When Pierpaolo Piccioli took the reins as a solo act at Valentino for the Spring 2017 collection, the fashion set held its breath to see what direction the storied house would take next. The first clue arrived as show opener Noemie Abigail floated down the makeshift runway at Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in a diaphanous pink and black dress, a glossy minaudière hanging by her side with what appeared to be a discreet lipstick holder built in at the clasp.
Since that sunlit October afternoon, the petit sacs have become a mainstay of Piccioli’s collections, acting as a window into the creative director’s romantic-yet-grounded vision, whether worn slung across lithe torsos, draped around necks like weighty pendants, or dangled off delicate fingers. While their barely there dimensions (each one rings in at just under 3 inches) may make the enameled metal bags seem like little more than vanity accessories, they’ve proved themselves to be surprisingly practical beauty weapons thanks to a double-sided mirror (for smudge-free application) tucked inside. As for finding a rouge-colored bullet that will actually fit in that holster? Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Charms—available in nude pink, muted coral, and high impact crimson—do the trick. Here’s to wearing lipstick in style this spring.