The Bold and the Beautiful

Have you heard the latest? This Fall it's all about dark, bold lip color.

Dare you say it? Black lipstick. Most of us don't want to wear black lipstick. But there are some wonderful options.

I found one at Blue Mercury, on W. 84th St. It's from Laura Mercier and it's called Black Orchid.
It's a sheer stick gloss -- something in between a lipstick and a lipgloss. I liken it to a sheer lipstick. And the color is buildable. I would have never even selected this lipstick had it not been for Alexis, one of the managers at Blue Mercury. She's a gem - an honest saleswoman who, when she doesn't like something, will tell you. Black Orchid reminds me of a MAC lipstick, Sheer Plum.

LancĂ´me will also be debuting a dark lip combo product in November--Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black. Priced at $48, it features the black gloss and Color Fever Lipstick in Piha Red. The red lipstick was inspired by the red of a Christian Louboutin sole. Piha is the name of the a beach in New Zealand.

One other option, a Kimiko's dual-ended lip plumpers. These double-sided lip plumpers are basically rich stains with a clear top coat. I really like the Berry color. In fact the last time I wore it, I got multiple compliments. It's definitely edgy, but also feminine.

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