For every lipstick collection, there is always this one particular shade that is more flavourable and make a much more frequent on-lip appearance than any of other colours you own. In this case, my most loved shade is purple (or violet, if it is your word of preference). Whenever I am browsing a cosmetic counter, with or without purpose, I will find myself end up swatching a purple coloured lip product or two (just out of plain curiosity sometimes). From a psychological point of view, your lip colour choice (so as nail polish colour) could tell a lot about you as a person. While personally I am not in full agreement with the analysis on purple according to this post by ELLE, but it never hurt to give this sort of stuff a little read. Who knows, it might come in handy on a day when you meet a new friend, right?
Now, for this occasion, I have picked out five purple lipsticks from my most-worn bunch to share with you – all very much different from each other colour wise.
From left: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine in WN 246, MAC lipstick in Heroine, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Dominique, Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Stavros, Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Dolly Grape
Swatches from left: Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Stavros, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Dominique, MAC lipstick in Heroine, Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine in WN 246, Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in Dolly Grape
When in comparison to colours like pink and red, purple is in no way a popular and an easy-to-wear choice in general, also a rather edgier colour for everyday wear. But isn’t that what makes it so unique at the first place? If picked right, you can actually achieve whatever make-up look with this peculiar shade – romantic, vampy, natural, you name it. So the bottom line is how to choose and wear them appropriately to suit your needs.
For every purple shade, its undertone plays a key fundamental role. If you are just starting out and don’t want to go too obvious with purple, say something you can wear to work everyday, then simply pick one with a sheer finish and a warmer undertone. Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine would be ideal in this case – the purple tone of it is very, very subtle – a highly approachable shade for everyone. Laneige’s Two Tone Lip Bar is another great choice. It is a combo of dark magenta and pink which will create a subtle two tone effect when put on – perfect for someone who doesn’t want to go all out with an intense full purple lips. If you can’t get your hands on the lip bar, guess you can still achieve this trending Korean radiant lip concept by layering two lip colours with a brush. On days or nights when you are going after for something a bit bolder, MAC’s Heroine is the best alternative to your usual red lipstick. It is the most gorgeous tone for a purple lipstick, with just the right amount of warm and cool, that can instantly brighten up your whole complexion. Make sure you don’t go heavy-handed with your eye make-up with this one though – pairing it with nude eyes is the way to do it for a chic look.
Now, my favourites of the five – NARS and Tom Ford. Yes, you got that right, I like more ‘coolness’ in my purple lip colour. Between the two, NARS is definitely more wearable and can be adopted as a neutral nude colour. On the other hand, as what you can expect from Tom Ford whom never play safe with his cosmetic line, Stavros from the Lips & Boys collection is not for everyone. It is a grey lavender shade with a light shimmery finish – very cool and grungy – the kind of controversial colour that I think every presentable lipstick collection needs to have.
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