5 Beautiful Berry-Hued Favorites for Fall

For our last of fall favorites, here’s a look at some of my top picks for all things berry-hued (which tend to be lip and cheek oriented, as you may notice below).

  1. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita — a warmer, reddish berry
  2. NARS Vivien — a muted, rosy berry
  3. Urban Decay Venom — a shimmering berry
  4. Laura Geller Plumberry — a luminous fuchsia berry
  5. Kat Von D Bauhau5 — a bright, berry-pink with a flat matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

NARS A Woman’s Face Lip Set

NARS A Woman’s Face Lip Set ($49.00 for 0.188 oz.) includes a lipstick, lip pencil, and lip liner coordinated in the hue of warm plum. These are all permanent shades, so if you like one, you could grab it individually. The set coordinates well, so they can be layered easily; what’s nice is that the lipstick is a sheerer, glossier version of the pencil and lip liner, which means it adds a more hydrating element to the trio.

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NARS A Woman's Face Lip Set
NARS Steven Klein Lip Set A Woman's Face
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.13 oz.) includes four Dual-Intensity eyeshadows and a travel-sized Via Veneto eyeliner, which is part of the permanent range. The palette includes Subra, which is also part of the permanent range. The palette contains $69.60 worth of eyeshadow and $12.50 worth of eyeliner, making the palette worth $82.10. (Note: the back of the palette says 0.30 oz. worth of product, but each shade is 0.03 oz., which is what is written on the box packaging alongside the ingredient lists). I liked the palette, but the shades are on the dupable end, and Subra has been released previously in a palette, so seeing it again feels unnecessarily repetitive. The Dual-Intensity formula is supposed to give eight-hour, can be used wet or dry (dry for “sheer soft touch of sensual color” and wet for “high-impact finish”). They are sheerer applied dry, but I find them surprisingly buildable dry as well, so it takes two to three layers, and it doesn’t take real packing on, just going back for a little more product. They will be more intense right off the bat if applied with a damp brush, though, which is as described. The formula has a soft, finely-milled feel to it, and they’re very smooth and easily blended on the skin. The only downside is the wear varies anywhere from six to nine hours, and dry application seems to consistently wear between six and seven hours before creasing, whereas damp application lasts slightly longer with seven to nine hours of wear.

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NARS Dead of Summer Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette (x4) Dead of Summer
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret

NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret ($160.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes five full-sized Audacious Lipsticks held in a hefty, mirrored case with a velvet-lined interior (that has indentations where the lipsticks fit) that can be removed to just use the case in its full capacity. All five lipstick shades are part of the permanent range. Audacious Lipsticks retail for $32 each (or $160.00 for five), so this set is only “worth it” if you’re looking for the packaging, but otherwise, you might as well pick your personal five favorite shades. The quality of all five seemed exactly the same as the full-sized versions, which is quite high–soft, smooth, creamy consistencies with good pigmentation, comfortable wear and moderate wear-time. I don’t personally find it to be a very hydrating formula, but it isn’t drying either. You can see my round-up on the Audacious Lipstick formula here. I’ve swatched and re-tested the five shades as they were included in this set.

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NARS Humoresque Audacious Lipstick Coffret
NARS Audacious Lipstick Coffret Humoresque
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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NARS Despair Cheek Palette

NARS Despair Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four blushes (three new, one part of the permanent line) and a travel-sized ITA kabuki brush. The palette contains $90 worth of blush, so it is a good deal for those who enjoy NARS’ blush formulas, and what’s nice is that three are totally new (though not without their dupes, of course!). I’m not a fan of the ITA in any shape or form, let alone the travel-sized version, which is just rougher and scratchier than the full-size. NARS’ blush palettes like this one seem bulkier than they need to be, but it should still travel well.

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NARS Despair Cheek Palette
NARS Holiday 2015 Cheek Palette Despair
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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NARS x Steven Klein Eyeshadows

NARS Mortal Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent pearl white.” It’s a bright, warm-tinted white with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was really soft and smooth, and it applied easily to the skin and blended out well. It had mostly opaque pigmentation. Applied, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC Chillproof (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Yves (P) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (P) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skulls (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC White (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is brighter (95% similar). LORAC Snow (P) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Heavenly Halo (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Stila Moonstone (P) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Mortal Eyeshadow