There are two new shades of Chanel's Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss ($32) in the Holiday 2011 Collection. Discretion is a luminous beige. Triomphal, my selection, is described as a shimmering red. If Triomphal is really red, I'm suddenly a red lipstick kind of gal.
Chanel's latest generation lip gloss, with rich color and intense shine was inspired by Rouge Allure lipstick. Bold color combines with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious wear and a deeply dramatic effect. Extrait de Gloss makes the lips feel comfortable - never sticky or tacky - and looks luminous for hours. The double-sided, flocked applicator is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition.
I swatched Triomphal (#517) in full sun at two angles to the sun. It's a rare red I can wear. Even though the color is intense, it has just enough sheerness to keep it from "taking over" my face.
Triomphal is a blue, rosy red. It's incredibly flattering because it makes my eyes pop blue. I think I could get used to wearing this shade during the day, which distinguishes it from most red lip colors. I think I've found "my red." I'm surprised by how much I like it.
While experimenting with it, I wore it around the house applied with its full intensity. I kept looking in mirrors, admiring it. I also blotted it to achieve a brilliant rose lip color, which looks beautiful topped by the new Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Sparkle d'Or. It changes character completely when blotted then topped by Sweet Beige, another combination I tried.
What do you think? Like the color? If you're a red phobe like me, Triomphal could ease your transition to a glamorous red lip for the holidays.
I purchased Triomphal at Neiman Marcus. The holiday collection is expected to be available at all Chanel counters and Chanel's Web site.
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