I thought I had purchased all of the Chantecaille Lip Chic ($30) colors that would flatter my skin tone, but then I read the excellent review by Modesty Brown and knew I had to have Zinnia.
The metallic round case appeals to my minimalist leanings--sleek gunmetal pewter grey that clicks closed with a satisfying snap. The tip of the product is sliced off at an angle, versus the traditional, phallic bullet shape. The texture is a smooth, lightweight, comfortable, and cushiony, but during initial application (until it warms up on the lips) it can drag and feel a little stiff, which sometimes takes 3 passes. If I make one pass, it usually does feel stiff unless it's a really hot day.
With Lip Chics, it's clear that a lipstick and a lip gloss had a torrid affair and produced a bouncing baby, as the unusual gel-like texture almost feels bouncy on the lips, as though the formulation contained tiny microbubbles of moisture. The result is a high shine with the plumping effects of a gloss and the saturated, even coverage of a lipstick
The only caution is the color can migrate outside my lip line if I apply too much of it (which is easy to do when a texture feels that good). So I just blot before I reapply. No big deal.
Zinnia is a sheer, mid-toned watermelon-meets-coral, with a base of orange laced with pink. Upon application, there is a whiff of creme brulee, which quickly dissipates.
Sadly, the brightness of this color did not translate, no matter how many pictures I took. Suffice it to say that this is a beautiful, face-brightening color that is so comfortable to wear. Despite the blah of the following photo, Zinnia does add a punch of color.
Bottom line: Pretty, everyday color and a fantastic lipstick/lip gloss hybrid.
All photos mine.