Queens of the desert: Sue Devitt lipsticks
A review by Jessica M
Sue Devitt’s makeup line includes a palette of flattering, wearable lipstick shades in two formulas, Balanced Sheer and Balanced Matte. The colors are inspired by the landscape of her native Australia and some of her other favorite places around the world. I’ve gone through quite a few Sue Devitt lipsticks over the past few years, and my three favorites are Villefranche, Cape Colony, and Verbier.
Villefranche (left), one of the Balanced Sheer lipsticks, is a light, semi-glossy baby pink. It’s one of my favorite “my lips but better” shades for spring and summer, because it’s softly pretty and doesn’t call any attention to itself. Cape Colony (middle), from the Balanced Matte line, is a slightly warm, flushed rose with just a hint of coral. It’s a neutral-but-feminine shade that would probably suit a wide range of skin tones. I wore Cape Colony on my wedding day, and when I look at the photos, I’m still happy with my decision about that very important detail!
When I want something a little more intense, I choose Verbier (right), another one of the Balanced Sheer shades. This is a modern black currant with a slight brownish tinge that would flatter cooler skin tones from light to dark. I’m pale, and Verbier appeals to my former Goth-girl tastes! An application of one coat is polished enough for workday wear, and a second coat deepens the color without going overly theatrical. Best of all, Verbier lasts well and gradually wears down into a matte, berryish stain.
Lastly, all of Sue Devitt’s lipsticks are packaged in sleek, simple tubes with a brushed-silver finish, so they look as high-quality as they feel. They are available for $20 at Barneys New York, and they are definitely worth exploring.
Photograph of Ayers Rock by Theo Allofs, via Corbis.
Lipstick photo by Jessica M.