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Monday, 24 March 2014

Lipstick of the Week

By Tindara

Oyez! Oyez! My first Lipsticks of the Week! So here we go chaps, it’s my first selection and I mostly went with my old faithfuls. There is some similarity between all the bullets, I won’t lie. A red lipstick stain on my glass is how I roll. As I wear specs my easy everyday look tends to be eyebrow pencil and clear brow and lash gel with a bright lip and blusher. So I can be a bit of creature of habit when it comes to lip colour. Do you ever get those days when you feel like your head is filled with cotton wool and something is just not firing correctly in your brain? My solutions are equal parts espresso and red lipstick. Or a bright fuchsia, at a push. Last week was a toughie; lots of meetings and training sessions, and my first event for Get Lippie, so when I opened my dressing table drawer to choose a lipstick in the mornings, it was most likely a tried and tested colour and formulation that just makes me feel good. 

First up is Nars lipstick in Heatwave. It’s a beautiful orange red with a semi-matte texture that recalls the freshest tomato salsa or a juicy blood orange. I really like to wear it in spring/summer as the tomato pull plays well in sunshine with brighter colours and works with little or no eye make-up. It’s also a really good look with leopard print and huge clip on earrings though, if you’re going for a retro vintage feel. Although it’s a semi-matte formulation it’s not drying at all and lasts fairly well. No ring of doom either, it tends to wear off evenly. This is probably the lipstick I’m wearing most at the moment. So I suppose it goes without saying I wore the Nars Heatwave twice last week.

But before this came Dita. Our fragrant editor Louise has waxed lyrical about the Art Deco Dita Von Teese Art Couture Lipstick Velvets before. They’re highly pigmented lasting lipsticks that have a matte finish. You can see a pattern here can’t you? I have a few of these but the one I use the most is Muse Red, which is, again, an orange red, possibly even more tomatoey than the Heatwave. I really like the vanilla smell and the way it lasts and lasts without being drying. In fact, I love this lipstick so much I worry I may not find it again, so I’ve recently bought another JUST IN CASE. Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this.

When I’m not wearing reds, I like a deep pink of some description and in my opinion you can’t get better than Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Cosmic Raspberry. It’s not so bright as to be a ‘shocking’ pink, but there’s an unmistakable magenta hint to this hydrating lipstick. It carries the same weight as a red but is more playful and berry-like. I wear it with a bare eye, as per, or lots of black eyeliner, either smudged or flicked. It’s a really flattering colour and lasts pretty well leaving a pleasing berry stain on the lips.

Guerlain Rouge Blossom Rouge Automatique in Insolence is my last lipstick, one I picked up at Lippie HQ and felt like giving a go. The packaging is just the most beautiful design. I suggest you go to a Guerlain counter to see what I mean if you don’t have one. The sliding mechanism and jack in the box lipstick is hours of fun. Well, if you’re me it is. The colour looks like it will be a very bright pink, but what actually goes on is a deep rose pink with just a hint of brightness that’s really flattering. It’s also really hydrating and comfortable. This one is growing on me. I can see me wearing it a lot if we actually get a decent spring and summer.

Tune in next time for more lipstick stories. Will she wear pink? Will she wear red? Will she run out bare faced ‘cause she overslept and switched her alarm off and put on whatever is in her bag? Maybe. 
Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Heatwave is £18.50. Art Deco Dita Von Teese Art Couture Lipstick Velvet in Muse Red is £16.50. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Cosmic Raspberry is £19.00 Guerlain Rouge Blossom Rouge Automatique in Insolence is £22.50.

The fine print: Mixture of purchases and PR Samples

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  1. I love your choices Tindara. You're making me want to go and buy Cosmic Raspberry now though! I got the BB Sheer Lip Colour in Hot Raspberry last summer and loved it.

  2. Now I really want to see them on you, for full impact!


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