No She Didn't opaque blue by Lime Crime, £14
A range of ‘luxe lipsticks’ by Lime Crime arrived at SpaceNK recently. They are called things like Cosmopop, the packaging’s shocking pink, and colours range from lilac to tangerine and ‘luscious creamy black’. So it seems safe to assume it’s aimed at a younger market – or is that just me? The lipsticks look madly teeny and, to be honest, a bit cheap (though they’re not) so the whole thing sits rather oddly in the chic white spaces of SpaceNK, home to the finest and best-performing beauty brands.
Red Sinner by Lipstick Queen, £16.50
So, if bubblegum pink or gothic black doesn't appeal, head instead for one of SpaceNK’s major stars, Lipstick Queen. If you haven't discovered this superlative range of lipsticks yet, you'll find they're up there with MAC in terms of colours and quality. There’s a carefully edited palette of wearable shades, and each colour is available in both a light, sheer version (Saint) and a pigment-heavy matte (Sinner), £16.50 each. From Nude to Wine, the colours pack a fine punch yet are not overpowering. If you have to plump for just one, the sheer Medieval (below) is the most subtle and wearable of reds. Then there's the Oxymoron (so named because it looks glossy but goes on matte). It may sound horrible and come in an annoyingly plasticky case with a tiny brush, but it comes in four nude shades (including Honest Politician) which are versatile, long-lasting and luscious.