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31 July 2015

A formula and price-point to suit everyone

People say that red lips suit everyone, but I happen to be of the opinion that it's berry lips that suit everyone. I think it's because most people's lips are varying shades of berry, so wearing a lipstick of that colour family enhances rather than covers your lips' natural pigment. 

Berries are also incredibly versatile depending on the depth and finish of the lipstick. Muted or sheer formulas work great for everyday or professional settings, raspberry shades are perfect for brightening the face, and dark boysenberry shades add plenty of drama to your look. The latter is today's focus: deep, rich bordeaux hues you'll want to wear all winter long.

If you like dark, matte lips, you'll love the MAC Lipstick in 'Diva' (Matte). It's a deep red colour that, whilst dark, isn't as vampy as you might expect (it's not a blackened colour, it's discernibly red) but it still makes you look and feel fierce. The formula is a comfortable matte; there's no dragging on the lips whatsoever. Diva is the kind of colour I'd wear on a night out in the wintertime -- hypothetically, of course.

If you're after something slightly more purpley and you ain't a fan of matte formulas, you might like the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in 'Palais Royal'. Although I do love the colour and how easily it glides (literally, glides) onto the lips, I prefer blotting this one to take the slip factor down a notch. It's a bit of a shame though, because the slight sheen does add a certain something special to the colour. 

A budget option I adore is the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet in 'Meteoric Matte'. It's a liquid lipstick but not the kind you're thinking of. It's easy to apply and comfortable to wear (which is more than I can say for a lot of other liquid lipsticks out there), drying down to a soft matte finish. This shade is slightly brighter and more pink than the rest of the colours featured, which makes it perfect for daytime. It's bold, but not too bold; matte, but not too matte. It doesn't last any longer than your average lipstick, but apart from that, I can't fault it.

Maybe you're more of a low-maintenance, set-and-forget kind of person. If so, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Crush' has got you covered. The colour is still a juicy-looking berry (quite similar to the Nars option), but it's sheer so you can control the intensity. I love the Revlon Balm Stains because of how comfortable they are to wear. I've always liked lip stains in theory, but none feel as balmy and nice on the lips as the Revlon ones do. I luuurve this one. A lot.

Wearing Revlon Crush

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