14 November 2016

Autumn Lip Picks From A Girl in the Southern Hemisphere

Seven affordable dark lip products for autumn

I thought I'd sneak right in with some of my Autumn makeup picks before the season's up for good. I wish it was Autumn right now in NZ, but alas it's not. I personally am just loving dark lips right now even though we're going into summer, but who cares about makeup rules?! Not me.

1. L'Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lipstick in 007 Say My Name*
This is one of two reds I'm featuring in this post, and this one is more of a bright, classic red. I generally like the formula of this range, apart from the purple colour which is patchy. This however, is not. It's a very lightweight, fairly sheer lip product that has a powder finish. It sounds pretty weird, but these feel like nothing on the lips and is such a low maintenance option. You can build this up to give a nice opaque finish.

2. Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in 107
The classic Rimmel 107. This red is darker and more of a berry shade than the L'Oreal option and a lovely matte formula. You'll rarely see me without a matte lip, and this Rimmel lipstick isn't too drying on the lips. I've had this product for absolutely ages and it's been really quite faithful to me - the perfect option if you're after a standard berry red lipstick.

3. Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in 30
This is one of the few non matte shades I have to share, but I love this one for the gorgeous plum purple colour. If you're not into everything matte, it's definitely worth trying this lipstick or any number from the Lasting Finish By Kate range - I think from what I've heard, generally everyone loves them and you can't really go wrong.

4. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in 45 Possessed Plum*
This is similar to the shade above but in the liquid lipstick form everyone is loving at the moment. This is a fairy new addition to my collection but from what I've tried so far these seem to be fairy long lasting. One gripe I have is that they're not completely matte, even after waiting for it to dry down. They look quite glossy on the lips, but this can be solved by blotting the very top layer. I like the applicator of this as dark lipsticks are pretty hard to apply with a normal bullet.

5. Maybelline Colour Blur Lipstick in Plum, Please*
As you can see from the name, this one is a very similar shade to the two previous lipsticks I've mentioned. This colour and formula definitely reminds me of the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils which are often compared to the NARS Lip Pencils. This definitely has a very vivid, bold formula which I love, however I'm not sure I like the blurring smudger on the other end of the stick as I've never used it and it's a bit gimmicky.

6. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Budapest
I would describe this shade as a slightly desaturated purple that's verging on a burgandy brown colour. This has to be one of my favourites because the NYX Soft Matte Cream formulas are great, as I'm sure you'll know if you've read my blog before. This lip product is lightweight on the lips and doesn't look patchy. It dries down nicely and while you'll probably need to touch it up after a while, it works really well.

7. Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Colour in 695 Divine Wine*
This is a new addition and it's already such a favourite! I wore this out for a long dinner and it lasted really well. This is the darkest shade of the bunch - a reddy purple matte. The formula of this is so good - it goes on so smoothly and gives a bold, opaque result. It's what I was wearing in a recent instagram post in case you're wondering. Don't be surprised if this turns up in my November favourites..

I'd love to know if you love dark lipstick like me and what are your favourites?


*Gifted to me by a friend/work - the L'Oreal Matte Max is a PR sample


  1. Lovely post! Your picks look lovely! I'm a big fan of darker lipsticks as well, though I only dare to wear them in the Fall. I have a bunch of favourites but my go to right now has to be ColourPop's liquid lipstick in Tulle!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. I really want to try some ColourPop lip products, they seem really good! x

  2. Chianti from Stila is gorgeous! Great post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. I've never tried anything from Stilla! Thanks x

  3. Such gorgeous picks - I need the nyx soft matte lip cream in budapest!

    Lucy | Forever September


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