Trending Now: Plum Lips

September 22, 2014

Plum lips are always something I look forward to when we transition into fall each year. I find plum shades to be classic colors and look forward to each year’s new take on the shade. There are so many beautiful variations of plum ranging from soft neutrals to reddish plums to deep dramatic vamps. I’m a neutral lip lover so I feel like I can’t pull off dramatic colors easily. Also since I have a lot of pigment in my lips, plum colored lipsticks and lip glosses can often pull really red or extremely blue. Nordstrom Beauty has curated a selection of 30 shades on their Trending Now Section featuring dramatic colors for a Velvet Berry Lip. I’ve partnered with Nordstrom to share my favorite plum lip picks for neutral lip lovers (like myself).

When it comes to plums or dark dramatic lip colors in general I prefer sheerer lipsticks or lipgloss formulas. They are more forgiving on the lips when it comes to fading. The contrast between your natural lip and the lipstick can become obvious when the color starts to wear off. You can extend the wear with a lipliner blended over the lip to help the fading look less obvious. My favorites for plums include Chanel Nude (which isn’t really a true nude) and MAC Beurre Creamstick Liner.

My top picks for lip glosses include:

  • MAC Lovechild Lipglass is the prettiest mix of purple, gold and rose, on me it goes on purple, on others I’ve seen it pull more pink, it’s universally flattering in my mind and has been a long-time staple in my lip wardrobe
  • NARS Sixties Fan Lipgloss is a dark wine in the tube but goes on a sheer reddish plum, if you’re a no-shimmer kind of lip person this is a good option for you, it layers well over lipliners and matte lipsticks
  • Chantecaille Mulberry Luminous Lipgloss is new for fall, it is a deep wine infused with gold and red and plum shimmers, the coverage is medium to full, you can layer it for more pigment
  • Tom Ford Love Bruise Ultra Shine Lipgloss is a soft blue-toned plum, it has a semi-transparent finish but still shows a decent amount of color, there is shimmer in this but it’s subtle
  • Chanel Pagoda Glossimer has been a long time favorite, I’m so happy they didn’t discontinue this shade (many of my favorites have been discontinued), if want my recommendation on just one high-end plum lipgloss, this is my favorite
  • MAC Viva Glam VI Lipglass is another classic plum, this one has quite a bit of sparkle in the tube, it has a mix of rose and silver sparkles, but on the lips it’s not too sparkly, I’ve seen this on a number of different skin tones and it looks good on everyone

My top picks for lipsticks include:
  • Burberry Blueberry Lip Mist is about as dark as I will go for lips, it’s a blue-based plum, but on my lips it pulls more red, your mileage may vary on the color, but I love how it looks so different on everyone I’ve seen it on, the Lip Mists have this unique lipstick/gel texture that glides on the lips and hugs them so the color really adheres well
  • Chantecaille Lotus Lipstick was featured in the fall collection and sold out in all the stores near me, I had to have the store locate it online to ship to me, if you can find it, I highly recommend it, the color has a glossy finish that looks very natural and has quite a bit of color
  • MAC Plumful Lustre Lipstick is a sheer blue-toned plum, it’s almost identical to Chantecaille Lotus on my lips in terms of color and coverage
  • Chanel Confident Rouge Coco Shine is a soft lighter plum, it’s one of the few light plums I’ve been able to find in a lipstick form, if you have darker skin tones or lips you might find this pulls more pinkish rather than plum
  • Guerlain Fabulous Rose is new from the Kiss Kiss Shaping Cream formula, there are a number of stunning plums and wines, this one has a lot of shimmer but it melds into the lips naturally so it doesn’t look frosty, for a plum I was torn between Fabulous Rose, Cherry Pink and Air Kiss and the artist recommended Fabulous Rose for a warmer plum that would still be natural


For coordinating the rest of your beauty look, I recommend keeping the cheeks and eyes understated. Too much color can be overwhelming if you have a darker plum lip. My absolute favorite go-to blush is NARS Madly. It’s a soft beige peach pink color that adds warmth and color to the face that coordinates well with almost any lip color (not just plum, but also nudes, pinks and peaches). For the eyes to keep it simple I like NARS All About Eve and Kalahari Eyeshadow Duos which go well with plum lips and add subtle definition to the eyes. I like that you can layer the shades of Kalahari over the Himalia Dual Intensity Eye Shadows for more intensity. If I need more color I like adding a deep plum or brown along the upper lash lines for definition. I’m still on the hunt for a good plum eyeliner (one that has some shimmer and is really dark) but for now I like darker plum shadows applied with a small smudge brush like MAC Beauty Marked or NARS Subra.

If you’re one who prefers neutral lips but want to try something plum with more color, I hope my picks and swatches help give you some ideas on how to wear a more subdued plum. If you’re all about color, I highly recommend you check out Nordstrom’s Velvet Berry Lip selections.

Do you have a favorite berry or plum-colored lipstick or lipgloss?
I would love to hear what your beauty go-to’s are!

Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

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  • Lilly Perkins September 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Ahhh, these look amazing! Gets me so excited for Autumn! Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

  • Shanna Madrazo September 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I am in love with your photos!! Great picks – I do love a berry lip for the A/W season ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing

    x Shanna | My Curves and Lashes

  • Abby September 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I cannot wait to get my plum lipsticks out now! Such beautiful photography too. xx


    • Sabrina September 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you Abby!

  • Bella September 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    We have many in common! I would add Rouge Coco Shine in Emotion, Hourglass Femme Rouge in Nocturnal, and Tom Ford Bruised Plum when patted in with a finger.

