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Purple Passion: The Plum Lipstick Review

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Purple lips are hot for fall, whether you favor bold violets or deep eggplant shades. Plum lipstick can work on both darker complexions and fair skin—so use these ideas to play around to see what works for you. Here are the nine versions we’re loving most for the season.

Maybelline

Color Sensational Vivids in #905 Brazen Berry | $5.99

This budget pick looks almost neon when you open the tube, but there are neutral undertones that give it a slightly sheer quality. Swipe some on for a modern, minimal look.

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Lipclick in Whiney | $11

Thanks to micro metallic particles, this rich formula shines well into the night, giving the neutral plum a glam side.

Inglot Cosmetics

Lipstick #419 Matte | $15 | shop it

Because the formula is made with avocado and macadamia oil, the lipstick has a powdery-soft look and feel that isn’t drying. 

MAC

Satin Lipstick in Rebel | $15

A basic, beautiful purple, with a fuschia undertone that makes it more wearable. It looks darker in the tube than on, and the color has a subtle sheen that complements any look. This is a good go-to for those wary of a bold lip.

Make Up For Ever

Rouge Artist Natural N28 | $20

If you’re looking to make a power-purple statement, then this lipstick is for you. We love the patent-leather-like shine it leaves.

Bite Beauty

Luminous Creme Lipstick in Mulberry | $24

This is a warm, dramatic, and elegant purple, and the formula is so creamy that you’ll never want to take it off.

NARS

Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga | $28

Deep, dark, and mysterious, this shade makes us think of black cherry soda. It looks sophisticated on dark skin, and adds serious drama to a lighter complexion.

Hourglass

Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Empress | $28

The long-lasting liquid lipstick dries to a matte deep red-purple that sticks for hours. As plums go, this is one of the more conservative options, and we mean that in the best possible way. 

Anna Sui

Lipstick in #306 | $30 | shop it

To really call attention to your lips, wear this beige-toned plum, which has a berry-scent, with a bare face or bold eye.