23 April 2014

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick: Review, Pics, Swatches

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick Range

If there's one texture - or textile - the beauty world can't get enough of right now, it's velvet. On our eyes, on our lips or on our faces, this almost powdery, soft and modern matte finish  has a chic, expensive and completely of-the-moment vibe. 

The bolder, the better is my rule for wearing velvet on the lips. A bright, opaque matte lip not only looks amazing but has amazing powers of distraction -  magically diverting eyes from tired roots or less than perfect skin.

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick Matte Mandarin Swatch
Wearing Matte Mandarin
  It's the quickest and easiest way to update your makeup bag for spring and summer - and Clinique has obliged with a delicious new range of Long Last Soft Matte lipsticks.  

Three years in development, the brand has put in the work to create a new-gen matte that marries intensity of colour with great weartime and comfortable hydration.

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick Range

Full shade range: Matte Crimson, Matte Mandarin, Matte Peony, Matte Petal, Matte Magenta, Matte Beauty, Matte Plum, Matte Suede 

I've had an advance peek at the range and there are several reasons why this June launch is worth getting worked up over: 
  • The shade range is gorgeous: choose from eight shades of bright but wearable colours that includes a stunning crimson, fab hot pink and my favourite, Matte Mandarin, which is pictured above. There are also a couple of more natural shades in the mix, namely Matte Beauty and Matte Suede. 
  • The formula is comfortable, creamy and longlasting - it's matte, but there's still sufficient moisture that it won't dry out your lips 
  • The sleek silver packaging, with its matte and shiny swirls, feels satisfyingly high-end...
  • ...except at €20, they're an affordable treat, and good value for such a really lovely lipstick. 

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick Swatches
L-R: Matte Mandarin, Matte Magenta, Matte Peony

I'll be staking out my local Clinique counter for Matte Crimson, Matte Peony, Matte Magenta and, er,  possibly Matte Plum; which shades are calling your name? 

See my favourite matte lipsticks in action. 

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