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).
And here are swatches of all of them :
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)!
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)
If you didn’t get it already this ones a BIG BIG …
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:
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 :
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 :
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!).