Sunday, 13 September 2015

My Red Lipstick Collection Part #2 - Classics

L-R: Nars Mysterious Red £18 - link, MAC Russian Red £15.50 - link, Rimmel Lasting Finish Shade 10 £5.49 (similar available in shade #37) - link, Charlotte Tilbry  Red Carpet Red £23 - link, Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Shade 111 £5.49  - link, MAC Ruby Woo £15.50 - link, Topshop Hazard £8 - link

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Mysterious Red
A crimson red with deep, warm undertones. It's dreamy to apply with the pencil format making it easy to stay within the lines and the smooth texture means it doesn't tug and is opaque in one light sweep. This is without doubt one of my most favourite lipsticks I own even if it's not completely matte, and trust me that is saying something. It's called velvet matte for a reason and is semi matte/velvet finish although it does dry over time. It lasts for around 4 hours and then gradually fades. For more details I did a review you can read here.

MAC - Russian Red
Do I even need to write anything about this lipstick? This should and must be in your collection - along with Ruby Woo but we'll get to that in a minute. This is my second one of these lipsticks because, without fail, I always come back to it. The blue undertones make it extremely flattering and the true red shade is a winner in every situation. It's smooth and somewhat creamy on application and then dries to a completely matte finish after a few minutes. It is eventually drying and uncomfortable but that doesn't bother me at all. It lasts for 4-5 hours or 6+ with liner. It's totally opaque although has applied unevenly sometimes when I've tried to build the intensity with more than one coat. Overall it's an incredible lipstick, go and buy it if you haven't already - you've been missing out.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate - Shade 10
A beautiful classic red that applies creamy with subtle blue undertones to accentuate a glowing smile. Considering it's not matte and that pretty much means I should be allergic to it, I get a lot of wear out of this lipstick. It's a satin finish that lasts around 3 hours. I can't find this shade available anywhere in the UK as I bought mine in America a couple of years ago but the shade '37' (linked above) is a pretty close match. There are some other shades from this range that I am dying to get my hands on and plus it's 2 for £10 at the moment at Boots, what could be a better excuse?!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick - Red Carpet Red
A deep, blue toned red. I almost considered putting this in with the dark reds of my collection but it seemed more suited here. In my opinion it's still a classic red shade, especially with the cool hue it has, but it's deeper than any of the other shades in this part. It's a semi matte finish, extremely creamy and comfortable on application and in wear throughout the day. It does tend to move slightly and almost feels like it never sets. It lasts for around 3-4 hours. You can read about this in a lot more glorious detail here.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate - Shade 111
A warm, rich red. It's dry on application and tugs a little but it's still comfortable to wear and stays put for 3-4 hours. This shade is definitely a true classic red and pretty much suits everyone and for £5.49 it's a winner on all fronts.

MAC - Ruby Woo
Perhaps the queen of the matte red lip. As with Russian Red this is a classic, true red with vivid blue undertones. It has a retro matte finish or an uncomfortable as all hell matte finish but it's a trillion billion percent worth it. This bad boy isn't going anywhere. It lasts for 6-7 hours with no priming or lining unless you're using your mouth a lot (I'll save the inappropriate jokes for another time) and when lined and primed, it's staying put for 8 hours and then some more. This lipstick looks great on everyone I've seen wear it and has definitely earned it's crown. If you can overcome the dry aspect of this lipstick, it'll be your greatest make up companion.

Topshop Lipstick in Hazard
I still will never understand why Topshop make up doesn't get the recognition it deserves. The lipsticks are my second favourite after MAC and consequently make up almost half of my whole collection. They are wonderful and if you haven't already I'd recommend getting your hands on one.
The finish of this one is a semi-matte/velvet finish. It applies creamy and opaque but requires blotting or you'll end up with red smudges everywhere. It dries out the longer you have it on so if you can keep your hands away from your mouth for about an hour you shouldn't have a problem with it transferring. Despite it drying it never becomes uncomfortable as it never dries to a true matte but that also does mean it's prone to a bit of movement. It lasts for 4 hours before it fades and it doesn't leave a stain.

Do you have any of these lipsticks in your collection? What do you think of classic reds?

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