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Sunday, 27 September 2015

SWATCHES: Berry Lip Shades

So if you follow me on Instagram (which you should -, then you will know that lately I have been on a roll with swatches of makeup. There are two key types of swatches that I have been doing:
  • Similar shades in products across different brands (for dupes)
  • Similar shades in products within the same range (for choosing the shade you want)
This was because, before I started beauty blogging or Instagramming, I was always looking up swatches of products. That way, when I'm buying them, I'm not buying "similar shades", or because I was looking for a dupe. I often struggled to find them. I was always looking for swatches of all the Anastasia Beverly Hills products (because I wanted to purchase them and knew the online colour depictions were incorrect). However, my searches often were unsuccessful, or the colours I wanted were not side by side so it was hard for me to do an accurate comparison! 

This frustration led me to start doing these things on my own. For everyone's benefit!

I have them featured on my Instagram, but I decided to also make really quick and short blog posts with them on it. This way, you can just have access to them all on one website! (Click the Swatches tab for a compilation).

So the first I will do is the Berry lip shades!

Left to Right:
Milani Power Lip Lasting Gloss Stain in Raspberry Tart
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft
Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Berry Me
OCC Makeup Lip Tar in Strumpet
Kat Von D Everlasting liquid Lipstick in Bahau5
The shades from left to right with mini descriptions of each. Although it's hard to tell in the picture, there are slight differences in the finish, colour or undertone of each one, so I will describe them as accurately as I can for you. The products are all linked for your convenience, so click the links provided if you would like to purchase any of these!

1. Milani Power Lip Lasting Gloss Stain (Raspberry Tart) (Additional link HERE)

This is the only drugstore or affordable option in the bunch. It is also one of the only glossy finishes. The colour is a true raspberry shade with strong pink undertones. It is also relatively bright with a nice pop of colour for any time of the year. It is quite long lasting and comfortable to wear on the lips.

2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Aria) (U.S. link HERE)

This is one of my favourites. It is a complete matte lipstick, with a great formula that is not drying on the lips at all. It's quite a 'fluffy' and velvety formula. It is described by Stila as a magenta plum shade - I think this is rather accurate. I prefer to say a deep berry, but I think it's virtually the same thing. This has one of the most long-lasting formulas on the market and is extremely gorgeous when worn.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (Craft)

This has a matte finish and is quite a smooth formula. It is not very long lasting though - any food or drink will take it straight off. The shade is a bright (but deep) berry shade with strong red undertones. It's brighter than Stila Aria, and has more pink than that one.

4. Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick (Berry Me)

This is definitely a love of mine. The colour is very different to what is shown on the website (it looks straight up purple on the website). It is a complete matte finish with an extremely long lasting formula. It is a true deep berry - it's probably the deepest here. Compared to the other shades in this group, this has the most purple and berry undertone. It is also the most difficult to get off because the formula is amazing. The applicator for the Dose of Colors Matte Lipsticks is also just magnificent for application.

5. OCC Makeup Lip Tar (Strumpet) (Additional link HERE)

This is a glossy finish lip tar. It's obviously annoying because you have to use a lip brush. However, if you can look past that, it's a good product. It is not very long lasting, but it does give this natural stain to the lips that will look good even after an entire day. It has more of a red undertone than any of the other products on the list - it's described as a 'seedless grape red' - a strange but accurate description.

6. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Bahau5) (Sorry Aussies, you need to buy this directly from Sephora or use a forwarding service.)

This is another gorgeous matte formula. It's quite long-lasting, but not as much as the Stila or Dose of Colors. It is described as a 'deep raspberry' but i see it more as a raspberry with strong pink undertones. It is quite bright rather than a deep colour. It is relatively long lasting, has a comfortable formula, and very nice sleek packaging.

I really hope you guys liked this & enjoy this series. 

Let me know any berry shades that you love and what other swatches you would love to see!


  1. Great swatches lovely! I've always wanted Stila Aria, such a gorgeous hue. xx

    Daniela |

  2. was it fun trying to clean the swatches off? Hehe, I love these berry colors. Despite the warmer weather kicking in, I'm going to still be trying to rock these shades! DF xo

    1. Hahaha some were easier than others 😉 the process of taking them off really solidified my opinions on whether or not the product was long wearing 😉😉 hahaha and yes rain hail or shine we can rock these shades

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