Plum: so lovely, so dramatic, but so intimidating. In fact, my lipstick-loving self didn't exactly warm to plum until I saw other ladies wearing wine-hued shades and looking quite sophisticated. Unlike my slightly out-of-control pink and red collections, I only have two purply shades I swear by:
- Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour in 'Bruised Plum' ($52 at Holt Renfrew...when they're not sold out, that is). You have to really love lipstick to pay that much for one, and I do love this colour every time I wear it. The colour is a warm deep burgundy with a slight satin finish. It looks quite dark in the tube, but don't let that intimidate you: 'Bruised Plum' is surprisingly flattering once it's on. Even out your complexion with some concealer and foundation, apply some blush and mascara, swipe on a bit of this lipstick and you're good to go.
- NARS lipstick in 'Viridiana' ($30 at Sephora). I bought this lipstick because I wanted a less extreme plum/berry shade that I could wear during the day. 'Viridiana' is just that and is quite pretty on, but for some reason I rarely ever reach for it. Maybe it's because 'Viridiana' has to compete with an intimidating collection of reds or the sexy allure of Tom Ford.
Are you a fan of plum lipstick? If you haven't tried it yet, is it a look you're willing to try?