For ages now I've been harping on about how excited I am for autumn and all that comes with it, but how is it October already?! Where did September go? I'm so happy to be back in all my scarves and cosy jumpers and I'm also happy to be getting stuck into makeup outside of my comfort zone.
Autumn means I can amp up the makeup and when I say amp up, I mean pile it on. Yes, forget the dewy glow and coral lips and cheeks. I'm all about the smoky eyes, matte skin and darker lip these days and in a recent play about with makeup, I picked out six plum shades from my collection and am reporting back on which ones to check out and which one to miss.
I'm trying to be braver in my lipstick choices (you know me, I'm a nude lover) and I think a nice plum is a good transition into the darker vampier shades that I'm going to try and wear this autumn and winter. And something I've noticed is that I can wear shades like these without having to wear anything on my eyes other than mascara. I look put together and while my inner dialogue is along the lines of "Oh please please please don't let my lipstick be up my face, on my teeth, please let me look sophisticated and ladylike!"
Now, tell me if I'm crazy but do these plum lipsticks make my eyeballs look greener?
Let's start off with an oldie but a goodie. While MAC's Rebel has a special place in my heart and I've owned it for years now and should probably Back To Mac it, I can't part with it just yet. In saying that, some of the shades I have below are really similar to it so I could probably get rid of it and not miss it. But not yet. Maybe in January when I do an aul spring clean. This is a cult classic for good reason. It's pretty perfect for a plum lipstick and when I apply it, I'm sure it makes the leaves change colour a bit quicker. It's €20, so the most expensive of the bunch, but in terms of colour payoff, comfort and longevity, it's definitely worth checking out the next time you're standing at a MAC lipstick counter feeling a bit overwhelmed!
I've been wearing Wet N Wild's Silk Finish Lipstick in Blind Date quite a bit in real life and on Snapchat and it's a shade that I'm asked about lots when I have it on. This is one of my favourite finds of the year so far because the formula is right up my street being nice and opaque, is really moisturising and has a slight glossy finish, making it comfortable to wear. It's not as dark as the other shades here, but that makes it more wearable for a scaredy cat like me and at a piddly €1.99, you'd be mad not to pick it up. Mad I tell you! This is what I had on when I went to Arnotts last week and I love it!
Over the course of my six years blogging, I've tried out my fair share of matte lipsticks and I can honestly say I've never come across anything like the Cailyn Pure Luxe Lipsticks (I have to change the caption in the photo above, doh!). Lads, you know matte lipsticks that go on nicely but then set dry? Yeah this doesn't do that. This tugged and pulled at my lips like nothing else on this earth when I was applying it and ended up looking so patchy when I was finished trying to make it work. It looks lovely and velvety on my lips in the photo above but I couldn't wait to take it off so I can't comment on how long it lasts. I don't think it's worth shelling out €19.50 for, especially considering the more affordable options I've mentioned here today and sure an extra 50 cent will get you MAC's Rebel. If you've dry lips, then they've probably shrivelled up just reading that paragraph.
Again, I'm back on the comfortable, glossy, pigmented bandwagon and Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipstick in Under My Spell is one of my all time favourite lipsticks. It's a really flattering shade to wear and can be blotted down to give more of a stain effect. It's the most fragranced of all the lipsticks I'm talking about today but I don't mind it at all because it only lasts a few seconds. I'd recommend using a liner with this one just because the slanted shape of the bullet makes it hard to get a precise line at the edge of the lips, but it's a winner at €8.99 and good luck going into Boots and buying just one of these babies!
For fans of matte lipsticks, forget the Cailyn one and have a goo at Wet N Wild's MegaLast Lip Colour in Sugar Plum Fairy. It's €2.99, is a near perfect dupe to MAC's Rebel and is what a matte lipstick should be. It lasts for ages, doesn't dry out my lips and fades evenly. The only downside is the packaging. The lid doesn't click shut and so I can't put it in the front of my handbag, or anywhere out and about really because it gets everywhere! But you can be safe in the knowledge that you can apply it in the morning and leave it at home because it stays put for ages, fading evenly to leave your lips stained.
Essence's Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in Purple Power isn't purple and is a newbie to the collection. It's what I was wearing on Snapchat the other evening, tormenting you by not showing you which one it was! It has less of the purple undertones that the others have and can be worn dabbed onto the lips as a stain or opaquely as above. It's one of those mattes that has slip in it, so it has a tendency to move slightly when you're eating or drinking, but it won't dry the lips out. I was sent this shade and a nude one too and at €2.90, they're fantastic budget lipsticks that are well worth checking out.
And that's my run down of plum lipsticks to check out and avoid. I think the budget brands are kicking serious ass this year and hope they keep doing so because girlfriend here is on a budget at the moment and doesn't want to spend too much cashola on makeup but still wants to try lots out!