I might not be sunning myself in the south of France right now, but I am channeling French-girl makeup vibes all winter long. While I feel like I've got the tousled hair (thank you, Oribe), and raw skin figured out, I've always struggled to find the perfect lip color. You know the one—that muted, pinky-red that comes off more stain, less painted-on. Well, I've finally found it, and from none other than the quintessential French beauty house Chanel.
The newly launched Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm ($25) comes in five shades of rouge. Personally, I'm partial to Deep since it gives a perfect berry stain that's both uncomplicated and universally flattering. Paired with neutral skin, a hint of blush, and a lick of mascara, my winter makeup is sorted. And now, so is yours.
Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm
Best for: Daily lip/cheek stain
Active ingredients: Moringa Butter
Clean?: No, contains parabens.
Potential allergens: Please see full ingredient list.
About the brand: Chanel is a French luxury powerhouse specializing in fashion, beauty, jewelry, and more. Its N°5 Eau de Parfum is regarded as the world's most iconic fragrance.
How to Apply
Nourishing and foolproof, this balm enhances natural lip color, and gives just a subtle sheen (before drying down to a more matte finish, once the gloss dissipates). For best results (read: ultimate hydration), glide on lips daily. Wear it alone for a hint of color or layer with your lipstick of choice for a more customized look. It actually works really well as a cheek color too—just use your fingers to pat it on.
There's no false advertising here as this moisturizing lip balm left my pout with a "healthy glow" and just the right touch of color to give off serious French-girl vibes. Thanks to its lightweight, non-stick formula, you can wear this lip balm comfortably all day long, and into the night as well.
You can usually find this Les Beige product retailing for around $25, which, for a lip balm seems a bit steep—then again, it is Chanel—however, let's not forget that apart from bathing lips in a sheer wash of color, it's got the added bonus of doubling as a cheek stain. Not too shabby, IMHO.
Chanel's Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm ticks off my checkboxes of texture, color, and quality. In other words, it delivers. Add espadrilles and a Rouje dress, and you're basically Jeanne Damas. Put it this way—mine hasn't left my handbag since I got it.