If there was one product that seems to be able to stand the test of time and changing economic environments, it would be the … LIPSTICK. Amazingly, it is the one thing women buy more of when times are bad. Journalists and social scientists have come to term this phenomenon as the Lipstick Effect – as their salaries go down, the propensity for a person to invest in goods related to his/her appearance goes up.
You can read about the Lipstick Effect all over the Internet. What we would like to focus on here are the new lippies that are coming up in the market this Fall. We are going to focus on 3 brands today, 2 shades each, and how they can make your mood even better.
If you are needing a pick-me-up …
Mention 100% cruelty-free, 100% vegetarian makeup and one might just go, “Pfft … does it even have any colour?” Ladies, be amazed by this wonderful range of lipsticks from The Body Shop. A Colour Crush Lipstick is made from the finest quality crushed pigments (no beetles!) and contains community fair trade marula oil to moisturise your lips. The colour return is PHWOAR! Don’t take my word for it … see the evidence below:
If you want to be feel like a million bucks …
The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Enraptured Red will give your look the sexy oomph! Be it a glamorous cocktail or a girls’ night out, this chilli-red lipstick has just found its place into my personal collection of red lippies. The zing you feel in your mood is INSTANTANEOUS!
If you want to feel like a lady …
You won’t ever go wrong with Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge in Titian (RS306). I’m always iffy about lipsticks from (1) Asian brands and (2) are almost nude in colour. Reason being, past experiences have always shown these lippies to be way too sheer. I’m the sort who wants to see the colour on the stick appear 100% SATURATED on my lips. This nude-rose shade doesn’t disappoint and it did not make my lips look too “nude” either. The plus point: I have cracked, lined lips … and this is one of the rare lippies I’ve tried to give my lips a smooth appearance (see below). Super win!
If you want to be subtly sexy …
The second Fall offering from Shiseido is its Lacquer Rouge – a liquid lipstick you apply with an applicator. The shade here is a caramel and again, it shows up on the lips looking like … yes, you’ve got it … CARAMEL. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on the lips and I like how it looks almost like a natural lip colour with just a tinge of delicious brown. Makes me almost wanna lick my lips when I checked myself out in the mirror. I hope the boyfriend feels the same effect.
If you want to take a break from the limelight …
Nothing wrong with that. Every lady needs her quiet-time! So what do you wear? A lippie that gives your lips just a tinge of healthy colour like YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres in 102. A coral-nude colour that’s not too “over”, this liquid lip-colour feels good on the lips (it’s got a mild cooling sensation) and again, doesn’t feel like you are wearing a layer of super-glue over them.
If you want to feel sunny and happy …
Then you will adore this easy-to-wear shade from the same YSL range in 110. A strawberry-cream colour that wears well on Asian skin tones, it looks particularly good in natural light. The YSL applicator is also shaped like a sweetheart so it really lets you apply this lippie without the fear of it going over the lips. I love the scent too!
So there you have it, six lippies that will put you in an instant good mood or, an even better mood. Who needs expensive holidays when you can cheer yourself up by adding some beautiful colour to your lips? I swear by red lipsticks whenever I feel a bit “dowdy” or “off.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, and Suits Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
Now … I have FOUR The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipsticks to give away. To win ALL FOUR LIPSTICKS FOR YOURSELF, follow the instructions below:
1. Complete this sentence in the Comments section below – “I wear lipstick to feel _________.”
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The lipsticks featured in this story were given to Material World for review. All opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy. The Body Shop lipsticks for the contest are from Material World’s press samples.
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