It’s that time of the year again, where makeup turns from corally-pink tones and glossy lips to warmer reds and berries, and more matte finishes. Berry shades really suit my colouring so I’m always glad when Autumn rolls around (see also: my birthday being in October; crunchy leaves; hot chocolate; boots; chunky jumpers; scarves). There are some gorgeous high-end berry and plum shades out there – Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, and Dior have some stunning options – but I’ve got a little collection of some super pretty ones that can be found in Boots (or Superdrug, apart from the SEVENTEEN duo).
The easiest of the five to wear is probably the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry. It’s less berry and more muted deep rose, but it’s a good entry into deeper lipsticks. Or something. Anyway, it’s still autumnal, is a good matte formula – not drying, fades pretty evenly, easy to use – although it isn’t the longest-lasting and does transfer. It’s £7.99 but often on offer.
Next up is possibly my favourite: one of the new SEVENTEEN Mega Matte lipsticks in Rioja Your World. It’s a gorgeous raspberry shade that brightens up a tired face a treat (I may speak from experience). It can look a bit more red on some people so might be one to swatch first. The name is a misnomer, though, as it definitely isn’t ‘mega matte’ but I think that it’s better for it, to be honest, as it isn’t as drying as it’s name suggests. Again, it fades evenly and lasts through a good few glasses of wine. I just wish that it was a traditional bullet shape, rather than a flat end. It’s a bargainous £4.49.
L – R: Revlon Matte Balm; SEVENTEEN Mega Matte; Maybelline Color Sensational Matte; SEVENTEEN Stay Pout; Rimmel Exaggerate Lip liner
The third swatch is one of the most hyped products of last Autumn, which was nigh-on impossible to get hold of for a while. It’s the Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine. It’s the boldest of the shades I’ve got here and is pretty dark next to my ghostly skin but I like it for once in a while. I find it less forgiving that the Revlon or the SEVENTEEN, and it will show up any flakiness or lip creases so do make sure to use a lip scrub
and eat it off and moisturise before you apply it. It’s £6.99.
The last lipstick is another SEVENTEEN one, their Stay Pout in Rule Breaker. It’s more of a purple than the others but is still super wearable. I really like working this into my lips and then blotting off to leave a stain, and wearing it with just lots of mascara and a tiny bit of neutral blusher, like Tarte Exposed. It’s slightly drying but lasts for ages on the lips and doesn’t fade into that awful line on the inside of the lips. It’s also £4.49.
Finally is the lip liner that I use with Divine Wine and Rule Breaker – Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Under my Spell. It doesn’t seem to be available any more but Obsession is a similarly dark plummy shade, and has the same smooth soft texture. Under my Spell is darker than the lipsticks but I scribble it all over my lips and then top it with the lipstick, so when the lippy fades the liner stain remains. The Exaggerate liners are slightly drying and will highlight any dry/cracked/bitten bits of your lips so, again, slather on the lip balm beforehand.
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