The name Colour Studio Professional doesn’t send a shiver down my spine. Sure, it suggests the de rigueur combination of a comprehensive range of hues, and a focus on make-up that holds up when in front of a lens, but it’s a touch uninspired in my estimation. Intrepid hunter of all things wonderful cosmetic that I am, I got past that and am now completely taken by the Pure Matte Gift Set in Volume 1.
First, a word on the set as a whole: most of the colours come under the ‘classic’ remit and are truly shades that enhance natural colour rather than making a statement. They’re therefore enormously reliable and can be grabbed on the way out the door with very little forethought. The matte (but not drying) formula is also rather pleasing; just add some balm/gloss and you can just about achieve any finish you’d like.
To illustrate the extent to which these have been stitched into my routine, here are some of the outings I’ve made this week sporting a CSP shade: on Tuesday, pinky Phantom and I headed to the Heddon Street Kitchen (nice atmosphere, don’t skip pudding whatever you do); on Thursday rather more saccharine-looking Groovy and I spent an evening at the newly-opened M Restaurant (the friend I was with told me the steaks were outstanding – as a veggie I stuck to salad so I’m afraid I have nothing to add), and I cracked out Lust for Friday’s drink at The Union Club followed by a dinner party.
Of all the lipsticks in the box, though, Saturday’s choice of Dirty Martini has me most riled up. Here I am wearing her in a picture taken during one of the husband’s many episodes of trying to hurry me while getting ready to go out – apologies, I didn’t have time this week to take a ‘proper’ shot (see above’s socialising):
My recommendation if you’re a lipstick-lover would be to snap up the whole set (bought individually each lipstick is £8.50, while all 9 in the set come to £45), though if you’re just after one I’d say get Dirty Martini and watch it transform your face. But, then, I’m a bit biased – you know how I love a bright…