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The Festive Five: Best of Burgundy Lipstick

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Burgundy, bordeaux, oxblood, mulberry. Whatever you want to call it, the deep wine stain that made waves at Fall shows like Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Rochas, and Viktor & Rolf—and continues to dominate the red carpet (Kristen, Scarlett, Jessica; you know who you are)—is the lip color of the moment. Finding the right berry tone, however, can be just as difficult as, say, finding the perfect red. But as luck would have it, there are plenty of new options on the market for you to experiment with. Here, we’ve selected our five favorite bullets for studying up on the dark arts.


The Long-Lasting Love
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam
Known for its arsenal of richly pigmented, brightly hued pout perfectors, Nars has a matte-as-can-be slim-line lipstick that does not disappoint. This berry tone has just enough red to work for both light and dark skin tones, and its stay-put finish never needs to be touched up.

The Deep End
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Impatiente
The newest shade from Chanel’s much-lauded Rouge Allure Velvet collection is thinly pigmented so it goes on sheer and shine-free but can be layered for opacity. A combination of hydrating agents and antioxidants like green tea and sappon extracts leave lips supple while hydrating shea butter ensures easier wear.

The Leader of the Pack
Paul & Joe Lipstick in #306, Avenue Montaigne
Best known for its adorable packaging, Paul & Joe know a few things about color, too. Not only is this shade one of the most perfect brick red/purple hybrids we’ve ever come across, the France-based brand also offers the option of encasing it in a series of vintage-inspired lipstick cases. Simply choose your shade, and then decide which packaging pattern you prefer, from a 1930s-inspired green and cream option to floral and even kitten motifs.

The Glam Slam
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir
With so many advances in lipstick formulas, your bullet should do more than provide a wash of color. Lancôme’s newest formula, L’Absolu Rouge, is infused with Pro-Xylane (a moisture-rich cell booster), vitamin E, and SPF 12, all of which work to moisturize and protect lips with a dark red-plum color that is more glam, less goth.

The On-Set Stunner
Dior Addict Extreme in Black Tie
We were obsessed with the color Dior’s international makeup designer, Yadim swiped on model Kendra Spears for a burgundy-themed shoot in November’s Paris Vogue—and were equally ecstatic when we discovered the exact shade he used. That’d be Dior’s latest Addict Extreme, a thick waxy formula that is heavy on the color, and provides a sexy wet look upon impact.

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