By Amy Lawrenson
I'm a lipstick girl; I don't do gloss. I'll do a sheeny lipstick (don't tell Sophie, she only abides matte) but gloss is not for me. So I am especially happy that not one, but two new lipsticks brands have graced my desk, and made it into my make-up bag, in recent weeks.
First to arrive at ELLE HQ from the US was Julie Hewett Lipstick in Edie, £17.50 (available from cutltbeauty.co.uk). Hewett is a celebrity make-up artist who came up with the idea for her own range while working on the set of Pearl Harbour. Edie is a sixties-esque pinky nude, but its more pink than nude so it suits plenty of skintones and has a subtle sheen to it. Hewett created the shade for Debra Messing (of Will and Grace fame). Really easy to wear and flattering; there are six shades to choose from this, the Bijou Collection.
Second was LOLAs Matte Lipstick in Minx, £12. LOLA is a Spanish make-up brand that's just hit UK shores. While the lipstick looks matte on the lips, it doesnt feel matte. Thats important to note because some matte lipsticks can be drying, uncomfortable and crack faster than you can say Sahara. These lipsticks contain vitamin E and jojoba oil; despite the emollients they are incredibly long-wearing. There are six shades in this range too and youll be pleased to hear LOLA (a brand that has everything from eyeshadows and tools to nail polishes and mascaras) went in store exclusively at Marks & Spencers Your Beauty today. Post-work pit stop we think