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July 31 2014

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Chic: The Lipstick

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The backstage scene at Chanel’s Fall show in March was truly something to behold. Trays of Lesage-embroidered beaded eyebrows aside, creative director of makeup Peter Philips’ table was littered with forthcoming Fall offerings, including an eye shadow/blush hybrid he called Notorious at the time and two shades of nail lacquer in Vertigo, a lilac gray, and Frenzy, a dark asphalt. It was enough to get our mind reeling over what the collection would be called. “Le Hitchcock de Chanel” would be fitting, we thought, although Philips’ significantly simpler Les Essentials de Chanel does have a certain ring to it—especially when you consider its seasonal shade of Rouge Coco Shine. Chic, as the newly launched sheer beige gray bullet is appropriately called, is as essential as it gets. Unlike the gray lipsticks that were a surprise hit at the Fall 2009 shows, this particular iteration is almost entirely transparent, which means it imparts the slightest dark mauve wash over lips and gives them more density and a boat-load of glisten in the process. “It does exactly what you want it to do” is all we could muster while trying to explain its magic to Philips during a recent phone conversation. Somehow, we’re pretty sure he intended it that way.

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