My Favourite Red Lipsticks
Left to right; Illamasqua 'Drench', Sleek 'Vixon', 17 'Hot Chilli' and M.A.C. 'Russian Red'.
Illamasqua Matte Lipstick 'Drench' £15.50 for 4g
The newest red to make it into my collection is Drench. A flattering raspberry pink matte red that has cool undertones. It's ever so slightly softer than an intense red like Russian Red (review below). It takes a couple of coats to achieve an even, opaque finish but this formula lasts a good amount of time! I'd recommend this to people who like/always wear pink lipsticks, as it still has that pink 'element' to it.
Sleek True Colour Lipstick 'Vixon' £3.99 for 3.5g
This is a beautiful true red that can lean a little orange depending on the light. Vixon is the perfect red for those who haven't ever worn a red and don't want to break the bank doing so. It's the best option for girls who shy away from mattes as this one is shiny- almost glossy in finish. Considering it's cheap and has a shine, the lasting power of this is great. It contains Vitamin E which is an added bonus for nourished lips! I think it's a flaterring, vibrant colour.
17 Lasting Fix Lipstick 'Hot Chilli' £4.29.
I always get lots of compliments when I wear this. It's a neon- esque orange pigmented red lipstick, something I would call, a 'bright orange red' and is a shade somewhere between M.A.C's 'So Chaud' and 'Morange'. It's completely different to anything else I own and I love it, the pictures below don't do it justice! Formula wise, it is smooth and non drying providing a near matte finish.
To some it may be more of a spring/ summer colour but it has brightened up my winter face! I'd recommend it to girls who want a variation of a red, want to stand out or want to look like they're wearing a M.A.C. lipstick, haha!
M.A.C Matte Lipstick in 'Russian Red', £13.50 for 3g.My oldest M.A.C Lipstick will always remain my favourite and most cherished, and this is the one. It's a matte finish blood red with blue undertones and is not for the faint hearted! It is a statement red, perfect for a retro or pin up look and is flattering as it is quite deep in tone. It's extremely long lasting and applies like a dream. I'd recommend Russian Red for those who know that they like red lips, that don't mind deeper- toned colour on their lips and want a long lasting finish.
I'd always recommend applying a red lip liner before using red lipstick. I find it is sometimes the hardest colour to apply because it makes such a bold statement that the lines have to be perfect to avoid looking like a dogs dinner! Wear with simple flushed cheeks, and a fresh but flawless face. Blue toned lipsticks will be more flattering to the teeth, but at the end of the day it's about what red you feel most comfortable in, and what finish you prefer to wear.