But almost always, they sport bright red, orangey lips and those red lips made me curious if J.Crew has a collaboration with a brand to produce it. After all which company wouldn't capitalize on such things? Sure enough, it does, and on the check out counter of my local J.Crew store, here it was: Chili Flake lipstick by FACE Stockholm.
Chili Flake is just that, bright, warm, bordering orange red. So bright that it is almost neon under some artificial light. It is very pigmented: a little goes a long way, with semi-matte finish that is quite drying. Indeed, the texture is quite hard to work with: it has very little slip, and application with a brush is a must for precision. But boy... it is soo pigmented that it leaves quite a tenacious stain afterwards. Perfect for red lipstick application technique à la Lisa Eldridge (where you'd take a small amount and brush brush brush, getting the pigment to saturate the "root of the carpet" of your lips, blot, and repeat).
|Under direct sunlight, L: one swipe, R: four swipes.|
|Under the shade, always a more accurate representation of the color.|
Finally, so many warm-red lipsticks out there can turn fuchsia once on, this one doesn't.
In case anyone is wondering about the French Martini shade, also from FACE Stockholm for J.Crew, it is almost identical to Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt, circa Spring 2012 (Horizon de Chanel collection) -- in fact, the difference is hardly detectable once worn. With far superb formulation of Chanel's I passed this one. Both colors are now available at J.Crew website and stores.
THM: Love the color but not the formula. Has anyone else tried this or found any dupe with better formulation? Perhaps from Giorgio Armani?