I used to be obsessed with dark everything. I died my hair practically black, wore only black exclusively for a year, painted my nails deep shades of plum (even in the summer) and would stock up on some witchy lipstick hues any time of the year.
While this may make me sound emo, I was far from it. I imagined I looked so sophisticated with my black skinnies paired with an oversized turtleneck seater, some loose curls and a shiny patent purple lipstick on my pouty lips. In reality, I may have just looked like a bloated black blob, but I could care less.
I mean Audrey Hepburn wore all black... or maybe it was because the films were in black and white....?
The point is I love a dark lipped moment and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you!
I love this MAC color in media. It looks like a deep brown in the tube, but it's more of a plum color with a magenta base. It's your basic here you go deep plum for fall lipstick. It's more of a satin as opposed to a true matte, so it won't dry your lips completely in the already drier fall climate. While I realize I should pair a liner with it, and I should have a recommendation for you, I don't. I line my lips with the lipstick color first then I fill in the rest. Kinda like a color inside the lines sitch.
This Burt's Bees color is the cutest, and best bang for your buck. It is definitely a lighter shade, which is great if you don't want to commit to a dark purple just yet, and it's super nourishing. It's more if a light magenta, as opposed to a full on plum, so it's within the fall color wheel without being too gothic. It's also suuuuper pigmented! Personally, I love when a lippie is pigmented BUT also hydrating. It's basically like a magic potion inside a tube. It also fades into a stain which is beautiful and wonderful for when your in-between pumpkin spice lattes and touch-ups.
This Nars stick gets the award for playing nicely with others. I love that this color is deeply pigmented, and while it does leave my lips feeling chalky they don't look chalky. It's a true velvety matte red, and it layers nicely. The more layers the deeper and richer the hue, which I appreciate. What I also love is sometimes your girl just doesn't want the feeling of dry lips. Slather on a thin layer of vaseline before, put this on top, and it doesn't smudge or slide at all! It does come out, obviously, a little less pigmented since the vaseline acts as a barrier between your lips and the rich color (don't ask me why or how) buuuuut despite that, it stays put which I find to be not always the case for some pigmented sticks. However, if you don't want anything under, dab a bit of this gloss and it has the same kinda effect, your just sacrificing the more velvety matte finish.
Now, everyone has an opinion about Marc Jacobs and his beauty line. Some people love it, others love to hate it, I personally have no opinion of it. It's just expected to be overpriced and deliver decently because he has a reputation, but not to be mind blowing because he is, after all, a designer. With that all being said, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this product did deliver, the lippie felt luxurious and the attention to details such as wear, pigment and hydration were all put into actual consideration. I love this lippie because it's like Media (mentioned above) but not as matte, and a little more pink. Since it is relatively hydrating it comes out less pigmented, but the color is buildable. Personally, when I deal with a darker hue I prefer the color payoff to be gradual rather than intense. It helps you to gauge exactly how deep of a color you want instead of getting stuck with a deep plum for your whole day, lest you wipe it off and are left with a purple chin for the rest of the day (yikes). I love that it's also hydrating, so that means more layers doesn't equal dryer lips! If I want some fall inspired lip color, without the hassle or commitment to touch ups, I usually grab this color. Just dot a bit on the lips, press together, and it looks like an effortless lip stain that will actually stay on.
I apologize for the lengthy list. Who knew I had so much to say!? Until next time.