There’s been a flood of matte liquid lip launches this season, but which is best? Our testers put three new shades to the test...

* Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bitter Sweet, €20.95 ( free p&p)

“I’ve totally fallen in love with this matte finish lipstick! My lips are usually dry, but this liquid velvet lipstick left them feeling moisturised. 

"It’s highly pigmented, so I didn’t have to apply a tonne of product, and the long-lasting weightless formula is a real winner.”


* BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Friendship, €20 ( )

Tried and tested: Liquid lipsticks

“Smooth to apply — not sticky at all — this shade is opaque and slightly darker than the frosted packaging suggests, but it’s still very wearable, for both day and night, and makes for a nice change from my usual bright reds and pinks.”


* Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Dark Rosewood, €28 ( free p&p)

Tried and tested: Liquid lipsticks

“Sliding on like a gloss, this liquid lippie dries to a deep tawny-pink that manages to make my lips look plumper even though there’s no shine. It’s got fantastic staying power, but I found I needed a lip liner to create a really defined edge.” 



They’re back! Six of Essie’s most beloved limited-editions have been relaunched and given a Vegas-style makeover. 

Tried and tested: Liquid lipsticks

From the sweetly subtle Pure Chiffon to the black cherry bite of Bold Beauty, you’ve only got until March 7 to get your talons on these vintage varnishes, €9.40.


New research has found that a quarter of time-pressed women are lathering up less than they used to, with nearly 40% admitting they use dry shampoo and styling hacks to conceal greasy locks for longer. 

The survey from Herbal Essences also revealed more than half of us are now so busy that the reason they really like a shampoo session is because it provides some much-needed ‘me time’!


It seems like every celeb, from the A to the Z-list, has their own perfume these days, but our desire for famous fragrances might be waning, as NPD Group reveals sales of prestige celebrity scents fell by 22% in 2016. 

In contrast, the couture designer fragrances sector showed strong growth, with sales rising by 6%.


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