You know that one makeup item you keep buying over and over? For me, it used to be purple eyeshadow. I’d find one at a drugstore or at Sephora thinking I’d stumbled upon something so unique and different for me, only to realize post-purchase that I’ve got five that are just similar enough to make me feel like a dummy.
But nowadays, it’s something different. It’s any kind of berry-hued lippie. I’ve never jumped on the red lip bandwagon the way I have the berry lip bandwagon. I’ve always had this thought in my head that a red lip isn’t quite me, that I’m sort of playing dress up or pretending to be someone else when I wear one. However, whether more purply or reddish, a berry-hued, wine-stained lip feels like me (in a dark, black turtleneck sort of way). It’s just different enough from everyday to feel special, but it still feels a little to the left of your typical red lip. And berry shades suit a wide variety of skintones. I find it easier to pick out a great shade of berry for someone than a shade of red.
A couple favorite formulas for those interested in a roll in the berry patch:
Glossier Generation G lipstick in Jam – This is a great option for those who want only want to gently dip their toes into the wine vat. Jam is a grape-y, sheer matte (so it’s shine free, like a stain) and is more like a balm than any of these. No red in this one, just purply-pink. They’ve changed the formula since I purchased this and I hear the new formula is much better, though I like the original enough. Jam is easily worn everyday with just concealer and mascara, or alone.
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry – Such a classic. This looks purple-black in the tube but wears as a yummy, juicy shade of cabernet. It’s the perfect dramatic blend of red and purple, sort of magenta but not too bright. It’s buildable enough to create a really vampy look, or you can blot it for a super flattering, more reddish stain. If you’re into knocking out a list of drugstore must-haves, this one’s been famous for a long time.
Honest Truly Kissable Demi Matte Lip Crayon in Mulberry Kiss – It was when I bought this a week ago that I realized I have a problem. I saw this shade on a picture of Jessica Alba at the opening of Laduree in Los Angeles, and I figured it had to be an Honest Beauty shade. I had to have it! And of course, I was certain I didn’t own anything like it …
This shade has much more of a rosy, innocent feel, and it’s so cheerful! It’s one of those “in between” shades that I was so sure I didn’t own. And while I don’t own anything exactly like Mulberry Kiss, it is in the berry family and I couldn’t help but shake my head at myself. I love this formula though; it’s very moisturizing and comfortable. It’s the kind of thing you like applying frequently.
Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Midnight Merlot – This is for when you want to get serious. Midnight Merlot is a deep shade of red-burgundy that is not really glossy or matte; it’s somewhere in the middle. It’s the most opaque of all these formulas, and is the longest lasting. It’s quite bold, and the only thing I caution folks about when wearing colors like this is they can make your lips look smaller and drier if you don’t prep well. You’ll want to exfoliate and moisturize your lips, and then blot and reapply once or twice. If you just wear it straight out of the tube without any prep, dark colors like this can look sort of ruddy and can minimize your lips.
I swatched each formula in the following order from top to bottom: Glossier Jam, Revlon Black Cherry, Honest Beauty Mulberry Kiss, and Maybelline Midnight Merlot.
Aaaaaaand I tried them all in front of the same window! However, the sun was going down at the time so the lighting got worse and worse. I went sans filter for these, too, though I upped the exposure on the bottom right because the sunlight had all but left at that point.
You may think there’s no difference between a couple of these, but those who know makeup and color know putting two shades of any similarly colored lipstick still leaves quite the decision to make. On the left is Honest Beauty Mulberry. From the top down on the right we have Glossier Jam, Maybelline Midnight Merlot, and Revlon Black Cherry.
Do you have any favorite berry or wine-ish lippies that you love? Fill me in, and let me know if you try any of these! xo, MR
Photo of Jessica Alba credited to CelebMafia.com (public domain).