Fall 2008: Embracing the Dark Lip Trend, Part 3

by Bionic Beauty on 25.Sep.2008 · 5 comments

In my final article outlining tons of options for this season’s must-have darkened lip look, I’ve rounded up and tested another 9 lipsticks and glosses for your viewing pleasure. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, don’t forget to catch up.

And on to the photos!…

I covered one of Clinique’sClinique long last glosswear lip glosses new Long Last Glosswear glosses last week. And here’s another winner… Mystic. It’s a smoked purpled mauve with silver, mauve and berry shimmers. It’s a winner in the long wear, comfort, and color department. The depth of the sparkle really makes this a knockout color. Cost: $14.00

Clinique Glosswear lipgloss in Mystic

The ultimate in just-bitten lips! Rose Gitane lipgloss by NARS Cosmetics is a pop of deep fruity red in the sea of berries, wines and browns. If you’re a red-gal, this is your gloss. It’s not sticky and feels lovely. I’m addicted! It goes great with the matte eyeshadows this fall, and a semi-natural face. Cost: $24.00 at Beauty.comNARS lip gloss in Rose Gitane

Continue reading for more options and photos… you know you want to!

My favorite budget dark lipstick? Milani’s Velvet Collection lipstick in Decadent. This color ROCKS! It embraces the dark trend and fits right in with the ‘rocker’ fashions that seem to be everywhere for fall and winter. Decadent is a berry wine shimmer that applies evenly and easily. It’s nicely scented, doesn’t wander and it’s non-drying. Cost: Under 5 bucks at your local drugstoreMilani Decadent lipstick (Can’t beat that price!)
Milani Velvet lipstick in Decadent

Certainly not a dark lip gloss, but Bobbi Brown’s Black Pearl is packed chock full of silvery shimmer. It’s backed with smokey plum base making it a grand top coat over any berry or mauve colored lipstick. An incredible and easy addition to makeover your current lipsticks! And… do you see that shine?!? Black Pearl is a limited edition for Fall 2008, so snap it up. Cost: $20.00
Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Black Pearl

Bobbi Brown’s Lip Tint in Black Cherry is described as a sheer plum-red. I’d say that plus a mix of chocolate brown. It’s really gorgeous and dark in the tube, but on the lips, it’s super sheer and wearable. This is the BEST smelling lip gloss out of all the colors I tested. YUM! It reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Oh, and this tint sports SPF 15- so you can pack it along for skiing this winter! To increase the darkness a bit, I added a topping of my favorite Bobbi Brown gloss (mentioned last week) in Aubergine. Black Cherry Lip Tint Costs: $17.00

Bobbi Brown lipglosses in Black Cherry and Aubergine

Out of all these outstanding lipsticks and glosses, my favorite is NARS Captiva lipstick. Captiva is part of NARS’ “sheer” lipstick line and it doesn’t disappoint. This color is so wearable, I honestly believe anyone can pull it off. Captiva is a black currant and looks a bit scary in the tube, but once applied, you’ll still see your natural lips peeking through it’s soft-sheen. Cost: $24.00 at Beauty.comNARS Captiva lipstick

NARS lipstick in Captiva

Some of my experiments for jazzing up Captiva. I topped it with the yummy Bobbi Brown Black Cherry gloss (detailed above). The medium shine was nice!

NARS Captiva lipstick and Bobbi Brown Black Cherry gloss

And this look is now my go-to for evenings, weekends, dates, or just dressing up. I’ve gotten amazing compliments. I applied 2 coats of Captiva and topped it with a slick coat of Bobbi Brown’s Aubergine (a tie with Doubles for my favorite gloss from this series).  I’m also going to try Captiva with the Three Custom Color gloss, Doubles, since I think they’d go really well together and possibly even top this look.

NARS Captiva lipstick and Bobbi Brown Aubergine gloss

An Honorable Mention goes to…
TooFaced’s new Mirror Mirror lip gloss in Envy Me (released for Fall 2008) is a patent leather look black current gloss. Cost: $16.00 at Beauty.comBeauty.com - TooFaced lip gloss.
TooFaced's Mirror Mirror Gloss in Envy Me

On Monday, I’ve got a makeup look using another hot trend for fall (matte eyeshadows) that works well with these super dark, dramatic lips.


1 Bhelle September 28, 2008 at 2:47 am

I love Nars lipsticks in hue colors!I would snatch some Bobby Brown lipgloss too!Gotta have this !

2 Shannon September 29, 2008 at 2:16 am

I LOVE the dark lips this year…but I am very fair and look ghoulish wearing most dark colours. I’ve only found four that look great on fair skin…Clinique Black Honey, Smashbox Sultry, MAC Moistly and MAC Sugar Shock, all can be darkened by pairing with Smashbox lip pencil in Tempt.

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