Le Rouge Chanel

Ever heard of 'the lipstick effect'? It comes into play in times of recession, when women - instead of buying a new coat or a new pair of shoes - spring for a spirit-lifting lipstick, instead. But 'green shoots' or not (and we're not just talking daffodils), we definitely think a teeny lipstick-y splurge is in order right now - because Chanel's Le Rouge collection has been relaunched with new shades (and limited editions), just in time for spring. Our favourites? We're longstanding fans of super-hydrating Rouge Coco Shine, in particular (currently with two new while-stocks-last shades), and classic Rouge Allure, newly available in a stunning, suits-everyone shade called Rayonnante 145. Frankly, we can't think of anyone who wouldn't stand in front of the Chanel lip fixture right now with a big smile on their lips, while deciding whether to pick a gloss, a lip pencil, or a sexy new lipstick. UK readers find Chanel Le Rouge at www.selfridges.com/from £17.50 for Le Crayon Levres Précision Lip Definer to £25 for Chanel Rouge Allure and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (the matte version) - buy here