Tried and Tested

Edel Coffey tries out the latest lippies, varnishes and concealers to hit beauty counters this month.


Revlon’s Christmas shades include their classic pinkyred, Cherries in the Snow and my new favourite shade for autumn, Vixen, a warm claret red that looks vampish and feminine at the same time. Revlon’s polishes have great application and colour after just one coat. (€9.15)

Lancôme’s party shade of Ginger Swing is an on-trend gold shade that’s perfect for party season. (€18).

MAC’s first permanent nail lacquer collection of 31 shades has been on counter for a couple of months now and there is endless choice.

Try Soirée, a sparkly light bronze gold for the metallic trend or Flaming Rose for a classic red. (€12.50)

Nail colour trend-setters Chanel have perfectly defined the season’s must-have shade with Malice, their new twist on their classic Rouge Noir colour. (€22)


Tom Ford lip colour is the ultimate in luxury and these sumptuously moisturising and highly-pigmented lipsticks conjure up instant old-school glamour. Try Cherry Lush for a wearable red. (€36)

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheers offer buildable colour in three different reds — Red Carpet, Ripe and Scarlato. (€26)

Kate Moss’s Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick for Rimmel comes in some of the most wearable reds I’ve come across and these glide on easily. They are rich in emollients so stay comfortable but the high pigment keeps the look intense. (€6.95)

I am delighted to see Stila back on the shelves in Ireland and their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is wonderfully creamy. With vitamin E and avocado oil, it’s surprisingly non-drying for an all-day lipstick. (€19.90)


Clinique Airbrush concealer is great for targeting blemishes or redness. With its pen-like brush it is easily blendable so you just have to apply it to the problem area, which keeps the look natural. (€24.50)

Marks and Spencer’s Autograph Ultimate Wear Long-lasting Concealer is all about the coverage, so if you have blemishes or very dark circles this is an affordable solution. (€8)

Benefit’s Perk-up Artist palette is a trio of corrector, concealer and highlighter that will leave your eyes looking bright and youthful. The consistency very moisturising so great for anyone with dry or papery under-eyes. (€34.50)

Armani’s new Maestro range is being described as a fourth generation in make-up and their Eraser concealer both illuminates and gradually fades dark circles. Like everything in the Maestro range, the texture is incredible, like adding a veil of new skin to your own skin and the effect is seamless and natural. (€32.50)


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