I do love a punk lip and it's been that way forever. I'm old enough to remember when we had to mix up these sorts of colours with nasty eyeliner chock-full of do-not-ingest shiz, stage blush, piss-weak Revlon not-reds and half-arsed plums. Needless to say, I don't sigh for those days. They were crap.
I did think twice about ordering from the Punk Couture Collection though, having been stung by too much patchy and/or gimmicky lately.
Instigator is that most difficult of beasts; blue-toned purple. It's not that I'm scared of looking whack or even dead (I've looked one/the other my entire adult life)- it's just that I don't want to look tragically, unintentionally stupid. Instigator flirts with the latter effect unless you build the rest of your look around it. It's not a casual, slap-on thing. The colour is certainly beautiful; if you're familiar with MAC Smoked Purple, you're close, but this guy is less black, less patchy, warmer, slightly more magenta-y and a much better formula, god. Smoked Purple is fucking horrible and this is dreamy in comparison. Smooth, slightly creamy, off-matte, in fact probably as good as intense purple gets. Just don't buy Instigator hoping it's less blue or somehow kinder than it looks, because it's not. It'll wear you like a hat if you're not careful. Or brave. Or both.