This week, a blaze of color entered the Cut offices: It may be below zero outside, but springy purples, pinks, and reds have been all over our desks. Here are our favorite new colors of the week: a fancy Carmex-like lip mask, a lipstick that warms you up from the inside, a lip-balm ring (because whee!), and several purple lipsticks for when you are tired of moody plums.
Many of the things I buy now are just upgraded classics from what I liked when I was younger (see: pom-pom hats, high-tops, ripped jeans.) This lip-balm ring reminds me of the Sanrio one my mom brought me back from Japan that was the envy of my grade-school classmates. (Drugstore Japanese beauty products: a hit even back then.) Linda Rodin began making this lip-balm ring, much like her original face oil, as a gift for friends and family. The clear plexiglass holds a well of luxe Rodin lip balm. Flip open the top to tap into the jasmine- and orange-flower-scented, luxurious lip moisturizer that gives your lips a Vogue Italia shine that isn't glossy (I hate glossy lips). I plan to wear this around all Fashion Week.
MAC Heroine Lipstick, $15
After months of plum lipsticks, I'm over dark, moody reds. I'm ready for a little bit of brightness, and this matte purple with a hint of pink is exactly what I'm looking for. A true bright, like a shocking pink, just isn't right when I'm still wearing fleece tights. But this matte pur-pink matches my current dichotomous state of mind. I'm browsing spring clothes and looking at the world's fanciest pool shoes while it's below zero. This shade was originally released last year, but MAC included it as a permanent color due to popularity.
NARS already has a lovely red lipstick called Fire Down Below, but Timanfaya, a new shade from the spring line, is the one that actually makes me think of a fire ablaze. Is it possible for a lip color to warm you up from the inside? With its blend of orange and red tones, it makes me think of a sunset in a painted southwestern desert, which is fitting, since Timanfaya is a volcanic Spanish desert.
I believe it was Jean Godfrey-June of Lucky who stated the cardinal rule of lipstick: You can take any two lipsticks from your bag and mix them to create the best-looking lip color. Since I've had this electric purple shade in my bag, my lipsticks have taken on a brighter, richer, two-dimensional color, and people have noticed. ("Your lips look electric!" Stella told me when I walked into her office.) The color and its texture form a base that's soft and moisturizing without being slick. When I layer Timanfaya towards the middle of my lips, the color looks richly Bourdin-like. Worn by itself, it's the equivalent of a morning talk-show host coming down her coffee high, cheery and perky (with the slightest of goth undertones).
This lip "mask"(really a fancy lip balm) goes on like designer Carmex. It has the same color and pastelike consistency, but with greater richness. Although it's billed as a lip "mask," you can leave it on or wipe it off for a quick fix of moisture. It's also tasty and sweet, with a blend of ingredients including organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and the antioxidant trans-resveratrol.
Most Viewed Stories
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Reportedly Broke Up
Donald Trump Spent the Morning After the Debate Fat-Shaming Miss Universe, Again
It’s Finally Possible to Understand What Happened to Amanda Knox
Hillary Clinton’s Sickest Debate Burns
Ask a Boss: My Co-worker Wants Everyone to Call Her Boyfriend Her ‘Master’!
2009 Called — It Wants Its Vogue-Versus-Bloggers Fight Back.
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Former Miss Universe Becomes U.S. Citizen So She Can Vote Against Trump
Area Woman Interrupted by Man 25 Times in 26 Minutes
Our Scowling Hero Breaks a Smile
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesKim Kardashian Says She Developed Thick Skin for the Haters Thanks to Kanye West
She says she used to cry when mean things were said about her.Chelsea Clinton Says She Didn’t Initially Know Her Mom Had Pneumonia Because She Was Trying to Power Through It
She says she found out when her mom showed up at her apartment.Men Who Protested Ryan Lochte’s Presence on Dancing With the Stars Are Charged With Misdemeanors
Two men were charged with two counts of misdemeanors on Monday.Serena Williams Refuses to ‘Stay Silent’ About Racial Inequality
“It’s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.”Young Girl Calls for End to Police Brutality in Heartbreaking Speech
It’s a devastating plea.The Y Has Returned in a Big Way to YSL
This is what Saint Laurent looks like post-Hedi.The Most Dramatic Backstage Photos You’ll See All Fashion Month
Preview the book Landon Nordeman: Out of Fashion.Even 100 Years Ago, People Were Worried About Technology Ruining Relationships
An old cartoon echoes some very modern anxieties.This Lipstick Was Designed by a Woman Who Can See 100 Million Colors
Maureen Seberg can see so many more colors than you.Brad Pitt Skipping Premiere to Focus on ‘Family Situation’
The actor may be gearing up to tell his side of the story in the tabloids this week.
He will be cold without it.The President of NARAL on What Abortion Means in This Election
It signals how the candidates feel about women.YogaToes Cured My Lifelong Fear of Bunions
The stretch feels like a backbend—but for your feet.Amy Schumer Just Broke a Major Milestone for Women in Comedy
She’s the first woman to land on Forbes’s list of the highest-paid comedians.The Very Uncomfortable Experience of Rewatching Election in 2016
An ambitious woman and the angry men who want to stop her.Ivanka Trump Is Great for Women, Says Man Married to Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump is the perfect person to handle “women’s issues,” according to her husband.World’s First 3-Parent Baby Is a Healthy Boy
He was born in Mexico to Jordanian parents.Nation Recovers From Post-Debate Hangover With Mary J. Blige and Hillary Clinton Memes
“What will you do to fix the national epidemic of hateration in this dancerie?”The Hottest Party of the Year Is This 6-Year-Old’s Drake-Themed Birthday Party
It has everything: an OVO cake, Drake balloons, fake money.See Haute Couture’s Most Romantic Looks
Intricate pieces, out for a stroll around Paris.