Peck­ing Or­der

Word of mouth about the best new lip­sticks.

Australian House & Garden - - CONTENTS -

Beauty brands are con­stantly re­vamp­ing their prod­ucts to give women what they want. That’s no easy feat when it comes to lip­stick, lip gloss, lip pen­cils and lip balm, since the most sought-af­ter at­tributes are more or less in con­flict with each other. Hap­pily, these new-re­lease lip colours tick all the most-wanted boxes: light­weight feel yet in­tense colour; shine with cov­er­age; and mois­ture with stay­ing power.

1 Mavala ‘Bou­tique Col­lec­tion’ lip­sticks ($28 each) A leader in nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ent-based nail care for 50 years, this Swiss brand has also built up a for­mi­da­ble rep­u­ta­tion for easy-glide, mois­tur­is­ing lip­sticks. Fea­tur­ing Prolip, a trade­marked anti-age­ing com­plex that in­cludes can­delilla wax, shea but­ter, aloe vera, vi­ta­min E and UVB fil­ters, the creamy for­mula pro­tects, hy­drates and re­pairs lips. The lat­est win­ter col­lec­tion is a glam­orous line-up of six bold shades from Golden Rose to Dark Vel­vet (pic­tured be­low, far right).

2 Chanel ‘Rouge Coco Lip Blush’ hy­drat­ing lip and cheek colours ($50) The name says it all. This two-in-one lip and cheek en­hancer comes in six shades that run the gamut from soft rose to rich berry. Light, mois­tur­is­ing and eas­ily build­able, you be­gin with one dot on each cheek and three dots on the lips for a fresh, healthy glow, then add more as re­quired. No bleed­ing, feath­er­ing or set­tling into fine lines.

3 Max Fac­tor ‘Vel­vet Mat­tes’ lip­stick col­lec­tion ($21 each) Many beauty brands are chas­ing the Mil­len­nial dol­lar, but Max Fac­tor has re­cently re­launched as the go-to choice for women aged 35-plus. Matt lip­sticks once used pow­ders to achieve the longed-for opaque ef­fect, which tended to dry the lips. Not this prod­uct, an as­sort­ment of seven satin-fin­ished lip­pies packed with hy­drat­ing in­gre­di­ents. It keeps lips feel­ing mois­turised and com­fort­able for hours.

4 Na­tio ‘In­tense Colour’ lip crayons ($10 each) Lip crayons are a fun al­ter­na­tive to gloss and lip­stick – they’re easy to use and a great tool for cre­at­ing a de­fined out­line. This five-shade range in­cludes colours that can take you from day to night (pic­tured are Spring Flower, left, and Dusty Rose). The long-wear­ing for­mula does dou­ble-duty as a lip liner and fill-in colour. Sharpen with a reg­u­lar sharp­ener.

5 Karen Mur­rell lip­sticks ($30 each) Ten years ago, any­one who wanted to buy a 100-per-cent nat­u­ral lip­stick had lim­ited choices. Kiwi en­trepreneur Karen Mur­rell has en­joyed ex­plo­sive global suc­cess with her “bet­ter for you” lip­sticks made from nourishing nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents such as avo­cado oil, evening prim­rose oil and car­nauba wax. The pig­ment and colour pay­off is as good as their main­stream com­peti­tors. Sus­tain­ably sourced pa­per and vegetable-based inks used in the pack­ag­ing is also a ma­jor sell­ing point for nat­u­ral-beauty fans.

6 Yves Saint Laurent ‘Volupté Liq­uid Colour Balm’ lip colours ($57 each) Whether it’s a slick of sheer for shine or a splash of strong colour, lip gloss is one prod­uct that is flat­ter­ing at any age. In­tense colour and mois­tur­i­sa­tion were once mu­tu­ally exclusive, but this gloss-balm hy­brid de­liv­ers vi­brancy as well as lip care, thanks to co­conut wa­ter, an­tiox­i­dant-rich vi­ta­min E, jo­joba oil and shea but­ter. Avail­able in 12 shades rang­ing from bal­let­slip­per pink to deep rasp­berry and or­ange blos­som.

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