Friday, August 19, 2011

Chantecaille Pure Brilliance Trio

The Chantecaille Pure Brilliance Trio ($68) comes in a gold faux-leather pouch.

The pouch contains three full-sized Brilliant Gloss tubes at 3ml (1 ounce) each.

The colors are:
  • Crystalline, a warm beige-champagne with gold shimmers
  • Glaze, a warm strawberry red with red glitter
  • Patina, a deep, velvety burgundy with very fine silvery shimmers
Chantecaille's Brilliant Gloss has a unique texture. It's incredibly smooth and cushiony with an almost jelly-like feel, and many are fairly pigmented. For a lip gloss, the color sticks around a good long time. They aren't long wearing by any means (which for me means 4-6 hours without a touch up), but they stay put for a solid 2+ hours if I am not eating and drinking.

The applicator had a brush end (not a doefoot), and you get more than enough product on the brush in one pull, so you don't have to keep dunking. The wand actually dispenses more than I need, so I scoop off what I want using a second lip brush. The brush is very soft, and I have never had one splay.

They do feel a bit goopy, but the texture is not sticky, and yes, there is a distinction, at least for me. Chantecaille claims these plump the lips, but I don't notice it on me, even if I detect the tiniest tingle, almost like there's mint in the formulation. Still, I credit the shine and texture for making my lips look full, rather than any lip-plumping technology. I learned after I bough them that they contain wheat protein, so if you are sensitive to gluten, take note.

I like my lip products pigmented, so I don't get as much use out of Crystalline as the others, but since it puts down virtually no color, it makes a pretty layer over lipstick, especially if you want to tone down a too-cool lipstick.

Glaze is a beautiful warm berry.

Patina is superreal star of this trio, as the most deeply pigmented—yet still sheer—with good, even coverage. I read KarlaSugar's review, where she said that said Patina reminded her of the color of vintage, velvet theater seats. So true!

Here are all three colors swatched on my hand. You can see that Glaze almost looks like a crushed strawberry with its little fibrous seeds. I find it disappointing that you can buy Glaze and Crystalline as a single, but not Patina. I guess most women wants to wear what Angeline Jolie wears, and hardly anyone likes the darker colors the way I do.

Bottom line: A nice intro to Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss at a good price (you get one for free), but you might do better buying one or two singles that you love.

(1) Image source Chantecaille web site
All other photos mine


    1. These are beautiful and I love the glimmer in them- it really gives them That's too bad about the *gluten issue*- I wonder why they put wheat in there anyway? Thanks for the review and purdy photos.

    2. Hi, if you have gluten sensitivity, you SHOULDN'T be using those, though they are beautiful, the long-term intestine damage is not worth it.

      I have this sensitivity as well and I use only gluten free lipsticks.

    3. Jeanie, thanks.

      Goya, I feel infuriated, but I suppose I could have read the writeup more closely. Because it's there, I know I won't be able to return them as bad for my health. :( I just never thought, with all the wheat sensitivity that is so prevalent now, that companies would be putting it in a lip product. It never occurred to me to look for gluten-free lipstick. I'll do some research, but if you have any sources, I'd love to know.

    4. darn it! why is it that the only color I am interested in (Patina) is the one that is not sold individually?

    5. WHAT!! Patina isn't sold seperately? Boo! It is gorgeous!! As soon as I saw your swatch I swooned then read the disappointing news. :-( It's cruel the things they do to make us "need" to buy something. What about the people that already own one of the shades...they expect you to "need" Patina and buy it anyways.

    6. When I discovered that I have celiac disease (2 and a half years ago) I send a request to companies the products of which I was using back then. Some of the answered, some not.
      Today I can say for sure that lipsticks of the following brands are gluten free: Chanel, Dior, Armani, Bobbi Brown.

      Lancome sent me the list of ingredients that contain gluten, so I can check the labels, here is the list:
      Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour
      Dextrin Palmitate
      Disodium Wheatgermamphodiacetate
      Hydrolyzed Malt Extract
      Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
      Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
      Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour
      Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
      Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
      Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer
      Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
      Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
      Malt Extract
      Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour
      Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate
      Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
      Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
      Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten
      Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch
      Wheat Amino Acids
      Wheat Germ Glycerides
      Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride
      Wheat Protein
      Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate
      Yeast Extract

      Apart from that there is a great forum on, I'm sure you'll find there many answers.

