Linda Rodin is a woman who does things differently. Can you launch your own beauty brand with a single product? You betcha. And what are your chances of your luxury facial oil becoming a cult must-have pretty much overnight? You just watch. Yes, that’s Linda Rodin – the instantly-recognisable creator of best-selling Rodin Olio Lusso, and one-woman phenomenon behind the Rodin beauty brand. The media might not show enough stylish ‘older women’, but 68-year-old Rodin – with her signature silver mane and elegant, understated look – is an exception to that rule. And why do things like everyone else? You fancy launching a capsule collection of lipsticks? You damn well do it!

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Yes, that’s exactly what Linda Rodin did next – launching her own Rodin line of five lipsticks. Guess what? They’re as fantastic as you’d anticipate they might be. So why lipcolour? “I feel a bit naked without lipstick… my mother never left the house without it,” says Rodin. She’s spent over a year creating the collection, personally attending to every detail from the creamy, velvety-matte texture to the transparent packaging – a clever detail which makes grabbing your favourite colour on the go (or from the depths of your handbag) easy-peasy.

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Matte lipsticks can be drying, but – of course – these are infused with Rodin’s luxurious Olio Lusso blend of jasmine and neroli oils, leaving lips feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. There’s also Vitamins C and E to nourish, rose and lavender flower waxes and rich apricot, argan and meadowflower seed oils. And the colours? Just five shades makes for a concise collection, but there’s something to suit all complexions here – whether you wear bright lipstick on the daily, add a sexy slick of colour come sundown, or file it under ‘strictly for special occasions’.

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Winks is a zingy, lively cerise shade, while reds come in the form of Red Hedy (a true, bright red named after Hedy Lamarr) and Tough Tomato (a punchy orange-red that looks great on blondes). Then there’s Billie On The Bike, which is a gloriously feminine suits-everyone berry shade named after Rodin’s mother. So Mod – the fifth lipstick in the collection – is the perfect pale pink nude colour à la Brigitte Bardot. The lipcolours “magically bring the face to life,” says Rodin. “No one we know can choose just one.” Right again Ms Rodin, right again.

The Rodin lipstick line is available to buy online via Liberty, Net-a-Porter and Panache Cosmetics.