Today deserves a quiet hurrah, for I now have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. I handed in my 54-page thesis around noon today, and I am officially done with college!
Naturally, immediately after that I jauntily skipped (fact) to my local Neiman's. I was in luck: I arrived just as the Chanel SA was putting out brand new, unsullied testers of their summer collection. I was the one who marred the lines of the new bronzers, and I could actually use the included wand to try on the Calypso glossimer. I'm not even abashed for all this. (Forgive me, I just ended an era of my life).
L-R: Chanel Calypso, NARS Wonder, Le Métier de Beauté Karla Sugar
I've been thinking about Chanel Calypso glossimer ever since I saw the promo pictures, but was ready to dismiss it as just another orange gloss. I even brought along NARS Wonder and Le Métier de Beauté Karla Sugar to the counter for a comparison swatch, hoping they were similar enough that I could go without.
On the hand swatch Calypso looks just a tad pinker and sparklier than Wonder, but I thought it was close enough that I didn't need it. Even after trying it on my lips, I wasn't impressed. I walked away from the counter and went to Armani.
By the time I got to Armani, the gloss had sufficient time to truly settle into my lips, and I couldn't peel myself away from the mirror. Calypso is so pretty! And since I've been worrying about my lack of coral lip products recently (I know. I was shocked too), this appeared at the perfect time. I can't remember the last time a Chanel glossimer excited me so much. It's not as pigmented as NARS Wonder, but not so sheer that it doesn't show up on your lips. On me Calypso is a light coral gloss (and for reference, Wonder shows up as a bright orange), but I think this is a gloss that will look slightly different on everyone.
I guess the photo below is not necessarily a good one to show you how Calypso looks (I'll take a proper one when I get my hands on the gloss), but maybe it can give you an inkling.
I urge you to try it if you see it at your local Chanel counter. It's worth a swipe!