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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…

Verdict:

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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