What lip color do people think is more appropriate for the monsoon season? Is monsoon in the tropics the equivalent of autumn/winter in 4-season countries? If it is, then ladies, it’s time to bring out your plums, oxblood reds, and burgundies!
To be honest, the darkest of my lipsticks are never put on-hold in the summer months. I don’t care much for seasons. When I check out lipsticks, I tend to swatch the darkest colors first. Dark gets me excited.
When I thought of writing this post, I forgot that I don’t have a ton of lipsticks anymore. As I pulled out the darkest lipsticks from my candle jar lipstick holder, I was surprised to find out that I only have three.
The least dark of the three is Colour Collecton Plum Promise Lipstick. It’s the only non-matte lipstick I have. I rarely wear this on the lips but when I do, I blot it with a tissue to take out the shine. This is kind of like the Revlon Balm Stains — when the lipstick wears off, it leaves an even reddish berry stain. I really like it as a cream blush because the stain it leaves lasts all day.
The second darkest is Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte in Crushed Plum. On arm swatches, it looks the same as Nyx Siren. On the face, they look different. Crushed Plum is lighter and more purple.
The Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte formula is the most comfortable matte lipstick formula I’ve ever come across. It has a little bit of sheen upon application (in the photo below, the sheen is exaggerated by the lighting), but it’s still pretty much matte, especially as the day goes on.
I used to have Wet ‘n Wild Vamp it Up, a blackened purple (that is said to be a dupe for MAC Cyber). It’s the darkest lipstick I’ve owned so far. I can audaciously wear it on non-halloween days and get a kick from confused faces. I don’t have it anymore because~ can’t remember~ I probably mentioned the reason here somewhere.
Right now, the darkest lipstick I have is the darkest shade in the Nyx matte lipstick line — Nyx Siren.
Siren is a hair deeper, bluer, and redder than Crushed Plum. I almost didn’t buy it because the tube looks like a frosty metallic burgundy plum. Good thing it doesn’t appear like that on the lips. I think they made it two-toned to give a 3D effect on the lips.
If I had to keep just one, I’d choose Bobbi Brown. It’s weightless and its wear-time is forever (not really, but it’s the longest wearing lipstick I’ve tried). That said, I feel obliged to mention that in terms of color, I like Nyx Siren more. The darker the better? Maybe someday I’ll get Nars Train Bleu.
Before I end this…
SURPRISE!!! — this is a collab with Elaine and Becs!
I asked them to do this with me because they seem as comfortable with wearing dark lipsticks as I am. When we were setting things in motion, it turned out that all of us didn’t have a lot of dark lipsticks, haha, FAIL. But maybe you don’t really need a lot of dark lipsticks?
Anyway, check out their deepest darkest lipsticks (click the links below, pleeease, and comment if you like this type of thing):
- Strong Lips Sink Ships – by Elaine who rules the world
- Deepest Darkest Lipstick Collection – by Becs over at the V-Side