It’s been a long while since I gazed longingly at crayons. It was Grade 2, to be precise, and the thrill of having a brand new pack of 24 Colleen Pencil Crayons made my eight-year-old heart sing.
My wants have become a touch more sophisticated since then, but I got a strong sense of déjà vu gazing at the Le Rouge Crayon Collection from Chanel.
The new “lipstick” in a pop-and-twist pencil format (R610 each) offers total fun and freedom. Chic and always ready to use, it slips into the smallest handbag with just one twist to reveal the colour. That’s a firm twist – don’t be nervous, it’s Chanel. The elegant black packaging is anything but flimsy.
The texture is soft and silky and it cleverly glides on and melts onto lips where it will stay for up to four hours, with no sliding or fading, but some transfer at first.
The shine is glossy, much like with Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Lipsticks, but with a creamier texture. They offer a wash of colour that you could blot off into a stain or intensify with extra layers. There’s no detectable scent.
The Jumbo Lip Crayons come in nine shades (12 overseas, hence the jump from eight to eleven) and the colours are just perfect – from classic reds to trendy nude for a perfect pout.
N°1 Nude – a nude beige with medium coverage
N°2 Rose Violine – a soft beige rose cream with full coverage
N°3 Rose Clair – a reddish orange with full coverage
N°4 Rouge Corail – a shimmery cool light rose pink with medium to full coverage
N°5 Rouge – a classic red with full coverage
N°6 Framboise – a strawberry pink-red with full coverage
N°7 Fuchsia – a hot cool pink with full coverage
N°8 Cassis – a deep plum with full coverage
N°11 Tangerine – a hot orange with full coverage
The collection is exclusive to CHANEL studios in selected Edgars stores from 25 January 2017.