On trial: Topshop affordable matte lipsticks

Topshop lipstick Rio Rio
Hey Topshop satin matte lipsticks, where have you been all my life? I’m late to this party but these affordable mattes are seriously superb. At £8 the formulations and shades feel and look beautiful and are streets ahead of most high street ranges.

With Rio Rio I think I’ve found my ideal matte red. It goes on smoothly and sinks in well to leave a stain without separating. After a while it does feel a little dry but not unbearably so. (My solution: I apply a little matte lip balm underneath and on top.) I also tried All About Me, a blue-toned Hollywood diva pink that I imagine would look amazing with minimal other makeup against an all-black outfit (Alaia-esque little black dress perhaps?).

The only downside with these bright mattes is I think you need blemish-free skin or immaculate foundation for them to work. But if you can get the base right, then these are definite keepers.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Topshop