Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bold 'n' Deep Lip Color Favorites for Fall / Autumn 2013 (Part I): RIMMEL, REVLON, NARS, SHISEIDO, YSL, CHANEL, TOO FACED, BUTTER LONDON, H&M

Hello, my lovely beauty enthusiasts and those who have been misguided by your search engine while looking up a recipe for chocolate covered strawberries. If you are reading this post right now, then you are either interested in discovering a few deep, warm, or bold lip colors for this Fall (Autumn) season or wondering how in the world can someone have such a passion (cough, cough, obsession?) with lipsticks. 

Those of you, who are very familiar with my blog, know that I love lip colors more than any other beauty product out there. The innocent, yet greedy, genuine, yet flighty, childlike, yet bordering addictive behavior, love of mine of lipsticks. So, I thought it would be a good idea to go through my stash and select colors I would like to recommend for this Fall (Autumn) season. 

Below you will find a selection of drug-store, mid-range to high-end lipsticks in shades of red, plum, burgundy, and wine. This post will be the first part of a two or three part series. So, those of you who do not feel comfortable wearing bold and vampy lip colors, worry not because I have some deep mauve, rosy, warm, neutral, chocolate shades coming your way in upcoming posts. Also, I have selected lip colors of different formulas, so whether you are looking for a matte, lacquer, creme, or sheer finish, there is one of each kind displayed in this post. 

Bottom to Top: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Nocturne, NARS Matte Terre De Feu, Chanel Rouge Allure La Sensuelle, Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte 107, H&M Wild Thing, Chanel Rouge Coco Ballet Russe, Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Plum Velour, Butter London LIPPY Tinted Lip Balm Black Cherry Rouge Pur FARD A LEVRES, Too Faced Divine Wine. 

Left to Right (L-R): Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Nocturne, NARS Matte Terre De Feu, Chanel Rouge Allure La Sensuelle, Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte 107, H&M Wild Thing, Chanel Rouge Coco Ballet Russe, Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Plum Velour, Butter London LIPPY Tinted Lip Balm Black Cherry, Rouge Pur FARD A LEVRES, Too Faced Divine Wine. 

(no flash) 

(w/ flash) 

L-R: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Nocturne, NARS Matte Terre De Feu, Chanel Rouge Allure La Sensuelle, Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte 107

L-R: H&M Wild Thing, Chanel Rouge Coco Ballet Russe, Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Plum Velour

L-R: Butter London LIPPY Tinted Lip Balm Black Cherry, Rouge Pur FARD A LEVRES, Too Faced Divine Wine

NARS Terre De Feu is a matte dark wine, blackened red. I really like this shade because you wear it bold as it is is or you can tone down the color by using a balm underneath or blending it using your fingers. Yes, this is a bold lip, but I still would not label it as a vampy shade. I would feel comfortable wearing this during the day. This shade does not have yellow, orange, or brown undertones, which is why I like it and find it compliments my olive-yellow-beige skin tone. This lip color is definitely long-lasting, meaning you will get longer wear time than the typical three to four hours. Although a matte, this lipstick is not drying for my normal to minimally dry lips. I recently purchase this shade. If I had done a separate post on this one, I would like to point out the small rounded bullet, which made application of this color feasible. Dark reds or reds in general are difficult to apply with precision and many like to wear a liner for this reason, but I don't like wearing lip liner, so I appreciate bullets that are easy to maneuver. Price $26. 

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet #40 La Sensuelle is a matte raspberry red with blue undertones. Again, even though this is a matte lipstick, the formula is as emollient as a that of a creme. This lipstick is not as long lasting as NARS Terre De Feu. This lipstick will fade once you eat or drink, otherwise it will last about four hours on average. This is another shade you can wear bold as is or tone it down with a lip balm underneath as I have done in the picture below. Price $34. 

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Nocturne is a warm, deep, cranberry red. I was not comfortable with this color at first, but I have grown to like it a lot. I love Shiseido Lacquer Rouge lip colors for their formula. I feel that  no matter how much I rave about the formula, my words cannot justify its excellence. See a thorough review of this lip product here. The words I used to describe this liquid lipstick in my review include phenomenal, optimal, and commendable. For someone who does not like the heavy, sticky, tightening texture of long-wear liquid stain, lipsticks or glosses, I was quite impressed by the lightweight comfortable texture of the Shiseido Lacquer Rouge lip colors. Price $25. 

