Estee Lauder Pure Colour Stay On Shadow Paint in Cosmic:
This is one lovely cream shadow (as it should be for the price tag). It's a really striking brick colour with a bit of sparkle running through it. I find that the formula tends to be slightly harder to blend in the colder months, but once it's on it stays put. It practically dries into a crust... but not in a gross uncomfortable way.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Nude Compliment:
Okay, so I'm a bit of a jerk for including this one because it was part of a limited edition collection, but it is quite similar to Bad to the Bronze (just a bit cooler toned). It also reminds me of Bourjois's Cream Eyeshadow in Petale de Glace. So there are options out there! But basically I'm digging that subtle minky colour on the eyes. It's not too over the top when paired with the classic berry lip.
I'm not always crazy about going too matchy matchy, so I've been steering away from berry toned blushes and instead going for these more bronzey shades. Sahara might look a little crazy in the pan, but on the cheeks it just does a nice job of warming things up without looking too obvious. I really like this shade on my fair skin, but it would also look beautiful on deeper skin tones.
If Sahara looked too scary to you, then Seude might just be your best friend. It's kind of the paired down version. This would be the blush shade I would reach for first if I were going for a bold berry lip. It doesn't compete, but it adds a little something something. As I've mentioned many times before I'm a huge fan of the Sleek blush formulas. They're super pigmented and they last all day.
Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lip Cover in Cherry Bomb:
This lipstick isn't really for the timid. It's the darkest and most intense shade of the lot – a really vampy one. It's an absolute beauty (and a good dupe for Mac's Diva by the way). I love the formula is matte and even better it doesn't dry my lips out. To top it all of this lipstick is vair cheap.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned:
If you want to go bold, but cherry bomb is a bit too intense, next peg down in Nars Damned. It's definitely still vampy, but it's less of an out there “oh no she di'int” colour. I love the convenience of the pencil format and it's all kinds of matte. The kind of matte that when you dress it against you hand it barely prints.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 09:
If matte isn't your thing may I suggest this fine creature? This one's a bit less sultry and a bit more of a fun shade I'd say. It's brighter and more magenta than the other two. I'm really impressed with this one and I never hear people talking about it.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry:
Annnnnd lastly, if all of those shades made you want to shit your pants and run away (fair enough, we've all been there), then I've got something in the berry family that's very subtle – Super Strawberry. The formula of these Chubby Sticks are excellent. They're so balmy and smooth on the lips and they're a great no fuss, reapply without a mirror, kind of option.