MAC Up the Amp Lipstick
MAC Up the Amp Lipstick ($15) is described on the MAC website as a “lavender violet”. I think that’s a really good description for it – it’s a purple lipstick, but more violet (blue-toned purple) rather purple (even tone of red and blue). It’s medium in tone, but it has that hint of lavender that lightens it up and brings a milkiness to the color. On tan/darker skin tones, it gives off a beautiful lilac pink hue.
It’s definitely not an everyday color and is a bit edgy and daring, but when I’m in one of those moods where I want to look a bit fierce, I always reach for purple lipstick.
It actually took me a few wears to get use to this color – at first I thought it was too dull and dark. I was initially mixing it with lighter lilac shades (such as MAC Saint Germain, etc) to tone it down, until the point that I just started wearing it solo. It’s one of my favorites now!
It’s the “Amplified” formula, which I think is one of the best. It glides on smooth, creamy and the color is opaque. It has a shiny finish and doesn’t dry out my lips.
When I wear purple-toned lipstick, I like to keep the rest of my makeup simple as the main focus is the lips. A simple winged-eye always looks great. Also, to keep my face from looking too cool-toned and dull, I always make sure to wear a warm-toned bronzer and a peachy blush. (Pink is a great pair for cool skin tones, but I love peach/orange blush on warm skin tones with purple lips.) I also never skip highlighter as I want to put some light back in my face since the lipstick darkens up my look.
- Wearable on a large range of skin tones – from light to dark skin
- The color isn’t too dark, so no fear of steering into the goth category
- Bold color, but not too over-the-top
- Opaque coverage
- Shiny finish
Price: $15, MAC.