These lip liners from Diego Dalla Palma, our new favorite Italian makeup line, come in such sinuous, editorial shades that it is very hard to pick favorites. Given that we’re in the middle of Fall, though, I still can’t get enough of the deep tones of brown red and red that finally seem appropriate after a long hot summer that melted those shades off faster then you could reapply. So I’m bringing out the shades I’m drawn to the most right now.
On the formula of these, I have one thing to say: the Italians have a way with food, wine, fragrance and cosmetics. Rich textures and colors paired with stageworthy finishes dominate the entire Diego Dalla Palma makeup collection; and these lip liners are no exception. They come in elegant long pencil form, and they have a soft creamy texture. This makes them great for using alone – with or without lip balm or gloss, depending on the desired finish. Alone, they set on the lips with a matte to slightly semi-matte look. They are not drying in the least bit though, and when applied to moisturized lips, no extra layer of balm is necessary, as is usually the case with matte lipsticks. And of course, they can be used as traditional lip liner under or over lipstick.
My choices for the season are #53 and #62. 53 is true brown, brick red and 62 is brown, taupey, even slightly plum-laced deepness. Diego’s lip liners are a new fixture on my bathroom counter…I can hardly wait for Spring’s lineup either, since these liners are such an easy way to wear serious pigment.