Colour is simply not enough for lipsticks these days. They have to offer value-added benefits such as convenience, treatment properties or a moisturiser. For greater convenience, Sonia Rykiel offers Rouges Par Quatre lip colours which roll matt and shimmer finishes into one compact. Each palette contains a subtle harmony of four colours in two matt and two pearly textures to allow different shade variations. 'For example, we have an elegant flesh colour in a combination of four natural colours with dark, medium and light shading and also a little bit of gloss,' said product manageress Candy Chiu. 'The idea is that, in the day, working women wear the natural colour but, at night, they may not have time to go home and change their make-up, so they can use the dark colour with the frost or fresh colour in the middle of the lips to highlight and add shape.' As well as being practical, Rouge Par Quatre is long-lasting and the formulations are designed to help moisturise the lips for all-day softness and comfort. Lancome, meanwhile, has launched two new lip products. As an extension of its Rouge Absolu, Rouge Absolu Tendresse is the first lipstick formulated like an emulsion-based moisturising cream. 'It is eight times more moisturising than Rouge Absolu, so it is a good lipstick for winter because it protects your lips and you don't need another lipstick for dry weather,' said marketing assistant Joyce Lai. Rouge Absolu Tendresse can be applied directly and it has a matt finish. It comes in trendy light colours. 'I tried to create colours as soft and pulpy as the lipstick itself,' said artistic director Thibault Vabre. 'From the gentlest rosy pink to the palest beige, these are the latest in 1990s lip colour.' For the younger generation of lipstick users, Lancome offers Lip Brio. This unctuous lip lacquer claims a breakthrough in that it unites the brilliance of gloss - the latest look on everyone's lips - with the staying power and ease of matt lipsticks. Its high wax content (20 per cent, compared with five per cent in most gloss lipsticks) produces a semi-covering result with long-lasting hold. Ultra-mild ingredients and a nourishing lipid complex ensure softness and comfort. Eight colours illuminate lips with natural or intense shades. The palette runs the gamut from light brown to true red, purple and orange. Rouge Eclat lipstick from Clarins now offers improved moisture and comfort. The treatment benefits are based on phytospheres, vegetal micro-capsules containing the active ingredient hyaluronic acid which diffuses gradually and continuously. On application, the movement of the lips opens some of the phytospheres, releasing their contents. As the lips become dehydrated and their temperature rises, this causes the phytospheres to progressively dissolve. This permanent source of moisture ensures lips remain soft and keeps colour looking fresh. A mixture of natural oils and a vegetal resin give radiance, while mother of pearl also reflects light and adds shine. Rouge Eclat comes in three new shades for autumn - paprika, ginger and russet. New from Guerlain, Liplift is a fixative applied under any lipstick to give it greater hold and intensify the colour. An optical effect created by the presence of reflective agents captures the light, smooths lines and diminishes imperfections. Liplift comes in stick form, which is easily applied and then blended with the fingertips.