kosås lipsticks

These devastatingly chic lipsticks have racked up countless accolades, and it was easy to see why. Sheena Yaitanes, creator of the line, designed a straightforward range of modern shades that flatter across her clientele spectrum. Yes, we’ve heard this idea countless times before, but Yaitanes took a novel approach here. While studying art, she decided to forgo the usual brown nudes when building her shades and instead opted for primary colors. The result? Lively colors that bring a vibrant energy to the wearer, rather than dulling things down.

The lipstick containers are lightweight, as is the formula on the lips. The vanilla scented bullets impart a supple, hydrating veil of breathable color.

The minimalism of the line (tinted face oils, lip balms and blushes are out, but word on the street is that cream eyeshadows are forthcoming) means that there’s less work and mental effort involved. Regardless of the direction this line continues in, these lipsticks will likely remain a hero product.

Just a slick of a lipstick (in my case, Rosewater or Stardust as shown below), on an otherwise bare face feels both polished and pretty. Royal was really popular in the Vancouver’s Gastown boutique where I’d first discovered the line, so much that it had sold out. But if you’re gun shy about going for a bold color, the coolly delicate Rosewater (which makes a brilliant blush in a pinch) or the warmer Stardust are safe bets.

$28.

Available via Credo Beauty, Detox Market or Kosås.

Rosewater & Stardust.

Y et Beauté

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Inspired by a transformational yoga sojourn in Mysore, India, Y et Beaute has come out with the Birkin bag of lipsticks. This is the most luxe lipstick experience, outranking anything you'd find at Sephora or an upscale department store and I'm completely obsessed.

Take the packaging, made in (where else?) Italy. Cool, sleek bullets with the perfect amount of weighted heft, a cap that slides like melted butter and clicks satisfyingly shut with a magnetic closure. This lipstick takes itself (and whomever is wearing it) seriously. 

And then there's the lipstick itself, also manufactured in Italy. The shade I have is Bisou, a densely pigmented warm and earthy pink. It goes on like a classic lady's lipstick in that it's opaque, on the matte side of creamy and stays put. Swipe it on in the morning, and by lunch, you'll still have color. It functions beautifully as a lip stain by tapping it against the lips and blending it softly out with fingertips, or as a long lasting cream blush. 

I'm already eyeing Tranquille, a lively and modest pink for my next acquisition. 

You can find the line now at Credo Beauty, or the Y et Beauté website.