Usually I am very decisive when it comes to my makeup. I have very strong viewpoints on what looks good on me and what formulations I'm willing to try. That especially holds true when it comes to lipstick. Throughout my teenage years and young adulthood I was drawn to bright shiny glosses. Since I grew up in a very strict home I could not wear makeup at all, so when I became an adult I tended to veer towards high gloss shine. Which was cool but I did not like the stickiness and having to reapply all of the time. As I entered my thirties my taste changed as I learned more about myself and I realized that most of my beauty inspiration came from old pictures of women in the 1940's and 1950's. I loved the classic sophisticated glamour of a powdered face, a neutral eye and a matte lipstick. When I say matte, I mean a very ultra matte finish. It stayed put and got the job done but it could be drying at times. Mattes are my overall favorite but after rocking them all winter I wanted to try something lighter but with staying power for spring. After searching around I was pleasantly surprised at all of the velvet and semi gloss shades that are available. They were the perfect solution for spring. They were long lasting, highly pigmented and did not dry out my lips. If you just had to buy one color to add to your beauty arsenal I would recommend a classic and timeless red. It works for all occasions and seasons. Plus it always brightens up your look ( as seen on the model below).