In a word — yep. According to The New York Times, a recent promotion at Barneys New York proved that women are purchasing more lipstick, even if they're spending a little less and choosing more conservative colors. While women may be doing less purchasing, the 75 cosmetics-counter workers at Barneys have not had their hours cut — an impressive feat.

And although super-posh Barneys has felt the effects of the weakening marketplace, women are still clamoring for their favorites. I guess there are some things we can't live without. It's the classic "lipstick factor" in action. How about you? Are you choosing more subtle shades due to the recession, or have your beauty habits remained mostly unchanged?