The last year or so has been a red lipstick lover's dream. So many reds in fabulous textures and finishes and there's a good red for everyone. My latest crush is Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick (that's a mouthful) in Madaket. Just look at the photos- the color is so beautiful I want it in shoes, jewelry and a few home decor items (red is my favorite color, after all).
Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick has an interesting and unusual texture. It creates a thin velvety layer and a very smooth satin finish. It's not balmy in any way, and at least as far as Madaket goes, the effect is almost matte but not quite. The color in the tube is what you see on your lips. There's definitely a lip stain effect that remains there for several hours and never bleeds. While I don't feel any added moisture from using this lipstick, it doesn't dry or parch my lips at all. The lipstick doesn't flake or crumble into dry particles and wearing it is very comfortable. I even braved it in yesterday's weather. It was terribly cold and dry walking around the city, but my lips stayed pretty. And very very red.
Since Madaket is a dark red, all the usual recommendations for red lipsticks apply here: exfoliate, make sure your lips are soft and in good condition, use a lip liner and consider applying with a brush.
Bottom line: Excellent quality, tons of sex appeal.
Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32) is available from Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus as well as Liberty, London. I bought it at my local Neiman.
All photos by me and I get very cranky when they are taken without my permission. Seriously.