There are eight colors in the new Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo range of lipsticks. I could have easily gone for six of them, but I was good (The Husband begs to differ) and only picked four: 206 Histoire, 208 Roman, 214 Message, and 216 Lettre. Lipsticks are often packaged in a stylo format when they're too soft and creamy to stand on their one in firm a bullet shape. Prime examples are the sadly discontinued Dior Sérum De Rouge (I loved it so much!) and Cle de Peau Extra Silky Lipstick (ditto).
If you love this style of lipstick that are a balmy treatment as well a premium makeup product, Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lip Shine is among the better one you will find. These are rich and nourishing lip balms with a sexy lacquered finish and an intense pigmentation and an opaque coverage. It's kind of dreamy, really. That said, remember my observation about softness: the actual product inside the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo could have easily been poured into jars or a flat lip palette and applied with a brush. The lipsticks are on the extreme side of creamy and you need to be careful not to smear them all over, and never ever twist the pen more than 1/4 of a turn out. You can actually see in my photos how easily they get squashed and squished.
Another word of warning: I didn't notice before buying these Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lip Shine, but the third ingredient listed is a hydrogenized coconut oil. Long-time readers may remember that I'm allergic to almost everything coconut-related. The swatches had left me with an angry itchy red welt on my arm (Benadryl gel helped, as did pure aloe gel), which was when I finally looked up the ingredients. It didn't stop me from testing the lipstick on my lips, which might have made me eligible for the Darwin Awards. By some miracle, my lips remained intact and I could enjoy these Chanel lipsticks, but I'm aware that an allergic reaction can come at any time as a result of prolonged exposure, so I'm being careful and using a liner to make sure the Chanel concoction doesn't touch the skin around the lips, just in case.
As far as application goes, you can apply directly from the pen and then try to smooth it, but I get a more precise result from working with a lip brush. This way the product doesn't collect at the corner or inside lines and grooves. The opacity and shine are beautiful, the red colors leave a nice stain, and longevity is enhanced by applying with a brush, but there will still be transference and most of the color is gone by the first course. It is a rich balm, after all.
Now to the colors I have:
206 Histoire is a warm tomato red, 208 Roman is a sexy berry red, 214 Message is a deep rose, and 216 Lettre is a neutral/natural mauve. All of them are lip wardrobe staples for me, and if I weren't worried about the coconut oil becoming a problem I'd also add 212 and 218 to my collection. As things stand, I'll be wearing these Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo lipstick for as long as I can, and when my coconut allergy catches up with me I'll cry.
Bottom Line: I probably spent $148 before tax on getting myself red and itchy.
Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lip Shine ($37 each) can be found at the counters and on chanel.com.