Though we here at Allure are of the mind that you should wear whatever makeup you want, whenever you want to, we also can't help but agree that there is no better time for a dark and vampy lip than during fall. Just picture it now: A cozy faux-fur jacket, a chai latte the size of a small child, a pointy, black pair of leather boots, and a lipstick that's just as bold as it is dark. There aren't many scenarios more luxurious and comforting.
If autumnal opulence is up your alley as well, you'll be delighted to know that New York City staple Bond No. 9 has just released The Plum Trio, a set of deep red and berry lipsticks in the brand's acclaimed hydrating-yet-durable formula. Each inspired by various New York City locations, the shades New York Nights, Queens, and Manhattan retail for — pause for dramatic effect — $105 each. That might sound like a lot to the average makeup wearer, but a Bond No. 9 lipstick is not at all like whatever else you've got lying in your bag at this current moment. It's a statement of grandeur encased in a gold, hourglass-shaped tube.
As far as the shades themselves go, they're the complete opposite of the bright reds and neutrals the brand already has in its growing roster. "This season, it's all about strong, sophisticated shades that command attention," brand founder and president Laurice Rahmé says. And boy, do they ever. Though these shades all look a bit similar at first glance, they each offer a drastically different mood and undertone. New York Nights, as described by the brand, is a deep magenta, the closest thing to purple in the collection. Meanwhile, Manhattan is a true cherry red, while Queens leans more into soft burgundy territory.
Let's talk formula. All of Bond No. 9's lipsticks are infused with ingredients you'd expect to see in your skin-care products, including argan oil, camelina oil, and grape seed oil, which work to deeply hydrate. Squalane and sodium hyaluronate promote plumpness, mango and shea butter ensure even application, and vitamin C and vitamin E protect lips from environmental damage. All this becomes very evident at the first swatch or swipe across the lips, which glides with full pigment like a figure skater on a fresh ice rink. Oh, and don't let luxury stereotypes lead you astray; this formula is also vegan and cruelty-free. We love to see it.
If you're itching to try multiple shades and want to minimize the budgetary damage, you're in luck. Each shade in The Plum Trio, like all Bond No. 9 Lipsticks, is available to buy as a $45 refill, which comes in a white tube you can carry all on its own. Or, if you're really ready to dedicate yourself to the lavish Bond No. 9 aesthetic, you can buy any lipstick in its signature gold case with an extra refill for $130 — which, when you think about it, is a steal considering the accumulated price.
Ready to splurge? Starting October 17, you'll find The Plum Trio in Bond No. 9 stores and at bondno9.com.
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