Red Lip Challenge Week #3

Hello!

Hello fellow red lipstick enthusiasts. We are on to week three of this challenge with another six lipsticks to review. I know what you’re probably thinking: Heather a week has seven days not six. Why does this challenge have a six day week? Well, I was smart enough to anticipate that all the different formulas *ahem* (I’m looking at you mattes) would take a toll on my poor lips. In trying to not totally abuse my lips, I worked in a rest day for them. Day seven is when I load them up with a nice moisturizing lip balm or mask. I highly recommend the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I know it says “sleeping mask” but I put it on during the day anyway. What can I say, I don’t like told what I can and can’t do. It’s a bit pricey at $20 a tub but I swear there is enough product in there to last a lifetime. A little bit goes a long way. Alright, alright. On to the Red lipsticks.

 
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The Line Up

Maybelline

Bite Beauty

Yves Saint Laurent

Kat Von D

Bdellium Tools

Pat McGrath

 
Maybelline: Vivid Hot Lacquer  (Top Pick)

Maybelline: Vivid Hot Lacquer

(Top Pick)

Maybelline: Vivid Hot Lacquer

Shade: Classic

Rating: Love

Type: Gloss/Liquid lip

There isn’t another lipstick in this challenge that can compete with the level of gloss and shine on this one. It should have been named Candy Apple Red instead of Classic. I feel like the name is such a let down. I mean, this shade is definitely a good example of classic true red but the SHINE! This formula definitely feels thick and pretty sticky but it is well worth it. I mean look how gloriously shiny it is. Hands down this is my favorite of the week. P.S. Have I mentioned how much I love the shine on this one yet? *wink*

 

Bite Beauty: Amuse Bouche

Shade: Gazpacho

Rating: Love

Type: Cream Lipstick

I love this formula even more than the previously mentioned Liquified Lips in week 1 and week 2. The fruity scent that seems to be present in all Bite Beauty formula’s, is not as strong in this one as it is in the liquified lip formula. This specific shade is a very vibrant shade of red which, as you can probably tell by now, are some of my favorite kinds of reds. The wear time is pretty average for a cream lipstick but it’s really the comfortability that made me give it the Love rating. After a full day of wear, my lips actually feel better than they did in the morning. That’s more than I can say for most other lipstick formula’s in this challenge.

Bite Beauty: Gazpacho

Bite Beauty: Gazpacho

 
Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Vinyle

Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Vinyle

Yves Saint Laurent: Creamy Lip Stain

Shade: Rouge Vinyle

Rating: Dislike

Type: Stain/Gloss

While I really enjoy the shade of this lipstick, I feel that it has a bit too much slip to it. I find myself worrying about it wandering outside my lip line throughout the day, especially if I ate or drank something. I toyed with using a liner under it to keep it under control but didn’t want to inhibit the staining ability of the formula. This formula is just too stressful for me, even if I love the shade and the fact that it is a staining gloss. I have to let this one go, even if it breaks my heart a little bit to see a beautiful color to go.

 

Kat Von D: Glimmer Veil

Shade: Rocker

Rating: Like

Type: Glitter/Liquid Lip

I think that this shade might really be more of an orange but alas I have included it anyway. What I love most about this formula is how comfortable it is for a glitter lip. If you love glitter anywhere near as much as me, you have probably tried at home glitter lips with a gloss or eyelash glue and loose glitter… and you know how terribly uncomfortable it is to wear. This is the answer we have been searching for! It’s not as comfortable as a cream lipstick, but it’s not more uncomfortable than a typical matte liquid lip. I think I may need more colors in this formula. As an added bonus, I received so many compliments! But… maybe that’s because its not everyday you see someone walking around with glitter lips in their average daily life.

Kat Von D: Glimmer Veil

Kat Von D: Glimmer Veil

 
Bdellium Tools: Last Call

Bdellium Tools: Last Call

Bdellium Tools: Matte Lipstick

Shade: Last Call

Rating: Like

Type: Matte

There is a bit of tug to this formula when applying, making me wish it had a bit more slip to it. It does wear more comfortably than I thought it would, considering how it applied. It’s not one of those mattes that suck the life out of your lips, though, it doesn’t exactly leave them feeling super healthy either. The color is beautifully deep and very pigmented. It also applies pretty evenly with just one swipe which are all qualities of a good lipstick. Overall this is a pretty darn good lipstick.

 

Pat Mcgrath: MatteTrance

Shade: McMenamy

Rating: Dislike

Type: Matte

While I really enjoyed the LuxeTrance formula from week 2, this one had really uneven pigmentation when applying. It took A LOT of effort to make it look as even as it does in this photo. There is a nice slip to this matte formula which makes it much more comfortable to wear than most matte lipsticks but it also made it wear terribly. It faded very quickly in the center of my lip giving that horrid ring around the lip look. The luxe formula wore much better. It’s a shame because this shade is quite beautiful.

Pat McGrath: McMenamy

Pat McGrath: McMenamy