Bordeaux is Back

My favorite part of fall is when the leaves change color.  I adore how much brighter it makes the whole world seem, even on an overcast day.  I also admit that I love when my outfits reflect what’s going on in my environment, so when fall comes around, I tend to reach for clothes in shades of brown, gray, chestnut, and orange (and basic black of course; bless my black leggings) and add pops of jewel tones with my accessories.

My best accessory? My lips.

I feel like my title might be a bit misleading–bordeaux has never stopped being trendy.  But shades of oxblood, mulberry, plum, and wine have their biggest moment in the fall.

I own what is an arguably excessive number of bordeaux lipsticks, stains, liners, and glosses (last count: 9 total, with minimal differentiating features).  However.  When you’re like me and start wearing dark lipstick as early as possible, different textures are important when it comes to lip product.  Some are a softer shade; some are matte; some glossy.


I will, however, focus on my current favorite: Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Strawberry Tint.  The product itself is a liquid stain that feels like a cross between a liquid lipstick and a gloss in that it is fairly thick upon application.  I have found that this product tends to be drying and slightly patchy on its own (you can see that in the first picture) so I usually wear it over a balm and apply two coats.  I do like that, while the color is intense, if layered over a balm it becomes more of a soft stain than a liquid lipstick.

The liner I pair this with most often (partially because it was the only wine-colored liner I brought with me to school) is Almay’s Stay Smooth Anti-Chap Lipliner in Raisin, a dark burgundy shade, which has since been discontinued but is similar to this.

lip collage

First application, second application, with liner


While this stain can be drying, I do love how buildable it is.  Especially as we transition from late summer to fall (I know it’s mid-October, but it was 65° here today), being able to build this color from a light berry stain to a more intense mulberry is one of the reasons I love it so much.
What I’m wearing:
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Foundation in 14 Soft Beige
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in VanillaNARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown
Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear
Benefit Cosmetics High Brow
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Maybelline The Colossal Chaotic Lash Waterproof Mascara
Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in 04 Strawberry Tint
Almay Stay Smooth Lipliner in Raisin (discontinued)




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