I have a very unhealthy obsession with purple lipstick.
My favorite color is purple. The deep rich-hued kind and for some weird reason, I am more comfortable wearing dark or bold lip colors than nudes and pinks. Some ladies I know own multiple shades of pink, nude and red lipstick and you’ll never see them without it. Well for me, it’s purple lipstick.
I used to be okay with my sparse selection of red and brown lipsticks until MEGA happened. I blame a certain makeup artist *ehem* and an elusive limited edition MAC lipstick for this obsessive attitude I have towards the irritatingly hard to find shade.
My small peaceful bubble where purple lipsticks do not exist burst forth and unleashed the unrelenting need to get my hands on the perfect shade of purple.
I am yet to find my MAC Heroine, but so far I am happy with what I managed to amass within 2 months of crazed search of sellers, reading various reviews and lots of deliberation over spending hard earned cash over these:
Top:Revlon Balm Stain in Darling Clockwise: Sleek Pout Paints in Peekabloo, Pin Up and Mauve Over, OCC Lip Tar in Hoochie, Maybelline Colorburst Lipstick in Amethyst Ablaze, NYX Round Lipstick in Iced Lavender, Medusa and Violet Ray, MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Goes and Goes, MAC Rebel, Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn, MAC Up The Amp, OCC Lip Tar in Belladonna
Hodgepodge of my purple lipsticks in varying shades
Sleek Pout paints and OCC lip tars
Revlon Lip Balm stain
I was about to publish this when I realized it looks so boring without any swatches so I delayed posting it until I had the time to swatch the products. I’ve spent so much time blog hopping for product reviews and swatches when I’m shopping for cosmetics, but it was only until I tried making swatches of lip products that I realized it’s not easy at all.
I damaged some of my lipsticks in the process *cringe* but I think it’s worth it as this post will be more helpful. At least I hope it would be.
But I digress.
NYX Medusa, NYX Violet Ray, Maybelline Amethyst Ablaze, MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme Goes and Goes, MAC Rebel, MAC Up The Amp, Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn
Both NYX Medusa and Violet Ray look more brown than the actual swatches. These NYX lipsticks are both dark purple with a red base and have frosted finish. You could barely distinguish one from the other when worn.
Maybelline Amethyst Ablaze goes on sheer with a frosted finish as well. It’s very purple, more red-based than blue and because it has sheer coverage, the color may vary depending on your natural lip color. I suggest using lip foundation if you have dark lips and want that vibrant purple color.
MAC Goes and Goes is a very light shade of purple with a grayish tinge to it. With careful application, you can get even and opaque coverage out of this lipstick and because it’s from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcreme line, it lasts longer than regular lipstick and dries faster, thus there is less color transfer.
MAC Rebel is a bright red violet shade. It looks more purple on the tube than when applied. It has a satin finish and goes on opaque, it leaves a red stain when it fades.
MAC Up The Amp is lavender with light pink hue. It’s distinctly more violet than pink in actual but looks more pink in the photos.
Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn is a blue based light violet shade with a neon undertone. It goes on opaque and doesn’t bleed even without the use of a lip liner.
Sleek Mauve Over, OCC Belladonna, OCC Hoochie, Revlon Balm Stain in Darling
Sleek Mauve Over is a bright pink shade with a purple undertone. I rarely use this on it’s own. I bought this mostly to mix with Peekabloo and Pin Up, and when done right, I get a perfect dupe for MAC Heroine.
OCC Belladonna – this shade is blue based and very bright violet indeed. It has a neon undertone and appears to glow at times. I use this when I have a strong hankering for standout purple lips.
OCC Hoochie – Among all the OCC lip tars, this is the closest shade to Belladonna but it has a red undertone and doesn’t have a neon undertone.
Revlon Darling – this is perfect for low-key days when you want something moisturizing but gives color as well.
Which one do you like best?
Do you like purple lipstick? 🙂 I’d love to hear from you!