A few years ago, I wouldn't have been caught dead wearing anything else besides a nude lipstick. I don't know what was so unappealing about other lipsticks to me, but they just never caught my interest. It wasn't however, until I started watching beauty YouTube videos, that I'd see girls rocking all kinds of different lipstick colours and I especially loved the deep and dark red variety. It was then that I decided to purchase a couple, but even when I got my hands on them, it took me a while to gain the confidence to wear them out. No matter what you're doing to step out of your comfort zone, it can be daunting, and you'll often doubt yourself and worry what people think. Eventually, I got over this, stopped caring about what other people think and I found that they don't really care either. In fact, you'll probably find yourself getting a few compliments. No matter the lipstick colour, I'm confident in wearing the makeup I want to wear and now the vampy shades make up the majority of my lipstick collection. Before the colder months come to an end, I thought I'd do an overview of what I have.
Starting with the lightest shade, MAC's Viva Glam I was my first foray into the darker lipstick shades. It's described an an "intense brownish blue-red" and I find this complements my skintone quite well as the cooler tones suit me a lot more than those that are warm. It's dark without bordering on the gothic side with a matte finish, so if you're looking to get into the vampy lipsticks, Viva Glam I would be a great shade to start with. The Hourglass Rouge Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Icon is a rich, deep red colour that can either work as a classic red lip or a vampy lip. With one coat, it's bright, but you can apply a few more to build it up into something a bit darker. I won't say too much about this colour as I have a full review of it coming soon, but it's absolutely stunning and would make a great transitional colour from autumn to winter.
When I'm lining my lips for those darker colours, I use the MAC Lip Pencil in Beet. It's a dark red with pink undertones, which on its own is too pink for me, but once I apply a lipstick over it, those undertones are taken away. I use this particular lip liner for all my dark lip colours as there's nothing worse than wearing a dark lipstick and having it fade horribly!
Next on the colour spectrum is MAC's Rebel, which is a "vivid pinkish-purple". With one coat, this satin lipstick is a little too bright for my liking, but you can really build it up for a deep berry-toned vampy shade, which I think would suit a lot of skintones. The next lip product I have is from the MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Collection released in 2011 and while it's sadly discontinued, I just had to include it. The Mattene Lipstick I have is called Unknown Pleasures and while this brown-tinted red is absolutely stunning, I also may have purchased this as a fan of Joy Division. Don't worry though, there's a dupe that comes in the form of the most recent addition to my collection, MAC's Diva, an "intense reddish-burgundy". Swatched side by side, there isn't a huge notable difference in colour apart from Unknown Pleasures being ever so slightly redder. Finish wise, Diva is a matte and Unknown Pleasures has a hint of sheen to it.
Dark Side is a deep burgundy, relatively similar to Unknown Pleasures and Diva, but perhaps two shades darker. It's an amplified creme, which won't dry out your lips like the mattes. MAC's Media is similar is similar in colour, but darker and is a satin finish. Described as an "intense reddish-purple", this is the darkest MAC lipstick I own, perfect for a cold night out.
The last and darkest of my vampy lipstick colours is my only Illamasqua lipstick in the shade, Growl. I had seen Jess wearing this colour in her videos and it looked so gorgeous, I knew I had to pick it up for myself. Well, what a nightmare that was! As there's no Illamasqua counter in the Perth Myer stores, I tried purchasing this so many times while I was living in Sydney last year and each time I visited the counter, it was sold out. On my very last day in Sydney before I was due out to fly back home about four hours later, they finally had Growl in stock and it was definitely a serious case of "meant to be". Pointless story aside, I'm going to be honest and say that I think the anticipation of buying this lipstick was by far more thrilling than actually finally owning it. It's a lovely colour, described as a "rich mahogany brown", but as my lips are already quite pigmented due to my complexion, it looks a little too brown on me for my liking. Plus, the finish is the "mattest" of mattes, making it really drying. I could definitely work with this colour, applying it over a more moisturising, red colour, but for how excited I got over this lipstick, the effort isn't worth it. There is no need to get attached to a product you can't easily get your hands on because you'll probably find yourself disappointed or end up finding something similar and even better. Lesson learnt!
What are your favourite vampy lip colours?