Ironically, my favorite lipstick (this week) is a modern twist on a traditional idea. It’s called Vintage, and I think of it as a modern twist on a traditional nude lipstick for fall.
I’m kind of loving that idea, the idea of lips that are slightly richer, and maybe a few shades darker, than your natural lip color.
Tom Ford’s fabulous new rich, rosy brown Lip Color in Negligee has some of that same vibe.
The whole idea is just so different from what I picture in my head when I think “nude lips,” which over the past few years have meant a lot of light peach, pink and beige.
Barbie lips, so to speak.
I was digging around in my lipstick collection last weekend for something modern and nude when I re-discovered this old friend’s charms — Vintage ($30), a shade in the Hourglass Femme Rouge lipstick line, and one of my unsung makeup heroes.
I first fell in love with Vintage years ago, and I periodically fall back in love with it again. And again. It’s one of those shades that when you put it on your lips after being away from it for a while, you’re kind of like, “Huh. Why did I stop wearing this? It’s so fantastic!”
Isn’t it beautiful? That deep rosy color and that sheen? Talk about being perfect for darker nude lip looks.
Unlike Tom Ford’s Negligee (Ha! I made myself laugh.), it’s less brown and more rose, so the overall effect is slightly softer and friendlier. I think Negligee is a little edgier.
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Another thing I love about Vintage is the way it applies. It’s almost like I’m buttering an English muffin…
You know how English muffins have those nooks and crannies that get all filled up with jam or butter (mmm…butter)? Well, Vintage does something like that when I apply it on my still flaky lips…which I won’t go into again here because even I’m getting tired of hearing about it, LOL!
Through the magic of makeup science, Vintage irons out those dry, ragged patches, transforming them into velvety, seamless skin. I think it even makes my lips look a little plumper.
Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
Whatever, it works for me.
And then there’s the way Vintage fades… Over the course of 4-5 hours, it dissipates slowly and evenly, without leaving behind one of those funky white lines on my bottom lip or settling into my vertical lip lines. It just peaces out, elegantly, like a prima ballerina exiting stage left.
Ah, Vintage… So glad we re-found each other!
If you’d like to experience its charms, Vintage ($30) is available now at Hourglass counters, Sephora stores and online.
And if you find that you love it enough to use every last drop (magic 8 ball says, “Signs point to yes”), save that tube, and grab a Lipstick Refill bullet for $24.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,