Monday, April 30, 2012

Chanel Calypso Glossimer


Some days ago I showed you a preview of the Chanel summer item I didn't expect to love: the Calypso Glossimer. In the tube it looks like a hot orange shimmer confection, but on the lips it sheers out to a coral that leans orange. I am so smitten with the color that I've worn it for three straight days. 

(By the way, I had an astounding revelation recently: I own like, one coral lip product. What?! Why?!  How do I rectify this?!)

L-R: Chanel Calypso, NARS Wonder, Le Métier de Beauté Karla Sugar

In the swatch, Chanel Calypso looks really similar to NARS Wonder, while LMdB Karla Sugar seems too dark to be considered a dupe. When applied on the lips, however, it's a whole different story. I forgot that Karla Sugar is a sheer brilliance lip gloss instead of a lip crème, thus while it swatches magnificently, it appears much sheerer on the lips. 

Chanel Calypso Glossimer



On the lips, Karla Sugar and Calypso were actually really similar. The only difference I could discern was that Calypso has hints of pink amidst the coral, while Karla Sugar leans more toward red. Another similar gloss is Dior's summer offering Orange Pareo, but that gloss contains more yellow. All three glosses mentioned are sheer, so the color might differ depending on the pigmentation of your lips. For reference, my bare lips are a light pink hue. 

Le Métier de Beauté Karla Sugar


On the other hand, NARS Wonder is considerably more pigmented than the other two, thus on the lips it's a rich, bright orange. 

NARS Wonder Lipgloss


All three are quite wonderful and spot on for the season (though Karla Sugar was a limited edition shade released last year and no longer available - for those unfamiliar to the color, it was made by the company in collaboration with, you guessed it, Karla Sugar). For those who are bummed about not being able to grab Karla Sugar while it was available, I think Calypso is a fantastic alternative. Chanel glossimers are usually too sheer to interest me, but Calypso shows up and transforms my lips into a twinkling coral. The Chanel glossimer formula is one of the better ones in the industry: lightweight, non-sticky, as well as scent and taste-free.

Chanel Calypso Glossimer retails for $29.50 and is available at Chanel.com as well as Chanel counters worldwide (soon, if not already). I cannot stress enough how it is absolutely perfect for summer and you need it, I really can't.

17 comments:

  1. Oh, you're KILLING me, Xiao! Just when I decide to NOT lust over a certain product, there you go and turn up the lemming to MAX lol. You're certainly fulfilling your mission! :)

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  2. wow now I need this!! currently obsessed with the GA summer glosses; why did I not know they make such nice glosses??

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  3. Eeee I have to check it out when it comes out! I don't own an orange gloss yet and it looks adorable :)

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  4. I do need it. And NARS Wonder. And your macaron. ._.

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  5. I adore Calypso on you! Mine is on it's way. Can't wait to see how it looks on my skin tone as well!

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  6. Ugggh. Chizeled Cheekz. I thought I was done Summer makeup shopping!
    (I deleted my previous comment because I spelled Chizeled wrong-put an s in there instead of the z. :P)

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  7. What? How could you have only 1 coral lip product when it looks THAT good on you? O_o

    I'm not sure why I passed on Calypso now...

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  8. i love all of these shades :)

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  9. Beauty Obsessed- I stand by the last sentence in the post!

    stephanie- because it's easy to get sidetracked by their eye products, probably :) which are your favorites?

    Sunny- You must! And then blog about it so I can see how it looks on you :P

    Larie- I kinda need my macaron back too. Bad idea to post about it because I keep seeing it again.

    Christa- I bet it'll look amaaaazing!

    Tracy- I think I'm done. I hope I'm done! (okay no i'm waiting for lmdb's kaleidoscope, then i'm done)

    dani- INDEED. WHY, DANI? I think corals usually go weird on me. This is a rare one that worked.

    Niki- good for this season, for sure!

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  10. Hi Xiao,
    Does any of these glosses dry your lips? Chanel's tends to give me dried lips after an hour or two. How is it on yours? Thanks.

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  11. I don't have an orange gloss either... at least I don't think I do. I have one Glossimer and I quite like it so mayhap I'll like this one too - will be sure to try to remember to check it out when Summer comes in here (which is... I don't know when :P )

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  12. My last orange gloss was from last Guerlain Pucci collection (like 5 years ago)... you've just created a new lemming!!!! :p

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  13. wooo calypso looks beautiful on you. the macaron's a nice touch in the first pic :DD

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  14. the gloss in 512 is very beautiful -- there's enough color that it doesn't feel like a clear lipgloss yet it's not loud. I'm tempted to pick up the nude pink as well :) 509.

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  15. These look lovely on you! After seeing this, how can you not own more corals and oranges? They don't look right on everyone, but honestly, I think they love you more than pinks!

    Leila

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  16. Chanel Calypso looks stunning on you! I was about to pass on this but now I am going back for it!

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  17. That's it: I NEED Calypso ASAP!! I can't even begin to say how gorgeous that is on you!

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