One of the newest launches from CHANEL, Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur/Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon, may very well turn out to be one of their “funnest” (most fun?) releases to date … not to mention ridiculously easy to use. Available in 10 shades at a cost of CAN $43.00/each (I understand that there are more colours available elsewhere. Sigh), these are definitely luxury-priced, but are they worth it? Read on to find out …
Having finally jumped onto the ‘oversized lip pencil’ band-wagon, CHANEL’s version has certainly taken things up a few notches by creating a product with a formula that’s as luxurious as the price tag. Intensely pigmented, each shade offers good-to-stellar coverage by the very first stroke (this is obviously colour-dependant; the lighter the hue, the less intense the pigment), while also keeping lips throughly moisturized throughout the wearing. Application is truly effortless since you literally use each pencil to “draw” the colour onto lips (start by tracing lip contours, then fill in). With a creamy, gliding feel and rich glossy finish, full coverage is reached by the basically the first swipe.
While long-lasting, their emollient nature means that they will move but as the deeper/darker shades also fade to a light stain, at least you still wind up with colour along your lips. TIP: to sharpen, swipe the tip from side to side on a tissue, although personally I do wish there were another way, so as to avoid wasting any product.
N°1 Nude | A universally flattering neutral nude shade that gives just a hint of colour without washing features out. Considering the light hue, coverage is excellent and does not settle into lip lines.
N°9 Beige Rosé, limited edition | A soft pink/nude shade that provides a light layer of colour, as well as a slightly plumped look to lips.
N°2 Rose Violine | A dusky rose shade with mauve undertones, and which leaves behind a gorgeous “bitten-effect” stain.
N°4 Rouge Corail | A vibrant coral-tinged red that while bright, is never gaudy. Totally wearable and one that will be spectacular paired with a light tan (but still gorgeous against paler complexions too).
N°5 Rouge, limited edition | A true red shade with a good mix of both cool and warm undertones, making universally flattering as well as wearable. In a word: stunning.
So to answer the question I posed in my opening paragraph, YES: these pencils are so very definitely worth it. The selection I received are all shades I would have chosen myself and in fact, I’ve been been wearing Nude, Beige Rosé, and Rose Violine in constant rotation. Rouge Corail just begs to be worn while lounging poolside at some tropical locale, and Rouge is the very epitome of a lush & sexy red hue. By the way, Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book has swatches of the entire range you can check out. Final word: I absolutely love each and plan on picking up the rest when they launch.
Available January 27 at all CHANEL counters
Media samples kindly provided, all opinions my own