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…

duchess pointduchess pointduchess point



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

duchess pointduchess pointduchess point



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

duchess pointduchess pointduchess point



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

duchess pointduchess pointduchess point



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.
negative 1 duchess point
-1 Duchess point



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)

As always, thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀


Filed under Giveaways, Lips, Lipstick, Reviews

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!


  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™‚


  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.


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


  6. karenmillerthekiller

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


  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!


    • 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™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  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


    • 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!


  9. BeginnerBeaute

    Love your little kate middletons too cute XO


I'd love to hear what you think! Please leave me a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s