As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we've tried. Whether it's a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
Somewhere along the line, I managed to amass over 250 lipsticks. I know this because I'm currently undergoing the rather laborious process of moving house and was forced to drastically cut down this number by someone (who shall not be named) who gently suggested that the minimal space in our intermediary storage container was required for things he deems more useful, like spatulas and sofas. Rather affronted, I cut my collection down to a fifth, donating the rest (sorry, poor, unworn purples and neglected oranges) to my sister, friends, and back into the office beauty cupboard.
And I'm still not over it.
Throw all the eye rolls my way that you want: I simply love lipstick. But since this mass exodus, the 50-ish shades I clung to so dearly, the hues I swore to myself and others that I just couldn't part with have barely got a look in. And I'll tell you why: Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipsticks (£22) entered the orbit of my makeup bag (in my defense, he who shall not be named didn't say anything about new lipsticks), and now I can't seem to wear anything else. Hear me out on this one.
These crayon lipsticks are so utterly brilliant for a whole host of reasons. First, they're matte, but not in that cloying, peanut buttery way. Yes, they might be dubbed "velour," but the finish is nothing like a cheap tracksuit. Instead, it's like soft, buttery, buffed suede and feels no less moisturizing than a balmier number.
The colors are pretty special too, with 24 shades that encompass just about every tone you could want. There's a poppy, straight-to-the-point red (Fire), a peachy waif of a shade (Vibe), as well as all the nutty browns and jeweled purples you'd expect. There's even a kind of violetish blue (Extreme) that I swear would look great on anyone with the right frame of mind. They translate really well to skin too, providing a rather satisfying slick of dense color.
The tube screws up and down like a regular mechanical crayon, but snap off the colored base of the pen and you'll find a hidden sharpener, to keep the nib tapered. Honestly, this makes the lipstick so easy to apply, although I still might not do it without a mirror. Below, I've laid out my three favorite shades. You didn't think I was just going to choose one, did you?
To be worn with extra-glowy skin and a bare eye.
The perfect merlot/mouth shade.
Not quite orange and not quite coral, this shade isn't far off from my natural lip color, so it's super subtle on me.