A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was headed to Ireland for a long weekend. The best part? Duty Free. An early arrival at the airport meant plenty of time to peruse the beautiful counters of Gatwick. So naturally, when I finally boarded the plane my wallet was considerably lighter-but not as light as it could have been! Once I had completed mission attack-the-bobbi-brown-counter (in my defence there isn't one in Brighton), I took some time to peruse the other offerings and see if anything caught my eye. Somewhere between Jo Malone and Shiseido my friend Izzy passed me this lipstick in a casual 'how do you feel about this?' kind of way, and thank god she did because it is my new love.

The colour in question is MACs Vegas Volt (£15.50). I recognised the name from Claire's Favourite MAC Lipsticks Video, which if you haven't watched you should right now... seriously go do it, it's so good. Anything Claire wears looks uh-mazing, so I confess it was definitely a 'she can pull it off, so I must have it' moment. Because, you know... I clearly resemble a heavily tattooed Korean goddess- no margin for error there.

Now, I am normally a red lipstick kind of girl. I don't really suit bright pinks so I just tend to stick to what I know. But Vegas Volt is more of a coral and definitely leans towards the orange rather than the pink side of the spectrum. It's an amplified formula so the finish is creamy but the colour payoff is amazing. I've been pairing it with a neutral eye and a peach blusher, and no matter how exhausted/down/bloated/ hungover/etc. you are feeling it just brightens everything up and makes you feel that much better. I'm no makeup artist, but I would hazard a guess that it would be quite flattering on a variety of skin tones. So, potential all-rounder? As soon as autumn hits, make no mistake, I will definitely be reaching for my trusty reds again. But for now coral and I are having a serious moment and I am loving every minute of it.

What's your favourite summer lipstick?