Makeup: Five Shades of Purple

Hi Guys,

Hope everyone is well. It’s Friday again and this is the third part to the “Five shades of” series I have been doing. If you missed the first and the second part, you can read them here and here.

This week I’ll be reviewing five purple lipsticks and hopefully you find one that catches your eye. I’ve only recently started wearing purple lipsticks and it’s become one of my favourite colours to wear. I used to think of purple as a very “mom” shade but I’ve discovered some nice ones that I’ve been loving. I usually reach for my purple lipsticks at night time or sometimes during the day depending on the intensity of the shade. Purple lips say brave and fierce, it pleases my inner tigress (”’) (”’).

Revlon Lilac 001, Sleek Amethyst, Mac Rebel, Mac Up The Amp, Wet and Wild E81517

Swatched on the back of my hand

Mac Rebel

This lipstick is a deep plum shade with slightly red undertones. It’s one of those shades that will suit a range of skin tones which is why it is one of MAC’s bestsellers. It has a satin finish so it applies very smoothly but you will need about three swipes to get full opacity. It lasts around 4/5hours before it requires a top up.  It’s one of my favourite lipsticks to wear on a night out and it definitely makes a bold statement. I think it is perfect for this Autumn/Fall season when a lot of deep colours are popular. 

Sleek True Color Lipstick Amethyst

Sleek is one of my favourite drugstore/lower-end end brands of makeup. I did a full review here of the items I own from the brand if you’re interested. 

Amethyst is a medium-dark purple shade with strong blue undertones and a shimmery finish. Not my favourite purple lipstick but it does look nice. It’s quite sheer so you will need to pack the colour on to get decent payoff. If you are looking for a pocket friendly purple lipstick to wear for night time, then you should get Amethyst. At around N1200 in Nigeria and £4 in the UK, it is worth much more than it’s cash value. 

Mac Up The Amp

Up the Amp was my first attempt at a purple lipstick and though it wasn’t my favourite at first, it has really grown on me. It’s a pinky-purple shade that I think will suit cool toned skin tones more. But if you are warm toned, you can wear it with a lipliner and a lipgloss over it. It is an amplified finish which is generally my favourite kind of lipstick from MAC because it is creamy and long lasting. It will work for day time looks paired with neutral eyes or just a slick of eyeliner and mascara like I’ve done. 

Wet and Wild Brilliant Lipstick E81517

If you read last week’s post, you will remember that I mentioned randomly stumbling upon a Wet and Wild deal. This lipstick is one of the shades I picked up. It is a deep plum very similar to MAC’s Rebel except that it has a sheen to it. Cheap and Cheerful, it’s one of the best lipstick buys I have made. It applies smoothly, is very pigmented and lasts about 6/8 hours. I mentioned that I wasn’t sure you could get these lipsticks in stores again but Amazon/Ebay might be able to help. Those two websites house many long and forgotten makeup and skincare collections. 

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick Lilac 001

This product is the only makeup item that I own from Revlon and I must say that I am totally impressed. The first thing I loved about it was the packaging, It looks really pretty and expensive. 

It is a lavender-pink shade perfect for everyday wear. It will suit most skin tones because though it’s a pastel shade,  it is quite sheer so your natural lip colour balances it out. It applies beautifully, is very moisturising and gives decent colour pay off in about two swipes. It lasts about 3 or 4 hours which is not bad at all considering that I bought it for N1000 here!   

Again, I found it hard to pick one shade as my favourite so I went with two lipsticks. For an everyday, wearable purple lipstick I recommend Revlon Colorburst Lilac 001 because it is cheap yet of very good quality. For a really glam look, Mac’s Rebel is a winner!

Is purple a shade that you fancy? Which other purple lipsticks are your favourites? 

Peace and Love, 


…And it’s a wrap for the “Five Shades of” lipstick series. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this and I hope you guys have enjoyed reading the posts too 🙂


  1. ibiayo(@odudubelubelu)
    September 14, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    Up the amp! Up d amp!! Lol I rily love d lipstick.
    Hmmmm…Rebel, tried it on at a friend's place cos I loved d way it lukd on her but it doesn't love me bak :/
    Dey all luk great on u btw.
    Tnx for d series.

    • September 14, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      Oh wow are you serious? I would have sworn Rebel suited everyone..
      Thanks for your lovely comment as usual..xx

  2. September 14, 2012 / 6:18 pm

    How gorgeous are you!!!!! Pretty Pretty!!! I love Lilac on you. You look angelic!

    • September 14, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. September 14, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    I've been reading the shades series and was looking forward tho this purple edition. I swear by MAC's rebel..Its awesome!



    • September 14, 2012 / 10:21 pm

      I know right? Rebel is boss! 🙂

  4. Adaora
    September 19, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    I've gone from not being into make up to owning at least one core lipstick in your shade series, yay me! Rebel for the win here…No argument!

    • September 19, 2012 / 10:08 pm

      Proud of you! Makeup makes the world a happier

  5. September 20, 2012 / 2:05 am

    OMG I need Up The Amp lipstick (I have it in blush form only), and my favorite on you is definitely the wet n wild — what an amazingly rich color!!!

    • September 20, 2012 / 9:28 am

      Thanks love! I had no idea Up the Amp was in a blush too..Will need to check that out..xx

  6. Abimbola
    September 24, 2012 / 10:19 am

    I'm so loving dis blog. Thank God I stumbled on it. Pls keep doing dis and u re a beauty yewizzy

    • September 24, 2012 / 10:33 am

      Aww thank you dear 🙂

  7. September 24, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    I love Rebel. Its my go to colour alongside Cyber which is more black purple but I love it.

    Fab blog, lovely to chat to you on #fbl

    • September 24, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Ah seen many beautiful swatches of Cyber,me sticky paws want that..haha..Thanks for the lovely comment and was great chatting with you 🙂

  8. September 25, 2012 / 1:02 am

    They look amazing on you – I am so jealous, I'm just not confident enough to go very for from the old neutrals.

    Thank you so much for link up on my I Love my Post hop – really hope to see you next week.

    Sarah x

    • September 25, 2012 / 1:17 am

      Thank you Sarah..I'm sure a sexy bold lip will suit you, go for it 🙂
      Will def be linking up to the hop again..xx

  9. September 29, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    I love all these colours on you!now I think I need to get the MAC Rebel lipstick 🙂 I stumbled on your blog, would you mind stopping by mine?

    • September 29, 2012 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much, will do.xx

  10. December 3, 2012 / 4:40 am

    Oooo I really like Up the Amp. Reminds me of Easter, looks so good on you!!

  11. January 24, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    All of these colours look lovely on you! 😀

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