We’ve all got a favourite lipstick – you know, the one that you just feel right at home in. But beauty brands have a habit of discontinuing colours and unless you stockpile a life time’s supply, then you just have to suck it up and try to find something ‘close’. But it is never the same.

A La Carte London (formerly Cosmetics A La Carte) might be the answer, if you have a tiny smidge left from your favourite. Their Knightsbridge based colour specialist can blend up an exact match, from colour to texture, with their Bespoke Custom Blend Colour service. It’s £50 for the first blend, and your recipe is kept on file so you can re-order on-line quickly and easily.

With re-orders also £50 a time, you’re paying a lot for that favourite, but sometimes, you can’t really put a price on a beloved lippie.

It’s also worth noting that if you’ve never really found ‘the one’ A La Carte London can also create you a bespoke lipstick in consultation at their Knightsbridge store.

I just keep remembering my Grandma who was so fond of a particularly lurid coral lipstick – when it was discontinued, she complained for the rest of her life and said every other colour made her look as though she was about to have a heart attack. How I’d love to have been able to recreate the original for her.

You can find A La Carte London HERE.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated