5 Magnificent Magenta Lipsticks That’ll Make You Yearn for Fall

Published in: Bobbi Brown, Dolce & Gabbana, Lips, Makeup, NARS, Tom Ford Beauty, Urban Decay

5 marvelous magenta lipsticks

Maybe it’s all this talk about El Niño, or maybe it’s just my burning desire to bust out the scarves, and boots, but I’m ready to say “peace out!” to bright, summery pinks and “ciao” to corals for the season. Yup, I’m starting to enter fall mode.


Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reaching for darker nail polishes (I’ve got Essie’s In the Lobby on my paws today!) and transitioning to deeper lip shades, but I’m not quite ready yet for full-on fall lip colors like dark browns, wines and purples. After all, it’s still only August. 🙂

But I have been into what I like to call my summer-to-fall transition shade, the always lovely magenta.

MAGENTA! I love wearing colors in the magenta family around this time of year because they seem just as comfortable with scarves and boots as they are with daisy dukes and flip-flops.


So here are five of my current magenta lipstick faves that have been in heavy rotation lately…

1. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Janet ($32)

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Janet

NARS Janet

Wearing NARS Janet

Wearing NARS Janet

2. Tom Ford Lip Color in Violet Fatale ($52)

tom ford beauty violet fatale

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale

tom ford beauty violet fatale swatch

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale

3. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom ($22)

Urban Decay Venom Revolution Lipstick 2

Urban Decay Venom

Urban Decay Venom Swatch 2


4. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Chic Monica ($35.50)

dolce gabbana chic monica

Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Chic Monica

dolce gabbana chic monica swatch

Dolce & Gabbana Chic Monica

5. Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Bright Raspberry ($28)

bobbi brown brigh raspberry

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Bright Raspberry

bobbi brown brigh raspberry

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Bright Raspberry

I know it’s still technically summer, but have you started to think at all about fall? And have you made any changes yet to your wardrobe or makeup?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Madeleine says:

    Venom is one of my all-time favourite lipsticks! I love Urban Decay’s formula, they’re so moisturising and comfortable to wear but also last a very long time on my lips (: x


  2. Chelsea says:

    It was in the 60s the past few days, definitely felt more fall-like! I got rid of most of my clothes since winter, so I definitely need to buy some warmer gear!

  3. Holly says:

    This weekend I was looking through my lippies for a darker color & realized I only have one–your selections make me think I need to buy at least another one! As for transitioning my makeup colors to fall, I plan on incorporating more gold & mossy green eyeshadows. Fall was my mom’s favorite season & I’m looking forward to the cooler days & different colors.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Holly,

      There’s so many great ones out there. Definitely check out NARS Janet. It’s one of my faves!

      Oh, and great idea to wear more golds and mossy greens. I should take mine out to play!

  4. Tulipthecat says:

    I love magenta lipstick. I forgot about Venom….I was planning on buying Bittersweet…

    • Karen says:

      Venom is a UD classic. There’s also a matching lip liner!


      How was your weekend? Did you and Tulip do anything fun? I had a lot of chores around the house to do, but I also got in some good downtime. 🙂

      • Tulipthecat says:

        Tulip went for a walk in the back yard and laid out in the sun. I went to the Mac counter and Sephora. I bought the pro longwear foundation and powder. I was searching for the waterproof version but they told me that it’s super hard to find. The Mac store, Nordstrom and Macy’s didn’t have it so I just got the regular one with the powder and I got the prep and prime primer. The Sephora at Stoneridge was just remodeled and reopened so I went and looked around. I bought this Boscia stick cleanser and a Sephora bronzer. They were giving away a free make up bag and part of their reopening.

        How was your weekend? I saw that Tabs went for a walk too!

        • Karen says:

          How fun! I bet she enjoyed being outside with you. It’s such a nice way to bond with your cat, isn’t it?

          Bummer that you couldn’t find the waterproof version. Have you used the Pro Longwear Foundation before? I used it back in the day and remember really liking the coverage, but it broke me out.

          My weekend was good, thanks for asking. I went to a makeup class at Sephora at the crack of dawn on Saturday (the class was on daytime smoky eyes), and that was pretty cool. Then I ran errands and relaxed. Did pretty much the same thing on Sunday. Tabs and I spent a lot of time together just napping and hanging out!

          I’ve been so tired from the week that I haven’t been wanting to do much on the weekends, but things should be less crazy over the next few weeks so hopefully I’ll have more energy to do things.

          • tulipthecat says:

            Tulip loves to go outside. She use to be afraid to go outside after she accidentally got locked out of the house one night. When she saw Jazmine going outside I think she got less afraid. I was letting her out without the leash but then one day she wouldn’t go back inside. I chased her all around the backyard so now she has to be on a leash to go outside.

