Mishal Cazmi
Mishal Cazmi
@mishalc

Your new favourite lipstick-lip balm hybrid

I first saw Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Stylo in action when I was working on a beauty shoot with makeup artist Julie Cusson. When she pulled these out on the set of our April beauty shoot, I nearly snatched them out of her hands.

Besides the fact that they look like ultra stylish crayons, they feel like a super-pigmented lip balm on your lips, which to a lip balm lover and high maintenance lipstick hater like me is a very big deal. The hybrid formula contains something called a Hydraboost complex, which is a blend of an apple-seed extract and plant oils like jojoba and coconut. The best thing about them is that every colour, from the softest pink to the deepest purple, is so compulsively wearable (there are eight shades in total). And being a beauty nerd, I loved that all the shades were named using the theme of writing.

I picked three of my favourite shades and put them to the test.

Shade: 212 – Récit (deep purple)

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This deep purple actually shows up as a berry on my lips. It’s vampy if you apply it like a proper lipstick. And if you tissue off a bit, it loses the glossiness and settles into a really nice moody stain.

Shade: 206 – Histoire (intense red)

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I wore this bright red while I ate lunch (an unforgivingly messy sandwich) thinking there wasn’t any way this was going to stay put, but lo and behold, it did. It also won’t do a disservice to your pearly whites.

Shade: 218 – Script (nude)

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This low-key shade is for the girl who likes nude lipstick but doesn’t want that ultra-matte Kylie Jenner finish. It didn’t wash me out and looked ultra-flattering on my olive skin tone, which isn’t always the case (some nudes make me look like a cadaver).

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Récit

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Histoire

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Script

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Récit

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Histoire

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Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Script