There’s something about getting your hands on makeup with pretty packaging. Even better if the beauty items are classics that belong in your regular routine, so you get maximum mileage out of the limited edition collection. (That is, if you bear to use them instead of storing them away carefully.) YSL Beauty’s seasonal range is a case in point. This February, its Heart & Arrows collection will literally make your heart palpitate a little faster. Sparkly hearts embellish the iconic Touche Eclat pen, while the Rouge Volupte Shine is printed with bold scarlet ones.
The new lip formula by South Korean beauty brand Hera is not for the faint-hearted. The colours are bright and pigmented; even though the texture is a relatively watery liquid. Fortunately, a spade-shaped applicator with a fine tip makes spreading the lip colour on precisely, easy. The sponge-tip soaks up just enough liquid to dispense a thin layer that stains the pout. Just two coats will give lips an intense shade, and high-shine. The dry-down is not immediate though; so give it some time before you drink. Hera Sensual Tint is available in 10 flattering shades.
Hera’s lipsticks have always been the brand’s most iconic products. The technology behind the formulas, top-notch. The smooth glide, even distribution of skin tone-flattering colours, and long-lasting formula make the Rouge Holic range a winner. The matte-textured options go on with a velvety finish, and stains the lips evenly even; after a meal. While this matte lipstick is non-drying, exfoliation is a must for the perfect pout. The cream version is more moisturising, has a glossier finish, and the colours look more intense. All in reds, corals and pinks that complement pink and yellow-toned fairer skin.
Think of it as a shadow for the lips. Urban Decay’s new powdery matte Lo-Fi Lip Mousse is perfect for a fuss-free pout. Just dip fingertips into the pot and pat on lips. Keep it subtle for the gym or easy lazy days. Or layer it on for a stylish bolder “undone” look with a little ombre effect. Just blend the colour from the inner lip towards the outer lip with fingertips. The colour is subtle upon application, but easily buildable and stains for a natural and long-lasting effect. Glide the mousse on cheeks and lids to add more colour to the face. This product comes in a handy little pot (much like eyeshadow) and easy to slip into the tiniest of bags for on-the-go touch-ups.
This range could just be one of the best lipstick balms on the market. Laneige’s new Stained Glass Stick lippies are very moisturising with a melt-on texture that coats lips evenly with a hint of colour. Each shade is flattering on Asian skin tones, and has a high-shine finish that is rarely achieved by a lipstick/balm formula. The slim lipstick bullet makes application easy-breezy. Although the Glass Stick is not very long-lasting, it stains the lips to keep the face from looking washed-out. Available in 10 shades. The light blue No.1 Blue Topaz goes on clear, while the rest glide on with varying shade of pink, coral, red and plum.
The new Lacque Supreme liquid lipsticks by Shu Uemura are very good. And by that I mean long-wearing glossiness, translucent-but-rich-pigment kind of very good. Formulated with an oil-in-water emulsion, it feels moisturising and lightweight. Blended with a polymer coating used in pharmaceuticals and food, this liquid lipstick gives lips a high-shine that even lasts through meals of oily food. The colours are even and bright with one dip and two to three coats. The angled tip of the applicator makes it easy to slick on this gel-textured lipstick. Watch this clip to see the beautiful shine and colour. TBG’s picks of the lot: RD05 PK06 CR01 WN05 Available in 16 shades, S$43 each.
Something was clearly up when Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty Collection in September but a single lipstick was nowhere in sight. Then last month, she unleashed Stunna, a gorgeous red lip paint. On Christmas Day, she goes all out with 14 matte lip colours in the Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick range. With a satin-matte finish (as this is a solid lipstick after all), most of the formulas are surprisingly smooth to apply (especially PMS, Freckle Fiesta, Candy Venom, Shawty). Creamy and pigmented (some shades like the pinks, corals and reds more so than the others), the lipsticks are also relatively long-lasting (if you don’t eat oily foods with it on). The colours are also even (except for maybe Griselda), and oh-so-gorgeous. At S$28 a pop, they will be launching on Christmas Day in the Sephora US stores, and on Boxing Day in Sephora Singapore stores and online. Here are some swatches to help you decide which ones to snatch off shelves. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without expressed and written permission from The Beauty …
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute has always been at the forefront of the liquid lipstick game. Some six years ago, when it launched its Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres, it blew so many of its competitors out of the water. The lightweight texture of the liquid lipstick gave lips a punchy colour with a Ferrari-finish shine. Now, it is set to keep lipstick junkies’ pulse racing with the new Tatouage Couture Matte Stain. As lightweight as the Vernis a Levre, with that fresh watery feeling on the lips, the Tatouage formula dries down on the lips with a pretty pop of colour and a trendy satin-matte finish. Clearly inspired by the permamence of tattoos, the Tatouage range is long-lasting (but not through oily food). Just one dip and one coat is enough for an smooth and even coat of beautiful colour. The spatula-shaped applicator – stamped with a tiny YSL logo, no less, for that luxe factor – makes precise strokes a breeze. Watch this for a snapshot of how this lippie performs. TBG’s picks: No.16, …
A good liquid and matte lipstick is hard to find. And the Too Faced Melted Matte Long Wear Lipstick is one of them. It goes on opaque in one dip one coat, super long-lasting (through meals and drinks, especially when you stay away from oily food), with a completely matte finish. Does not feel too drying on lips either, and applicator is easy to use for precise strokes. If you are thinking of giving this lippie a shot, no better time to buy the limited edition Gingerbread Man shade. The toasty terracotta shade is very flattering and suits most skin tones; packaging is cute, and smells like fresh-from-the-oven-cinnamon-sprinkled Gingerbread 😋 Available at Sephora.
These new Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks by YSL Beaute are saturated in colour. Intensely pigmented in a coat or two, they have a perfectly matte finish, a texture that few solid lipsticks can provide. So if you have drier lips, best to exfoliate and apply balm before application. The Mats are also super long-wearing and leaves a strong lip stain behind. I applied the lipstick once in the morning and touched up once more after lunch. It remained perfectly in place for the rest of the day. The colours are also bold and beautiful, the kind that will make up for an otherwise bare face. TBG picks: 222 a burgundy red 219 a juicy bright red 207 a tangerine coral 221 a bright fuchsia pink