H&M Wild Thing is a creamy satin, dark, vampy, eggplant-burgundy shade. This lipstick is a much cheaper alternative to the next lipstick shown below. The formula is surprisingly comfortable and non-drying. Honestly, I was hesitant to buy this at first, but I am so glad I gave it a try. H&M is an apparel and accessories store, not at all an exclusive or known cosmetic brand. The packaging is cheap. I never give a second look to makeup by apparel brands, such as Forever 21, NYC, Express, or Charlotte Russe because they give off a strong cheap quality, toxic-chemical vibe to me. However, I do not regret H&M Wild Thing. It does not have a noticeable plastic scent that you find in lower-end cosmetics. Although such dark shades are hard to apply, H&M Wild Thing applies uniformly. This lip shade fades, over three to four hours or after eating, into a sheer berry tint. You can also sheer it out with a lip balm underneath. Price $5.99. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Ballet Russe is a creamy eggplant, plum-red-brown shade. This shade has stronger brown undertones than H&M Wild Thing. The two are very similar in that both remind of an eggplant or dark plummy-red wine. I like to wear Chanel Ballet Russe sheered out because wearing it as it is, full-intensity, it can look a little too dark, dated, mature for my age and liking. Chanel lipsticks have a classic rose scent, which I love. It makes me feel so luxurious. The lipstick glides on so smoothly, like the smooth, sound-less ride of a luxury car. I like to describe Chanel as the mercedes of lipsticks, while Tom Ford is more like porsche. The wear-time is typical three to four hours for me, nothing extraordinary. Price $ 34. 

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Plum Velour is a light grape red with prominent fuchsia pink undertones. Although I am not very impressed by the formula of these Shine lipsticks, I really like the two shades I kept of the four I tried. In fact, I have grown very fond of this shade as Fall/Autumn rolls in. I think this shade looks flattering on me and typically shades in this red-fuschia-berry family do not suit my skin tone. So, if your skin tone is similar to mine, but Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Crush doesn't suit you, this might. Read my complete review of the Shine lipsticks here. Price $4.99. 

YSL Rouge Pur Fard A Levres is a creamy maroon shade, which is a blend of red and brown. This shade is very similar to Too Faced Divine Wine below, except that this one has a coppery undertone and an opaque creme formula. I purchased this shade at a duty free store in an airport. This color is truly reflective of the warm, cozy, earthy, coppery tones of Fall/Autumn. The wear-time is typical three to four hours, nothing extraordinary, despite the hefty price point. However, the formula is very smooth like a lip balm. This shade fades into a clean apple red tint, so reapplication is easy. Price $30. 

Too Faced La Creme Divine Wine is a blackened maroon (mix of red and brown). This lipstick is sheer and glossy, but nicely pigmented so you can build up the intensity. This would be an affordable alternative to YSL Fard A Levres. Due to the shiny and emollient formula, this lipstick does not last as long as the average three to four hours, but its staying power is definitely not as fickle as that of YSL Volupte Shine lipsticks. Price $21. 

Butter London Lippy Tinted Balm Black Cherry is blackened grape-plum-red. I really like this shade. The formula is decent, less balmy, more like a traditional sheer semi-creme lipstick. I don't wear this product for hydration or moisturizing purposes. It doesn't suck the moisture from your lips as some lipsticks, even non-matte ones, can do, but it also is not very emollient as its name implies. This fades into a gorgeous "just-bitten" plump-looking stain on the lips. I like to wear it blended out by my finger because I like the simple doll-like stained look. See my complete review of this lip product here. Price $19. 

Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte #107 is a popular shade. You might already own it. It is a dupe for Chanel Rouge Coco #21 Rivoli. Although a matte lipstick, #107 is not at all drying. I would describe it as a semi-matte or matte-creme. Furthermore, it applies with ease, not patchy as some other dark/red matte lipsticks. I am not quite sure about the staying-power of this lipstick. I feel like all lipsticks mentioned in this post last for about three to four hours on my lips with the exception of a few. Price $5.99.

 I own very few lipsticks, such as NARS Terre De Feu, which last more than the "usual" (three to four hours). I don't really keep track though because all of my lipsticks transfer, not outside of lip lines, but onto stuff - food, rim of water bottle, tea cup, coffee mug, my hand, etc. Also, my days are very rush-rush, so I also don't take the opportunity to reapply my lip color as my day goes on. I may reapply a lip balm if my lips look parched. Sadly, even though my lipsticks can last three to four hours, my morning coffee takes its toll on the lip color I have on and so the "usual" never really happens. 

Well, hope you enjoyed these part 1, stay tuned for more lip color selections for this Fall/Autumn season. 
Please support StrawberryHeartsChocolateDarts @

Your friendly comments and feedback are much appreciated. 


  1. I really like the first four, though the prettiest is La Sensuelle. Miss the red background of your blog, I haven't seen it elsewhere.
    My Beauty Junction

  2. La Sensuelle is gorgeous. Also I loved how you put so much effort into all the swatches. :)


    1. Thank you for noticing that! This post took me quite a few days to put together. :)


COMMENTS POLICY: I love to receive comments from my readers. It helps me know that I am reaching out to people who share my interests. One of my favorite parts of blogging is interaction with other "beauty enthusiasts" like myself. Feel free to inform me of your thoughts, opinions, and feedback regarding the subject matter discussed in the blog post. Please refrain from leaving comments that involve advertisements, giveaways, and any other promotions, including promotion of your own blog/social media forums. There is absolutely no tolerance for negativity or obscenity.

***Please DO NOT LEAVE LINKS OR HYPERLINKS in your comments!