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You Can Afford to Buy Every Piece in the Newest Giambattista Valli Collection


Photo: Courtesy of Giambattista Valli

Just when you think you can’t possibly justify another lipstick purchase, MAC comes along and dangles an irresistible new line in front of your face. This time, the proverbial carrot is a sophisticated collection created by Giambattista Valli. The designer channeled his endless fascination with flora and color—two things not “considered cool by the fashion industry” but always beloved by women, as noted in’s recent review—into a bouquet of five matte lipsticks. (For those who can’t resist a touch of shine, a Crystal Glaze Gloss dubbed Lena lends a pearlescent finish to lips.) From whitish-pink (Bianca B) to a sexy black cherry (Eugenie), the romantic range of shades plays off the soft blush, vibrant coral, and classic crimson found in many of the pieces for Resort and epitomize the “DNA of GBV,” Valli explained. “I am inspired by flowers from all around the world. If I’m in Kyoto, it’s cherry blossoms. Sometimes in New York you can see the most beautiful tulips. Or in Paris there are roses that feel very Marie Antoinette.” While not everyone is lucky enough to don the designer’s sumptuous creations (like the couture confection Rihanna wore to the Grammys), adding at least one tube to your cosmetics wardrobe is certainly within reach. And perhaps nobody sums up the power of lipstick better than Valli himself: “Makeup not only completes a look, it often makes the look.” We couldn’t agree more.

Lipstick, US $17.50; AED/SAR 65 each, Gloss, US $23; AED/SAR 85 available July 9 at

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