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Monday, September 1, 2014

Top 5: Pinky plum lip products

I love me a good pinky plum lip, and so should you! This kind of colour gives you the best of both worlds. Because pinks cover such a big spectrum, finding the right one is always difficult. And plum colours, while they're gorgeous, can be a little too dark/vampy to wear during the day. But put the two together, and you've got an almost universally flattering shade which goes with a wide range of looks. So here are my top 5 pinky-plum lip colours. There are subtle variations between each one, so you should be able to find one that works for you. And with autumn and winter approaching, it's the perfect time to try one. :)

L-R: Clinique Chubby stick 'Super strawberry', MAC 'Plumful', Revlon Matte Balm 'Sultry', Revlon Kissable Balm Stain 'Crush', Stila lip glaze 'Black Cherry'
As you can see from the swatches, the colours gradually get deeper, but they're still very wearable. I've included mini reviews of each colour below.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry
This one's the most sheer of the lot, given that it's pretty much a lip balm. If you have very pigmented lips, it may not show up very well, but it will otherwise leave a nice wash of pinky-plum. It's very comfortable to wear, and will also give you a slightly glossy look. You don't need to have a mirror at hand to apply this, so it's a good handbag lip colour.

You can buy it here at Boots.

MAC lipstick in Plumful

I got this lipstick as an intended dupe for my dear discontinued Bourjois Vanille du soleil. It's not exactly the same shade, but just as pretty. It's from their Lustre range, so while it does give you a fair bit of colour, you will have to reapply it fairly often. Having said that though, it goes on like a dream and you get a decent amount of colour payoff from just one coat. It leans more on the pink side than the plum, and isn't entirely opaque, so it can appear different based on your natural lip colour.

 You can buy it on the MAC website.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry

This one definitely has more plum than pink, and is a much richer colour than the other two. It's very buildable, and in a couple of coats, you're going to end up with very pigmented, plum lips. As far as how it actually feels, I have to say, I was quite impressed! I was once stuck on a nine hour flight without any lip balm and only this for company and while I would have preferred the latter, it prevented my lips from drying out (which, if you've ever been on a long haul flight, can be a huge challenge!).

It's available on Boots here.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Crush

A long-time favourite, this is one of the prettiest plums I have seen. It's perfect for fall/winter, leaving a rich, deep colour on your lips, but you can dab it onto your lips if you want something a little more sheer during the day/summer months. I'm a huge fan of the balm stain range, because they're so comfortable to wear, and last absolutely ages on the lips.

It's available at Boots here.

Stila lip glaze in Black Cherry

I'm not sure if this one is still available, but thought I would throw it in here anyway, because glosses can be a great option for a pinky plum lip if they're opaque enough. I got it as part of a set, and in my opinion, it's the best one of the bunch. It's a pretty, long-lasting colour and I don't find it overtly sticky which is always a bonus with glosses. Stila's lip glazes are quite expensive (£15 per gloss) but if you manage to get them in a set, they're good value.

So if you're in the market for a new pinky-plum lip colour, hope this post helped you! If you have any favourites, I'd love to hear (can never have too many!).