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Friday, 10 June 2011

My Purple Lipstick Collection

I thought it was about time I swatched all of my purple lipsticks! I love seeing colour-based swatchathons on other people’s blogs, I find it really helpful if I’m looking for something to see it next to other colours in the same family, as well as a stand alone swatch.  First of, let’s dispense with this ‘true purple’ rubbish… these are all in the purple/lilac family, as it were, so here they are.

Click the links to see my pink, red, orange and neutral lipstick collections. Note that I’m going though reswatching/editing some these so I have a proper archive of lipstick colours.

-Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in ‘Dark Princess’

Lovely and bright, this colour does things to me! Apologies for my mashed up lip in this photo! (This swatch is from a sample.)

-Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in ‘Corruption’

Dark greyed purple with blue shimmer. This one takes a bit of warming up before it will apply evenly – I rub it on the back of my hand, and then apply. Slight pain in the bum but it doesn’t budge once it’s on.

-Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in ‘Fateful’

Alright, its not purple, it's black, but it is crammed with purple sparkles making it a pretty awesome black!

-Evil Shades Wicked Gloss in 'Suffocation'

Sheer pinky-lavender, perfect for layering!

-Shiro Cosmetics Intertube in ‘Leeroy Jenkins’

Pinky-lavender purple. Applies a little streakily as it's so creamy, but is certainly very workable. Has quite a strong mint smell/tingle so if you’re not into that, beware!

-Sleek True Colour Lipstick in ‘Amethyst.’

A decent alternative to MAC ‘Violetta,’ though as I don't own that I won't claim dupe status. This one is a little dry but the pigmentation/lasting power is pretty darn good.

-Sleek True Colour Lipstick in 'Mystic.'

It's matte! Love! A very pink purple.... oh, alright, it's probably fuschia. Don't care.

-Wet and Wild Megalast Lipstick in 919B ‘Vamp It Up’

This colour is STUNNING. Where it’s so dark and quite a dry formula, though, I’d really recommend wearing a liner under it so you don’t get ‘fluffy’ looking lip lines like I have, here. Big goth in a small town? Go and get this!

-Morgana Cryptoria Vegan Lipstick in ‘Shrieking Violet’

I adore this colour, but I just can’t for the life of me get it to apply nicely. Morgana Cryptoria have re-worked this shade since I purchased it, however.

-Barry M Lip Paint in no 129 'Palest Lavender'

Very creamy, pink-leaning lavender – quite difficult to work with if I’m honest. Great for layering or mixing though and you can’t beat the colour!
-Nyx Round Lipstick in 'Medusa'

I love this colour, though with how dark it is, the creaminess of the Nyx formula means it does need a lot of looking after.

-Nyx Round Lipstick in Fusion

Bright purplish fuscia, with blue undertones and (some) blue interference. Really fun colour.
-Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in ‘Shangri-La’

Alrighty, so this is more of a pink-purple...again...but whatever. Quite a sheer colour, really nice when you want a twist on a pink lip. Really nice with a green eye!

-Boots 17 Shine On Lipstick in ‘Twilight Teaser’

An old 17 classic which I only recently discovered in Boots. I really like the balmy formula of this one, and I was dead happy to find a lovely new purple on the high street!

-Darling Girl Tinted Lip Balm in ‘Wallflower’

Pretty pigmented for a balm, eh? Has a slight blue interference which I couldn't capture, really pretty. (This swatch is from a sample.)

-High Voltage Lip Candy in ‘Alter Ego’

When I first got this, I had major streakiness problems, but I've had a play and it comes out so much better now - it's just a different formula and more glossy than the other Candys. I'm not sure that this colour is available anymore, but High Voltage have a ton of purples.

-High Voltage Lip Candy in ‘Gagalicious’

The palest pink-leaning lavender (Actually the palest lavender, Barry M!). Great for mixing with other colours or with a really dark smokey eye, if you're brave.

-High Voltage Lip Candy in ‘Just A Girl’

Everyone I know who has this loves it, and with good reason! A perfect pastel purple.

-High Voltage Lip Whip in ‘Ultra Violet’

Pastel purple with a metallic sheen. Has a slight grey tone to it which I really like, makes it different from my others!

-High Voltage Amp'd Up Gloss in 'Juke Box'

These are really pigmented, creamy glosses in a pot. I love the metallic sheen on this.

-Inglot Slim Gel Lipstick in 65

A perfect glossy grape purple crème. I adore the formula of this, it doesn't feel quite like anything else I own, and is more than worthy of its £11 price tag.

-Gosh Light N’ Shine Lip Glaze in No 5

I love these glosses, though they are pretty sticky. This is crammed with blue and purple sparkles – it looks pretty similar to MAC Funtabulous, no?

