Hey everyone! Claire from All Mouth, No Spoons back again with another guest post for the lovely Natalee – this time, I’m here to talk about my favourite red lipsticks! Who doesn’t love a good scarlet pout? As Game of Thrones’ Maisie ‘Arya’ Williams once noted, you can look like a total mess in every other way, but slick on a bit of red lipstick? No-one notices anything else. It can make that much of a difference, so everyone needs at least one in their lipstick arsenal.
The problem with red lipsticks? THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM. And which one to go with? A true red? What’s a blue-toned red? Is it too harsh against pale skin? Does it last? Well, I can’t answer those questions, as I still don’t have these answers. But what I can give you, is my personal top 5 reds that make me feel like a silver screen siren who is also capable of kicking ass and taking names.
5. Max Factor Colour Elixir lipstick in Ruby Tuesday – £7.99 from Boots
I am a huge fan of the formula of Max Factor’s range of Colour Elixir lipsticks – I said in my previous post that the pampering qualities are very beneficial, especially during the cold winter months we’re in. This true red reminds me very much of Marilyn Monroe’s signature pout, it feels amazing and looks stunning, and even leaves a long-lasting stain despite eating and drinking through the day. It’s a bold look, but if you want to take the plunge then this is a good place to start!
(Also a little interesting thing to note – Max Factor recently launched their Marilyn Monroe collection of lipsticks in four shades that are said to ‘flatter any skintone’. As well as three new shades, Marilyn Ruby Red is the exact same as Ruby Tuesday so if you can’t grab one, there’s always the other.)
4. Clinique Lip Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Passion Pop – £16 from Boots
Another Lip Pop as in my Berry post – and as I said there, although this product claims to be a primer as well as a lipstick, it does fail to deliver on that promise. However, with a liner and primer, it’s a ruby colour that feels very comfortable on the lips. This was the second colour that I purchased and it’s definitely a staple in my collection. It’s a good colour to throw on when you’re on your way out for the day. I’ve even worn nothing BUT this lipstick, no foundation or mascara, and honestly it still made me feel ‘made-up’.
3. Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Underage Red – $21 from Sephora
We’re STILL waiting for Kat Von D’s range of make-up to be available here in the UK, and buying off the Sephora website is not easy or cheap. I was lucky to get this through an exchange subreddit page from someone in the UK and I was eager to try it out. The case looks fucking awesome – if I’d had this lipstick as a 14-year-old rocker, I’d have felt like Brody Dalle. It’s a shame that the lid falls off so easily in my bag, though.
The lipstick itself has a gorgeous creme brulee smell, and it glides on pretty nicely for a matte finish. According to Ms Von D, the shade is a ‘matte fire engine red’ and the shade’s name caused quite a stir… but regardless, this is a wonderful bold shade, this is truly a colour that calls for going into your ex-boyfriend’s place of work and making him feel awkward with your utter fierceness. Not that I’ve done that. The only real downside, is that like most other matte lipsticks it is quite drying. Moisturise before wearing, and you’ll be set!
2. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe – Limited Edition!
I feel guilty for including this in the list, as it was a limited edition release for Christmas 2015 and I had to grab it pretty fucking quickly as a wedding present to myself. Natalee herself was the one who convinced me to get it actually! But oh, it was so worth it. This was my first Jeffree Star purchase and I am truly desperate for his full range to be available here in the UK because this liquid lipstick is just perfect. I’ve always been wary of liquid formulas because they dry matte and seem to suck every last bit of moisture out of your lips, leaving them cracked and dry. This formula however, as well as being incredibly long-lasting, feels like a dream when it’s put on.
Then the colour… it’s a deep red with gorgeous red and purple sparkles throughout. As you wear it through the day, eat, drink and talk, the sparkle becomes more apparent under the colour – and it is noticeable! Sadly, this is completely sold out online now as you can imagine. There are sellers on eBay charging at least £25 for it, and although I think that’s a high price to pay for something that retailed originally at $18 (roughly £13) the quality and colour is definitely worth it. If you’ve got the spare change, then definitely consider adding this to your collection.
1. Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick in Bad Blood – £15.50 from urbandecay.co.uk
My most favourite red in my collection, for more reasons than one. The Husband got this for me as a treat when I’d not been well, and he was a big fan of the colour (he loves red lipstick on me, as I was wearing it the first day we met…) so I jumped at it. I wore it for our whole honeymoon weekend in Whitby and I felt beautiful the whole time we were away – and not just because my Husband kept staring at me!
I’m a fan of Urban Decay. I swear by their Eyeshadow Primer Potion as a staple in my make-up bag, I own the Naked 3 palette because the rose gold shades are just to die for, and I even had a Book of Shadows back in the day! They know how to make beautiful make-up, and although I was initially disappointed that they had discontinued their original lipstick range (the bullets were stunning enough on their own) I was intrigued to try their new matte formula. I’ve not had much luck with matte lipsticks, usually finding them drying and unflattering on my lips – but UD Matte Revolution knocks all of these stereotypes out of the park.
The colour is a gorgeous blood-red, hence the name. It’s incredibly flattering on my pale skin, but I imagine it would flatter on every skintone. The formula is creamy and incredibly pigmented. All it takes is one swipe from the angled bullet and you’re done. As for longevity – oh my god. I managed to drink many cans of Diet Coke, have a sandwich for lunch, talk my head off during the long drive and even have more Diet Coke. By the time we got to our B&B, the colour was still strong on my lips. I topped it up for dinner, and came home to find it was still on my lips! For a traditional lipstick bullet I was gobsmacked at the quality of the colour and lasting power.
Is it my go-to red? Well, as someone with so many reds to choose from, that’s a very loaded question…
(BONUS: After swatching all the products on my arm, I needed to remove them with cleanser and baby oil too! Red lipstick doesn’t like letting me go, clearly…)
I just want to say a massive thanks to my good friend Claire for writing this post for me! She was going to at Christmas, but we decided to go for purples, and plum shades instead. But now she’s finally got red shades down, and she’s caused me to want to buy myself an Urban Decay lipstick… NAUGHTY CLAIRE!
Which shade did you like the most? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.
Until next time all, take care and have a great weekend!