Caroline Hirons came over to film with me yesterday and I appropriated a lipstick from her stash. (We were filming new launches, she had gone lipstick crazy.) Behold the Burberry Kisses lipstick in Devon Sunset; a luminous peachy shade that looks almost neon in certain lights, definitely bright enough to satisfy those of you who are searching for some springtime beauty excitement. And I can imagine that it would look brilliant with a bronzed-up beach look, too.
The new Burberry Kisses lipsticks have been designed to offer various looks and finishes, depending on how much of the product you apply. One “kiss” and it’s a sheer wash of colour (must say that – with this shade, at least – the finish didn’t look so great with one coat); two or three “kisses” and the colour is more intense, the finish more solid and velvety. It’s a lighter-than-light formula that feels quite hydrating and soft, yet it does seem to have great lasting power and doesn’t slip about too much. You could compare it, I suppose, to something like Estée Lauder’s Pure Envy lipstick, though the Pure Envy is far denser and more intensely pigmented from the word go. No need to build up.
But that is the benefit of the Kisses; you can go low-key or you can really vamp up to a high intensity finish, depending on the kind of shade you’ve gone for. Devon Sunset works best after three coats – you really get that brightness and luminosity – some of the more neutral shades look better as a light wash. Like a tinted balm, almost, but with a completely weightless feel.
I can only find Devon Sunset on the Burberry website at the moment; it costs £25. Do report back on other Kisses shades and how you wear them – I’m on the hunt for the perfect nudey-neutral that’s not too pale and doesn’t accentuate little flakes on the lips! If I can get a sheer, one-coat wonder with a touch of glow…