[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] There’s not a lot from CHANEL that I haven’t dipped my toe into and thought that I was really au fait with their beauty collection but somehow I did not know that the brand has a clear lip liner. It’s something we were discussing on here in comments the other day – these are extremely handy things to to have in your make-up bag. When I was asked to recommend some good ones I really struggled to remember which brand has one at all and only came up with a couple of suggestions dredged from the back of my mind.
The beauty of a clear liner is that you don’t need to have the precision accuracy that you need with a coloured liner – if a bit of a clear line goes astray, nobody is any the wiser and unless you’ve gone terribly wrong, it will hold your lipstick from bleeding or straying from the lip border. It’s a way to keep a tidy lip without the necessity of accuracy.
The lip pencil )£22) has a brush at the other end that you can blend a hard around-the-lip line into a softened border. I checked on-line for ‘tips for clear lip liners’ and there was one that suggested that you could use them as a lip line filler – it didn’t work for me but you can use it over the entire lip to give your lipstick better hold.
Another thing I’ve never tried is the Boy de Chanel lip balm – it’s under the ‘Boy’ label but in fact is for anyone who doesn’t like shiny lip balms. Max would love to get his hands on this balm but I think I will have used it up by the time he comes home again! It’s a gorgeously emollient balm that’s low sheen and it turns out that it makes an excellent base for a matte lipstick if you find them drying (as I do). I should say that you will not get that very dry looking ‘velvet’ lip from this because that relies so hard on their being no moisture anywhere. Matte lipsticks rely on a high powder content and powder is a very moisture sucky thing so if you don’t mind a more moderate matte, the Boy de Chanel balm can act as an ideal base.
As a general lip balm, it’s a great one with jojoba and shea … I feel it’s more long-lasting than most and much as I love a glossy lip, I’m also now quite taken with this low key comfort look. In fact, this is such a great seller to everyone, despite the ‘Boy’ label, that it doesn’t stay in stock for long. At £34 it’s on the pricy balm list (not even near Sisley’s £56 though!) but it feels and looks like the treat it is. There is a shiny equivalent in the Rouge Coco range for £32. Everything is HERE except the lip liner which is HERE.
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