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Bea’You’Ty: Best Winter Lipsticks To Try

December’s here which means winter’s only just kicking in. Boots and Wellies have replaced our ever-so-comfy flats and courts. In the beauty department, plums, berries, burgundy and vampy red lipsticks are coming into play as we slowly stash away our bright pinks and oranges for next summer. But what are our favourite fall lipstick colours? This list covers some of the most popular dark lip colours everyone is sporting this winter. Here’s to putting your best pout forward this winter:

1. Mac Heroine

I was so sad when I heard this colour had been discontinued by MAC. It is super gorgeous. It’s bright enough to uplift an otherwise dark wintry ensemble without feeling too summery. What’s best, it is flexible and can be worn even in the summer when one is feeling feisty. I love 🙂 MAC may not be stocking these babies but as usual, Ebay and Amazon are going forever strong. Grab one for yourself here. Hope they’re authentic though!

mac heroine for fall

mac heroine lipstick on dark skin



2. Mac Flat Out Fabulous

Mac Heroine may have been discontinued but there’s a new violet lippy in Mac town! This lipstick is simply flat out fabulous as its name suggests. Fabulous.

Fashionista Next Door
No Pain No Beauty

3. Mac Fixed on Drama & Riri Hearts Mac Talk That Talk

These two shades are very similar. This sexy dark burgundy colour is one of Rihanna’s favourites. And I can see why she loves it so. Gorgeous.




Talk That Talk samples:


La Belle Hair and Beauty
The Glamorous Gleam

4. The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick, Damson in Distress 240

This is a personal favourite. I bought this a few weeks ago and I’ve been wearing it everyday ever since. It’s fabulous!


Miss Delirium
The MakeUp Kit

5. Mac Cyber

Cyber is a very deep plum shade, this colour does not read as a deep red violet shade, it is simply a plum colour. This lipstick is a satin finish so it falls between creamy and matte. If you’re up for a dramatic wintry look, Cyber is the lippy for you.

mac cyber on dark skin


mac smoked purple, mac cyber
Makeup By Lyla


The Fashion Bomb


Similar colours:

-Wet n Wild Vamp it Up

wet n wild vamp it up

Moptop Maven


6. Wet N’ Wild Sugar Plum Fairy

This is the closest dupe to the famous Mac Rebel berry plum lipstick. It pops deliciously on all skin tones and is one of the most popular Wet n Wild lip colours.

wet n wild sugar plum fairy perfect fall lip colours
Uncover The Untold
wet n wild sugar plum fairy beautybyjj
Beauty by JJ

7. Revlon Va Va Violet

This is a high shine and sexy vampy lipstick with a moisturising feel to it. It falls on the darker side of a plum shade which I love.

revlon va va violet lisptick for winter
Cloud Nine Kollective
Miss Nics Elegant Edge

8. Illamasqua 

Illamasqua Pristine,

In pure black matte finish.

illamasqua pristine

illamasqua pristine


Illamasqua ESP

illamasqua esp

Blogger, Pwetty Bambi, looks effortlessly gorgeous in Illamasqua ESP lipstick which is a bright purple shade.

illamasqua esp lipstick on  dark skin
Pwetty Bambi
purple lipstick on dark skin
Pwetty Bambi


9. Mac Smoked Purple

mac smoked purple on dark skin
Discoveries of Self


mac smoked purple swatch


10. Mac Diva

Rich dark red shade that works on most skin tones.

mac diva winter lipstick


Similar Colours:

-L’Oreal Temptress’ Kiss is a great dupe.





11. Mac Rebel

One of Mac’s most famous lipsticks. Great for every season. Simply a must-have.

jessica white makeup

mac rebel on dark skin
Wonders Of Beauty
Kyss My Style


12. Maybelline Brazen Berry

A great dupe for Mac Heroine. Bright, purply and fun!

mac heroine dupe



12. Lancôme

Lancome’s Pense a Moi, Chez Prune or Bordeaux look like really cool wine reds to try this winter.

lancome dark lipsticks




Love By Lynn


13. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Poupre Divin 39

My favourite lipstick range ever. I have this shade and it rocks! Simply divine. A little bit on the pricey side at £25 each but well worth the splurge.

ysl rouge pur couture 39 poupre divin

ysl poupre divin rouge pur couture
ysl rouge pur couture 39
The FashionBomb Daily
ysl rpc 39
Makeup Bee


There are so MANY winter perfect lippies out there. I can’t list all of them. 

If you’re interested in discovering more colours that are great for all year round, see this amazing lipstick swatch index I discovered on Epiphanniea blog.

lipstick index

They all look amazing. I’ve already got a few new one on my list 🙂

What colours are you drawn to this winter?


I know Mac’s Rebel, Body Shop’s Damson in Distress & YSL’s Pourpre Divin are my regulars.

I fell in love with picture of Selita Ebanks. Eye makeup is understated amazingness! I’ll be putting my Shimmer Waves Body Shop Bronze set to work and recreating this look.

selita ebanks flawless makeup

Love & Light xx



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  • Style4Curves
    December 19, 2013

    Great Picks!! Mac Heroine will actually be a permament color starting in January 🙂

    • MsAidyl
      December 19, 2013

      whoooo! exciting news thanks!

  • Tiki
    July 15, 2014

    Much better lippie post…and I love WnW Sugar Plum Fairy! Definitely my go-to lippie…

    On another note, I have a new fixation… MAC Talk That Talk! Off to check it out on Pinterest…

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