Let me set the scene…
I’ve just handed over £4.99 for a lipstick. Ok, it’s no Tom Ford… but then, at £4.99 it wouldn’t be would it?
It’s sellotaped up like a 1950s Tupolev.
It takes me no less than 10 minutes to remove this mummified lipstick from it’s tomb of sticky tape.
Each time I scrape an end up with my nail, it starts to tear diagonally leaving me with about 3mm of tape between my nails and 8394839473892 metres left on the tube.
Finally… it’s removed.
Leaving behind a tacky, sticky, dirty-looking residue that manages to attract approximately 7lbs of fluff and dust in the 2 minutes that I leave it on the desk.
I KNOW why retailers have to do it and I guess I’d rather have my lipstick taped up than ground down to a nub against some pre-pubescent’s cracked lips. But still…. surely, there’s a better way? That surgical tape-y stuff… that peels off cleanly doesn’t it?
It’s not sodding rocket science!
Am I being pedantic? Maybe… but so would you be if you’d just spent 20 minutes unravelling and then cleaning your lipstick.