We Test-Drove Autumn's Biggest Lipstick Trends—See the Photos
The drearier the weather, the cheerier the lipstick—at least, that's always been our motto. After all, what better way to embrace autumn in all of its blustery, chilly glory than to try out brand-new lipstick shades? We're firm believers that lipstick can cure a bad day or mood in just one swipe. (And to anyone who scoffs at this, find us later and we'll give you a lippie to prove you wrong.) This season, instead of going for our trusty moody wine (or oxblood… remember oxblood?), we're going bolder and brighter. One swipe, and it's like it's 35 degrees outside again.
From a sheer berry to burnt orange, keep scrolling to see us try on some of autumn's biggest lipstick trends.
The trend: deep wine
The colour: MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Burnt Violet ($46)
The review: "MAC's new Liptensity lipsticks are special because they were created in collaboration with a tetrachromat. What's a tetrachromat, you ask? Tetrachromats are humans who can perceive millions (yes, MILLIONS) of colours the average human eye finds undetectable. Tetrachromats can also detect incredibly small variations in colour and consistency. Thus, I knew this lipstick would be incredibly rich and saturated—and I wasn't disappointed. Creamy and pigmented, it gave me witchy lips in one swipe." — Faith Xue, editorial director
The colour: sheer berry
The lip product: The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in Deep Berry ($25)
The review: "I was somewhat skeptical when I these pocket-size lip stains came across my desk. I've always been a 'go big or go home' type of lipstick girl—usually choosing highly pigmented mattes over sheers and stains. But this autumn, I've been really into switching things up in favour of a more bitten, natural look. The Body Shop's offering is just the ticket: It's moisturising, comes in a perfect-for-autumn berry shade, and doesn't come off when I pull my fuzzy turtlenecks over my head. Perfection." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
The colour: Burnt orange
The lipstick: MAC Lipstensity in Mulling Spices ($46)
The review: "I really loved this colour. The outside tube looks much more orange than the actual colour looks on my lips. It's a nice burnt orange with a tinge of brown and feels completely appropriate for and reminiscent of fall." — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
The colour: bright violet
The lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior Couture Color Lipstick in Mystériuse ($52)
The review: "My lipstick wardrobe consists solely of taupe-y neutrals and moody bordeaux shades, so this bright fuschia was a welcome (albeit slightly intimidating) deviation. A shock of violet might not seem like the most wearable shade, but the smooth, slightly satiny finish and buildable colour were surprisingly flattering. If you're like me and count on lipstick to update your look in one sweep, why not take a ride on the wild side with this in-your-face hue?" — Faith Xue, editorial director
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