Call it our inner goth but recently we’ve gone weak at the knee for a dark lip. Some of us remember plum lips from last time round (hi there, 90s!) but this time it feels altogether more elegant, more confident… more cool. Our problem though? Getting that stuff dark enough. If you’re in any way olive skinned or darker, anything but the darkest plum shades lose their punch as soon as they get on your lips – and you’re left wondering what on earth happened to the colour in the tube.
Now normally we love a bargain lippy – nothing better for getting experimental (…and then splashing out on a £££ equivilant once you know you’ve found your new fave shade!) … but in this case, it seems like you really do get what you pay for. The colours in the tube look gorgeous… but the luscious, rich, Cadburys-purple-dialled-down-to-nearly-black shades disappear into softer pinky hues – especially on darker lips or next to skin with more yellow undertones. We can only suffer the heartbreak so many times of finding that *perfect* shade – only to see it disappear on application… We want attitude, not subtley! We want to make a statement, not a suggestion! Sigh… next.<