Everyone is always searching for the perfect everyday lipstick, or that one red that defies them all, but no one seems to take a minute to celebrate the middle man - the inbetweener that swoops in to save the day when no one else is up to the job. I'm talking about that special shade, a tad darker than your average everyday lippy, but nothing so bold as to be considered a night time-only hue. We all need one of those shades that can be used to dress up a look - give you that touch of sophistication - without making you look like you're off to the club. The inbetweener - that vital lipstick shade that many of us overlook, but without it we would be left with a giant, (lipstick) bullet shaped hole in our lives - and makeup bags.

My 'inbetweener' of choice is the stunning Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in 'L'Amoureuse' - my first ever Chanel lipstick, and didn't I choose well? It's velvet finish mean it glides onto the lips like a dream, and still retains moisture whilst giving a matte, chic look. Above I've just dabbed it on (as my lips were a tad dry - sorry!) but it can be applied more generously to give a crisp, stylish, and more pigmented look. I truly didn't know what I was missing until I added this kind of look to my repertoire, but once that middle man's moved in, it's hard to get it to budge. 

Do you guys have a favourite 'inbetweener' shade? What do you think about the whole concept? Let me know in the comments section!


  1. I love this concept, that colour looks amazing on you!

    Kate xo // www.beautybabbles.com

  2. Such a gorgeous colour, really suits you! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  3. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita is my in between color. Since I have olive skin, I tend to shy away from warm pinks, so this one is a pink that tends more toward orange/ brown. It's not really a MLBB shade, but it's not really dramatic either. I love it!

    Melissa | M is for Melissa

  4. Such a lovely color! I dont really have an inbetweener shade now I think about it.. If I have no time I just put on no lipstick, only vaseline so maybe that is my inbetweener ;)

    Melane | Oh Sweet Remedy

  5. Maybe you should do some investigating... :) x

  6. I dont have an inbetweener, only those for a night out, my everyday ones and the "especial occasion" ones, but to be don't honest i don't own more than 12 lipsticks (and im counting lipbalms)
    But i really like the concept and that color looks great on you :)

  7. Isobel :), I absolutely love this post, such a beautiful shade! I've nominated you for the Liebster Award, go check out my blogpost (http://charmingcompasseks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-liebster-award-time_23.html) to see what you gottaaa do! It's pretty darn fun I have to admit! xo