Chantecaille remains one of my favorite brands. It offers a wide range of options from soft, neutral colors to bold and bright, but the common thread throughout the product range is soft, layerable pigment. This fact polarizes makeup aficionados. Either people love the ability to start sheer and build up, or they complain that it isn't pigmented enough. I fall into the happy camp. I find this brand exceedingly kind to aging skin, including the iridescent eyeshadow formula, which is never frosty and clumpy. Coming from someone who gets dressed at dark o'clock each morning, I appreciate that it would be hard to overdo just about anything from this brand, so when light dawns, my face doesn't frighten away the birds.
Recently, I purchased several tubes of Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss ($32, 1 oz.), as well as the Pure Brilliance Trio. As I experimented with the gloss finishes, I found that some of the colors were barely tinted (such as Love and Charm), while still others packed a luscious punch of color. One favorite color is Allure, a deep, clear raspberry with no shimmer, and the other is Charisma, a sheer, neutral-warm strawberry red.
Charisma has plenty of shine and a little bit of red and pink shimmer. I prefer zero shimmer, but since I can't feel it on my lips (no grit), it doesn't bother me that much and adds to the illusion of fuller lips, and my lips need all the help they can get.
Unlike most lip glosses, which come with a doefoot applicator, Chantecaille's Brilliant Gloss applicator has a synthetic brush, which is perfectly sized to fit within the lip borders and is neither too floppy nor too stiff. One draw from the tube provides plenty of pigment, so there's no need to double dip.
|One dunk swatched on NW15 skin|
The finish is a bit goopy, but it does not feel sticky (like MAC), and it sits quite comfortably on my lips with a cushiony, almost jelly-like feel. Yes, my hair would stick to it on a windy day. Oh, well.
This formula appears to be fragrance free, but initial application causes a tingle sensation. I guess the tingle comes from the ingredient called, "Flavor." If there is any "flavor" it is very subtle, maybe the tiniest hint of vanilla. According to Chantecaille's web site, this product contains wheat proteins (so caution to gluten-sensitive people), which are supposed to be lip plumping, but the only "plumping" I see is smoke & mirrors from added shine, which draws the light to my lips. Wear time on me is 2-3 hours.
Bottom line: Worth trying, especially if you love a cross between lip gloss and liquid lipstick.
Ingredients: Polybutene, Hydrogenated PolyDecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Hydrogenated Styrene/IsoPrene Copolymer, Propylparaben, Flavor, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis, Leaf Extract, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate. May contain Mica, Titainum Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Eosine Y.
All photos taken by me except (1).