            I told the lady at Mac I needed foundation that wouldn’t slide off my face for when I go to the Philippines next month and she suggested the pro longwear foundation with the pro longwear powder. It seems ok today but I did notice that it sticks to one of my dry spots so maybe I need to put a heavier moisturizer on that spot.

            Yesterday I was napping on the sofa and Tulip was in the window near by napping too but keeping an eye on me. She doesn’t like the electric fan so she stays in the window. This morning she was stretched out next to me when I woke up. I love waking up next to her.

            Works been busy and I’ve been doing some runs on the weekend so the weekends tend to be busy too.

  5. Kwmechelle says:

    Wowsers! Those are all really beatiful. Need to check out the NARS & UD. Don’t own a lippie from either brand. As for the daisy dukes & flip flops, they’ve been on deck as of late. Totally plan to put them to good use before fall is finally upon us. And I love the new mobile site look. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      GIRL, NARS Janet is a must. How was your weekend? Do you do anything fun?

      P.S. Thanks for noticing the new mobile site look! 🙂

      • Kwmechelle says:

        Then, NARS it is. And, yes, had a fabulous weekend with the little ones at the beach. It was glorious. Perfect weather. And chicken wings. What more could a girl want? My niece just learned how to swim & she took her boogie board. Love how fearless & yet still girlie she is. I gave her some of my old makeup. She talks about it all. The. TIME 🙂

        • Karen says:

          Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Did ya make the wings? Great, now I’m hungry for picnic food. LOL!

          Oh, I have an idea! You could give your niece some elementary makeup lessons. It would be a fun way for you gals to bond. 🙂

          • Kwmechelle says:

            Nope, my brother bought the wings. Get the wings, kid. GET some wings. You wanna hear something sweet? On Sunday she said, “auntie, call me upstairs when you get ready to do your makeup so I can watch you.” In the past, she’s “done” my makeup & ivd “done” hers. During her last visit she said she wants to e a makeup person. Day. Made! My job as her auntie has officially been completed. 😊

          • Karen says:

            I’m all about the sauce, especially when it’s got that balance of sweet and spicy. SO HUNGRY RIGHT MEOW!

            Well that was about the sweetest story. I think just might be the coolest auntie ever. Maybe you can take her to the makeup counter when she’s older? My mom took me to the Clinique counter for the first time when I was 14 and it’s one of my favorite memories.

          • Kwmechelle says:

            Oh that would be wonderful & she’d LOVE it. We both would. My mom bought me a Fashion Fair makeup set when I was about 15 or 16. And FF was SUCH a different brand back then. They def appealed to an older generation but I remember it so fondly. One more thing- get the wings, kid! 😉

  6. MonicaP says:

    Gawd, these all look delicious! I am so ready for fall and rich deep colors 🙂

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  7. Agata says:

    I was at Sephora on Saturday and I tried on Janet after you posted a pic of IG wearing it and it’s such a gorgeous shade. I’d have to wear it a little sheered out though. That UD Venomn looks like a beautiful shade too though! I don’t think I own any magenta lipsticks!

  8. Rachel R. says:

    I love magenta so much. Why don’t I own Venom yet? I must rectify that.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I love this post. I love seeing options for the same hue from a handful of makeup companies.

    I don’t have any magenta lip colors! I need venom and I need raspberry like stat.

    I haven’t done any fall transition yet. I’ve got lap up every last bit of summer and pretend like its still August until we nearly hit October. Otherwise, I’ll never survive another Maine winter, especially if its anything like last year’s.

    I’m wearing Essie Mint Chip on my hands and Sephora Brazen on my toes. I am, however, starting to think about an indigo polish for my mani.
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  10. I am so not ready for fall! I never am. I wish that after summer came spring, again.
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  11. Astrild says:

    I love these kind of shades but I’m not ready to say the summer goodbye.

  12. Ruchita says:

    Such pretty colors! I think the Nars lipstick is my favorite. The weather is quite fall-like this week, so I’m starting to wrap my brain around the fact that summer is going away. I’m okay with it though. Fall is quite pretty around here. 🙂

  13. Amanda says:

    I’m going to trade in my Back to MAC stash to try Rebel lipstick and nail polish 🙂

  14. Pavithra says:

    Ah! I want them all! That first picture of you wearing Janet is perfection! I’m going to add Janet to my Sephora November Sale wishlist 😀 Violet Fatale is gorgeous too!
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  15. Mel says:

    I am enjoying the fall fashion but my feet are still in my sandals!!!!! While I love fall I am not looking forward to -40 degrees temperature, so I will definately hang on to summer a bit longer!!!!

  16. denise says:

    Love UD Venom! I just wish it came in the sheer version though. 🙁 I feel like I look better in sheerer, shinier lip color.

  17. Makai says:

    Thanks for this feature on magenta lipsticks! Although I’m still holding onto summer, I pulled out my Tom Ford violet fatale and it felt so updated and beautiful! Thanks! I love your blog.

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