Bette, as befits a lipstick named after Bette Davis, is pretty much the Queen of my lipstick collection. It’s partly the beautifully dense colour it delivers, partly the brilliant magnetic cap that springs shut in a very satisfying way, and partly that it was the result of me searching for my ultimate dark red lipstick, out of every brand I could find.
It had to be a warm vampy shade which harmonised with my skin tone, no blue based red that leaves a dark pink stain if you rub it off, it had to not be too glossy, as matte as possible while still being smooth to put on. It had to look like the kind of lipstick a black-and-white movie heroine might wear, the shade that made her lips look dramatically inky when filmed in a monochromatic style. Those early silent film stars are my favourites – messed-up hair, huge eyelined eyes and almost black lips.
I tried a lot of shades, and this was the one that fitted the bill on all counts for me. All hail Good Queen Bette.