      AS for the glosses in this post: if I may suggest that you keep them to make a wonderful gift for someone who is not gluten sensitive :).

    7. Anon and PP, I know, so not right!

    8. Goya, thanks so much for the information; I will certainly do some more research. I have used the database and forum, but only to look for food and beverages. I can't believe I never checked to see if my makeup contains gluten. Ugh.

      I have been gluten free for almost 2 years, and it upsets me that I just reintroduced it to my system, either through licking my lips or just being absorbed through the delicate tissue. I am enraged! Especially because I can now correlate the change in the way I feel to my use of these lip glosses.

    9. Just checked and there was a question regarding nail polishes. It never occurred to me that nail polish can contain gluten! Now I'll have to write to Chanel and Sally Hansen :).

      I'm happy that it was helpful :).

    10. Helpful, for sure; I am very grateful. But I am also starting to feel a bit panicked that most of my makeup is toxic to me--including nail polish. Oh well, I have wanted to pare down for a long time, and although I have made great culling-out inroads, I still have a way to go. This is, perhaps, the impetus I need. *sniffle*

    11. On additional note, I think even those of us who maintain the most strict gluten free diet (like myself) do make and will make mistakes, I think it is inevitable, unfortunately...

    12. Actually, we can argue regarding resolution that we should go with: about a year ago I've read an article saying that unless cosmetic products get close to our mouth, there is no danger if they contain gluten. Since then I follow this rule. For example, I use Clinique's eye concealer, eye make-up remover and facial make-up remover, though I know that most of Clinique products contain gluten.
      On the contrary: once I've received as a gift a lip liner of Calvin Klein, which I threw away within half an hour, after it sent me to the bathroom with sever stomach cramps.
      "Luckily", am very sensitive, so I know pretty fast if something contains gluten..

    13. I agree about accidental exposure--gluten has become so annoyingly prevalent since the Food Pyramid was introduced as the approved way to eat--which just created a bunch of people with new autoimmune disease and type II diabetes. Just having a salad walked through the bakery in a restaurant's kitchen (with flour in the air) would be enough exposure, even in those restaurants that offer a GF menu.

      I am not particularly sensitive, which I think is a bad thing. I have never been diagnosed with celiac, but I felt better when I stopped consuming gluten, so I never saw the point in a test since you have to be actively eating it (no thanks).

      I take glutenease or peptizyde when I go out.

    14. You said: "gluten has become so annoyingly prevalent since the Food Pyramid was introduced as the approved way to eat--which just created a bunch of people with new autoimmune disease and type II diabetes. Just having a salad walked through the bakery in a restaurant's kitchen (with flour in the air) would be enough exposure, even in those restaurants that offer a GF menu."

      I totally agree regarding the secondary gluten pollution. As for new autoimmune disease-it is diabetes type 1 (I have it with celiac disease).
      BTW, If i enter the restaurant and ask whether they have gluten free dishes and they offer me a salad-I know that they have no idea what they are talking about.

      Now, please read this, from

      GlutenEase (Enzymedica) - very effective product targeting both protein and carbohydrate portions of gluten and casein. Effective enough to replace Gluten-free Casein-free diet for many people. Not intended for celiacs to leave gluten-free diet, but acts as 'safety net' for accidental exposures. Lessens symptoms for many with celiac. Does not cause adverse reactions some other gluten-targeting enzyme products do in celiac.

      Peptizyde (Houston Nutraceuticals) - found to be effective enough for replacing Gluten-free Casein-free diet for many people. Not advised for celiacs even as 'safety net' because some celiacs report worsening of symptoms with accidental exposure.

      AFP Peptizyde (Houston Nutraceuticals) – like Peptizyde but does not contain any fruit-derived enzymes (if you have phenol or salicylate sensitivies).

      Peptidase Complete (Kirkman Labs) - like Peptizyde with bromelain. Has not performed as well to replace a Gluten-free Casein-free diet, but handles trace amounts acceptably.

