The formula is super moist and super sheer. Do not expect it to last through a meal. If you don't do anything, you'll get a couple of hours of color and then it fades away. Empreinte looks like a sparkling nude with golden shimmers but wears like nothing on the lips. With heavy application, I get something of a nude pink topcoat that barely registers. En Vogue, on the other hand, surprised me. It looked so bright and juicy in the tube but turned out to be a much softer pinky coral when on.
In the succeeding pictures, I hoped to capture some of the shimmer bits in these two colors. These were taken outside, in full sun.
The next picture was taken in the shade. I think it gives you a better sense of the actual colors to expect. The swatch was taken in full sun. To get to that level of color, I had to swipe the lipstick many, many times over. I couldn't even get a proper picture of Empreinte on the lips because it is so sheer. But you'll see how much softer En Vogue turned out to be when on. It's actually very flattering and depending on your natural lip color, fades to a peachy pink.
|Left: Empreinte, Right: En Vogue|
|On lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in En Vogue|
Applying straight from the tube gives you mild color, like in the lip picture above. However, I've learned that for more saturated color, you can start with dry lips, then load up a doe foot applicator or a lip brush with product and apply it to the lips. You will get a thick coat that still feels light and moisturizing but will give you heavier color. Alternately, I've used Rouge Coco Shines in lieu of lip gloss. I apply a heavier lip color like a Chanel Rouge Coco and then swipe a Rouge Coco Shine on top for a glossy finish. I think En Vogue will interact nicely with quite a number of bright lipcolors or your favorite lip pencil. Shall we try it sometime?
|Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte and En Vogue|