Chanel Aqua Glossimer for Summer 2016

June 3, 2016

The Chanel Collection Dans La Lumière de L’Été features six colors for lips in a new gloss formula called Aqua Glossimer ($30 each for 5.5g/0.19 oz, all limited-edition). These are similar to the regular Glossimers which I’ve been a long time fan of for natural color and shine. The new Aqua Glossimer is a lighter kind of gloss with a lightweight almost watery cushion feel and sheer color. The colors in the tubes are absolutely gorgeous. Once I applied them on my lips I was undecided how I felt about them. They have a very sheer finish and almost feel jelly like. At first they felt so emollient I thought they would slide off my lips. I did put these to the test though and am happy to report that they do not slide around but stay put, however if you don’t like that thinner emollient feel for a gloss you may want to add a neutral lipliner first to help it feel like it won’t slide.

The colors have a mix of jelly non-shimmers and a couple shimmers. The 3 deeper colors have better color payoff. The lighter shades give the lips a barely there tint. If you like color to show up I would say pass on these – they will simply be too sheer for you. Curiosity got the best of me and being a Chanel fan I just had to try them. I am happy with the formula and colors – I think they are fun for an effortless kind of wash, however if I will say that if you want a nice wash of color I would recommend the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines I reviewed in April instead even though the formula is completely different. The color payoff is much better but will still give you that beautiful sheen. If you still want a gloss but with more color stick with the regular Chanel Glossimer formula or try the YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains – I reach for these frequently and I repurchased Wet Nude and Pink Rain.

Onto the colors for the Aqua Glossimers. They also come with a slightly different applicator which has a pointy tip instead of the regular rounded tips:
  • Tanami is a sheer coral with a hint of pink
  • Sirocco is a bright orange red with gold shimmer 
  • Rouge Desert is a sheer brick red but on me it brightens a bit because it’s sheer
  • Dzhari is a gorgeous plum red with shimmer, unfortunately most plums turn red on me, this may look more true to the tube on your lips
  • Sahara is a sheer your lips but better shimmer, it’s a pale peach gold in the tube but is almost transparent on my lips
  • Ademium is a soft rose pink without any shimmer


All swatched on bare lips, for skintone reference I’m wearing NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland + St. Moritz mixed (review here) with NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Punjab (review in this post here) on top to set.

One last look:

I give them a thumbs up for the formula and natural shine. They have a very nice hydrating emollient feel and do not slide around. Lasting power is about average for a gloss – they stay put like most other glosses will but color transfer will happen if your lips touch anything or you snack. If you’re looking for an effortless kind of wash of color you’ll like these. However I don’t think they will appeal to everyone because they are on the sheer side. You can build the color by layering it and it won’t feel too goopy. If you’re a natural lip lover like me but want a bit more color try the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines I mentioned above – there will be similar colors but they have more pigment and color payoff.

All that being said I do recommend these. Given that they are sheer and if I were to do it over again, I don’t think I would have purchased all six. I almost never try glosses at the counter on my lips because they aren’t sanitary so with these you don’t know until you try them on your lips. My top three picks would be Adenium, Tanami and Sirocco.

You can find the Aqua Glossimers at counters now. All the shades are limited-edition. They retail for $30 each. Available online at Nordstrom (where I bought mine), Neiman Marcus, and all other Chanel retailers.

For those curious about what other bits of Chanel Summer I will be reviewing, I have both of the Les Beiges duos and the Le Vernis in Turban that I will be reviewing soon (preview here). Espadrilles has already been reviewed in this post here.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

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  • These glosses look incredible! I love how in depth this review is, especially the description of the colors. You're fabulous!! xoxo

  • Awww these are lovely! I have not read the details in their press release and thought that they are just the regular glossimers, which I do not like much because of the noticeable weight/feel. They are not bad, I just prefer a weightless feel for everyday and do not mind reapplying.
    However, after reading your post, I am totally going to give these new aqua glossimers a try! Tatami and Ademium are on my list!

  • Anonymous

    Great review. I agree that these are quite sheer but feel nice. Sometimes, the YSL lip products are too fragranced for me.

  • wow the sahara one looks amazing!! chanel is always a great choice!!

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  • The Aqualumière lipgloss (now discontinued except for an occasional release as part of the Asian Le Blanc collections) was always one of my favorite gloss formulas. Aqua means water and lumière means light and so you'd expect these colors to be transparent, shiny, and slightly wet looking–which they were. But times change as does fashion and so Chanel discontinued the Aqualumières as women started demanding more opacity.

    In this day of opaque glosses and liquid lipsticks, it is easy to forget about the brilliance and delicacy of something that is translucent and that sparkles in the light the way the disc. Aqualumières did. But, as I said, times and fashion change and so I was thrilled when Chanel introduced this new gloss which combines the best of Glossimer and Aqualumière into a single formula that feels light and moisturizing on the lips and which wears as well as you'd expect from Chanel.

    I bought the Aquaglossimers in Sahara, Tanami, and Adenium and find myself reaching for them constantly. On their own they provide a glossy veil of translucent color. Applied over a lipstick, they add depth, like looking through water :-). Yes, the name says it all.

    By the way, on my lips there is more difference in color between Adenium and Tanami than what you see in Sabrina's pictures because these glosses definitely play off of the natural lip color. Try before you buy 🙂

  • These look perfect for summer!

  • DZhari is really lovely. It's a color I'd certainly like to pick up.

  • Kelly

    Ok between these and the nail polishes, you've inspired me to take a trip to the Chanel counter at my lunch break! I totally agree about trying on glosses in store – I wish the sales staff would keep an extra tester on hand that only THEY dole out with the disposal wands that aren't double dipped.