Lustre for life: Chanel's new lip gloss is one you'll have to try to believe
What do you want from your lip gloss? If you anwered a comforting, yet light and non-sticky texture and vibrant, eye-catching colour then you're probably not alone. The makeup gods — in the form of Chanel's global creative makeup and color designer Lucia Pica — have heard your pleas. After nearly two years of lipstick taking a decidedly matte direction — 2016 was the year everyone launched a matte liquid lip — lip glosses are finally getting some attention again.
Developed in collaboration with Pica, the new formula of Rouge Coco Gloss mixes together "exceptional ingredients, sensuality and unstoppable voluptuousness, all in a wide palette of dazzling colors." That's where you've got to hand it to Chanel. While all the glosses are in a melt-away gel texture that glides on, the finishes are quite dizzying — from transparent to intense to scintillating. Also introduced are three new topcoats that act like nail topcoats, but with a transformative tint that 'livens up' your exisiting lip colour. The limited edition Caviar which looks almost black in the tube, but goes on sheer, adds a touch of noir to even pale lippies while the shade Excitation is the topcoat equivalent of a sequinned minidress. And if, like us, you struggle with the precision required to perfect a super matte or liquid lip, you might welcome the idea of a gloss so simple to use, you can apply it literally with your eyes closed.
The formula is also non-sticky, because what could be worse than your hair sticking to your gloss and making unsightly smears all over your face. Inside each tube of gloss is not just a burst of colour, but a hydraboost complex consisting of natural waxes of jojoba, sunflower and mimosa as well as a coconut oil derivative for long-lasting comfort and hydration. The gloss also has a gel-like finish that gives your lips a mirror-like shine while a volumising peptide plumps up your kissers for a bit of a boost with every application. Will glosses be the next big thing in 2017? You never know.
Available from 24 February at all Chanel beauty boutiques
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