March 21, 2016

Favorite red lipsticks

Currently listening to old 2000 pop songs as I type this post. What a time for bad fashion but really catchy tunes that you had to sing with all your heart.

Anyway, tonight I share my favorite red lipsticks. I have a problem. I constantly feel like I need new red lipsticks in my collection because of the different finishes or undertones. Red lipstick is definitely not in everyone's comfort zone but I do believe there's a red color out there for everyone. I feel like I instantly have a boost of confidence with a red lip and a little more confidence to conquering the day. 

As I de-cluttered some makeup this week in preparation for imats, I've picked my top 6 red lipsticks that I always seem to go back to. I also wanted to de-clutter because..well... I'm probably just going to buy more red lipsticks at imats. Like I said, I have a problem. 

Those are my babies. Just perfection. It's a good mix of drugstore and high end but I personally think they are all worth it. 

Revlon lip butter in Red Velvet: Really bummed out because i think they discontinued this one which is disappointing because this is such a beautiful low maintenance deep blue based red. I loved wearing this for occasion when I had to look put together but I wanted the comfort of a lip balm and the pigmentation of a lipstick. So comfortable and easy to maintain. It also fades away gracefully during the day and leaves a nice natural red tint. Also this was my first lip butter from Revlon and I think the formulation on all of them are fantastic. I mean, you hear lip butter and how could you not want to put that on your lips. 

Sephora lip cream in 01 Always Red: This is hyped on the internet for a good reason. First, the price is $14 which is right in between high end and drugstore. This is everything you want in a matte liquid lipstick. It has the pigmentation of a true blue base, Hollywood classic, red, doesn't budge and is kiss proof! I can't tell you how many times I have put this lip color on and stared at the mirror just mesmerize by how flawless the application looked. I really would love to try their other colors (such as the deep purple of course). I think everyone should have this staple in their collection. 

NARS Audacious lipstick in Audrey: Ok so this was a splurge. However, if you have the opportunity to splurge (maybe during the Sephora's Beauty Insider coupon week that happens in April) get yourself this lipstick. Honestly any color will do because this lipstick is incredible. I'm obsessed with how this is a deep red with a berry/maroon undertone. I just feel like it's such a unique color. I was all about this color this past winter. Comfortable on the lips and pigmentation is all there. Also magnetic closure packaging. I'm a sucker for that. 

Maybelline creamy matte in Divine Wine: Don't let the color fool you online. This is a deep color with some maroon and slight brown undertones. But if you're feeling vampy, this color is perfect. It's comfortable on the lips but you will want to add a lip liner to this since it can be really easy to mess up such a pigmented and deep shade. I'm really impress with the formulation for how creamy it was for a matte and I definitely want to try more colors.

NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Cruella: Yup this was the birthday gift from Sephora last year!. I love this lip color for, of course the deep blue base red matte color but also for how multi-functional it is. You could wear this alone or use it as a liner. This pairs perfectly with the Sephora lip cream I mentioned earlier. It gives just a little bit of a deeper tone to the classic red that the lip cream gives off. Sometimes Sephora will have a deluxe size product available as a 100 point perk. But from what I heard, Sonia Kashuk's Velvety Matte lip crayon in 03 poppy nude might be a possible dupe for the NARS. I can't confirm on this since I don't own the Sonia Kashuk product but maybe that will be a future post? 

Burt's Bees lip crayon in Redwood Forest: YOU GUYS. I love all of the products I mentioned above. But this my be my favorite and I feel like it doesn't get talked about a lot on the internet. This runs about $9 but I'm so happy I got it. It's a brick red but it's soft enough where it doesn't look too striking so it's comfortable to wear during the day. You can also layer it up it get a more intense color. Although in the swatch below it appears shiny, it comes off mostly matte on the lips. This is so comfortable to wear during the day but you still look like you put yourself together. And because the red is not as striking but has a "little something" to it, I think it would be a great product for those who are trying to get into the red lipstick zone without being uncomfortable.

From top to bottom: Burt's Bees - NARS lip pencil - Maybelline - NARS audacious lipstick - Sephora lip cream - Revlon lip butter

So those are my favorites. What are your favorite reds or lipstick colors that give you confidence?


  1. Nice collection! I have Maybelline's Divine Wine and NARS' Cruella, too. I love the look of vampy shades but it's sometimes a hassle to deal with touch ups if I'm going to be out all day and it's not easy to catch a break. I use Revlon's Colorburst Balm Stain in Crush for a lower maintenance option.

    I used Maybelline's Red Revival lipstick for my Chinese wedding banquet and it went perfectly with my cheongsam.

    1. I actually really love Maybelline's lipstick's for a drugstore brand. I'll definitely look into that color. Also random thought, but I don't have Revlon's Black Cherry and I feel like I really should >_<

    2. Maybelline has great lipsticks! My very first MLBB was their ColorSensational Blushing Brunette but it's been discontinued :/. I've been eyeing Revlon's Black Cherry, too.

  2. Ah these look amazing, but I don't think many of them are available in the UK! Forever waiting for the UK industry to catch up with US one :( xx

    1. Oh no! well hopefully they'll come over soon. I know we just got the Garnier Micellar Water which I know the UK has had for a while. Haven't tried it yet but still curious about it.

  3. I've heard sooo many good things about the NARS one and keep wanting to try it out! I think it is such a pretty shade!