Ouai x Byredo is back with more scented haircare
Ouai x Byredo is back with more scented haircare

Holly O'Neill

This recently renovated Ranelagh home is on the market for €1.25 million
This recently renovated Ranelagh home is on the market for €1.25 million

Megan Burns

Considering getting hitched at home? Two couples on their at-home weddings
Considering getting hitched at home? Two couples on their at-home weddings

Lizzie Gore-Grimes

With soon-to-be-three salons, a beauty brand and a little one at home, Kate Verling of Mink Hand and Foot Spa on mastering multitasking
With soon-to-be-three salons, a beauty brand and a little one at home, Kate Verling of...

Lauren Heskin

Organising a hen party? These are the 18 essential dos and don’ts for bridesmaids
Organising a hen party? These are the 18 essential dos and don’ts for bridesmaids

Geraldine Carton

Travelling with kids: what you need to know before going away this summer
Travelling with kids: what you need to know before going away this summer

Sarah Finnan

Try this crispy elderflower cocktail this bank holiday weekend
Try this crispy elderflower cocktail this bank holiday weekend

Holly O'Neill

What to do when your boss is a bully
What to do when your boss is a bully

Colette Sexton

Filming has begun on the TV adaptation of Graham Norton’s debut novel down in West Cork
Filming has begun on the TV adaptation of Graham Norton’s debut novel down in West...

Sarah Finnan

8 engrossing Netflix picks worth starting this long weekend
8 engrossing Netflix picks worth starting this long weekend

Jennifer McShane

Image / Style / Beauty

The best lipsticks to launch in 2021, from hydrating balms to creamy mattes

Looking for something new to lift your grey face? Meet the latest launches in lipsticks.


by Holly O'Neill
24th Feb 2021

Read time: 5 minutes

lipsticks

Don’t let your mask keep you away from your lipstick. The latest launches come in mattes that your mask won’t budge, with hydrating formulas that will soothe and heal lips that become sensitive in winter. Meet the best lipstick launches of 2021.

First up, the balmy, hydrating ones.

Is your mouth ravaged, chapped and sore from your daily cold winter walks? Charlotte Tilbury has created a lipstick just for you, that’s secretly a lip balm.Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happkiss, €32 is filled with magic ingredients; there’s hyaluronic acid for plumping and hydrating, C-peptide for firming and fine line reduction, glossy Ester and emollients for a moisturising, glassy shine and hydrating butters that are responsibly harvested and sustainably sourced for nourishing your lips. Available in ten perfect shades that glide on, lips are left hydrated and plump for 24 hours.

Still not settling into your make-up routine after a long break from foundation? Wondering how to make your face look awake again for video calls with the least amount of effort? Answer: Bobbi Brown Crushed Shine Jelly Sticks, €28. Infused with fruit oils and hyaluronic acid, they come in six universally flattering shades for a vibrant pop of moisturising colour that glides on.

Finally, if you’re not familiar with YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipsticks, €35.50, they are famous for their hydrating oil-based formula and pigment payoff. Created with hydrating, antioxidant-rich ingredients, the lipstick acts as a silky lip conditioner. It’s like a medical-grade lip balm, except the packaging is beautiful, it feels amazing on and comes in the best wardrobe of colours. Eight spicy new shades have joined the line-up. There’s something for everyone, with warm pinks, electric oranges and fiery reds with an extra glossy finish.

Next up are for those who like a liquid lip.

Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Laque lipsticks, €36, are something of a miracle formula. They’re shiny and glossy on, but can’t be budged easily – your mask won’t shift it, and neither will your coffee. You’ll get a full 12 hours of intense lip colour, with a comfortable fluid formula created with antioxidant-rich oils that protect the skin barrier of the lips.

