Pucker Up: Shimmery Purple Lips

Pucker Up: Shimmery Purple Lips

I wanted to use Night Violet mattene, which is an up and coming shade MAC Style Black, slated for release on September 24th. Night Violet has come out previously (which is why/how I have it). I then wanted to see if Violetta lipstick would give it a cool, brighter purple sheen (not really–the camera shows more of this effect than is visible in person, to be certain). Since Violetta didn’t quite kick it up a notch, I added Pink Opal pigment to the center of the lip (just patted on), which gave it a funky iridescence. I’m about a glossy lip, so I couldn’t resist adding Nice Kitty lipglass on top (which is mostly shimmer on me, not a lot of color).

In real life, the lips looked rather solid-colored, no real demarcation between colors, but there was just an extra sheen towards the center of the upper and lower lips and where they met. I liked it, but I’d probably recommend omitting Violetta or Night Violet — either will work great as a base; Violetta for a very bright look, Night Violet for a deeper, darker look (more like this one).

See the progression

Night Violet Mattene

Violetta Lipstick layered on top

Pink Opal pigment layered on the center

Nice Kitty Lipglass layered all over

Night Violet mattene, Violetta lipstick, Pink Opal pigment, Nice Kitty lipglass

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ohmygosh, this is SO gorgeous! pink opal totally kicked it up by a few notches. this seals the deal. i’m getting pink opal. i was kinda on the fence about it as i wasn’t sure what i could do with it but *AHH* what a great way to add iridescence! do you think that night violet can be worn on occasions other than halloween? because i reeeeeally want it but i’m scared that it’d be more unwearable than it looks 🙁 btw, i LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! totally feeding my lip obsession.

lol! Pink Opal is one of my fave pigments ever!

I definitely think you can wear it any time you want. It’s wearable, it’s just very dark. You can always add a lighter gloss on top or blot it for more of a stainn!

Thank you!

I would really like to see how it works as a look. It kind of works for the lips; but I think that sometimes when you see the whole face using such a dark color, it kind of looks like “too much”, and when you smile it looks “clownish”
I’m probably not making any sense here =P
It’s morning, and I should be paying attention to work

Thanks, Siledhel! 🙂 I totally know what you mean, but when in doubt, just slick mascara on lashes and add a little liner and you’ll never have too much on the lips!

I’ve never been a real big fan of the Mattene. Last year when MAC launched the Cult of Cherry I bought just about everything, but the Mattenes were too dry on me. I wasn’t very impressed with the way they felt at least on my lips. I do really love this color though for fall. Are there any lip colors that match Night Violet? it;s such a beautiful color. . .


Mattenes can definitely be a bit dry on lips, though they’re not too drying for me — there are been much worse mattes, LOL.

Cyber is similar!

Is Violetta lipstick permanent? I really love the swatch. Might consider getting it if it’s perm. Night Violet is too dark for me, so the whole mix is too dark. But it’s pretty nonetheless.

Dang, that is intense! I love it Christine! Were you just playing with this look, or did you do a full face? Would you ever go out with these lips? I’d love to see them on your whole face, but I totally understand if you didn’t take the pictures.

I like the shimmer, too bad it doesn’t really show up in real life. I’m not a big fan of super dark lips as much as I did years ago, so Violetta is more up my alley then Night Violet. I still have a tube of Film Noir and Velvet from back then that haven’t turned yet.

It’s a really really beautiful combination. It works wonderfully. Purple looks great. If only I didn’t look horrible with purple lips I’d rock that look!

I don’t like the way Night Violet looks by itself, but I love Violetta and the look as a whole. Awesome color. I would love to see a full face pic with some eyeshadow and stuff.

I honestly LOVE Violetta on it’s own! I’ll use MAC’s Magenta lip pencil (my all-time favorite lip pencil) as a base and WOW! It has an opalescent quality when you use it sparingly though; if someone were afraid of too much color but wanted to try it (please do!) I’d recommend dabbing it lightly over any lip color for a touch of pearly purple. You can always wipe it off if you don’t like it.

My two favorites to add Violetta to are AVEDA lip colors: Black Currant (a deep juicy bing cherry) and Sheer Ivory Nut (my FAVORITE nude lipstick – and I LOVE nudes!). MAC and AVEDA lipsticks both smell tasty together too! 🙂 Vanilla and mint! Yum! LOL!

Ooo! One more I forgot to mention! Haha! Violetta is perfect as a soft, feathered-out lip color. Lightly tap it over bare lips (no hard edges!) for a really pretty diffused look (this is also my FAVORITE way to use MAC’s Magenta lip liner – blend the edges instead of lining the lips perfectly – Looks like candy!).

Gorgeous – such a Risa lip combo. I absolutely love it. The pink opal pigment in the center is beautiful & you probably could’ve even stopped there as it looked perfect, but I too, always like a gloss on top so probably would’ve gone a step further as well. Maybe Funtabulous dazzleglass. Such a fun Tuesday lip!! Thx 🙂

Nice combo! I may just have to pick up Night Violet when it comes out.
I already own Pink Opal pigment and Nice Kitty l/g so I’m just going to see how it works without Violetta.

How Could I get the Pro lipstick to recreate this look…?

Also, would you wear this color look to match or with a black outfit, or colors in the same color family, like red, blue(navy) etc

Does anyone know if pink opal pigment is perm? I got violetta a long time ago and love it with just winged out liner and mascara. I also wear it with Oversexed plushglass on top it makes it deeper berryred/purple. Hard to explain… love it tho. Or violetta with funtablous dazzleglass. I can’t wait to get the night violet mattene!! I’m so excited!

Oh my, that’s quite gorgeous !
What would you wear as eyeshadow with a deep plum color like that though ?
I really have to know! going out tonight but I’ve got no idea what to wear as eyeshadow !

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