Monday, 12 December 2011

30 Days of Lipstick, Day 30: Chanel Aqualumiere Lipstick in Zanzibar

For Day 30, the final day of this lipstick challenge, I chose a pretty lipstick from Chanel because using Chanel products is a fail safe way to make me feel glamorous and because I'd just gotten this lipstick in a swap and I was eager to try it out! The lipstick I wore was Chanel Aqualumiere Lipstick in Zanzibar. Although Aqualumieres are now discontinued, their formula is quite similar to Chanel's new Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks ($39 CAD, at The Bay and Holt Renfrew), so check those out if you like what you see here!

Here is a picture of the Aqualumiere packaging:
Chanel Aqualumiere Lipstick

And here is a picture of Zanzibar in the tube:

Chanel Aqualumiere Lipstick in Zanzibar

And a swatch of it on my arm (on the right):

Chanel Aqualumiere in Zanzibar (right) swatched on my arm (MAC NC15 skin tone)

As you can see, Zanzibar is a warm, corally-gold cinnamon shade (tough to describe, but that was my best shot!), that has sheer-to-moderate colour coverage and offers a reflective finish. It is darker than a traditional nude shade, but is also not too deep a brown, so it does not wash me out. As the name suggests, Aqualumieres were designed to offer a moisture-rich, luminous formula, and Zanzibar is no exception!

Here are a few pictures of me wearing it:

Me wearing Chanel Aqualumiere in Zanzibar

In sunlight (bad hair day! :P )

Under artificial light

With flash

The Verdict

  • Moisturizing formula, which is great for winter!
  • A lovely warm shade that isn't too nude or too brown
  • High on the luxury factor- can't help but feeling posh when using Chanel ;)

  • Since this line is now discontinued, you'll have to find something similar if you like what you see here. As a recommendation, try Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Biarritz or Liberte.
  • This shade may be too warm for those with very cool, pink-toned skin
  • Chanel products are always pricey, but are worth the splurge on occasion!

I've always had a soft spot for Chanel lipsticks, and Zanzibar certainly didn't disappoint. I can see it being a regular in my rotation, especially during the spring and summer. It's a perfect shade to bring a touch of bronzy coral to your face! :)


  1. Very pretty, peachy shade,Jen. It's one I would love.
    I am so sad we'll miss you on the 27th. Have a great holiday!

    Auntie M.

  2. Thanks, Aunt Martha! If you want recommendations for something similar, let me know!

    I'm also bummed out I won't get to see you over the holidays. I always look forward to getting together with you and the cousins. Hopefully we can cross paths another time very soon :)

    xoxo -Jen

  3. This is such a gorgeous color. I'm so glad that you reviewed all these lipsticks. I tend to gravitate towards lip stains, clinique chubby sticks and lip glosses. I do want some "grown up" posh lipstick that looks pretty to put on in public. Retouching your lips with Chanel lipstick looks elegant and ladylike whereas using a stick or tube doesn't look sexy at all.

    PS--I used to live in Detroit, and we'd go across the river to Windsor all the time for BBQ.

    1. Thanks! Yes, I always feel quite elegant when touching up with Chanel lipsticks in public :) And wow, so neat that you've been to Windsor! It's a smaller city, but there really is some fantastic food there :)


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