I feel like such a basic white girl for saying this, but fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons. (After summer, of course, because … duh.) Where I grew up, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, fall is a sight to behold. The trees turn the most vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange – and considering there are, like, a bajillion trees up there, it’s truly spectacular. I mean, there are people who drive hundreds (maybe even thousands) of miles to the U.P. solely to look at the fall colors.
In SoCal, we don’t get the same fall experience. Instead of vibrant red trees, our palm trees stay green. And instead of a nice, crisp chill in the air, it’s still 80 degrees. That hasn’t stopped me from finding little ways to make it feel more like fall, like incorporating fall colors into my daily makeup routine. And this fall, I’ve been OBSESSED with rich, colorful lips.
The funny thing is, I usually fear super colorful makeup looks. I’m definitely a neutral kind of girl. But something about all the deep, dark lips of this fall has me drooling. I’ve been testing out a bunch of fall lipsticks and today I’m sharing my favorites.
My picks are all super affordable. There’s not a high-end brand on the list, and you can get most at the drugstore. I’ve also included two products from an online only e-tailer that is my latest obsession in affordable makeup.
I not only swatched these all on my arm, but I also applied them so you can see how they look on an actual person after past requests from my readers (I’m looking at you, Nicole). Without further ado….
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Blissful Berry (410) — $7.49
This line of lipstick from Maybelline has a fabulous formula, as I’ve mentioned in a recent post. When Ulta had a Buy One Get One 50% Off sale recently, I picked up this shade and the next to add to my fall lip collection. This is a very wearable fall shade, in my opinion. You can apply it with a really light hand if you’re new to the bold lip trend, and it will still give a pretty wash of color. Or, you can apply it heavily, as I did, to take full advantage of the color payoff. It’s a gorge berry color!
Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine (695) — $7.49
Whereas the lipstick above has a creamy, sheerer formula, this is totally matte. It’s also very dark, so if you’re not into a super dark lip, this is probably not for you. The formula, while matte, is still very moisturizing. This is my vampy go-to lipstick. I usually pair this lip with a neutral matte eyeshadow and a simple black cat eye so there’s not too much going on.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry (225) — $9.49
This is my favorite formula out of the bunch. It’s very moisturizing, yet very matte. And it has a minty tingle, which I love. This mauvey-rose color is super versatile and gorgeous on. I find myself reaching for this particular color much more than the others! If you’re on the fence about darker lip colors, this is a great shade to jump on the trend.
ColourPop Matte Lippie Stix in LBB – $5.00
I recently tried out this brand after seeing tons of YouTubers and beauty Instagrammers post about it, and I’m definitely in love. I’m planning to do a review of the products I purchased, but in the meantime, let’s talk Lippie Stix. These are the cutest products and so insanely cheap – only $5! They look almost like a Sharpie, and I totally love the packaging. You can get matte, satin and glossy finishes, though I’ve only tried matte so far. This color is a gorgeous DEEP berry shade that is matte, yet not at all drying. Another great thing is that they have matching lip pencils (also $5), which I’d definitely recommend buying along with the Lippie Stix. I used the lip pencil to color in my lips first to give a nice base for the lipstick to adhere to, and it just helps the color last longer. Love, love, love!!
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick in Solow – $6.00
This isn’t exactly a dark, rich lip that you’d typically think of for fall. It’s actually more of a “my lips but better” shade – but what gives it a fall vibe is the fact that it’s totally matte. It’s a liquid lipstick that you apply with a doe-foot applicator (like a gloss would have). It dries almost instantly after you apply it and leaves a very matte finish. I also find that it dries to a darker color than what it looks like when you first apply it. If you don’t dig the feel of something so dry on your lips, it’s probably not for you. It also does show the natural lines in your lips a little more than most, so if you’re concerned about that, you’d also probably want to skip it. But the color will last you for hours and hours—even through eating and drinking! This has been my go-to for fall makeup looks that don’t necessarily go with a super dark lip – like a smoky plum eye.
Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème in Beloved (03) – $8.99
I threw this into the mix at the last minute, primarily because of the formula. Between this formula and the ColourPop, I actually prefer the Milani liquid matte lipstick a little more because it’s slightly more moisturizing. This ‘90s brown shade is really in right now, and I’m still trying to figure out if I like it on me. But, Milani has other great fall shades in this same formula, so it’s totally worth a spot on the list. Also, this formula (along with the ColourPop liquid lipstick above) allows you to more easily draw outside the lines of your lips to give the effect of a fuller lip, which is totally what I did in the picture below. So if you’re into the Kylie Jenner full lip look, you can definitely achieve it with these products. Also, the price I quoted above is from the Milani website. I totally scored mine at CVS for under $6.
Since wearing a rich lipcolor means you absolutely cannot have chapped, flaky lips, I’m also linking a super easy DIY lip scrub recipe! I was going to try to make it myself and show step-by-step pics, but I ran out of time and figured it was more important to get the post up! Check it out on the Homemade for Elle blog.
You can also use the tried-and-true method of exfoliating lips: a soft toothbrush and Vaseline or Aquaphor. This helps slough off the flaky skin very well and you likely have everything you need in your cabinet already.
One last tip on rocking a fall lip color …. If you’ll know you’ll be wearing your lipstick out and about—and especially if you’ll be eating or drinking anything—make sure you bring your tube with you for touch-ups! I always advise re-applying in front of a mirror … you have to be very precise with these colors! And, you may also find it easier to apply with a lip brush versus straight from the tube.
Do you have fall lipstick colors you’re absolutely in love with? Share them with me in the comments below. I’d especially love to hear about some colors from higher-end brands!