Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion

You know that favourite cashmere jumper that you like to snuggle into? (And will be doing so, shortly?) This is it, in lipstick form. Well, not a lipstick, exactly: it's a sort of hybrid of lipstick but with the feel of a lip gloss or balm - and it's heaven. The colour (applied via a 'doe-foot' applicator for precision) is intense, but the feel is light-as-a-feather and positively comforting, actually.

The secret? Avocado, jojoba and sunflower oils, plus something Estée Lauder calls 'a unique Time Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex with Hyaluronic Acid' (now that's an ingredient you'll find in virtually everything we love). The pigments are rich and strong (though you can blend with a finger for a more subtle effect, and - just as a glimpse of tweed, a hint of burgundy velvet and a block-heel lace-up in the shops has us thinking quite positively about the coming months - gives us something glamorous to look forward to, as summer ebbs away.

Great shades from nudes to fabulous reds; our current faves are the deep berry (albeit slightly unfortunately-named) True Liar, and Fierce Beauty: a slightly-on-the-bricky side of red.

UK readers find Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion at www.esteelauder.co.uk/£20