There are some lip colors I would never ever try, and a bright red lipstick ranks #1 - a purple or green lipstick would be less scary to me - and while I have bought a red lipstick or two over the years, it's a color I definitely lack the confidence to carry. A while back, I got a sampler of some Chanel reds, and it has stayed untouched until now. Today, though, I decided to give these a try, starting with Chanel Incandescente. Described as a "fire red," this color looks a bright orangey-red on my lips, and I have paired it with a wash of olive-beige shimmer on the eyes and a soft peach blush.
Swatches of Makeup Used (L to R)
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush Espiegle
Eyeshadows from the Chanel Mystere quad
Urban Decay Eyeliner in Corrupt
Maybelline Blackest Black gel eyeliner
Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Longwear Lipstick - Incandescente (97)
I have tried Chanel reds before, and in general, the Rouge Allure formula is one of my least favorite. The lipsticks go on patchy on my lips and seem terribly drying. I don't know what's different about Chanel Incandescente, but it feels so light on the lips, stays on even without a liner, and isn't drying either (though still not a moisturizing lipstick). In real life, I would wear this applied lightly, switching the shimmery olive for a matte neutral brown eyeshadow to keep it more daytime appropriate. It would be a nice red lip to pair with my usual attire of jeans and walking shoes :D