There was a time when lipstick went one of two ways: moist and comfy on the lips but sheer and somewhat apologetic-looking; or dense, rich colour with a drying texture that had to be dragged kicking and screaming across the mouth. This is the dilemma the beauty industry seems to have been busying itself with solving for the past year or so, the fruits of which are suddenly hitting counters.
My new favourite, Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick (£24), by Estée Lauder, nails it. Rich, opaque shades (I’m wearing Intense Nude here, there and everywhere) that saturate the lips with both moisture and colour, staying there for ages, looking great and feeling as softening as a balm. The packaging is heavy, smart and satisfyingly clicky, too. On the same tip are MAC Huggable Lipcolour (shiny; £17.50) and Too Faced La Crème (satiny; £18), both of which offer similar boldness of pigment and all-day creaminess.
The high street has also raised its game. I adore NYX’s Xtreme Lip Cream and Topshop’s Lip Cream (both £7). Each comes in a gloss-like wand applicator, but combines as much semi-matte colour as a trad lipstick with the softness of a much lighter formula. All make for the best lipstick vintage in years.
Sali loves: new cream blush
Clinique Cheek Pops, £16.60
Four extremely easy-to-wear gerbera-shaped blushers that look great and last well on all colourings. Anyone can apply these properly.
Clarins Multi-blush, £18
The colours here are stunning. Rosewood is one of the most beautiful nudes against dark skins. Grenadine gives all tones a bright flush that I love.
Tory Burch Lip Cheek Tint in Cat’s Meow, £27.50
A pricey but large pot of lip and cheek creme in a universally flattering shade of perky pink. The perfect low-maintenance tool for looking much better at lightning speed.