The Very Best Fall Lip Colors of 2014 (To Fit Any Budget)

All of our favorite beauty companies are really bringing it this year and giving us some true DARKS.
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All of our favorite beauty companies are really bringing it this year and giving us some true DARKS.

Dark lipsticks for fall! I can hear you all now, giving me Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" shade, like: “Groundbreaking.”

My point is, all of our favorite beauty companies are really bringing it this year and giving us some true DARKS, rather than just the usual safe plums and browns. I scoured the globe to find the best fall lip colors for any budget, and I’m pretty happy with the beautiful shades I found.

Every time I wear lipstick, I think to myself, “Damn, I look so good in lipstick. I should really wear more lipstick." You know when something just works on you? Yeah, that. Lucky for me, the colors I look best in are darks, so fall is truly my season. Excuse me while I grab hold of this trend.

Below, in no particular order, because why would I put them in any sort of order, are the best dark lip colors of the season.

Let’s start with the NYX Simply Vamp Lip Creams, $6.50, because damn.

This fall, NYX definitely came to the party. The Vamp Lip Creams come in six colors from a blackened purple to pearly red browns and they are GORGEOUS. And cheap! As with all new releases from NYX, you’ll experience varying levels of difficulty actually getting your hands on these because the girls came out in droves to cop them. Can you blame them though? They’re that good.

Here’s my favorite, Temptress, a deep royal purple.

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Covet is a pearlescent rusty brown. I’m not big on browns and I wasn’t expecting to like this one much, but look at how pretty it is! God damn.

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I didn't even realize it had that pearlescent sheen to it until I put it on and was like "AAAAAAAAAAWWW." I don't usually like makeup with any sort of dimension, because after all, I like my colors like I like my men: boring. But in this case, it really adds. It looks luxurious and expensive, and, let's be honest, if you can get that from a $6.50 lip color, you've won. 

The whole collection is great and so inexpensive that it’s basically free. It’s totally worth running out to your local Ulta and starting some Tickle Me Elmo-level pandemonium to get your hands on them. Happy shopping!

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Dominique, $32.

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Oh my god.

Okay, I’ll be honest. When NARS launched the Audacious Lipsticks this fall and had everybody gagging over them, I steered clear. I was sure they were great (hi, they’re NARS) but everyone was writing about them and I felt like the coverage was out there, and you didn’t need my exhaustingly enthusiastic spin on them to add to the hype. I’d get to it eventually.

WHY DID I WAIT?! My guardian angels at NARS shot me Dominique which is a deaded out lilac that leans just a bit pink enough so that it won’t wash you out, and just warm enough to look good on an array of skin tones.

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You guys, this color. It’s so good that it’s give me guilt panic for no reason.

RIGHT?!?

RIGHT?!?

And the formula. I can see why everyone was heaving over the Audacious Lipsticks because they really are that good. They’re fully opaque in one swipe, very moisturizing, long lasting, and they don’t dry out. I'm buying like ten more shades AT LEAST. Believe the hype.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in LUST FOR BLUSH, $7.99.

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My favorite drugstore beauty coven has finally come through with a matte lipstick collection to add to their already awesome line of lip colors, which makes me very happy. The mattes are still a bit hard to get your hands on, as they’re being rolled out slowly, but they finally hit drugstores around me so they’re probably hitting drugstores around you, too.

I grabbed Lust For Blush because, yo, it’s real pretty.

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A dusty fondant rose with a touch of lilac. How you like THAT?

Oh, speaking of matte lip colors, we can’t forget about the MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks, $16.

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Not much to say about the Retro Mattes except “damn.” The color is very pigmented so you get great color payoff right off the bat. The formula is great because while the color is matte, it’s moist enough that it doesn’t end up looking chalky which can sometimes be an issue with matte lip colors.

I mean, just look at Heroine.

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That violet nonsense speaks for itself.

Now we have Living Legend.

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It’s giving me “Unapologetic” era Rihanna so obviously it’s an instant fave.

Finally, my two favorites from the luxurious Lipstick Queen’s Silver Screen Collection, $50.

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Stella is an ultraviolet purple with flecks of metallic blue for a “Zenon: Girl of the 21 Century” lip. 

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The Silver Screen collection is all about old Hollywood glamour, but this color is definitely an ultra colorful, icy, part ’80s, part Party Monster lip.

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On the lip, it’s more sheer than I expected, but a few swipes and the sheerness works to its advantage, building the purple with the accented blue sheen for a multidimensional finish. Very unique, an immediate win.

On the bullet, Made It is a gorgeous blackened burgundy, but on the lips, it has Stella’s sheerness which turns out to be a beautiful wine stained, crushed fruit, pomegranate finish.

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I’m not a fan of sheer lipsticks, but Lipstick Queen’s Silver Screen Collection found a way to make it work beautifully. 

I know everyone is talking about dark lipsticks for fall but those are my favorites and you're reading my article. I love them. Which is your favorite of the bunch? What is your favorite lip color for fall? Do you change your colors by season or do you think that's just a whole ton of beauty industry craziness? Show me your fall lips in the comments!

Tynan is touching up his lipstick on Twitter @TynanBuck.