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We don’t know about you, but we love a lipstick. We make sure we have one in every handbag to apply on the go to instantly feel more groomed. With so many different finishes available on the market these days, it can be tough to decide which to go for. Matte or glossy? Full coverage or sheer? Highly pigmented or buildable? And what about everything in between? Our Velvet Lip lipsticks are semi-matte, giving you multiple benefits: high-pigment colour in one sweep whilst still being long-wearing, comfortable and hydrating. Here, we discuss why you should switch to a semi-matte lipstick.

Whether you’ve got a last-minute meeting, after work drinks you hadn’t planned for or an unexpected run in with a friend on your evening commute, a lipstick can transform your look in an instant. For us, it’s all about the perfect nude for daytime. If we haven’t been able to get much sleep or if we didn’t get time to do a whole face of makeup that morning, a lipstick is the one thing that can make you look and feel polished and preened without the downtime. It has the power to make you feel your best, even on the days you don’t feel it on the inside. For evenings, we favour a red. This allows you to transform your whole look and add interest, even with the rest of your makeup staying the same – you would never tell! Perfect as a refresher, a red lipstick conveys confidence, sexiness and sophistication.

Benefits of a Semi-Matte Lipstick

If you’re still not sure why you should switch to a semi-matte lipstick, these benefits should be enough to convince you:

        Long-lasting: they are super long-lasting and require minimal reapplication

        Comfortable: they don’t feel drying on the lips, so perfect for all day wear

        Highly pigmented: so you can get all over colour in just one sweep

        Time saving: due to the fact they are budge proof, you won’t have to reapply

        Stress-free: you don’t have to worry if your colour is still there; chances are, it is!

Our Formula

Emolyne Velvet Lip is a semi-matte lipstick that is long-lasting, to make sure it sees you through your day, no matter what might come your way. We wanted to create the perfect formula that was budge proof yet comfortable to wear. This is why we settled on a semi-matte formula rather than a matte formula. Focussing on concentrations and marriages of different waxes, we were able to produce a velvety finish that is non-drying. Our lipsticks are so highly pigmented ensuring the colour truly lasts. We also added a vanilla fragrance to our lipsticks to make them feel even more luxurious and have your lips smelling good enough to kiss.

When creating the formula, it was important we produced a lipstick that would require minimal reapplication and attention. After all, our Founder is a busy mum of 4, and it was based on her need for a lipstick that stay put that Velvet Lip was created. She didn’t have time to be constantly reapplying, or checking the mirror to make sure her colour was still there, or worse, to check it hadn’t transferred all over her face!

Multitasking Features

Besides the main great features listed above, semi-matte lipsticks are great for multitasking. Our favourite trick is that we like to apply our Velvet Lip in a nude or pink tone to our lips, then, using our finger, we rub in the formula to create a more sheer look, then dab the product from our finger onto the apples of the cheeks and lightly across the bridge of the nose. If you prefer, you can gently dab the lipstick bullet onto the cheeks and blend out with your fingers.

You can also dab the same colour lightly across your eyelids for a sheer wash of colour. Wearing the same shade throughout the face like this creates a more natural, sun kissed look, perfect for a “no makeup makeup” day – we love this look for the warmer months!

Our Favourite Nude Shades of Velvet Lip

With a total of 30 shades, it can be hard to find the shades that are right for you. With this in mind, we pulled together our Shade Finder Quiz to help you identify your perfect shades.

Although all shades have a soft spot in our hearts, here are our favourite nude shades for this season:

        Eritrea: our most pinky shade, perfect for multi-tasking

        Luxor: a pinky-peachy nude that serves as a healthy complexion cheat

        Morocco: a tawny, brown shade for a cool natural look

        Asmara: our best-selling nude for deeper skin tones, it’s the perfect warm raisin

