Although matte lipsticks are unforgiving when it comes to dry patches and flaky skin on lips, I find they last much longer and I love the retro-effect they impart.

Lancome's new L'Absolu Velours are absolutely fabulous new lip products for creating ultimate velvety lips.

They are housed in a gloss-like tube, complete with a fantastic doe-shaped applicator which makes application a breeze.

Although Lancome promise 8-hour wear, I don't find this hangs around this long on lips before fading. However, after applying in the morning I found lips still had a layer of colour come lunchtime, with just a quick top-up needed.

There are nine shades in the range. I think I want to try every one!

L'Absolu Velours, available nationwide from October 1 2013.

Sarah McIntyre