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
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