Friday, October 1, 2010

More matte, please.

Words and some images originally published in The Toronto Star (thestar.com), September 28, 2010. Written by me!


You remember the drill: Slick on spice-coloured lipstick, blot, repeat until you have more layers than a Tootsie Roll Pop and every speck of shine has been smudged out of existence.

Perfecting a smooth, shimmer-free lip was part of the daily beauty routine 20 years ago, and now — after two decades of lip gloss ruling the roost — matte is back.

But instead of a multi-step routine to get the look, cosmetic companies have created lipsticks that provided the same long-lasting, mattified effect without the extreme effort.

Photo Finish Lipstick in Legendary, $25, Smashbox Cosmetics. (Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Sephora)

Sweet Kiss Lipsticks Fuchsia Classic #57, $18, Bourjois Paris. (Shoppers Drug Mart and select Murale stores)

Volga Pure Matte Lipstick, $30, NARS. (The Bay, and NARS)

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