Some of you may remember that I have a thing for red lipstick. Or bold lipstick at any rate. It’s sort of my trademark. But I went through a phase not very long ago, when I’d only wear safe lip colours. Near-nude, neutral, rose tinted lip colours that were polished… but safe. It kind of coincided with a phase of my life where I just wanted to be, well, neutral and safe.
But a week ago, I decided I’d revert to my roots. I cut my lipstick wearing teeth on red lipstick and I’ll be back! (I also have a drawer full of red lipsticks that need some loving!) So I’ve been back wearing red lipstick for a week now, and I love it!
You might hear people say that it takes confidence to wear a red or bright lip and it’s true in a sense. It stands out, it makes you stand out and sometimes, because it does, you stand up a little taller and perhaps, feel a little better about yourself.
And while I’m at it, here are 4 of my favourite reds that I’ve been wearing most often in recent times. I’m going to tell you that yes, they are from high end brands. But I have a reason for picking these. For the most part, I find a good red lipstick needs a high quality texture, strong pigment and good hydration. Red lipsticks can be drying, and something that won’t travel and yet won’t leave your lips looking like a prune is important. For me, I find that these are more easily found in a higher end product than in the pharmacy/drugstore.
Also, with the accompanying glamorous packaging, it makes me feel a helluva good slicking these on – instant mood booster! 😀
So here they are in no particular order.
Dior Addict Extreme – Lucky (full review)
Dior Addict Extremes are one of my favourite textures for lipsticks. Balmy yet pigmented, I like the transparent colour it imparts while keeping my lips feeling happy and hydrated. I don’t even know if Lucky is still available, but this is one of my favourites for when I want to wear a red lip, but don’t want anything that’s too in your face. The slightly translucent texture makes this a little easier to wear for most, so this is a good one to transition to red lipstick.
If you can’t find Lucky any more, I’m sure there are other colours available within the same range. You want the Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks with the deep blue case, not the regular Dior Addict with the pearly white case. Just to be clear 🙂
Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color – Dimitri (full review)
This one’s a new kid on the block for me, but one I quickly enjoyed using. I picked Dimitri as my favourite when I showed you the Rouge Coco round up before this, I like the more neutral tone of Dimitri which I feel suits my skintone better than the more popular Arthur.
This has a less balmy texture than the Dior Addict Extreme, but isn’t as creamy nor as opaque as the other 2 which will follow, as the swatches below show. This one’s comfortable on lips (unlike the former Rouge Coco formula) and long lasting, with lovely vibrant colour. A good pick and there are 3 reds I’ve previously featured you can check out, if Dimitri isn’t your cuppa char 😉
Swatches Left-Right: Dior Addict Extreme Lucky, Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color Dimitri, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Envious, Guerlain Rouge G Garconne
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy – Envious (full review)
Incidentally, I featured the Pure Color Envy lipsticks a few days ago and yes, Envious is a gorgeous red I’ve been enjoying since early this year! I mean, look at that swatch! That’s just 1 swipe down my arm and it’s so beautifully creamy and opaque and pigmented. I love how bright and creamy it is, yet it doesn’t travel at all. Stays put on my lips for most of the day and then fades off fairly evenly. It’s a punchy colour and with a creamy texture like that, it means you have to be pretty comfortable with people giving you a double take as you walk by. I’m not complaining 😉
Guerlain Rouge G – Garconne
I’ve never reviewed Garconne! OMG! This is a “hands flapping” moment where I run around in little circles wondering where I’ve gone wrong. Haha! 😀 But I’ve reviewed the Rouge G formula previously here and here. This is the most luxurious of the 4 featured here in terms of price and packaging but as you can see from the swatch, it also offers the most luxurious formula.
The Rouge G swatches opaque with just 1 swipe on skin (and lips) and the intensity of the colour is unrivalled. (But you may also notice why I said previously that the Pure Color Envy formula is comparable and a wee bit more affordable) Garconne is a straight, true red. This is the classic red lipstick of old Hollywood screen sirens and bombshells. This is the red you wear when you want to get noticed. It isn’t for the faint-hearted but it will get heads turning so fast it might give watchers whiplash 😀
If you want a glamorous, creamy red lipstick with packaging that you will just have to pull out at the dinner table for touch-ups (hang any table manners faux pas, this lipstick deserves to be seen!) then this is it. Do not pass Go.
I thought it interesting how I happened to pick 4 lipsticks with 2 distinctly different textures. The more balmy ones are more hydrating, but give a little less coverage and a more transparent colour. The creamier ones are BANG! In your face, red lipstick. So pick which you will 😀
Here’s how they all look when I wear them – because lipsticks belong on a face not on your wrist 😀
You may perhaps also note how the balmier textures of my Dior and Chanel picks at the top are bright, yet not too obtrusive. They are easy to wear and I’m sure almost anyone can get away with them. They’re red, but not TOO red.
But when you want something glam and you want to say “Look, I’m wearing a red lipstick and I’m damn comfortable with myself for doing so!” the ones on the lower half are your best bet. There is no doubt that you’re wearing a red lipstick and there is absolutely no doubt that you look bloody fabulous! 😀
So what’s YOUR favourite red lipstick? Are you planning to try one and are any of these 4 in your radar?
Incidentally, I just found out that today’s National Lipstick Day (There’s a day for everything isn’t there?) so I hope you slicked on a lipstick today and if you did, I hope you’re wearing a red one because… red lipstick makes everything better. Me? I’m wearing Garconne. Maybe I’ll snag one HAHA! 😀 Now, tell me your lipstick du jour, or your favourite red!