Thursday, April 26, 2012

Swatch Comparison: Chanel Calypso, NARS Wonder, Le Métier de Beauté Karla Sugar

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!


  1. Hey, pretty lady! You have succeeded in creating a lemming for Calypso.

    Also, CONGRATULASHAYLA on finishing school! So proud of and happy for you :D. *BIIIIG HUGS* <-- that was almost Teletubby like.

  2. Congrats on graduating! You look great and I love that gloss on you!

  3. YAY for graduating!! That's amazing! Very proud of you Cheekz! You deserve this gloss for all your hard work!

  4. Holy crap. I had no idea that you not only went to my old school, but were a WLP! Congrats!

  5. How can you manage to compose this post after writing a 54-page paper? Congratulations again! I've just ordered Calypso, along with the three nail polishes and the peach eye pencil. Such an easy and happy collection. What do you think of the bronzers?

  6. congratulations!!! so happy for you and jealous at the same time that you're done with school! :)

  7. a) Congrats!!!
    b) I love the look of the gloss on you and yes you've created a lemming where there was none before


  8. congrats! it's a nice feeling to have a degree, isn't it? :) I love orange this year and calypso looks delicous *noms*

  9. Congrats :D the feeling of finishing and handing in your thesis is liberating!
    And i do agree with the rest, you've made me need calypso!

  10. Congrats on finishing college! Must have been a fantastic relief eh?

    I will have to try this one out now, but it won't be out for another 10 days here!

  11. Congratulations! I have a bunch of friends graduating and it's such an exciting time :)

    The gloss looks really pretty in the swatch (and on you of course). You'll have to let us know if it was truly worth the price once you get your hands on it :).

  12. That looks like a really pretty colour! Congratulations on your course, I cannot wait to have that same feeling in a few weeks time!

  13. And now I want this gloss :p

    But congratulations on finishing school! Hurray Wands!!!!

  14. Congratulations on your graduation! The day I handed in my thesis was one of the best days of my life, even though I wasn't done with college yet at the time (my school was weird that way). Enjoy this new era!

  15. Congrats on finishing college!! It's such an awesome feeling to be done with school :)

    Calypso looks lovely on you. I love the color and it's perfect for spring and summer.

  16. Congratulations on graduation! Your family must be very proud.

    Thank you for the swatches.
    Do you know of any good dupes for the LMDB Karla Sugar gloss?

  17. Congratulations on finishing--all ready for graduation? Do you have your makeup planned? :)

  18. Congratulations! This is definitely work a celebratory shopping trip :)

    You've caused me to REALLY want Calypso! How beautiful. Usually their Glossamers don't inspire me, but this one is incredible!

    ♥ Jessica

  19. Congrats! It is such a proud and liberating feeling to complete a degree, isn't it!?

    I'm still contemplating whether to get Calypso or not. It looks pretty swatched and on you...just not certain how it will look on me.

  20. I'm so jealous of your program! Mine's just called "English" but I want the publishing bit, too. CONGRATULATIONS, XIAO!!! :DDD

    So, thankfully I already have NARS Wonder. And the only lemming I feel right now is for your hair!

  21. Congrats!!!

    It does indeed look lovely on you! I think may need this one as well.

  22. THANK YOU for all the kind words, guys! Now the job hunt begins x_x

    Leigh- I skipped the bronzers because I found it too sparkly and not quite pigmented. It would make a nice highlighter or soft cheek color, especially for lighter skin tones. Besides, for this summer I already got the Guerlain one and I plan to get the Burberry as well.

    cytaormina- curiously, on the lips Calypso resembles LMdB Karla Sugar. Will post pics soon!

    Isla- I have been worrying about what to wear that I totally didn't think about the makeup! Oh gosh it needs to be budge-proof doesn't i!?

    Liz- it doesn't look like NARS Wonder on the lips!

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