Recession Proof Lipsticks
They say that as the economy suffers the price of lipsticks rise and that’s most definitely true. I see lipsticks as the little luxuries in life, a luxury unlike an Hermes Kelly (which I really want so if you’re rich and very generous, please be charitable and contact me!) but a luxury nevertheless.
Being the beauty junkie that I am, there’s really nothing that I won’t purchase but there are a few lipsticks that would stand the test of economic burden. First of all, everyone who knows me would know that I’d go for a deep, plum and vampy lip over something demure and barely there any day and that’s why I love NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil which isn’t quite a pencil but rather a lipstick in a pencil! I came across Damned after attending a makeup masterclass with NARS‘ lead stylist Jane Richardson, I was recommended to wear it over Club Mix Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil but it’s gorgeous on its own, under a similar toned lipstick or glossed up with a clear lip gloss. This other vampy lipstick needs no introduction, the iconic Tom Ford Black Orchid is creamy, very moisturising and very much intense in colour with a satin finish. I love to pair it with either smokey eyes or to vamp up a simple look with little eyeliner and mascara. But because Black Orchid is quite intense, another Tom Ford lipstick I love is Violet Fatale, a violet with a fuschia to it with the same finish as it’s darker sister but not as rich in texture.
Violet Fatale is quite bright but nowhere near as bright as MAC’s Morange. It’s a striking neon orange that requires the most simplest of makeup. A tiny flick of liner, mascara and flushed cheeks are enough. However it’s not very often I go for something so bold, I’ll usually go for a classic lipstick like the Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Romantic or Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Red Wine, a nourishing lipstick with a satin finish.