High-end Lipstick Review Series: Chantecaille

Chantecaille Lip Chic

Chantecaille Lip Chic

This is the second last post in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! I have only one more lipstick left to review and then its time for me to give away the highest scoring high-end lipstick to a subscriber in a shade of their choice!

While I was in Ottawa for a conference, I visited the Rideau Centre – a fabulous shopping destination – and was delighted to discover that a Nordstrom had just recently opened, the first one in Canada. I knew the Nordstrom website carried Chantecaille and shipped to Canada through Borderfree, but would they have it in store? Yes they did! I actually got to swatch the Lip Chic shades that I’d previously only been able to obsess over online.

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

I selected the shade, Camellia, a pale, cool-toned peachy-pink. I had been on a bit of a vampy lip colour spree lately and felt like I already had a lot of darker shades, so I was in the mood for something light and summery (maybe it was the warm Ottawa weather?).

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

I would caution that Camellia is very light, and although my ghostly-white self is enjoying this shade, it likely wouldn’t show up well on people with very pigmented lips or deeper skin tones.

Swatch Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Camellia swatched

I paid $42.00 CAD in-store for the Lip Chic and was pretty psyched to not have paid any shipping costs or duty. On the Nordstrom site they’re charging $48.02 CAD plus $18.89 CAD for shipping and $10.13 CAD in duties & taxes for an astounding $77.04 CAD in total!!!

I also have to note that the Chantecaille Lip Chic is a fairly small lipstick and has less product than a MAC lipstick for example.

Chantecaille Lip Chic versus MAC lipstick

Less product: The Chantecaille Lip Chic is 2 g versus a 3 g MAC lipstick

Let’s start the review…

Packaging
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Although certainly not as flashy as some of the other high-end brands, like YSL, Dior, Armani or Guerlain for instance, I did like the Chantecaille packaging. I thought the lavender shade of the box was unique. I can appreciate a minimalist type of design. The small, gunmetalish silver tube was a little plain but still felt weighty and snapped shut very securely like a high-end lipstick should. 2/3 Duchess points

Formula
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Loved the formula of the Lip Chic! Its very rich, pushing the boundaries to almost being sticky (but isn’t sticky) its so lip-balmy and moisturizing. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulfate which evidently hydrates your lips. The Lip Chic is sheer and very glossy compared to the Chantecaille Lip Stick I also swatched. Chantecaille describes the Lip Chic as the “perfect combination of gloss and lipstick” and I couldn’t agree more. It basically gives the effect of a lip gloss without all the stickiness and messiness of lip gloss (I am so OVER having my hair and just about everything else sticking to lip gloss). I love to fill in my lips with a nude lip liner, like MAC Subculture or Whirl, or Annabelle Demure, and top it with Camellia Lip Chic. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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Again in terms of wear its the perfect combination of gloss and lipstick.Β I don’t normally find lip gloss long wearing. The Lip Chic is super shiny and glossy but long wearing like a lipstick. No idea how they did that! 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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The Lip Chic has a light vanilla scent, similar to the MAC lipsticks and no discernible taste. What more could you ask for? 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and it has not irritated my lips at all. No Duchess points deducted

MAC Test
I like the Lip Chic as much as I like my MAC lipsticks. Neutral Duchess points

Would I pay for another one?
Here’s where it gets tricky to answer. I would love to have more of the Lip Chics in some of the other shades. If I could purchase them in-store for $42 CAD I would. The problem is, only 4 stores in the entire country carry Chantecaille and none are remotely close to where I live. Realistically, for me to purchase another Lip Chic I would be looking at ordering it online through Nordstrom, and I would NOT pay $77 CAD for another one. I’m unlikely to be re-purchasing any.

I wish I could deem the Lip Chics splurge-worthy and award them an additional Duchess point putting them in second place overall. However at $77, for me they would not be worth it. If you happen to live in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary or Vancouver where you can purchase them at Holt Renfrew or Nordstrom, I would recommend giving Chantecaille a try.
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Chantecaille Lip Chic Total: 10/14

 

High-end lipstick review series score chartOther reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Rouge Bunny Rouge
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
Dolce & Gabbana
NARS Lipstick (original)
Givenchy

As always, thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀

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19 Comments

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19 responses to “High-end Lipstick Review Series: Chantecaille

  1. Pingback: High-end Lipstick Review Series Finale & Giveaway!!! | nerdylibrariangirl

  2. I got a chantecaille lipstick last fall and it’s one of my favorites! When I first got it I was shocked at how small it was and how little product it had. Still, it’s a great lipstick!

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  3. Sounds like a great lipstick! I tried Chantecaille lipstick once, ages ago, when it was a normal lipstick tube (bullet form). I hated it. LOL. Never touched the brand since, but looks like this one is a winner! I’ll have to see if they have more creamy/matte options. πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow! That is one expensive lipstick! But glad to hear that the formula is great πŸ™‚ I have not tried anything from Chantecaille yet.

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  5. Another great review! That markup is crazy!!!

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  6. karenmillerthekiller

    Pretty color! It’s crazy that you would have to pay so much to order one!

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  7. A lipstick that contains Hyaluronic Acid? I don’t think I’ve seen that before… or I haven’t been paying attention. The formula and everything sounds very lux, but I also would NOT pay $77 for a lipstick, geez Nordstrom.
    We’ll be getting a Nordstrom here in Toronto so hopefully this will be available there. Although, I did get a GC to Holts, maybe I should splurge there. πŸ˜›
    PS. I’m downloading a few episodes of Quirks & Quarks, it looks interesting according to the episode descriptions! I’m looking forward to listening to them. Thanks again for the recommendations!

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    • That’s exciting that you’re getting a Nordstrom! The Toronto Holts is pretty awesome for makeup. There’s Cle de Peau there I believe, which is nearly impossible to order online to Canada. Hope you enjoy the Podcast. It’s very sciencey. πŸ™‚

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  8. I’ve not tried one piece of makeup from Chantecaille – though I’d love to someday. Looks like Rouge Coco Shine is still in the lead! I feel like my Canadian fellow beauty enthusiasts cam understand my pain when it comes to paying duty, lol. Which is why I’m so cautious about ordering online if I can help it. πŸ™‚ xo

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    • I’m discovering that Canadians are not alone in this for sure. It’s difficult and expensive to order makeup online in a lot of countries. So frustrating. And yes, Chanel is kickin butt in this competition!

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  9. BeginnerBeaute

    Love your little kate middletons too cute XO

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