Greetings from the side of my trusty wizard adventuring partner!
Probably everyone has at least one piece of loot that means more to them than any other. Usually these pieces of loot are associated with strong feelings and significant experiences, hopefully happy ones (and not, say, that time the cleric lost his leg to a gelatinous cube…).
In my case, this piece of loot is, without question, Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick in #40, Charme. Why, you ask? Well, it’s the lipstick I wore when the wizard and I got married
Like a couple of the lipsticks I’ve reviewed before, Charme is a ‘my lips but better’ shade – a slightly sheer (but still more than adequately pigmented), hydrating, medium-cool pink lipstick that you can toss on without thinking about it, or using a mirror. You can rest assured that when I did my makeup for my wedding I was all about the mirror, but it’s so important to be able to touch up while in the middle of a goblin raid without having to stop and rummage in your kitbag.
The packaging on this lipstick is the usual glamorous, understated Chanel black and gold, and has a really pleasing weight to it. The mechanism is smoother than a lock after I’ve had a go at disarming it , and the engraved bullet doesn’t rattle around or smoosh at the sides while you’re using it (unless one of the goblins actually crashes into you, in which case shit is gonna get REAL for that goblin). The lipstick is unflavoured, but has the usual soft Chanel rose scent.
Charme applies smoothly and evenly, and gives a pleasant creamy, ‘softly coated’ sort of feeling to the lips. The finish is satin, not glossy (that’s what the Rouge Coco Shines are for) and the colour wears well for about four hours on me, which is enough for a decent sized dungeon or wedding ceremony up to the reception. It doesn’t leave much of a stain, but then it’s an MLBB shade anyway, so you probably shouldn’t expect much there. It does leave my lips feeling hydrated, so combine that with the coating aspect and you’re all set for rooftop chases in night winds as well.
You can build the pigment up to a certain extent if you want to try and get the bullet colour as ‘opaque’, but that’s not really how this lipstick works best. The finish is satin, although you can see lots of tiny gold and pink sparkles in the bullet. These sparkles were inadvertently shown off when the wizard cast a flare spell:
You can use this lipstick as a very soft cream blush that has a few tiny sparkles in it, but it will probably only show up if you have quite pale skin. One advantage if this lipstick’s relatively sheer, non-staining colour, however, is that you can safely kiss your wizard, without leaving him looking like he’s been molested by a saucy sorceress. Unless you are a saucy sorceress, in which case pack tissues to clean him up before the post quest or wedding ceremony photos :-).
*one quick note – the swatch on the Chanel website for Charme is a lot darker and more orange the lipstick – so you might want to exercise caution with those swatch images!
The verdict: Chanel Rouge Coco in #40 Charme is a gorgeous, soft pink, ‘MLBB’ shade that’s perfect for all your romantic adventures, whether they be questing for hidden loot, going out for Valentine’s Day, or getting married to your adventurer of choice. It’s also a fabulous every day shade that will fill a staple niche in your beauty arsenal. Highly Recommended!
The practicalities: Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks cost NZD ~60.oo / USD 35.00 for 5.8 g/0.2 oz, are permanent (although limited edition shades do come out), and may be acquired from Chanel counters and stores the world over, and www.chanel.com.
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!