Red Lip Challenge Week #4
Welp, we are up to week 4 of this challenge and also my BIRTHDAY! I find it extremely fitting that my birthday fell during a series about red lipstick.
This morning while I lay in bed refusing to get up (because its my birthday I gave myself permission to sleep past nine), I was trying to remember the first time I wore a red lipstick. I was trying to discover a reason for this passion. I realized that the first time I wore a red lipstick was for Dance Recital. In fact, most of my exposure to makeup came from dance. The first time I wore fake eye lashes, learned how to apply eyeshadow, eyeliner, all of it. My first exposure to it all was through dance. And man did I love dance. So maybe there is some kind of underlying association in my mind when I see red lipstick that reminds me of all those beautiful memories from my the dance studio and performing. Another part of me however, loves red lipstick simply because I can pop it on while wearing little to no makeup and instantly look put together. I love anything that makes me look like I put more effort in than I really did (Shout out to my fellow lazies).
Anyway, enough of my early morning ramblings. This week had a number of great formulas and shades. I wore a long time fav, tried a shade that I was convinced was overhyped (spoiler alert: it was not), and remained severely conflicted about two other lipsticks. Overall it was a really great week of reds. Find out all about them below and don’t forget to give that Subscribe button a click to sign up for my mailing list. You wouldn’t want to miss the announcement for the giveaway would you?
The Line Up
Kat Von D
Mac: Retro Matte
Shade: Ruby Woo
Okay why did I wait this long to purchase this lipstick? If you are a makeup lover you have probably hear of this classic shade by Mac. I certainly have. I was convinced it wouldn’t be as great as everyone makes it out to be. After complimenting a fellow makeup artist every time I saw her (this is her signature shade), I broke down and bought it. Now, I finally understand the hype. It is such a bright, true shade of red that I think just about any skin tone could pull off. It’s a matte formula that is one of the most comfortable to wear and has a nice blurring effect to it. It stays put extremely well too. I can’t recommend it enough. I encourage you to believe in the hype and give it a try.
bareMinerals: Statement Luxe Shine
Shade: SRSLY Red
Type: Cream Lipstick
This lipstick has me so torn. While the color and shine make me swoon, the smell makes me want to toss it. I actually almost did toss it without even wearing it. I had to do a little investigating to see if it was supposed to smell like crayons or if mine was bad or expired. Turns out, that’s just the way they smell. I am NOT a fan. It wouldn’t be so bad if you only smelt it when applying but I find it lingers while I wear it. But look how pretty it is! In all other categories this one is a real winner.
Shade: Blood Red
Type: Cream Lipstick
I struggled a bit to apply this in a way that the pigmentation looked even. Less is more with this one. The more you add the patchier it seems to get. I really enjoy this shade, the light vanilla scent, and the comfortability however, there is just a bit of a learning curve with the application. I think A brush works better than applying it straight out of the bullet. I gave this method a try at the end of the day and it applied much better. A Brush is definitely the best way to apply it though, I realize this method of application is not for everyone. (Pictured method was directly from the lipstick bullet)
Sephora: Cream Lip Stain
Shade: Rouge Veloute
This is another lipstick I am very conflicted about. This one was a very stressful application. This stains pretty much on contact which forces you to be very accurate when applying however, the thinness of the formula makes it very hard to control. It may have been a pain in the neck to apply but once it’s on, it really is gorgeous. It’s very matte once it has a minute to dry down but the wear was pretty uncomfortable. I did not enjoy the way it felt on my lips and ended up wiping it off. Once I took it off I truly appreciated the staining quality. If you were only going to wear this for a few hours you would probably be fine but I wouldn’t want to wear it all day. Also, steer clear if you have unsteady hands and weak nerves. The actual color is one of my favorites though. I love me a true, blue under-toned, red.
Edward Bess: Ultra Slick Lipstick
Shade: Eternal Passion
Type: Cream Lipstick
I’ve loved this shade for a long time now. It was a purchase made on a whim. I knew nothing about Edward Bess but was in the mood for a new red lipstick that day. It turned out to be my favorite for a long time. While in more recent years, I have found new loves, I’m always happy to return to this one. The formula has great slip, and moisture. The shade if very flattering on my skin tone and I seem to get a lot of compliments when wearing it (who doesn’t love that?). The only complaint I have is that it does bleed into the lines around your lips. I don’t typically have that problem but even I noticed this one bleeding outside my lip line. I would highly recommend using a lip liner with this one.
Kat Von D: Everlasting Liquid Lip
Shade: Nahz Fur Atoo
I liked the color of this one but it was terrible to apply and even worse to wear. I really struggled to get this one to apply evenly. This is a common problem I am discovering is common with this particular deep shade of red. Similar to the Sephora stain, the formula is very thin making application very difficult. It felt terrible to wear. Besides the fact that it is one of those matte liquid lips that suck the life out of your lips, it wore down pretty quickly in the center of my lips. That is not a good look on anyone. I felt like I had to constantly check this one is a mirror. I honestly would not wear this again and am kind of wondering how I managed to get so many shades in this formula in my collection. Hopefully the other shades will perform better. Let’s cross our fingers.