I’m all summered out. Done. Bring on the cold. Oh, and don’t forget the new Fall shades. This Autumn (and what feels like every Autumn up to date), take the upcoming change of season as a pledge to wear bold shades on your lips. Trust me, it’s so satisfying when people compliment it, and it’ a great transitional accessory during that awkward ‘I have no Fall clothes’ stage at the very end of summer. I’ve chosen two of my favourites from each shade of the season.

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in the shades Rouge Caprice and Prune Desir. This formula is killer– it goes on super smoothly, good pigmentation, not drying on the lips and super long lasting. The Paris themed packaging is beautiful and it has a magnetized top so it will stay shut while it’s being thrown around at the bottom of your purse. These two have a satin finish, which I would say is ideal for the cold weather. They are also infused with vitamin E to hydrate and replenish your pout while looking pretty badass. The, I guess you could say triangular shape of the bullet is extremely convenient when applying– no lip brush necessary. A solid duo.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame is my second mulberry-toned favourite. Keep in mind, this option is much deeper a purple than that of Lancôme, and is slightly more pinky. The colour payoff is crazy, and I mean it. Also a moisturizing formula, this one has jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. This one is slightly longer lasting, however, I found that it was actually more drying on the lips as it wore on. The circular bullet isn’t as helpful, that being said, you still wouldn’t really need a lip brush to apply. Oh, and the hammered chromey-violet packaging is almost as beautiful as the product itself.

Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red is, in my opinion, a perfect basic red–it doesn’t really cross the fence towards an orangey or blue tone. But we just have to talk about this packaging first. The heavy, plaid-adorned, magnetic casing is so luxe and, come on, even the bullet is imprinted with Burberry’s signature plaid. Swoon. Anyways, this formula’s pigmentation is a big stronger than the Absolu Rouge, however it is definitely less comfortable on the lips– typical of a matte-finished lipstick. Contrarily, the shape of the bullet is very similar and applies with ease.

Ah, I really can’t complain about this group, they’re all great products that give great results. I always start off with moisturized lips and lip liner, which will increase the longevity of your colour and precision. I typically have to touch up every 3-4 hours or so, or after eating, with these all-stars.

–Anna Raponi

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