August 28 2014

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Seven Days of Purple Lipstick: Part 7


For my final day of purple lipstick wearing, I took things back to basics, channeling the original deep, dark berry color that set off a nail craze almost 20 years ago. Chanel’s Vamp is a winner of a lacquer, and turns out its lipstick version is equally enjoyable.

The Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Rouge Noir.

The Application: Chanel’s Global Creative Director Peter Philips’ update on the house’s lipstick arsenal launched earlier this year, and the opaque colors in the range require a liner as they are incredibly saturated. I sought out the appropriate shade of its Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer and filled in accordingly.

The Upside: Rouge Noir, the French name for Chanel’s best-selling Vamp nail polish, is beloved for its signature brown/berry hue with inlaid shimmer. Rather than impart a glitter effect on the nail, it translates as high-shine—much preferable, if you ask me, to visible flecks. The same is true of the lipstick, which is a near perfect shade match and goes on with an incredibly glossy finish.

The Downside: This pigment definitely moves, so my “is there lipstick on my teeth?” anxiety ran a little high yesterday. Persistent reapplication was necessary to keep it looking polished, but it fades down to a really nice stain, so slacking actually served me well.

The Final Word: A little high-maintenance, but worth it for its iconic color.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

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