I’m just going to put it out there and ask WTF about this revival of the 90’s grunge lip trend. It wasn’t cute then and it’s not cute now. But whatever. If you tossed all of your grunge lip colors from the 90’s (they’d no doubt be pretty grungy by now, and perhaps not suited to actual use), the market has plenty to offer. But the good news is (at least for someone like me), this time around some of these colors are actually wearable and will go beyond the grunge trend. They might even ensure that you won’t be stuck with some heinous lip shade once this trend dies (again).
For price, performance, and existence beyond the trend, you really can’t go wrong with Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Cognac. It’s dark enough to keep up with the grunge trend, but warm and rich enough to carry into the holiday season elegantly and beautifully. It’s convenient enough to use as a lip pencil, a stain (use fingers) or a full on lipstick.
If you’re game for spending a little more money, Tom Ford’s Matte Lipstick in Black Dahlia features similar wearability. Name aside, the color is actually a rich purple based plum (like its satin counterpart) and is more flattering than fad-centric. It’s particularly gorgeous as a stain with a clear or complimentary gloss (think: Pink Guilt) to really make the color 3-dimensional. It’s also gorgeous on a wide range of skin tones, so win-win.
Same for Dolce & Gabanna’s Lipstick in Jealous. It looks frightening in the tube (like a dark brown-based purple), but it actually translates to a deep red-berry with a reddish-brown undertone. Although it can work on just about any skin tone, it’s particularly gorgeous on warmer tones because it translates more elegant than garish.
You can always go all out with the likes of Kat Von D, but unless you’re into expressing your grunge for an unlimited time… a chocolate lipstick with purple shimmer might not be a wise choice. Just saying.