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Beauty School Dropout: YSL bright lipstick

Bright lipstick is for other people, right? Beauty School Dropout experiments with a true red every now and again – for impact – and fiddles around with nude but always feels like a newsreader in those tasteful, fleshy shades. If her colouring were more olive she would, she assumes, tinker with those berry shades that work so well on other people. In a depressing kind of a way.

But YSL, has served up a kind of ‘thin end of the wedge’ when it comes to playing with brights in the form of their Rouge Volupté Lipsticks. Beauty School Dropout has found that she can’t seem to put down Number 41, Corail a Porter, which is, quite literally, Coral to go. A kind of Fifties pink, it glides on with its signature oil-in-stick ease, tasting of mangoes and melons and hope. The case is a thrillingly solid gold bullet and the texture is a curious stain-meets-balm concoction. The colour is bright, but so sheer that it feels wearable and looks uncomplicated. It totally lacks that armour-atmosphere of most bright lipsticks. Utterly glamorous. Surprisingly approachable. And comes in myriad shades. Like you?

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick, 41 Corail a Porter, £28

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