1: Matte RED lips with not much else is looking to be very popular this fall, so we have a classic...
MAC's Ruby Woo- $15.00
2: A sexy red berry flush is almost always in style for fall, but its been showing up even more on fall runways. This'll stay all day, but at a price.
tarte's Natural Beauty Cheek Stain- $30.00
3. Mmm jewel tone smokey eyes are beautiful, and this palette is damn near perfect.
Urban Decay's Smoked Palette- $49.00
4. Okay so if you get the UD smoked it comes with their other black liner Perversion, but this needed to make an appearance. Both smudged and super precise graphic liner are super popular.
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero- $18.00
5. Glossy berry tones on lips add balance to the super matte reds being termed 'mulberry mouths' dark berry to plum shades add an instant little high fashion punch well still being wearable.
Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Acai Crush- $24.00
All great product with beautiful fall colors, but $137.00 seems like a lot, especially if you don't plan to wear them past this fall. (Which is silly for the record, but carry on.) Also as a student myself, there is no way in hell I could ever afford this. Shall we see some cheaper alternatives? I think yes. =)
Matte red? Check. Nyx offers a couple matte red's from bright to fairly deep in color. And these seem to have about the same amount of product as MAC lipsticks do too. (Also they're completely cruelty free, unlike MAC.)
Nyx Matte Lipstick in Pure Red- $6.00
Very different texture but surprisingly similar color wise. Maybelline has our backs with this berry cream blush. The tarte stain is going to last you a loooong time though so consider it.
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine- $7.99
Okay so this isn't one palette like the UD one is but it has some similar jewel tone colors. As for quality, these aren't as good but Wet 'n Wild's eyeshadows are pretty good over a semi decent primer. Note: These two actually have more colors the UD smoked palette if that helps. =)
Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette's in Petal Pusher and Comfort Zone- About $10.00 for two
Brand repeat again! I'm bad about that, but NYX is a great cheap brand. This liner can help you achieve the same liner looks, with less than half the price tag.
Nyx Glide on Liner in Jet Black
Finally our glossy berry lip shade. Honestly this is the easiest one. There are a huge range of berry to plum glosses, stains, and lipsticks out there. I choose this one because they're not sticky which I love.
Milani HD Advanced Lipcolor in Premier Plum
My makeup strategy for back to school is to get one splurge that I really want, (I'm talking straight up obsessed with it. Not just on a whim.) and make sure it's worth it. And then a couple cheaper products on the side. This year the UD smoked palette is my big buy, and I'll probably pick up some smaller Nyx products next time I'm at Ulta to tide me over. Happy shopping!