If the idea of a chalky matte makes you want to gag, the new Nars Air Matte Lip Colours, €28, are also basically a lip balm. It feels lightweight and cushiony on, thanks to a weightless blend of silky polymers and micro-powders that give the formula it’s subtle effect while keeping your lips comfortable. It’s a smooth liquid texture that’s smudge-proof, so you won’t find it down your chin an hour later. The applicator is smart too, making it idiot-proof to apply and rendering lip liner unnecessary. It’s the perfect wardrobe of 10 no-faff shades; there are firetruck reds, blush nudes and a coral that’ll perk up your grey face. On first application, it gives a soft-focus diffused stain but this can be built up for high impact if a shouty shade of lipstick is more your thing.

Next up are some very clever pencils.

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly have a new collection of her innovative Lip Duos, €19. The Undressed Collection is a range of double-ended, twist-up lipsticks and slightly darker lipliners for fuller lips, and now comes in three gorgeous new nudes.

If you’re looking for something a little warmer, Bobbi Brown’s new Luxe Defining Lipstick in Terracotta, €33, is a precise, fine-tipped moisturising matte in a brick red that will see you through to summer.

And finally, if it’s been decades since you bought yourself a really great lipstick, these are the luxe ones worth splashing out on.

For Chanel, the lion is a special totem. She was a superstitious Leo and her apartment was filled with lion sculptures. Today, you’ll find lions pressed onto Chanel blushers and eyeshadows, embellished on brooches, belts and jewellery and inspiring a new selection of limited edition lipsticks, Rouge Allure Velvet Le Lion. There are eight velvet-effect shades of roaring reds, bold oranges and elegant nudes, beautifully packaged with a golden cap stamped with the silhouette of the lion.

Nars have released the Claudette collection, named after the mother and muse of Nars’ founder François Nars. The collection is inspired by 1970s Paris Rive Gauche, and there’s a chic blusher, an eyeshadow palette of everyday essential shades and a wardrobe of lipsticks in French women-esque shades from rose nude to scarlet red.

Featured photography by Chanel.

 

 

Also Read

mindful
BEAUTY
3 new beauty products to help you create everyday mindful moments

Make small moments of mindfulness in your daily routine with these three products. The HeadSpace app, I find, kind of...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
Blowdry creams and serums that make drying your hair simple

Blowdry creams and serums that will make at-home haircare simple Giving yourself a salon-worthy blowdry is a doddle with these...

By Holly O'Neill

blank
BEAUTY
‘Everyone should use a topical retinol’ — dermatologist Dr Rosemary Coleman on the essential skincare routine

In 2018, the global skincare market was worth over €121 billion. Dr Rosemary Coleman, consultant dermatologist at Blackrock Clinic tells...

By Holly O'Neill

product
IMAGE WRITES, BEAUTY
IMAGE staffers on the one beauty product they’re still using religiously right now

Turns out, IMAGE staffers love masks, tanning drops and lots of moisture How is your beauty routine looking these days?...

By Holly O'Neill

Erika Fox
BEAUTY
Self-care Diaries: Erika Fox, the influencer using all her good facemasks in lockdown

How influencer Erika Fox is spending this time in lockdown. Self-care doesn’t mean you have to be a kundalini yogi,...

By Holly O'Neill

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley skin
BEAUTY
Goodbye, adult acne: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley reveals her hero skincare routine

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley opens up about her acne issues and what products worked best for her When it comes to skincare...

By Shayna Sappington

thermal water bottles
SHOPPING
Ice, ice baby: The best thermal water bottles to keep you cool and hydrated

Keeping liquids cool in this weather is no mean feat, but these bottles help make the job a whole lot...

By Sarah Finnan

cleansing
BEAUTY
Over half of us are cleansing wrong – here’s how it’s done

The dermatologist guide to cleansing correctly, as apparently over half of us aren’t washing our faces properly.Do you remember, last...

By Holly O'Neill

grey hair
BEAUTY
Andie MacDowell: Why is my grey hair an issue and George Clooney’s isn’t?

Andie MacDowell debuted a new natural look at the premiere of ‘Annette’ earlier this month, but she thinks it’s time...

By Sarah Finnan