If there is one thing I am certain of in life, it’s that I am a red-lipstick person. The brighter, the more matte and the more paint-like, the better – give me a liquid lippy in London-bus red and I’ll sing for days.
Or, rather, that used to be the case. In March this year, I suddenly and inexplicably lost my red-lipstick mojo and it’s yet to return. I’m gutted. Having considered anything even verging on subtle a waste of time, I’d done away with lipstick all together, taking solace in tinted lip balms (favourites being Weleda, Clinique and Trish McEvoy).
Nude lipstick was never on the cards until, when on a rainy camping trip, a kind soul left Lipstick Queen’s brand new The Truth in my tent. One of three shades from Lipstick Queen’s Nothing But The Nudes collection, it’s a creamy textured, pinky nude that looks like my natural lip colour, but with added oomph. What’s more, it leaves my lips feeling soft and, because of its low-key colour, can be applied sans mirror. Perfect when in the middle of a field with just a wet pair of socks to hand.
The trio also comprises The Whole Truth, a peachy nude, and Nothing But The Truth (see what they did there?), a darker beige/nude. All lovely, all silky and all £22.
If you’re after something lighter, then may I direct you to Eve Lom’s Kiss Mix tinted balm in Demure (£18), which offers a sheer veil of colour with plenty of moisture. For something darker, check out Glo & Ray’s La Amo Creamy Shimmer Lip Colour in Tender (£12) or, darker still, Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Cognac (17.50).