Confession time: because of my issues with finding lipstick that works with my colouring, I tend to just use lip liner, and colour my lips in with it. Add a slick of clear gloss and no one can tell the difference (and it tends to last longer than lipstick does), so Sisley’s Phyto Levres Gloss is pretty much my ideal product.

This is a lip liner which is also a gloss. Sounds improbable, but It actually works rather well. This comes in pencil form, as shown above (you get a sharpener with it, which is a nice touch). It’s super-soft, and so it should be – it contains kokum butter and aloe vera to make it as smooth and comfortable to wear as possible, and it glides on like a dream.

The colour itself is rich, with a shimmery finish to it, which gives it that gloss effect. and it certainly feels more like lipstick or gloss than pencil – there’s none of that dryness that I associate with most lip liners, and its soft enough to use over the entire lip area.

This comes in four different colours: I tried ‘Mangue Givree’ which is a kind of peachy coral, and it was still in place by the time I’d reached the bottom of my cup of coffee!

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