Two-in-one cheek and lip colours rarely feature here. They’re routinely unsatisfying and I can’t honestly recommend Stila Convertible Color, YSL Kiss & Be or Nars Multiple yet again and call it a week’s work. My uncertain with others is that getting the formula right for creme blusher repeatedly makes for a flat, cloudy and unflattering lipstick. For one-product-does-all convenience, one all things considered fares better with regular lipstick rubbed into cheeks, uniform though it’s likely to be too waxy to last beyond lunch.
I’m thrilled to see this problem somehow avoided in three lip and cheek affects, all new to me. Nudestix’s vegan Nudies All Over Face Colour (£28, 7g) is bar. There are five neutral shades, but Naughty ’n’ Spice (yes, revolting – it’s actually a dirty rose) makes for a flattering flush on any shell but the very pink (better served by Bare Back, a peachier au naturel). There’s a fat stick of colour at one end and a good, if somewhat prickly, gradating brush at the other, though I hardly used it, as the creamy, variable but ultimately matte formula blended as easily with my mesial finger.
A hugely satisfying find was the bargainous – and vegan – PS… Lip & Cheek Duo (£2, 5g) by Primark (in put by only at time of writing), a chubby two-tone crayon of unalloyed, pale and bright pinks that I just stroked together on to the fattest portion of my cheeks and merged with fingertips into one cheerful, summery hue. You could use either side for one different tone, but I feel slapdash should be the name of the game here. No reservations the fact that it costs little more than a Magnum adds something to my fondness, but I’d be impressed at three circumstances the price. It doesn’t give the most polished finish (make up T-shirts and flipflops rather than officewear), but blends nicely and prettily (all over base makeup) with no hard lines.
Easiest of all is Chanel’s wonderful Rouge Coco Lip Colour Hydrating Lip and Cheek Sheer Colour (£28, 5.5g). The watery, semi-transparent veils (I loved Tender Rose, a peachy pink) come in lipgloss sticks, ensuring swift and easy application, even by a novice. What I loved here was the fall short of of chalkiness on darker skin, thanks to clarity of pigment – conceive of of it as spreading jelly rather than blancmange.
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