Rad or Bad: Are Purple Lips a Keeper or a Kool-Aid Disaster?

We were thrilled to see the omnipresence of purple pouts during Fashion Week. From a subdued lilac at Vena Cava to an electric violet at House of Holland, there were puckers of all the shades of the purple spectrum. We're eager to give this beauty fad a go, but we're still a little weary from the black lips experiment that's now buried at the bottom of our makeup bags. Is this color a keeper or will we just up end up looking like the Kool-Aid man?
Above, from left: Jason Wu spring '10, photo by Lianna Tarantin; Vena Cava spring '10, photo by Lianna Tarantin.
Above, from left: Purple lips, image via Topshop; Shu Uemura Roupe Unlimited in Purple, $23, available at Shu Uemura; MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Lavender Whip, $14, available at MAC.
Above, from left: Bottega Veneta spring '10, image via Style.com; House of Holland spring '10, image via Style.com.
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