Helena Rubinstein Wanted Stellars Lipstick – 304 Cosmic Purple

 And now for something you definitely can’t buy in the UK (there will be more next week, don’t worry), Helena Rubinstein Wanted Stellars Lipstick in Cosmic Purple.  It’s not really purple, it’s really a sort of bright berry shade, and I fell in love with it at the airport and refused to leave without it.

It’s another sheer shade, but not unpigmented, and one packed with beautiful gold and blue micro-shimmers:

I miss Helena Rubinstein cosmetics a great deal, part of it is sentimental attachment, Helena is a beauty idol of mine (she was short, fat, sarcastic, and didn’t have any time for the more frou-frou elements of the beauty industry, she’s been a huge influence on my blog. She was also a genius, sadly, I can’t even slightly claim to follow in her footsteps there), and Helena Rubinstein the company was responsible for many of the beauty innovations we take for granted today, mascara in a tube with the brush built in, anyone?  They withdrew from the UK a good few years ago now, and it’s only when I go abroad that I can stock up.  So I have …

Anyhoo, back to the lipstick:

It’s another glossy one, as you can see here in the post-swatch pic.  It’s a bolder colour all-round than the Dior lipstick we featured on Monday, and it’s rather lovely, if less subtle:

Here you can really see the micro-sparkles catching the light, but here’s another swatch from a slightly different angle:

On the lips its a deep rose, or berry shade, made multi-dimensional from the sparkles.  It doesn’t feel gritty on the the lips at all (as you might expect looking at the amount of glitter in the bullet), and it doesn’t look “glittery” in wear either, you just get a bit of a blue flash, or a gold gleam, depending on which angle you’re looking at it from.

It’s beeeyootiful, and I’m kicking myself right now for only having picked the one of these up, believe you me.  Anyway, next time you’re near a duty-free, check out Helena Rubinstein, you could do a lot worse …

The Fine Print: Duty Free.  I love a bit of duty free.  Sorry.  Not sorry.

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