Sometimes, I let my enthusiasm get the best of me. When I saw Chanel's limited-edition Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Chelsea ($28.50) from the limited-edition Knightsbridge Collection at Chanel.com, I ordered it - at the same time I ordered the Spring 2012 glosses. I should have used Google to search for photos. If I had, I might have seen that, despite its vibrant color in the tube, it has no real color.
This brilliant pink lip gloss delivers the ultimate pop of color, along with subtle shimmer and a high-shine glow. Part of the limited-edition Knightsbridge Collection, its striking hue is named for a thriving artistic and cultural area of London.
Sometimes I wonder how Chanel (or any other company) achieves such beautiful color in the tube that, unfortunately, translates to clear or close to clear on my lips. Such is the case with Chelsea. Once I received mine and tested it, I was astounded, thinking there had to be something wrong with me or my tube. I shook the tube, ran the applicator in and out of the tube - basically did everything I could to pick up more pigment. It's not there.
I did a quick Google search. I found Christine's photos at Temptalia. Had I seen them before I ordered, I would have skipped Chelsea - not because it's not "satisfactory," but because it has little-to-no real color. Christine gave it a "1" out of "10" for pigmentation and an overall "D." I wholeheartedly agree. It's virtually colorless.
Here are two swatch photos I managed to snap in between clouds today. I saw the sky brighten and dashed outside to get a few photos. Before I could get back inside, the clouds had obscured the sun again.
I had to paint multiple coats of Chelsea onto my arm to make it show as much pink color as it does. My first coat was almost clear.
Even though I love most Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimers, I feel mislead. Chanel calls Chelsea a brilliant pink lip gloss that delivers the ultimate pop of color. I don't see the pop. If you want a very slightly tinted pink gloss, you may want to consider ordering Chelsea from Chanel's Web site, the only place it's available in the United States. I'd recommend you save your money for something novel.
Photo at top courtesy of Chanel; other photos by Best Things in Beauty