Trend On Trial: Is Haider Ackermann's vinyl red lip worth the upkeep?

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In this week’s Trend on Trial, we layered on the gloss to create a high shine red lip. Was it worth the faff? 

With lipgloss shedding its bad noughties rap and having a much-needed renaissance, we decided it was high time to give gloss a go. Jumping straight in at the deep end, we tried a shiny post box red look, as seen at Haider Ackerman. See below how we got on… 

Is it worth the maintenance? That’s a big ‘yes’ from Anita  

Anita Bhagwandas, Stylist’s beauty director says:

I can’t fault a red lip, and this high-shine version is ticking every box. Bold statement: check. Flattering on pretty much everyone: check. Adds a mega shot of volume: check. Easy to apply: check. Instant hit of confidence: check. Lasts through an animated conversation? Not so much, but that doesn’t really bother me. Granted, it won’t be a go-to for those manic panic days, but I’ll definitely be pulling it out when I need a bit of a boost. It’s well worth the constant touch-ups and occasional tooth wipe.  

So long as it lasts long enough for a selfie, Lucy’s happy 

Lucy Partington, Stylist’s beauty editor says: 

Bold, big-headed statement alert: I know that a red lip suits me. Especially when wearing a leopard-print shirt. The problem with this level of shine, though, is that it gets simply everywhere – and anything with a super high gloss is always going to be sticky, there’s just no way around it. So my practical head is saying no. But if I just wanted to take a really good selfie? Then it’s a very definite yes.  

Despite the smudge risk, Ava loves the attention-grabbing look 

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer says:

This look is… well, just insert multiple fire emojis here. I’m not really a gloss girl – you’ll find only lip balm and matte lipsticks rolling around the bottom of my bag – but a slick of the stuff over a punchy red gives a glossy vinyl sheen that demands attention. As much as I love it, longevity is an issue – I assumed a matte liquid lipstick layered under clear gloss would help keep everything on my lips (and not my chin), but no…


We’ve all fallen for this slicker than your average red lip. The Haider Ackermann models had a slight advantage over us, though – they only had to keep their glossy pouts on for a matter of minutes. Would this look survive through a day in our mere mortal lives? Definitely not. Do we really care? Not really – all we need is 60 seconds for a selfie. 

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