Once upon a time, I convinced myself that I would never look good in purple lipstick, and that I would never, ever want to wear it, ever. Somehow, I got it into my head that all purple lips did to people was make them look witchy. Well. Times have changed.
Here are various types of purples, some leaning more pink or red or blue than others, but all are—to me—purple, as far as colors go. (Don’t mind Sad Keanu in that clam shell… it looks gross, but it’s fine.)
Swatches, L-R: OCC Tip Tar in Lydia, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Dominique, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wonderchilde, ILIA Lipstick in Ink Pot, MAKE Matte Lipstick in Jakarta, OCC Lip Tar in Pagan, Shiro Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Sad Keanu
The OCC Lip Tar in Lydia is like a gateway to purple. There’s enough pink in it to make it look “wearable.” Dominique is a pretty, almost-lavender shade that always intrigued me but never enough to buy (until now, ahem). Wonderchilde is beautiful and has a fun iridescence to it that sets it truly apart from all the lip colors I have, not just the purples. Ink Pot was what made me change my mind about purples, though it’s very close to being a pinkish berry shade, in danger of leaving purple territory. Jakarta leans quite red, but to me, it’s still pretty purple. Pagan is a really deep, really dark violet that reminds me of ballpen ink. Sad Keanu, described as a purple that scares little children, is a sheered out version of Pagan and also never fails to make me laugh.
And guess what? I’ve worn them all before!
First row: NARS Dominique, ILIA Ink Pot
Second row: Shiro Sad Keanu, OCC Pagan, OCC Lydia
Third row: Kat Von D Wonderchilde, MAKE Jakarta
Are you a fan of purples? What lipstick shade have you sworn never to wear but now you kind of want to try?