I have been O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D. with Red Lipsticks lately. I just recently started trying this bold statement, so I had a lot of learning and catching up to do. I didn't know there were so many different shades of red lipsticks that can really alter your skin tone, color of your teeth, etc.... There are orangey tone lipsticks, pinky tone lipsticks, vampy tone lipsticks... so you do have to try quite a bit before deciding on what looks good on you. It can be scary... and you may not be used to it... but keep searching... nothing says sexy like a bold red lipstick.....
So since I'm a newbie, thought I share some of the cheaper options I went with, since I didn't want to spend tons of money getting the wrong shades or formula in expensive brands. Even though except for one, are drugstore prices, I really like the formulas and the colors I ended up with.
For me, I've realized that I want something that will stay on and it's not going to bleed all over my teeth, or when the wind blows, I'm going to have streak of hair in red, lining across my face... so long wear was an important factor for me. Which meant, I had to get all day wear type lipstick or line with red lipliner, or go with matte lipstick.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense- No. 42 ($19)
Texture: Soft Matte
Stay Power: Pretty good, exceptionally good with lipliner filled in
Color: True Red
I think this color suits me the best. I like the formula and it doesn't rub off when I'm drinking coffee... However because it is matte, and it'll get drier throughout the day, it can accentuate your lip lines.
Rimmel Kate Moss- No. 10 ($5.99) I was able to get mine for $3.99 at CVS
Texture: Slightly Matte with Creamy Shiny Finish
Stay Power: It won't come completely off your lips, but a lot of it does come off. Definitely will need to reapply
Color: Dark, slightly vampy red
I'm not sure if you can see it well in the pictures, but this was a little too dark on my lips. People mentioned... like "woah... your lips are redddddd"... I'm guessing almost like a vampire... LOL. Even I thought it was a bit dark. Definitely not my number one choice. Although for the price of Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick line, I think the quality is really good.
NYX Matte Lipstick - MLS 18 Bloody Mary ($5.99) On Sale at ULTA for $4.19 and you can use $3.50 off coupon. :)
Stay Power: Really good. It really sticks on your lips. It can possibly be drying if you don't reapply or don't apply lipbalm throughout the day.
Color: Pinky toned red
This one is definitely not a true red. It has slight fuscia tint to it. But still very pretty and I think it looks good on my skin tone. NYX Matte lipsticks are so pigmented. For the price, I think the quality beats MAC matte lipsticks. But MAC does have a lot of colors. :)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - SMLC10 Monte Carlo ($5.99)
On sale at ULTA for $4.79
Texture: Creamy, slightly jelly but dries semi-matte. Still keeps the shine a little bit.
Stay Power: It won't rub off completly, but it does come off.
Color: Bright red
From the packaging, I thought this would be a vampy red, but when I put it on, it actually goes on bright red. I like it. It's like a cross between a lipgloss and a lipstick/stain. However, because it does come off, you have to becareful not to get it on your teeth.
Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color - Forever Scarlet ($8.99 at ULTA)
Texture: One side has liquid/creamy lipstick that dries completely matte, and the other side has a clear shiny moisturizing lipgloss to seal it in and keep it moist.
Stay Power: THIS SUCKER DON'T BUDGE. You'll probably have a harder time trying to get it off at the end of the day. (see my blot picture below)
Color: Even though the name of the color suggest that it's gonna be a scarlet letter type red, it's actually a very orangey red.
I have to really give it to Revlon for this one. There are few other brands that have the same concept. Make Up For Ever is one of them. And I have yet to try, but, MUFE is $24. You can get the Revlon one for fraction of that price if you find the color you like. The stay power is freakin awesome. And as long as you reapply the gloss or your own lipbalm to keep your lips moisturized, it actually doesn't flake (which is some of the problems I had with other stay all day type lipsticks.) The formula on this is great. At the end of the day, I use little oil or moisturizer to loosen it up and remove.
Right after the gloss application, I harshly patted and moved the napkin around... but as you can see, all you got was slight stain from my lip pencil.
My redlipstick collection is growing!
If you are afraid or think you don't look good in red, you are wrong. You just haven't found the right shade yet. Red is such a bold, sexy color but at the same time, such a classic color that never ever goes out of style. Just by putting this on, it gives you that boost of confidence that makes you wanna strutt like it's the runway. kekeke okay maybe it's just me. But just look at, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, and Gwen Stefani.... They got their sexy on.... if I still haven't convinced you.... it really makes your teeth look really white. kekekeke :) Go get yo sexy on ladies....