On a majority of the days that I wear makeup, you can find me sporting a dark or bold lipstick – way more often than I wear light pinks or nudes. I swatched some of my most worn colors and provided a short review of each. For reference, I have light skin with neutral undertones.
I’ll start with the lipstick I wear most often.
Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Aubergine
This is a beautiful berry shade that I love for winter. It is a matte shade, but does have a bit of shine to it. It is extremely long lasting and I never find myself having to reapply, even after eating. Last year I wore it all night for New Year’s Eve and it stayed great! It can be drying (like most lipsticks) after a long day, but is not uncomfortable to wear.
And a pretty good dupe that I unintentionally bought is Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – LBB. They have close to the same finish, but I would say LBB is a little bit shinier and just a tad deeper. LBB is just as long lasting as the Bite formula, and also somewhat drying but comfortable.
Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint – Yaassss
While I personally find some of their shade names silly, as soon as I put this on my lips I fell in love. The color is a perfect lavender, and while unconventional, is still very wearable. I do like the formula, but it isn’t a typical “matte liquid lipstick” it doesn’t fully dry down into a transfer proof lip, and isn’t as long lasting as you would expect. It does need to be reapplied, but isn’t drying. It is far from my favorite formula, but the color is unique in my collection.
Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – Grind
Another favorite purple, this one being a bit darker. The formula is about the same as LBB – a little drying, but long lasting and comfortable.
Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Liquorice
I got this lipstick as a 100 point reward at Sephora. It’s a dark, vampy red. The formula is very creamy and not at all patchy, which I sometimes I have trouble with in colors this dark. These are made to be moisturizing and I would say I don’t think it’s necessarily moisturizing (not like lip balm or anything), but I don’t find them to be drying or uncomfortable in anyway. My only downside would be there is some transfer, but the color still stays on the lips and they are pretty long lasting (though not as much as their matte formula).
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip – Panda and Lyin’ King
This formula was mentioned in my favorites of 2016 list, and once again I will say I love these lipsticks! They are extremely long lasting, pigmented, and comfortable on the lips. While they have a satin finish, they do dry down to a point where there is no transfer. Two of my favorite colors are Panda, a purple toned berry shade, and Lyin’ King, a deep pink.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Echo
This is my only blue lipstick and initially took some courage to wear. It is long lasting and transfer proof, while not being as drying as other lipsticks I have tried. I have heard the complaint that they are too drying, but I am personally pretty used to the feeling and they don’t bother me. Some of the darker colors can be patchy, and I did have to apply 2 coats to get the full and even coverage.
These are all lipsticks that I love both the formula and color, and would highly recommend to purchase. If you have any recommendations for bold lipsticks, I would love to hear them! Lipstick is probably my favorite makeup item and my collection is always growing.