Berry lips, generally the shade du jour for Fall, are so easy to pull off and wear. So are plums. To me, berry, plummy lips offer so much wiggle room, more so than reds, pink and even nude lip shades. There was a moment when I first got hold of Night Crimson from Charlotte Tilbury, I was struck by the fact that such a deep shade was so easy to apply, so smooth, lasting and hydrating even. But then there are two other lippies in this berry Trinity also deserving of some shine, so here are the details.
Charlotte Tilbury has a few categories for her lipsticks and Night Crimson falls into the K.I.S.S.I.N.G one, featuring hydrating, buildable colour. Night Crimson hits the mark with its Bordeaux berry vibes, whether I wear it with a liner or without one. It never ever disappoints and works to quickly pull my face together if I’m going light on the rest of my makeup or if I’m sporting a more ‘done’ look. Night Crimson comes in Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose gold tube, making certain to always catch your eye in a sea of lipsticks. This is a sophisticated shade that can see you through several seasons, especially if you live in colder climates. But, truly, no matter where in the world you live, if you’re keen on berry shades or still on the hunt for one to kickstart your habit, Charlotte Tilbury’s Night Crimson is an ideal start.
Gucci Luxurious Lipstick in Boudoir is another berry leaning shade that brings a totally different look and finish that I adore. What sets Gucci’s lipstick apart is its formulation containing over 65% emollients and oils, making it another hydration standout. Boudoir feels light despite the number of emollients in the formula, making it easy to swipe on several times without it ever beginning to crack or smear. While this lipstick has more transparency than Night Crimson, it’s still a luscious formula that boasts a superb wear time. Added to that, Gucci’s Boudoir sets itself apart because it also has what Gucci describes as a ‘Blue Chocolate’ fragrance, but relax, because in no way is the scent overpowering nor does it linger. When worn, there’s a faint taste of blueberries. Plus, something about this lipstick never makes lips look overdone. So If you prefer a berry leaning shade with a bit less intensity, Boudoir is the one.
Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Gloss in Sweet Berry is a dual-ended new introduction for Fall/Winter 2018. I know, I always bang on about Lucia Pica, Chanel’s Global Creative Designer for Makeup and Colour, who is probably responsible for the grip the brand has had on me since she’s come on board. But again this season, with the Apotheosis Le Mat Collection, she has managed to elevate standard shades and infused them with magic not just in the wear and translation on skin but also in the formulation, hence the reason this liquid lipstick has easily made its way to my top three berry shades of all makeup time. Sweet Berry is also my first liquid lipstick, a category I previously avoided like it was toxic.
Now that I’m completely sold and invested in this liquid lipstick because of the berry colour and because of how well it holds up through a meal, keeping it in my rotation this season is inevitable. The application is done in two steps, first by applying the colour and allowing it a few beats to dry then topping it with the gloss. Plus the merits of the formula make me now want to explore the other shades in the collection. After a meal, a bit of fading happens but otherwise, it remains intact. Sweet Berry never made my dry lips feel parched nor did it incite burning or cracking. The only real caveat to this liquid lipstick is in the removal. I’d suggest an oily or cream based remover, making sure to go over your lips a few times to ensure all of the pigment is gone. Cheers to the berry lips trinity, Charlotte Tilbury’s Night Crimson, Gucci’s Boudoir and Chanel’s Sweet Berry.