      Glutenzyme (Biocare) - sold in the UK, no other information

      If you are wanting to stay on a casein-free, gluten-free diet (soy- fre, corn-free) and supplement with enzymes for trace amounts, contamination, or small infractions, the following products are designed for this:

      Digest Gold (Enzymedica) - broad-spectrum with DPP IV

      GlutenEase (Enzymedica) - for casein, gluten breakdown, both proteins and carb parts; newest and most robust gluten-casein targeting product

      Lacto (Enzymedica) - low protease broad-spectrum product with enzymes for casein, gluten proteins, carbs, and fats. Very good starter enzyme product.

      Peptizyde (Houston Nutraceuticals, both original and AFP) - for casein, gluten proteins only (not the carbohydrate part or broad-spectrum) - like Peptidase Complete. Peptizyde has no bromelain, just papain. AFP Peptizyde has neither bromelain or papain.

      EnZym-Complete/DPP-IV (Kirkman Lab) - warning: lots of fruit-derived enzymes

      EnZym-Complete II Isogest Formula (Kirkman Lab) - has a bit more carb-digesting enzyme

      Maximum Complete (Kirkman Lab) - similar to EnZyme-Completes with Isogest, but not fruit-derived enzymes

      Peptidase Complete (Kirkman Lab) - like Peptizyde with more bromelain instead of papain.

      DPP-IV Forte (Kirkman Lab) - one of the casein, gluten proteases. Does not have needed companion proteases. Maybe helpful added into to a broad-spectrum product.

      Serenaid (Klaire Labs) - has not performed great for casein, gluten, but is a protease product.
      Vital-zymes Complete (Klaire Labs, not the Vital-zym Forte) - good broad-spectrum with added casein, gluten enzymes.

      Digest Right (Learner's Edge) - moderate broad-spectrum with added casein, gluten enzymes.
      A DPP IV Biocore blend may be included in certain products

      GlutenZyme is made by Biocare with reports of it being successful with gluten and casein, but it isn't known at this date if it contains DPP IV

    15. Thanks very much for the list. I had seen something similar on the Yahoo CFCF mail list, and also on the SCD list. When I go out (and I go only to restaurants that "get" what gluten is), I take one each of GlutenEase and Peptizyde.

      I am pretty sure I don't have celiac. Yet. I do have Hashimoto's (in remission without HRT since I quit gluten), but I know that if I continued eating gluten I could have ended up with celiac, RA, Type 1 db, Crohn's, IBS, lupus, MS, and god knows what else.

      I have since given up dairy and (mostly) corn, too. I follow a Paleo diet 90% of the time (I still eat chocolate and coconut ice cream and drink wine) and feel pretty good for it.

      Staff of life my ass.

    16. Apologies to those of you who came here looking for comments on a makeup review!! I'll handle the gluten-in-makeup issue in another topic, but meanwhile, feel free to interrupt this non regularly-programmed update. ;)

    17. Glaze is so pretty! :) I really want to order some Chantecaille, but can't get over the price!!

    18. What? I see lipglosses! I wonder if Frends Beauty Supply will have these at a cheaper price. Hmmmm

    19. haha aw I love glaze and crystalline! I have several minis of crystalline and 2 full sizes of glaze (can't remember how I ended up with 2 :P). I havent tried patina but have always thought it was looked absolutely lovely. Nice fall shade

    20. Oooh, these look and sound lovely! I haven't bothered with lipgloss for a while because I hate the sticky, tacky feeling they leave on my lips, the cushiony texture of these sounds really nice, though. Thanks for the great review and beautiful photos/swatches.

    21. Nat, Chantecaille lip glosses are among the only I will wear because they are not sticky. Chante and Chanel and I'd even wear the BB Rich Color glosses if they came in a color that looked good on me.

    22. Olivia, I'd love to know what you find.

    23. Christina, Patina is perfect for fall, isn't it?? Too bad I won't be wearing it.

    24. Gosh, I gave a little squeal when I saw the photos (especially the first one) and trust me, I'm not one who hardly ever squeals. :D Calling the whole package pretty would be an understatement. I'm one who gravitates to dark colours, so oooh, Patina is calling to me. Gorgeous swatches, Zuzu!

    25. My pleasure, Wit. It makes me throw a hissy fit that I can't buy Patina as a single. I bet Three Custom Colors could duplicate it.

    26. Patina is such a gorgeous color! It's too bad they include wheat ingredients. :(


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