb hydration" (I'm sorry, but I just couldn't do any better than the product description here - funny when a product claim turns out to be totally ACCURATE, isn't it?).

My sister got married this past weekend (hence the lull in my posts), and her lipcolor - applied around noon - withstood the kiss at the altar, dinner and wedding cake, and plenty of kisses at the reception - which lasted until eleven at night. We did reapply a gloss over the base color a few times over the course of the day/evening (gotta stay shiny for the photo ops!), but the base stayed on all day long. Pretty spectacular!!

For me, this product is part of my daily routine; I don't need a special occasion to justify an all-day lipstick. I also love that I can apply the base and then use a tinted gloss (being a Chanel girl, I love my Glossimers) to get a little color variety; my favorite combination at present is the Ultra Wear Lipcolor in Sandstone with a Glossimer in Hacienda.

Chanel cosmetics are available at beauty.com, gloss.com, sephora.com, and most fine department stores, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. The Ultra Wear Lipcolor is $30, and Glossimers run $24.50.


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