So… It seems to me that there are often application problems with purple lipsticks. I’ve noted in a few I have that there are streakiness problems, and I’ve noted other bloggers have problems with purple products that I don’t have. I guess it’s just a difficult colour! If you’ve picked up an *indie* product that has an application problem, or one that doesn’t apply as well as you feel it should, I urge you to tell the seller. - quite often they’re glad to hear it and will work on the formula. Drugstore or whatever... no chance!

Got any recommendations for me girls, or tips on how to wear purple lippy? Purples I’m craving right now are:

MAC 'Smoked Purple'
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in 'Fierce'
Wet N Wild 916d 'Ravin Raisin'
High Voltage Night Queen

Cover Girl Embrace and Divine
Darling Girl Holo Gloss in 'Jar of Hearts'

I'm sure you can recommend me some more!


  1. 'Alter Ego' and Inglot's 65 both look amaaaaaazing. I like the look of Shrikeing Violet, but swatches always look so different across different blogs that I'm not really sure about it :/

  2. From this post, I now want: Inglot 65, Juke Box, Ultra Violet, Alter Ego, Wallflower, Shrieking Violet, Corruption and Dark Princess. I already have Suffocation and Leeroy Jenkins. =D

  3. I love corruption and amethyst! :D

  4. Fusion and Alter Ego look gorgeous!

  5. Get the Covergirl Lip Perfection in Divine! It really is Divine. It does slightly stain though...

  6. Loving DG's Wallflower and High Voltage's Juke Box! You have a ton of great purples! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  7. My fav is High Voltage Lip Candy in Just a its beautiful!! =)

  8. the barry m palest lavender looks beautiful x

  9. Ooo, I love purple lips! That first 2 are just to die for and I love all the high voltage ones! And, I actually just did a post on my blog about the Wet N' Wild: Vamp it Up. I found it to make my lips look a bit "fluff" as you put it ;) I also thought it smeared more easil through-out the day then others, so I would definately second using a liner under it! Loved this post and I would try using the actual NYX jumbo eye pencils for your lips. They're very nice and don't really dry out your lips. The purple one is amazing!!! :)
    -Kelli <3

  10. Wow! What pretty lippies. I'm totally amazed because I don't own any of these, or anything from almost every brand. *_*

  11. Ahhh I love purple lipstick, they all look amazing! Just A Girl is one of my favourite lipsticks ever. The Inglot one is gorgeous and I need Sleek's Mystic.

  12. You have a great collection! I have a special place in my heart for Just a Girl, lol. Amethyst is pretty much identical to Violetta, I actually prefer it in some ways that I'm kinda unable to explain, lol. I also love Dark Princess!

  13. Damn, that's a lot of purple lipsticks. I really like the last one. Like, a lot. Might have to pick that one up.

  14. Loooads of lippies! There is loads I like especially ‘Dark Princess’ and ‘Just A Girl’ <3

  15. Whoa, your purple lipstick collection KILLS my purple lipstick collection! I love the look of ES Dark Princess, Sleek Mystic and the last gloss. *steals all your purple lip products*

  16. Hey Hun

    Great post im lemming that Gosh gloss!! I did a review of DG jar of hearts if it helps though I think you saw it? My memory is so bad :P

  17. @BBH: I know she's reforumulated it recentley, so it might be better now. I really have trouble with that one.

    @VijiiS: Er.... get them? :D

    @Ki: Amethyst is one of my faves :D

    @MakeupMonologue: Fusion is great, it's one of my 'lazy' lipsticks that I just bung on with some mascara and I'm done.

    @Mandy: I don't mind stained lips, unless it's blue or something :D

    @The Peach: I *just* got Juke Box and I reeeeally wanna wear it :D

    @Priscilla: It *is* amazing! One of my favourite purples, it's just spot on.

    @dazzlelight91: It's great, but it's got a LOT of slip.

    @Glum Plum: Oooh, checking out your blog now! I've used the black JEP on my lips before, and the white for mixing ^^

    @JC: Think of this post as a shopping list?

    @Lillian@ Mystic is pretty awesome! I love that it's matte!

    @Cydonian: I might have to buy a full size of Dark Princess, it's such a great colour.

    @Meredith: It's expensive for a Superdrug gloss, but not ridic. It's quick sticky as an FYI.

    @VampiressDoll: Just a Girl would look *great* on you!

    @Silhouette Scream: I blame Wendy.

    @Rach: yeah, saw it, want it!

  18. I enjoy this type of post! I'll be making some pretty big orders once I start getting some paycheques from my new job and I will be checking your blog for all of the different colours of lip swatches!


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