15 September 2013

Autumn/Winter 2013 Makeup Trends: Berry Lips

Wine-hued, dark lipstick is nothing new for Autumn but this season it's back with new textures, finishes and formulas. In some cases, such as at Byblos, lips were precisely painted in a deep plum shade whilst eye make up was kept nude. At Prada a purple lip stain was softly dabbed onto lips to create a wearable, effortless look. I love this trend because it suits all different skin tones. If you're not brave enough to try dark lipstick a good place to start is with a gloss or balm. Purple toned lipstick can be a toughie to pull off , but lightly applied with fingers they become a whole lot more wearable. I've chosen six berry-beautiful shades to help you decide what lipstick you'll be rocking this A/W.
You''l notice that all the lipsticks mentioned are from the highstreet. I think highstreet brands are extremely good when it comes to creating high quality, on-trend products at affordable prices, giving highend brands a run for there money. Did you hear Mac have increased the price of their lipsticks AGAIN? Think i'll be sticking to good old drugstore makeup!

Rimmel Kate Matte '107' (£5.49) This was my first dark lipstick purchase. After seeing so many bloggers look great in this i plucked up the courage and haven't looked back since. The formula is matte so it can be quite drying. I use my Lush lip scrub before applying this and finish with a layer of lip balm. 
Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede '035 Backstage' (£8.99) The newest edition to my plumy lipstick collection. These aren't as nourishing as the Revlon Lip Butter, but they do last longer. 'Backstage' is an intense blackcurrent red. When you first apply this it does feel a little sticky but after 20 minutes it dries to a suede finish. The 16 hour claim is a bit far-fetched, around 5 hours before needing to re-apply isn't bad!
Collection Volume Sensation '4 Plum Perfection' (£2.99) In the tube this looks like a frosty finish, however once applied to the lips it has a creamy effect. This applies really smoothly and has great colour pay-off. Perfect if you want to try the berry trend on a budget.
PUR Minerlas Lipgloss Sticks 'Berry Pretty'* (£16.00) These lipgloss sticks are ridiculously easy to apply, no mirror necessary for application. They provide a moisturising splash of colour. As you can see from the swatch above it leaves a subtle berry tint and they apply super smoothly. The vitamin E and natural oils help to hydrate lips too. These are quite pricey at £16.00 a pop but they are paraben free, don't test on animals and contain no nasties. Available from Marks & Spencer here
L'oreal Colour Riche '325 Feeric Fushia' (£8.19) This glides on smoothly and has a rich, shiny formula. The shade is a dark red with purple undertones and subtle flecks of shimmer. Looking at this against the other lipsticks, the packaging looks really expensive!
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain '005 Crush' (£7.99) A nourishing balm with a hint of stain is probably the best way to describe these. There's a lot of comparisons to the Clinique chubby sticks but i've never tried them. I have the shade 'Crush' which is a black cherry colour. I love that this applies sheer but can be built up for a more intense colour. 

Hopefully this has given you some vampy lipstick inspiration, next week there will be an a/w lipstick tutorial :) I'll also be posting a lot more Autumn 2013 beauty trends! What are your favourite berry shades? 


  1. I love this trend, I need 107! x


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  2. ahh lovely range of colours there ! I really enjoy berry colours !
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  3. great post! i adore my rimmel 107 lippie, and that revlon lip stain has caught my eye - will definitely be swatching it next time i'm in boots! xo

  4. These are all really pretty. I wear a lot of berry shades anyway, because I think they suit my blonde hair and pale skin quite well... One thing I always do is apply a lip stain (such as Cheek Mate by Soap And Glory) first of all, so if my lipstick wears off and I don't have time to reapply, I still have some colour to my lips :)


  5. That Rimmel lipstick was my first dark lipstick too!


  6. I'm only a young teen but I have so many lipglosses and only two lip sticks but I'm a complete sucker for lip products! Great post Kia x Rosalie

  7. Oo I definitely need 107, it just looks like such a great dark berry colour! And I really like the loreal colour riche lipsticks and like you said the packaging is divine compared to other drugstore ones x



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