Bold lip colours you need to try

Had enough of subtle lip balms and glossy stains? Step into bolder territory with a creamy matte colour – go on, you know you want to.

Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 01:00

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Left to right: Bobbi Brown's Watermelon; Color Drama by Maybelline; Urban decay's Mr's Mia Wallace; Rouge pur Couture number 210 by YSL

Bobbi Brown is not living up to her name – 30 new hues have been added to the original set of 10 brownish pinks – and they’re hot. Watermelon, €26, is a standout – a vibrant deep coral sure to brighten up a dull day.

Estée Lauder’s Colour Envy in Fierce, €29, is a bold shade that’s wearable and smart looking – you’ll find it suits whatever you pull out of the wardrobe. How easy is that For a semi-matte finish that lasts, check out

Maybelline Colour Drama, an easy to apply kohl pencil in 10 shades. Light it up is an enlivening soft red, €6.99.

Can it really be 20 years since Uma Thurman smouldered on the dance floor in Pulp Fiction and gave us a whole new take on just how cool the statement red lip could be? Cutting-edge brand Urban Decay is marking the anniversary with a tribute collection, including this blood-red lipstick and liner, appropriately named Mrs Mia Wallace, €19 and €18 respectively. At Debenhams and House of Fraser.

 A statement nude might seem like a contradiction in terms, but YSL’s Rouge pur Couture number 210, €33, has just the right amount of pigment to ensure lips don’t “disappear”. The stretch formula blends effortlessly too.