    • Sabrina September 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Love your picks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • labyorkie September 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The Nars gloss is beautiful on you. I've read your blog for a long time. I love your detailed reviews, how you swatch on your skin and on your lips so we can get a true read of product color and opacity. It's so much fun to see a new post. I read quite a few blogs but, yours is my favorite. You obviously use higher end items, not things we can all afford (says the person who splurged on Dior shadow palettes, Chanel lipsticks, glosses, and polishes and a 3 Yves St Laurent lipsticks). But, it's nice to live vicariously. Please keep the blog going for years to come.

  • makeup magpie September 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful post! These shades all look amazing. Sixties Fan really caught my eye – gorgeous! I am loving plums for nails right now.

  • Kristina aka cubicledweller September 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Such a beautiful plummy post! I love your picks, photos, and swatches!

  • Christy September 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    All of your choices for this post are gorgeous! I love plum lips and find blue-bases shades make my teeth look whiter, which is a good bonus. I must check out Nars Madly blush, it sounds perfect!

    • Sabrina September 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Hi Christy, yes NARS Madly is definitely worth a look ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous September 23, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Thank you for this great post and how timely with the beginning of autumn tomorrow. The Chanel choices are lovely as is the Guerlain lipstick. Makes me want to search through my lipstick drawers.

  • nueyork September 23, 2014 at 1:24 am

    All of these plum shade are so beautiful!


  • Eileen September 23, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Such a beautiful post! Autumn is my favorite season and I adore the color collections that celebrate it. I already have TF's Love Bruise, Chanel's Confident, and Chantecaille's Mulberry so I think I've got the plum lip trend covered. I like to use Chanel's pencil in Tulip when I wear these colors. Soft, smoky eyes, a delicate barely there cheek, and a beautiful berry lip–perfection

  • Aerie Berrie September 23, 2014 at 3:27 am

    the lip mist looks lovely! x

    BerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

  • Blushing Betta September 23, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Great picks! The Burberry Lip Mist looks amazing!

  • irrielle September 23, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Wonderful colours! I have to shake my stash and fish for the plum lipsticks and shadows. ))

  • Marรญa Blardone September 23, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I want to read that book!
    Not a big fan of lipgloss but, actually, they look fabulous on you!
    Lots of love, xx


  • michelle September 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This is such a stunning post! So well-done and such beautiful products, Sabrina. Nordstrom knows what they are doing by choosing you to represent;) I have wish-listed a few for after I recover from the last splurge-fest you incited in me;) Have a great week!

    • Sabrina September 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you Michelle, you are too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ I love a good plum lip but am still timid when it comes to bold colors!

  • Beautyosaurus Lex September 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Loved this post! Plum lips are such a weakness of mine, I am definitely in need of the NARS Sixties Fan shade ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the enabling, hehe!

  • Marina (Makeup4all) September 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    This post is perfection. The photos and the content. I love the Burberry lipstick, will check it out.

    • Sabrina September 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you Marina ๐Ÿ™‚ Will be interested to know what you think about the Burberry shade!

  • Jenn @ Scarlet Beauty September 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Wow MAC Lovechild was one of my first glosses I ever bought from them. Totally forgot about the colour, but it's so pretty. I wish I liked lipglasses more, since trying other brands, I find MAC way too sticky.

  • Renata Burden September 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Love this post!! I enjoy changing my makeup a bit as the season changes too. You have an awesome plum lip collection. x

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  • Ting Yn September 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Wow I really want to try Mac Plumful after seeing your swatch. It sounds like my kind of autumn hue, before I bring out the YSL Belle de Rose in winter.
    Ting x


  • Polished Pinay September 30, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Today I'm wearing my favorite berry lipstick – Chanel Emotive ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Page Spiritworks Paranormal January 21, 2016 at 1:51 am

      It has been a long time since I wore Chanel. I am currently wearing 275 Lancome rouge in love, but want a diff now..a diff that wears well..I have some bobbi brown things etc too, but how well does that wear ? I have heard that color name before, so I know it's beautiful. I would love to know how long wearing it is?? Thank you.

  • chloe_e October 3, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Beautiful photos!! Love the swatches of the NARS and Tom Ford lip glosses, as well as the chanel lip stick!

    ChloรฉโŽช ร  la foliee

  • Alice October 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Love the styling and the photography!

    • Page Spiritworks Paranormal January 21, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Me too, the entire site she has is out standing..I love the Nars and Ford pics as well and now must have.I want pretty much all she showcased. She is the best online for this, I have found..I am so happy she takes all this time to do this for us all..<3 woman power; we unite hahaha

    • Page Spiritworks Paranormal January 21, 2016 at 1:59 am

      My lips are not as full as yours or as pretty, yet it does not stop me lol enjoying my lip colors..I must have Nars 60's fan now..it is my color..and i love the ravishing rose color on this site..that is my color..the ones i can wear.; some i adore, but maybe too light or I will not pull off as well from thinner lips ๐Ÿ™ i love all on this site..Nars , I want this asap I know that..and the ravishing rose.by someone you posted,, going to relook now..i want to share this blog with many..

  • Page Spiritworks Paranormal January 21, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I am a lipstick junkie; it makes me happy on any day. I go to a sales counter in good dept stores and say," Make me happy." A good sales clerk understands. In pursuit of the perfect color and tube brand my whole life; I think you found them for me. I adore some of these and have considered 2 like Mac Plumful, but its been hard to trust online pics until now. I love several of these and cannot wait to get some of them.. I love your blog. It is the BEST in quality, variety, pics, and more I have seen yet, and thank you very much.