The ladies are light on the lips

A kiss of colour is what you get from a sheer lip­stick, says Sarah Caden, as the pan­el­lists share some beau­ties

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - CONTENTS - Pic­tured, from left, Rim­mel Mois­ture Re­new Sheer & Shine in Good Mauve; Bour­jois Rouge Edi­tion Souf­fle de Vel­vet in VIPeach; Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Ship­shape; Max Fac­tor Lipfin­ity in So Vivid; and Clar­ins Rouge Eclat in Pink Blos­som

Lip­stick is one of those things that you can swipe on fast and feel — as well as look — like you’ve made an ef­fort. It brings a lit­tle in­stant colour to the sit­u­a­tion, which is only a bad thing if you overdo it. As in, if you’re go­ing lightly with your over­all make-up, you don’t want full-on lip­stick jump­ing out of your face. So, as we ease slowly to­wards lighter foun­da­tion for the sum­mer, and maybe a cream blush and a lit­tle less eye make-up, it’s time to ease off on the lip colour, too. Sheer is where it’s at for the months ahead, and, for­tu­nately, there’s a feast of choice around.

There are many beautiful bonuses to a sheer lip­stick. One thing is that you can’t re­ally go wrong with it. It doesn’t re­quire care­ful ap­pli­ca­tion or a lip pen­cil — un­less your lips are very pale and need some nude liner to of­fer light struc­ture. Also, when you’re keep­ing it sheer, you can choose a more dra­matic colour than usual. Sheer lip­sticks can look ut­terly, ter­ri­fy­ingly pig­mented in the tube, but then, on ap­pli­ca­tion, they are like a shiny wash, a sug­ges­tion of colour. They’re a colour­ful lift, with­out any femme fa­tale drama. A bit of light fun as we op­ti­misti­cally an­tic­i­pate sum­mer’s ap­proach.

BEST OVER­ALL Rim­mel Mois­ture Re­new Sheer & Shine in Good Mauve, €8.30, avail­able na­tion­wide

Se­ri­ously glossy, this is a new ad­di­tion to Rim­mel’s Mois­ture Re­new range of lip­sticks, in a very sheer tex­ture. It has var­i­ous hy­drat­ing in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing mango but­ter and the re­cently om­nipresent hyaluronic acid, but it’s packed with pig­ment, too. Now, you won’t get great stay­ing power from this or any other sheer lip­stick, but it’s so sheer you can eas­ily reap­ply it reg­u­larly with­out a mir­ror. “Of the four shades, I like this one best,” said a pan­el­list. “Glossy but pink­ishly neu­tral. One of those ‘your lips but bet­ter’ prod­ucts.”

BEST PEACHY KEEN

There is a pow­dery qual­ity to this line of lip­sticks that is slightly dis­con­cert­ing, and at odds with the fact that it’s a de­light­fully sheer prod­uct. But it’s a matte sheer prod­uct. Get your head around that. With a cush­ion-y ap­pli­ca­tor such as you’d find on a lip gloss, this goes on slightly chalky, but set­tles to a vel­vety fin­ish, and your nat­u­ral lip colour is vis­i­ble through the pretty pig­ment. “I love a peachy colour when the days get a bit brighter,” said a pan­el­list. “This looks gar­ish when you take it out of the tube, but it’s re­ally pretty on, and the right side of girl­ish.”

BEST SHEER SHINE

Chanel’s sheer lip colours have be­come a clas­sic, and with good rea­son. They score well on the pig­ment front, seem­ing to let the colour seep into the lips while lend­ing a very light, glossy, and seem­ingly ef­fort­less look. They also come in great colours. “I’d be scared of this bright red-or­ange colour to look at it in the tube,” said one pan­el­list. “But as a sheer fin­ish, any­one could carry off the bright and cheery hol­i­day-ish glossi­ness.”

BEST STAY SHEER

This lip­stick claims to last eight hours, but who ei­ther be­lieves or wants that? Still, while this lip­stick is a stayer, it’s also rather more sheer than most lon­glast­ing lip­sticks. And it’s less drying, which is a ma­jor bonus. It’s avail­able in 12 colours — this one is a lively pink, verg­ing to­wards the fuch­sia but not quite. “Very few long-last­ing lip prod­ucts slide on and stay moist,” said a pan­el­list. “This one doesn’t give you the lip-shrink­ing sen­sa­tion and it also looks light and shiny.”

BEST SHEER CARE

They call this an “age-de­fy­ing” lip­stick, be­cause it con­tains one of the Clar­ins anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ents that also features in its skin­care. What you should glean from that, then, is that it’s a very mois­tur­is­ing and cush­ion­ing lip­stick. Which is nice when older lips get a bit dryer and also lose some of their nat­u­ral pig­ment. “This lip­stick has a nat­u­ral-look­ing sheer­ness, but not at the ex­pense of punchy colour,” said a pan­el­list. “This is lovely for the likes of me, whose lips are sort of van­ish­ing into my face and need oomph, but can look over made-up very eas­ily.”

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Bour­jois Rouge Edi­tion Souf­fle de Vel­vet in VIPeach, €10.99, avail­able na­tion­wide Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Ship­shape, €34, Chanel coun­ters na­tion­wide Max Fac­tor Lipfin­ity in So Vivid, €11.49, avail­able na­tion­wide Clar­ins Rouge Eclat in Pink...

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