Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Dash of Elegance & Blueberry Pie: What Would Coco Think?



circa 1938:  Evelyn Venable (1913 - 1993) the American leading lady who was the original model of a woman holding a lamp on the Columbia Pictures 'logo'. She is viewed baking apple pies in her kitchen.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

I had a serious makeup tossing out session a few weeks ago, throwing away old products. So cathartic! In doing so, I felt it was time to buy some new lipstick and I decided to go with Chanel (big surprise) after reading about their new line, Rouge Coco, that came out in March of this year. W wrote that it was kind of a throwback for the house, using shades that go back to the Sixties and metal tubes instead of plastic. This quote got my attention:

"There's a whole generation of women who have never worn lipstick--they were raised on gloss," laments makeup artist and Chanel Makeup global creative director Peter Philips. "Many women don't even know how to apply lipstick. I want to offer one that's easy--just one swipe."

That sounded like the product for me. I always think of lipstick as taking more time to stand there and get right. One swipe, yes, yes, all good.

I found two shades of Rouge Coco that are good for me, No. 26 Venise, a pinky-brown neutral, and No. 36 Lune Rousse, a medium red. Since they are matte, they seem especially good for layering gloss over to heighten their color and add shine (Mr. Philips would probably not like hearing this, maybe Coco Chanel wouldn't either. Lipstick only! No gloss, you heathen, no gloss!) They also have a great scent, with a hint of rose, and you really can tell the difference with a metal tube instead of plastic. It feels like what you're holding is more substantial.

From the gorgeous book Chanel: Collections and Creations by Daniele Bott:

"For Coco Chanel, lipstick was so essential that she even included a special pocket for it in her quilted handbag--soon to become famous as the legendary 2.55--so as to always have it at hand. She regarded lipstick as the ultimate weapon of seduction. She loved deep red, which flattered her dark hair and 'golden brown' eyes; it added a dash of elegance, that crucial touch of sophistication."

And now that I have on my dash of elegance, I'm going to go bake a blueberry pie, from scratch, with homemade whipped cream (lightly sweetened and with a hint of vanilla). I don't know if Coco would be proud or horrified.

The lady baking above, by the way, is actress Evelyn Venable, in a picture from 1938. She was the model for the Columbia Pictures goddess who holds a torch in their logo. You know the one.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, $30

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