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Fall 2012 color trend

I consider myself fairly savvy  when it comes to identifying exact colors, but I must say this fall's big color threw me for a loop.  Oxblood is hard to define, at least for me.  It's not quite maroon, not quite plum, and I have trouble telling the difference between this shade, burgundy and bordeaux. In any case, it's nice to see a new twist on the usual reds for fall, plus it feels like a more glamourous, wearable take on the black or nearly black goth lip trend from 2008.

Fall 2012 oxblood

Top: Clé de Peau fall 2012 promo ad, Estée Lauder Black Cassis lipstick, Black Iris nail polish and Chaotic Currant lip gloss from their Violet Underground collection

Middle:  Smashbox Image Factory lip gloss in Chic

Bottom:  Tom Ford fall 2012 lip gloss in Naivete, OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest nail polish, MAC Dark Diversion gel eye liner from their Styleseeker collection, NARS fall 2012 lip gloss in Rouge Tribal, Lancome Creme de Mat liquid lipstick in Potion d'Amour, a model at Rochas fall 2012 show

I'm still wondering what the difference is between oxblood and burgundy, but magazines seem to have no trouble identifying it - these examples all refer to the season's It color as oxblood.

Allure, July 2012:


Allure, September 2012:


Glamour, September 2012:


Harper's Bazaar, June/July 2012:



InStyle uses burgundy and oxblood interchangeably, so maybe they are the same?


So, will you be rocking dark lips and/or nails?  And to your eye, is there a difference between burgundy, wine and oxblood?  If so, how are these shades different? 

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