Back from the Sixties, Mary Quant Lipsticks are amazing. Forget the clotted dry sticks of yore: Quant now produces the most comfortable, long-lasting and moisturising lippies around. Four different finishes in 101 shades - all in her famous brushed-silver case (pounds 12.50 at Mary Quant stores or mail order 0171-581 1811).
Quant lipsticks are very big in Japan - as are those from Kanebo BIO. Gorgeously pigment-saturated, moisturising and loads of staying power, they're one of the best lipsticks around. And so they should be at these prices (pounds 22.95 at all major department stores).
Everybody loves a great red lipstick, and Paloma Picasso's Mon Rouge is a modern classic (pounds 17.00 at all major department stores).
Not everyone can wear pastels but the perfect test-drive set comes from Prescriptives, which have launched a range of pre-packaged cosmetic gifts. Their Little Shiners include three wanded pastel glosses, perfect for the girl who has everything but still needs a stuffed stocking (pounds 15.00 exclusively at Harrods). For the Bond girl in every woman, L'Oreal offers "Colour Never Dies", a James Bond 007 limited edition colour collection for lips, nails and hair. Their ColourRiche lipstick - in burnt red, cardinal red, gold and silver - is at Boots and Superdrug for just pounds 5.29.
The Yanks have been going gaga over Revlon's famous Line & Shine, a pencil and gloss in one handy stick. A limited supply of six colours is available at Boots for pounds 7.95.
For me, however, Christmas kissing involves Origins new Shimmer Stick (pounds 10), applied over their good old favourite-of-the-stars Lip Remedy - the best pounds 7.50 you can spend. Alas the Shimmer Stick, a moisturising pencil that stays put and blends perfectly, isn't available until March. But order now, because it's bound to be a must-have.
For sheer naughtiness, you can't beat the full-on glitter and creme brulee flavour (yes, really) of Barry M's Glitter Gloss (pounds 3.95 through mail-order 0181-349 2992). This one looks and tastes so good, they'll be taking numbers for you under that mistletoe...