Shop our favourite Nude Shades

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Defining LipAbuja

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipAbuja

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipAbuja

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerAbuja

Add to bag£13.00

Eyeshade CrèmeBenin Bronze

Out of stock£24.00

Defining LashlineBobende Black

Add to bag£18.00

Lashline LacquerBobende Black

Add to bag£19.00

Defining LipAlexandria

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipAlexandria

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipAlexandria

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerAlexandria

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipAsmara

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipAsmara

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipAsmara

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerAsmara

Add to bag£13.00

Eyeshade CrèmePemba Shores

Out of stock£24.00

Defining LipCairo

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipCairo

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipCairo

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerCairo

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LashlineKalahari Brown

Add to bag£18.00

Lashline LacquerKalahari Brown

Add to bag£19.00

Defining LipCameroon

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipCameroon

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipCameroon

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerCameroon

Add to bag£13.00

Eyeshade CrèmeLac Rose

Add to bag£24.00

Defining LipCape Coast

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipCape Coast

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipCape Coast

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerCape Coast

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipCape Town

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipCape Town

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipCape Town

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerCape Town

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipCasablanca

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipCasablanca

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipCasablanca

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerCasablanca

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipCôte d’Ivoire

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipCôte d’Ivoire

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipCôte d’Ivoire

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerCôte d’Ivoire

Add to bag£13.00

Eyeshade CrèmeHigh Atlas

Add to bag£24.00

Defining LipEritrea

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipEritrea

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipEritrea

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerEritrea

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipFes

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipFes

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipFes

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerFes

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipJohannesburg

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipJohannesburg

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipJohannesburg

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerJohannesburg

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipKampala

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipKampala

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipKampala

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerKampala

Add to bag£13.00

Eyeshade CrèmeBwindi Forest

Add to bag£24.00

Defining LipKira

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipKira

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipKira

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerKira

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipLagos

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipLagos

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipLagos

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerLagos

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipLibreville

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipLibreville

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipLibreville

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerLibreville

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipLira

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipLira

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipLira

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerLira

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipLuxor

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipLuxor

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipLuxor

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerLuxor

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipMali

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipMali

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipMali

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerMali

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipMarrakech

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipMarrakech

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipMarrakech

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerMarrakech

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipMorocco

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipMorocco

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipMorocco

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerMorocco

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipMozambique

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipMozambique

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipMozambique

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerMozambique

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipNairobi

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipNairobi

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipNairobi

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerNairobi

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipNigeria

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipNigeria

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipNigeria

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerNigeria

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipPort Elizabeth

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipPort Elizabeth

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipPort Elizabeth

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerPort Elizabeth

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipSenegal

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipSenegal

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipSenegal

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerSenegal

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipSeychelles

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipSeychelles

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipSeychelles

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerSeychelles

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipTanzania

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipTanzania

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipTanzania

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerTanzania

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipUganda

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipUganda

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipUganda

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerUganda

Add to bag£13.00

Defining LipZanzibar

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipZanzibar

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipZanzibar

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerZanzibar

Add to bag£13.00

The Classic KitFes

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitLira

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitLuxor

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitCairo

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitEritrea

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitMozambique

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitTanzania

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitUganda

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitKampala

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitMorocco

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitMarrakech

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitNairobi

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitCameroon

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitAsmara

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitMali

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitCasablanca

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitPort Elizabeth

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitJohannesburg

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitCape Town

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitZanzibar

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitLagos

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitLibreville

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitAbuja

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitSeychelles

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitCape Coast

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitAlexandria

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitSenegal

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitCôte d’Ivoire

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitKira

Add to bag£39.00

The Classic KitNigeria

Add to bag£39.00

The Complete KitLuxor

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitCairo

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitMarrakech

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitCasablanca

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitPort Elizabeth

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitZanzibar

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitLira

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitMorocco

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitAsmara

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitCape Town

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitAbuja

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitNigeria

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitFes

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitEritrea

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitTanzania

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitMozambique

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitUganda

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitKampala

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitMali

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitCameroon

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitNairobi

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitJohannesburg

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitSeychelles

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitLagos

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitCape Coast

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitKira

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitCôte d’Ivoire

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitSenegal

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitAlexandria

Out of stock£51.00

The Complete KitLibreville

Out of stock£51.00

The Lip KitLuxor

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitCairo

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitMarrakech

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitCasablanca

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitPort Elizabeth

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitZanzibar

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitAlexandria

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitCameroon

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitCape Town

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitCôte d’Ivoire

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitEritrea

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitFes

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitJohannesburg

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitKampala

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitKira

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitLagos

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitLibreville

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitMali

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitMozambique

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitNairobi

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitSenegal

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitSeychelles

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitTanzania

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitUganda

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitMorocco

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitAsmara

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitCape Coast

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitAbuja

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitNigeria

Add to bag£41.00

The Lip KitLira

Add to bag£41.00

LibrevilleVelvet Lip Gift Set

Add to bag£36.00

LuxorBarely There Gift Set

Add to bag£39.00

NigeriaBerry Bliss Gift Set

Add to bag£38.00

OYA 

Add to bag£39.00

MAHU 

Out of stock£39.00

OLAPA 

Out of stock£39.00

Our Favourite Red Shades of Velvet Lip

We couldn’t give you the lowdown on our favourite nude shades without highlighting our favourite reds, too. This season, we’re loving these red shades:

        Casablanca: the most vibrant orange-red

        Seychelles: a great “true” red, flattering on so many skin tones

        Senegal: a rich red with brown undertones

        Abuja: a pinky-red for day or night

Shop our favourite Red Shades

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Defining LipAbuja

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipAbuja

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipAbuja

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerAbuja

Add to bag£13.00

Eyeshade CrèmeBenin Bronze

Out of stock£24.00

Defining LashlineBobende Black

Add to bag£18.00

Lashline LacquerBobende Black

Add to bag£19.00

Defining LipAlexandria

Add to bag£15.00

Velvet LipAlexandria

Add to bag£23.00

Gloss LipAlexandria

Add to bag£17.00

Nail LacquerAlexandria

Add to bag£13.00