It happens every year. Just as I start looking at new boots and considering new addition to my fall/winter wardrobe, I also start reaching for darker reds and sultry berry lipstick shades. These lipsticks are the perfect finishing touch for a pale face and a charcoal gray sweater dress, and there are always new options available. Here are my top 5 lipsticks for the season, some brand new, others have been here for a while. In no particular order:
1. Exude Lipstick in Cranberry. You don't need to be a Rachel Zoe fan to appreciate this color and unique format. The shade is very wearable with just enough drama for the season ($29, exudelipstick.com).
2. Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme In The Know Bordeaux. This liquid lipstick is part of the Neiman Marcus exclusive Ken Downing Bordeaux collection for fall. A luxurious formula, a beautiful finish and the color is stunning ($36, Neiman Marcus).
3. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom lipstick. This is one of Edward Bess original colors and has been around for a couple of years. It's still one of my go-to evening colors year round. I'm on my second tube ($32, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus locations and edwardbess.com).
4. Kanebo Sensai No. 19 (Sawarabi) is one of the Japanese brand's new colors for fall 2011. Kisses are, indeed, sweeter than wine ($55, Bergdorf Goodmn and Neiman Marcus online).
5. Ellis Faas Creamy Lips L101 Ellis Red. Sometimes red is the only answer, and Ellis Faas' signature shade is incredibly flattering and surprisingly easy to wear ($35 at Sephora.com and SpaceNK).
6. Hourglass Nocturnal lipstick. One of the prettiest colors I know, a full-coverage formula that feels like an evening gown ($30 at Barneys and Sephora).
The LMdB, Kanebo Sensai and Ellis Faas products were press samples that were sent to me free of charge. The Edward Bess, Hourglass and Exude lipsticks were purchased at full price by me.