Why You Should Give Purple Lipstick a Chance

Modern and surprisingly versatile, purple lipstick instantly brightens dull complexion and adds a dose of plum summer fun to any look. The shade that gained its popularity with the Artist Formerly Known as Prince has recently become the lip color du jour among fashionistas and other trendsetters—there's supermodel Joan Smalls at this year’s Met Gala and Lorde’s signature dark-plum lip color.

To dip your toe in the (purple) pool without fully committing, try LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour. Unlike saturated lipsticks, it leaves behind a hint of berry color and comes in an easy-to-apply pencil. Better yet, it’s formulated with refreshing mint and softening shea butter, perfect for moisturizing and filling in fine lines. The best news? Some of our lucky subscribers will receive a sample of this shade and the equally appealing nude-meets-coral Bees Knees in their June Birchboxes. To see these lip pencils in action, see what assistant editor Ally Marie Corliss has to say about them in this video.

ENTER TO WIN Leave a comment below telling us which LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil you're most excited to try! We'll choose one winner in the comments to send a full-size version of both shades on June 5, 2014! (birchbox.com/rules)

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