the perfect red

For years I have searched for the perfect red lipstick.  I’ve always wanted to pull off the whole chic red lips vibe, but somehow end up looking clownish or like I’m auditioning to play Jessica Rabbit.  I guess I have a hard time finding a shade that works with my coloring because I’m fair with an olive undertone.  Everything ends up looking too blue, too rust or too pink on my skin.  The times I have found a great color, it’s usually discontinued in months…a big pet peeve I have with Lancome!  So finding the right lipstick has felt more like a search for the holy grail.

After my long, tiring search I finally found a new love.  Chanel’s Rebelle #63.  It’s in the “Rouge Coco Shine” section of their lipsticks.  It’s sheer and highly pigmented at the same time.

I found it at the Chanel make-up counter while visiting Boston last summer.  I’ve never bought anything Chanel, but was drawn to a tall stack of Coco Chanel books on display.  As I was standing there, for kicks I asked an associate if I could pull off bright red lips despite my coloring.  She reached in a big drawer and pulled out a sample tube then said in a heavy French accent, “try thees, eet ees exactly what you need.”  She walked off and picked up the shiny black phone to finish a conversation she was having with another customer.  I thought “okay, she must be really confident about this color.”  I tried it and LOVED it!  It was creamy, light and the perfect pop of red.  No blue or pink undertones.

This one is the only lipstick that doesn’t cause my lips to peel – maybe it has fewer harsh chemicals in it than other brands?  Not sure.  I happily wore it most of last summer and find that it’s perfect for a winter look as well.  Note:  I do lightly apply my trusty Revlon liner in Sienna first to give it a touch more darkness and staying power.  I blogged about that liner a while back in this post.

If you’re a fair-skinned brunette who wants a chic pop of color on your lips, I think Rebelle is the one.

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For my blonde friends:  if you can wear reds with a tangy coral undertone, Rebelle would work well for you too!  I could see it worn to a holiday party wearing winter white.  Nobody can rock all-white like a blonde.

Hope you’re having a great Monday morning.

Oh and this was not a sponsored post : )

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  1. Vicki says:

    LOVE this lipstick in 42 Biarritz! I have used MAC Russian Red for years and it’s a staple for my daughter’s ballet performances. Will have to try the Chanel in Rebelle! ;)

  2. Bryn says:

    thank you thank you thank you! I love red lipstick but have the hardest time with it. Usually reds make me look WAY too old for my age and not in a good way. I’m going to have to try this one! From what you described it seems we have very similar coloring. Yay!

  3. Lindsey A. says:

    I know this probably sounds a little strange, but I love chanel lipstick because of the way they smell. I swear they put a drop of chanel no. 5 in the lipstick. Yummy!

  4. Lizziefitz says:

    I scrolled down hoping to see you wearing this new find;)?

  5. Allison A, says:

    I share that same pet peeve with Lancome, Seleta! I have been searching for a long time for that “perfect” red. I will have to check out your recommendation. I am fair with auburn hair. Might be the one! Have a great week!

  6. Sarah says:

    I luv your french accent!!

  7. pve says:

    now show us those red lips!
    Pucker up under some mistle-toe!

  8. sarah says:

    thanks for the recommendation. i am looking for a new lipstick.

  9. Elaine Sauer says:

    Seleta…..Isnt Red so bold and sexy? Looks great and fresh, muted colors have served me well for some time, but this is a great reminder to break out the bombshell reds! And perfect for those holiday parties. :-)

  10. Aunt Pat says:

    Love it. I’ll have to try a red for this season.

  11. bevy says:

    i think i’m too shy to pull off red lipstick. i’m not actually shy, but i think i would feel a bit self conscious. But I too have not found that perfect shade.

  12. Clarice says:

    Love the red color your have chosen. Thank you.

  13. Peter says:

    Great idea Patricia (PVE). I am all in on that idea.

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  15. Portia says:

    Looks great. You should have modeled it.

  16. Kayla Onufer says:

    where are you?? need your sassy self in this post with those pouty lips!

  17. Sherri says:

    I just started wearing the Chanel but in their AquaLumiere shade #99 Tasmania. It’s more of a sheer coral but it seems to make my lips glow. I’ll definitely try your shade, thanks!

  18. Melissa says:

    Thanks to your recommendation I got the lipstick for Christmas! =) Just blogged about it! Have a nice evening!

  19. q + a says:

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