This post is dedicated to my sis MsEpiphany who besides being the greatest sis ever , wore red lipstick long before she wore a stitch of any other makeup and loves it like there’s no tomorrow.

I had picked out my favourite neutrals ( at the time) a couple of months ago. That post took me AGES to do because I had to swatch 10 lipsticks ..and those were just neutrals. I don’t think I have the patience to do lip swatches of 10 long wear reds in a row, so there are hand swatches of all of them but lip swatches of only some of them ( and  many of them were done over time).  I’m picking a few reds here that I really love and that wear pretty darn well ( which means no tugging, drying, feathering etc).

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And here are swatches of all of them :

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EEEEK aren’t they gorgeous!! Oh one thing about me…I just can’t do a red lip in the daytime…just can’t. I feel like I’m stepping out in my lingerie.  As crazy and idiotic as that sounds, that’s how I feel!!  I can wear it for a night out  but during the day ..nah-ah can’t do it.

Now that that’s out of the way, onto the lip swatches :

1. Lime Crime Vevletine Red Velvet

This has a slightly gritty feeling going on ( for lack of a better term) and can be slightly drying but the shade is amazing and wears well on me. It’s not super long wear but lasts a good 5 hours on me ( no oily food in between:) ) . I know there’s a lot of controversy surrounding LimeCrime but I had to try their velvetines out ( and  not disappointed that I did)!

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2. Bourjois LE Velvet Matte 08

If you don’t have this already you *MUST BUY IT*.  It is one of the smoothest and most comfortable mattes I’ve ever worn( and lasts for ages and ages, only fading ever so slightly even after food and very evenly at that!) . It’s limited edition so get your hands on it while you can! ( the lighting is a bit off for whatever reason – it looks darker in real life that it does in this picture – it’s more like the swatch on my hand in the pics above)

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If you didn’t get it already this ones a BIG BIG  …

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3. L’oreal LE Red Fatale  343

This is a warmer version of the MUFE Moulin Rouge ( shown next). I like the colours of the case on this one too  – very different from the usual L’oreal lipstick packaging.

4. Make Up Forever  Moulin Rouge

Wore it at this photoshoot ( with clear gloss on top) ..and no I’m not naked..theres a tube top under that  bahah:

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Very comfortable and long wearing for a regular lipstick. Can be built up or down ( was worn very sheer there)

5. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Love Me

Wearing it in my profile pic :

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I reviewed it ages ago in probably my first post ever  when my blog was just a little baby here .

6. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in 501

There’s a more detailed review here   but a quick lip swatch here :

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7. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

This looks similar to the Bourjois colour once on ( on me), just  brighter. Love this one too!

 

No Russian Red / Ruby Woo you say? I’ve never liked the textures of either of those colours from MAC so I never indulged. I do keep eyeing the Russian Lipglass every now and again though ( if only it wasn’t so sticky!!!)

What are your FAVOURITE red lipsticks of the moment ? I always wanted Chanel’s Rouge Allure Dragon but never bought it when it was around and now it’s gone:(  The NARS Audacious line has some amazing reds that I’m looking forward to ( looking forward to that whole line actually!).