I've added a new lipstick shade to my repertoire, see? A modern matte with a velvety finish, it's more comfortable to wear than you might expect. The formula is just a smidge dry, quite tolerable with excellent staying power.
The colour does seem to settle a bit in the grooves of the lips; you might combat that with a lip primer base (I don't have the patience). You definitely have to start with smooth lips, via this daily move if you can and these foolproof supple-lip steps.
This is Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in La Provocante ($40 at department stores and Murale). To keep the colour contained, I lined the outer rim of my lips with a clear lip liner, then applied the lipstick with a brush rather than straight from the tube.
Although I'm still in the just-starting stages of wearing this shade (I'm having trouble accepting Fall), I've been hooked since Canada's Chanel makeup pro Julie Cusson put La Provocante on me at a recent event. It rather reminds me of this amazing lippie from MAC + Gareth Pugh.
Unfortunately, this is not a back-of-cab friendly shade. Precision required. But the payoff? Many, many compliments.
Are you into this lip colour yet?
Photos via Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR.