Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Reader Rashmi requested a top five of burgundy lipsticks, and I have to say, finding a really lovely burgundy lip color that’s permanent is difficult. It seems to be a favorite hue to go-to for limited edition collections, though.

  1. OCC Black Dahlia — is a deep, dark burgundy with a hint of brown that lasts and lasts
  2. MAC Endless Drama — a deepened, semi-opaque burgundy red with a soft, frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani #408 — is a muted, reddish burgundy with a pearly shimmer
  4. Buxom Menace — a brightened, berry-ish burgundy with a shimmery finish
  5. Laura Mercier Merlot — a lightened, muted berry-burgundy with a natural finish

What’s your favorite burgundy lipstick?

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78 thoughts on “5 Must-Have Burgundy Lipsticks

  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaa
    long time reader n mad mad follower :)
    bookmarking this and see the irony I dont have a single pc from the list
    :( :(

  2. OCC Black Dahlia is gorgeous…I like the metallic version even better. And I’m someone who too often (including here) complains about too dark colors. Now I’m curious to try the other colors on the list. Christine, you started with one of my favorite darker colors ever!

  3. kim

    Completely agree with Buxom Menace. It has become my HG fall/winter lippie!! I love the formula and the color works great with my skintone. Thanks so much for your blog. I started following it last year after I had surgery and I have purchased so many of your recommendations!!!

  4. My top five are:
    1) Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Rouge Noir
    2) Dior Addict Extreme in Black Tie
    3) Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color in Blood Roses
    4) Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Berry Noir
    5) Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Merlot

  5. Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb, Revlon Black Cherry, MAC Desire, NARS Volga, NARS Terre de Feu.

  6. I’ve been on the hunt for some nice burgundy lip products. These all look so pretty. I’m intrigued by that lip tar! Thanks for the great post :)

  7. I have just one burgundy lipstick, and it’s actually a gloss. I often love this shade on others, but on me, not so much.

  8. erika dwyer

    I am looking for the laura mercier lipstick on sephora and cannot find that color anywhere?!

  9. Not sure if they count as burgundy, plum or wine-red but my 2 faves are probably MAC Dubonnet and the LE Red Dwarf (I think it was from the Daphne Guinness collection)

    • Like a TRUE burgundy to me is a brown-ish red that’s not so brown that it turns maroon… but like any color that’s not “blue” there’s a spectrum – definitely some of the shades here aren’t, perhaps, burgundy in the truest sense of the word! :)

  10. shelley

    I absolutely love OCC Black Dahlia! I saw it on a MUA a few shades darker than me and it looked flawless on her so I thought why not take the plunge and try it myself. This NC45 is glad she stepped outside her comfort zone. If you layer it on top of a black matte lippie it shows up much darker.

  11. Karen

    My favorite burgundy lipsticks would be both, Mac Rebel and Nars Train Blue.

  12. Veronica

    Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 201: Dark Velvet. The vampiest of vamp. I get lots of compliments when I wear it. :)

  13. Ao

    I own occ’s black dahlia and found it to be one of the most difficult lip products I’ve owned so far. I’m familiar with the formula, but this gorgeous shade is so handful. It moves around, bleeds and stains everything. It is NOT long lasting on me. No matter how careful I am with the application, the results are the same. I hate having people pointing out at my burgundy teeth… Works great as a cheek stain though.

  14. xamyx

    I have far too many “favorite” burgundy lippies to even begin listing them, LOL! That’s like asking a mom to name her favorite child, as I just love a nice, vampy lip… That said, I think Revlon & L’Oréal do the best job when it comes to formula; I never experience migration, staying power is good, and I’ve never experienced any patchiness.

    • I need you to! I don’t have enough permanent options :)

      • xamyx

        One that comes to mind immediately is Lancôme Jezebel. As far as “burgundies” go, I think this os one that would be the most universal, as it doesn’t lean too red/brown/purple, and it isn’t too dark, nor too light. The finish is also interesting; it’s not too shimmery, and it’s not a “true” metallic, but there is definitely a hint of both. NYX Rapture is is similar, but I’m not sure if it’s still around… Another favorite is Revlon Black Cherry, which os said to be a dupe for MAC Rebel.

  15. Ivana

    The list is really nice. I think I´m going to try some of the lipsticks because although I have tried a few burgundy lipsticks, I still haven´t found the right shade for me because I´m super pale.

  16. Emi

    MAC Hang-Up and Buxom Full-On lip cream in Kir Royale. :)

  17. Icequeen81

    1 and 5 are so pretty

  18. Beka

    I love armani 403

  19. I like that Laura Mercier lipstick! I’m also fair, so I’m hesitant to wear dark lipsticks – I feel like people will just see LIPS! – but I have a few and I love the color (matte burgundy, whoo hoo – child of the 90s forever!)

    Let me tell you, those OCC Lip Tars do last and last – I was swatching a few during the VIB Sale and I swear those swatches stained my hand until the next day, and I wash my hands a lot. I bought Vintage, but I’m a little bit afraid of it now!

  20. Great picks! Can’t wait to try the boxom lipsticks, mine is on his way!
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  21. My all time favorite dark burgundy (berry-ish) shade is Burberry Oxblood. Formula is moisturizing, long lasting, and extremely flattering. It’s also easily blotted down to a matte finish. It’s pricey, but worth it to me, since I feel like it’s the only one I need.

  22. Love me some burgundy! Completely agree with you on Armani #408. They actually do deep colours really well and I’d love to see them add more to the permanent collection.

    Other burgundies in frequent rotation for me…

    Guerlain- Vega
    LMdB- Madaket (might be a little cool to be called a true burgundy)
    Armani Maestro 201- Dark Velvet

    I loved Mac Charred Red before they discontinued it…
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  23. wet n wild cherry bomb is a must have drugstore dupe for black dahlia! and wow the sparkles in buxom menace are gorgeous, looks like it would be a great color for holiday parties!

  24. Xero

    The only burgundy lipstick I own is Rimmel Kate 107 and I actually really like it. I didn’t expect a color like that to look good on my pale, warm-toned skin, but it does! I think it’s a color that probably looks good on everyone. It’s true that the texture of the line is a bit different from regular lipstick, but I actually don’t mind it, especially for the price.

  25. abigailod

    Thanks for this list (and the request made!). I’m realizing I don’t have a *real burgundy in my stash – ouch, so on to my wishlist! Thanks Christine and Rashmi!

  26. Monica

    I’ve been waiting for this post! My favorites are Wet n Wild Cherry Bomb and Nars Volga and Kat Von D Rosary! I’ll have to check out the OCC one, looks great on you!

  27. Amy

    I picked up Black Metal Dahlia, my very first OCC Lip Tar, about a month ago. I adore the color so very much, but can’t seem to keep it from feathering just outside my lips…wondering if I am applying it wrong or if I need a lip pencil. Any suggestions? I put it on over OCC Clear lip tar and use the mini brush that came with each to apply.

    Today I had an appointment at MAC because a photographer friend had her holiday party tonight and took portraits of all the guests, so I wanted someone else to do my makeup for the occasion. I asked for a plummy burgundy shade and got Viva Glam III, which I absolutely adored and purchased. The lip pencil in Burgundy and the holiday collection nude eye bag rounded out my purchases.

    I’m glad I loved Viva Glam III…I’d originally planned to request Endless Drama but it isn’t on the MAC website anymore, making me wonder if it’s been discontinued.

    • My guess is you’re applying too much, or else it’s just a your-mileage-may-vary situation where some are more prone to feathering than others. If you feel like there’s no way you’re applying too much, it might be the latter!

  28. Im so glad that I ffound this. Im headed to MAC tomorrow and I’ve been looking for a new Burgundy lipstick. I’ve been using MAC’s Diva for the last two weeks.

  29. Jenny

    My favorite is the Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet!!

  30. Wow I don’t have any of these! Buxom Menace looks amazing!

  31. I must be the only beauty lover who hasn’t tried an OCC Lip Tar (since they’ve become widely available at Sephora and all), but I’ve been eyeing Black Dahlia for years. The only thing that’s stopped me snagging it is whether I’d have the guts to wear it anywhere!
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  32. I picked up the MAC Endless Drama lipstick and love it! I wear it everyday!