I've been eyeing Bourbon Rose Lip Chic from the Chantecaille Spring 2010 collection for a while. I like the Lip Chic I already have (Amaryllis) , but none of the more natural shades in the line up quite worked for me. I have quite blue-based pale lips, so I turn a lot of natural colours that work well on other people into corpse lips.
Bourbon Rose is just right for me. It has enough depth of colour, and the right balance of rose-brown-blue to make my lips look healthy.
Bourbon Rose applied, outside in natural sunlight.
Half applied picture, taken outside in sunlight. Lip Chic is applied on the left, my bare lips are on the right. I thought this might be helpful to gauge my base lip shade. If your lips are redder/less blue, that will affect how this lipstick looks on you.
A picture showing Bourbon Rose in context of (some of) the rest of my face. I took a couple of fuller face shots, but they distort the colour of the lipstick. This gives you an idea of how it works with my complexion, although I think this sort of colour would suit almost anyone.
Chantecaille products are at the higher end of high end, and the Lip Chic is £26, the same price as a Guerlain Rouge G, but the Rouge G is 3.5g to the Lip Chic's 2g. I do like the formula of the Lip Chic, which gives decent coverage and lasting power for a glossy lipstick, and has a plumping, almost solid-jelly-like feel on the lips. It's very good for a more casual look, or for days when I can't decide what lipstick to wear. I do prefer the finish (very subtle shimmer) to the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine (little sparkles.)
This product was bought for me by Mr London as a gift.