I need  to stop going to events in the West End. It’s impossible to leave without browsing through all the shops  . . .why do all the good shops have to be in one place gosh darnnit?! It’s causing a very large hole in my purse!! Ok,ignore me, I’ve become way too used to online shopping so never really give new clothing stores a chance (as they don’t do free next day delivery) but I did visit the & Other Stories Regent Street Store for the second time last night to cheek out their contour powder (more on that later)

I actually love the how minimalist and stripped down the store’s décor is and how there seems to be more of an emphasis on personal style than fashion trends (but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a few scuba skirts in stock). I did pick  up a few accessories and of course some makeup items so I thought a quick fire review on the & Other Stories store branded lipsticks would be a perfect way to determine if I will ever add them to my Lipstick Index swatch gallery or not.&_other_stories_farandine_red_lip_colour_red_lipstick_epiphanniea_review&_other_stories_farandine_red_lip_colour_red_lipstick_epiphanniea_review_closeup

I haven’t had the best experience in the past with store brands makeup but I have to admit that the & Other Stories Lip Colour in Farandine Red (RRP £12) could turn me into a convert. It’s so pigmented and so creamy, it actually performs better than a lot of luxury lipstick brands that I’ve come across. Farandine Red Lip Colour is a cherry, red lipstick shade with a satin finish. This lipstick glides on the lips effortlessly without you needing to tug and drag it.

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The only thing I didn’t quite like about this lipstick was it’s packaging. Now, I have nothing against silver bullets but I found that the design of this lipstick made it very stiff. I actually had to wrestle it open on two occasions as it refused to open but honestly it doesn’t matter if they fix this issue or not – but I do hope they do – I’m already looking at snapping up a few more of their lipsticks.

How do you feel about clothing stores branching out into makeup? Do you feel cosmetics should be left to the ‘professional beauty brands’ or do you feel more clothing stores should do it, if they happen to release gorgeous lipsticks like Farandine Red?