I have a slight addiction to the Topshop makeup range that means I can't shop online or instore without picking up a little something from the now extensive range.
More often than not it's a new nail varnish shade but, inspired by some cosmetic looks I'd seen at London Fashion Week, I decided to try the new gloss ink range.
I fancied a change from my usual bright red satin matte lipstick (Topshop Rio Rio) and classic pink creme (Estee Lauder Crystal Baby) so I decided to look for a deep berry shade.
I've always found berry shades tricky. Too light and you're verging on frosted '80s heather that instantly yellowfies teeth. Too dark and you've crossed over to the dark side with almost black lips that scare boys. Where is that berry inbetweener?
So after what seemed like a million swatch tests, I decided on the new Gloss Ink in Cruel, a deep berry shade with a hint of pink.
|Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel|
I'm a sucker for names so that was a factor - I imagined that Sarah Michelle Gellar would sport something similar in her Cruel Intentions days (15 years ago!!), most probably while she was hatching some elaborate plot to wreak havoc amongst her friends.
|Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions|
Other inspiration on colour choice comes from more '90s screen icons, all with a dark side:
Brenda (Shannen Doherty) in Beverly Hills 90210
Abby (Monica Keena) in Dawson's Creek
Rayanne (AJ Langer) in My So Called Life
And here's what a lipstick looks like when it's inspired by '90s teen witches and all-round bad girls...
|Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel, inspired by '90s TV stars|
The best thing about the gloss ink is that it goes on as high shine gloss colour and fades into a long-lasting stain. When I say long-lasting I mean hours - my first application lasted through two cups of tea and a bottle of water. By lunchtime I was amazed that I still had any colour on my lips never mind one with impact.
It also manages to be non-drying on your lips, which is quite an achievement given how long it stays put. For £8, this is truly value for money in a chic black matte tube.
Definitely a new makeup bag staple and I'll be stocking up on more colours for spring.