Friday, 23 July 2010

On Trend: Brown Lipstick


If you were a teen in the 90s like I was, you might remember that Rimmel Heather Shimmer was the lipstick that everyone wore.  Apart from me, that is - I fancied myself a bit of a rebel, and so I wore Coffee Shimmer, a frosty mid brown.  I'm sure it looked very fetching with my pale, pink toned skin.  And the good news, my friends, is that brown is back - apparently it is the hottest lip colour of the moment.

Not that I've seen anyone wearing a brown lip recently, but hey.

I popped into Boots the other day to have a little swatch of Coffee Shimmer (yes, you can still purchase it and its twin Heather Shimmer) and it looks much the same as it did when I was younger - mid brown, slightly grey toned, and frosty.  It didn't look so hot on my hand, so needless to say I didn't buy one, nostalgia or not.

Now, I only have one brown in my (extensive) lip collection, and it's OCC Lip Tar in Fondue, which I mostly use for mixing.  It's a rich, deep chocolate brown, and thus should be bang on trend.  In the interests of trendiness, I tried it on.  Blotted down a bit, it's a properly chocolatey stain, which in this close up shot doesn't look too bad.

Within the context of my whole face, though, I think it's deeply unflattering.  It does nothing for my skintone and makes me look a bit lifeless.  Lipstick in a flattering colour can inject colour, life, and brightness to the face, but this is the opposite on me.

To be honest, I'm not sure who this trend will actually work for, and I suspect it might be a similar thing to the whole black lips trend that was so big last year - short lived and not particularly wearable outside of the catwalk.

What do you think?  Can you pull off a chocolate brown lip?  Will you be trying?

12 comments:

  1. BB had a Chocolate collection one Autumn about 4 or 5 years ago. The Chocolate lip looked lovely on the (quite airbrushed/pshopped) model, but not so much in real life.

    I have an Armani Silk from the Cafe collection a couple of years back. I bought it when I was pms-ing. It doesn't look good on me.

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  2. I'm not sure a true brown would be particularly flattering on anyone. I have a Dior gloss that's pretty brown but it has a definite mauveish tone to it which stops it from sapping all the colour from my face and making me look sallow.

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  3. I brown lipsticked all the way through my teens-but brown lipliner only, very matte and very bad know I look back, but lips are such a mix of pink/brown/grey that it is impossible to find a good colour - MAC Twig Twig is a good light brown, but is as rare as hen's teeth, and as we are looking at a full brown probably not on trend for now

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  4. I'm sure brown would look absolutely awful on me. I'm VERY pink toned. However there is one brown lipstick that i think i will haver to buy which is Rustic by Morgana Minerals. It is brown ut very red toned so looks like a very dark, brown brick red colour which is more flattering (i have a sample) AND it has a tiny amount of green sparkle which is just lovely.

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  5. I have this shade and i love it

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  6. I don't know. I think that actually suits you fine and works well with your hair colouring. There was a brown colour in the very dark collection Chanel put out last year and I think the key is to follow their aesthetic i.e. very pale skin and a '20s vibe.

    I didn't buy it but picked up a very similar shade from Sleek.

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  7. @Jan and Lillian: I think lighter browns (which verge on nude/beige shades) are much more wearable, as are browns with a red/purple undertone. It's the true chocolate browns that are so unwearable, in my opinion.

    @Silverstargirl: Which shade are you referring to?

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  8. I have one brown lippie bought accidentally thanks to a bad online swatch. It makes me look like i've been eating Nutella with some enthusiasm. I keep it for comedy value... x

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  9. I prefer a more spice type shade of brown. Brown with a bit of red in it. There was this long lasting covergirl lipstick once in Spice and it was my favouirite back in 97 or 98 I think. I actually went through 2 of them. I've never finished a lippie since.

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  10. I remember Heather Shimmer! All the girls at school, be they white, black or Indian used to wear that and we thought we were the shit. I look back on photos of that time now and cringe. I remember we went on a trip to The Globe and a group of us decided to pair our Heather Shimmer lips with bright blue eyeshadow. Those photos contain so much FAIL.

    The brown looks quite interesting to me though, I'm going to see what it's like although I can't see ANYONE getting away with a frosted lip.

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  11. Bon Bon was the lipstick of choice in my teen years (a frosted brown). I never really got in to the brown lipstick trend the first time round. The closest I have to a brown is YSL Rouge Volupte in Spicy Pink. On me it's definitely brown and whenever I've tried it I always end up swapping for something else.

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  12. I used to go for unflattering deep wine tones in my teens. Though I did own Rimmel Fudge Brownie - first lipstick I ever bought, back when Rimmel products came in rectangular burgundy containers.

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