It was easy to miss that glimpse of Angelina Jolie reapplying her lip-gloss as Matt Damon took the stage at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. But if you did happen to see her whip out the small applicator as she sat next to partner, Brad Pitt, then you may have wondered (as I did) what brand she was using to coat her famous pout. According to sources, Jolie was using Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in the company’s “Love” shade.

Chantecaille is a luxury cosmetics brand that is based in New York. According to the company, it uses a “high concentration of natural botanicals” in its products, and everything from biotechnology to Chinese medicine play a part in the development of Chantecaille’s products. Brilliant Gloss contains “microspheres of organic wheat protein-linked sugars” that plump and hydrate lips.

I love the way lip-gloss looks; it accentuates one of the face’s most prominent features in a sexy, youthful way without the sometimes harsh, dated look that lipstick can provide. On the other hand, I’ve never owned a lip-gloss that wasn’t sticky or drying or both, which is why I reserve it for weekends only. Chantecaille’s Brilliant Gloss sounded like it might be my ticket to pretty lips all week long. However, try as I might, I couldn’t find the gloss’s ingredients anywhere online. That’s always a red flag in my book, but I decided to trek over to Bergdorf Goodman and see if I could uncover what was in Jolie’s product of choice.

At $28, Brilliant Gloss is pretty pricey for 1 ounce of merchandise. “Love” was nearly sold out according to the sales lady, so I was glad to get my hands on the coveted gloss. The ingredients are listed clearly on the back of the box; the first few are all emollients, followed by silica, and propylparaben. The always ambiguous “flavor” is listed somewhere towards the middle of the list. The second half of the list contains ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl palmitate, and tocopheryl acetate, which are forms of vitamins C, A and E, respectively. Next up on the list is camellia sinensis, also known as green tea, followed by another preservative and a couple of other unsurprising ingredients.

“Love” may or may not contain traces of carmine, a red pigment that is made from insects; it is also a potential allergen and irritant. There are also a fair amount of cosmetic dyes included in the list of potential ingredients.

I’m not quite sure where the microspheres of organic wheat protein-linked sugars come into the picture, but Brilliant Gloss’s ingredients aren’t bad – they just aren’t as good as Chantecaille makes them out to be. I compared the ingredients in “Love” to my standard Sephora Super Shimmer Lip Gloss in “Hot Coral,” and was interested to see that while the list of ingredients certainly differed, I couldn’t really say one is much better than the other. “Love” has vitamins and green tea extract, but “Hot Coral” has jojoba seed oil, shea butter and tocopheryl acetate. Both have parabens, carmine, dyes and flavor. However, at $10, “Hot Coral” is almost one-third of the price of “Love.”

I must say, though, that in terms of consistency there is no comparison; “Love” really does conquer all. It’s not nearly as sticky or drying as “Hot Coral” is, and the color and shine are appealing – though I don’t find that it lasts any longer than other lip-glosses I’ve used.

All in all, Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in “Love” is a pretty shade of lip-gloss that I will use until the tube is finished, but will probably not go out of my way to buy again.

Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss “Love” Ingredients:

Polybutene, Hydrogenated PolyDecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Hydrogenated Styrene/IsoPrene Copolymer, Propylparaben, Flavor, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis, Leaf Extract, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate

[+/- Mica, Titainum Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Eosine Y

Sephora Super Shimmer Lip Gloss “Hot Coral” Ingredients: Polyisobutene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Myristyl Lactate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuaba) Wax, Flavor, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Myristyl Alcohol, Butylparaben, Propylparaben.

May contain: Mica Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Red 7 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Carmine.
May contain possible allergens: Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene.