Kiss and tell: the 5 best lipstick lines

These new beauty buys are something to pout about

Hermès’ line of lipsticks features 24 shades in matte and satin finishes
Hermès’ line of lipsticks features 24 shades in matte and satin finishes | Image: Jack Davison, courtesy of Hermès

Rouge Hermès

“We’re building a whole métier step by step, and Rouge Hermès is the first one,” says Agnès de Villers, CEO of Hermès Perfume & Beauty. The brand’s first line of lipsticks features 24 shades, in matte and satin finishes, plus three limited-edition versions in graphic, colour-block packaging. The instant magnetism of the “object” is undeniable. But it’s colour that’s at the heart of the enterprise – from the intense, dark burgundyish-red Rouge H to the playful, pinkish brick-red Rouge Casaque. The range includes a lip balm, lip shine, universal lip pencil and brush in lacquered wood, as well as leather cases and mirrors. MARIA FITZPATRICK hermes.com

Hermès Rouge Hermès Satin lipstick in Corail Flamingo, £58
Hermès Rouge Hermès Satin lipstick in Corail Flamingo, £58
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Gucci

With their light, bright, flower-bombed packaging, Gucci’s lipsticks capture the colourful whimsy of creative director Alessandro Michele’s runway displays. They are also impressively long-lasting and have a softening effect due to the high oil content. Thirty-four of the 94 shades come in a satin finish with a gentle, light-catching sheen; 17 come in the less-intense sheer formulation; and four in a translucent balm. Odalie Red is warm and wearable; The Painted Veil is a brilliant nude tone; while the René Pink balm gives a low-key lip flush. JANE CUNNINGHAM gucci.com 

Gucci Satin lipstick in Odalie Red, £34
Gucci Satin lipstick in Odalie Red, £34
La Bouche Rouge’s lipsticks are made with a pure make-up formula containing no microplastics
La Bouche Rouge’s lipsticks are made with a pure make-up formula containing no microplastics

La Bouche Rouge

Nicolas Gerlier spent 10 years working for L’Oréal, Armani and Lancôme before launching La Bouche Rouge, the world’s first refillable luxury lipstick. Having witnessed the disposable nature of the cosmetics industry – which produces around one billion lipsticks a year – Gerlier wanted to create a desirable and lasting objet with a pure make-up formula containing no microplastics. Aided by LVMH’s cosmetology research division, he has achieved his goal. The 32 shades of lipstick come in stainless-steel tubes encased in double-tanned calfskin. For each lipstick sold, the company supplies 100 litres of safe drinking water to the charitable association Eau Vive Internationale. KATE FINNIGAN laboucherougeparis.com

Louboutin

The shoemaker’s legendary patent red soles provide the perfect palette here. Louboutin’s lipstick shades include strawberry-red Altressa Velvet Matte (£65) and pillar-box Diva – each delivering an abundance of pigment in a sweetly fragrant matte formula that stays put for hours at a time. The gold-toned, crown-topped packaging is furnished with a ribbon so it can be worn around the neck. JANE CUNNINGHAM christianlouboutin.com

Christian Louboutin lipstick in Altressa Velvet Matte, £65
Christian Louboutin lipstick in Altressa Velvet Matte, £65
Kilian matte lipstick in Devil Rouge, £42
Kilian matte lipstick in Devil Rouge, £42

Kilian

Perfumer Kilian Hennessy’s Le Rouge Parfum lipstick collection taps the intrinsic link between taste and smell. The intense shades – from the orange-tinged Aphrodisiac to the vampy red Devil – are infused with gourmand notes such as vanilla-laden marshmallow and sweet orange blossom. The scent hits on application; it won’t linger distractingly all day, but it can be reinvigorated with a lip smack. JANE CUNNINGHAM bykilian.com

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