Saturday, 7 January 2017

A study of RED lipsticks! Review and swatches!!

I have actually taken photos for this intended post waaaay back! I mean late 2015! Phew! Can you believe it - we're in 2017? 

At that time I bought and came across a few red lipsticks so I took some nice glamour shots and swatches of them! Now's about time I show them off to you :) :P

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Here's Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in 325 Rouge Kiss.


I acquired this mini lipstick as part of a Guerlain gift set with any purchase over $120 (?) I bought my beloved L'Heure Bleue Eau de Parfum and love this lipstick just as much! 

This is a reddened coral that has a buildable opacity, a bit like a balm at first but you can apply more to achieve a more saturated colour. This has a dewy, glossy finish but is never 'too much.' There is no noticeable glitter so you can wear this every day and get away with it. It works with any neutral eye look and again, you can build it up. Personally, I throw this in my cosmetic bag and chuck it on when I am on the train to uni. I love mini lipsticks! So easy to apply! Who even finishes an entire lipstick? Not me!! :O



These swatches above are for Guerlain Kiss Kiss 325. From left to right, a gentle swatch, two swatches, and then a more intense 3 swatches. This is to show the buildable intensity.

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Illamasqua lipstick in Box


This is gorgeous... truly gorgeous, flattering, perfect scarlet red for those who love a good matte lippy! This is their cult classic shade from IllamasquaA universal shade of red for any skin tone. Where the Guerlain was more coral, this is a definite blue red which will make your teeth look whiter. This is perfect for those who love the vintage, retro pin-up look. Great formula and long-wearing, doesn't bleed into lines, no liner necessary.


As you can see from the swatches above, Box is a bit waxy and uneven at first but this is fine. After a few swipes, its perfect opacity is achieved and boy, is it a stunner! Looks slightly pink in this image but in real life, it leans crimson red. You can also tell it's matte! :) 

You can tell I am quite in love with this... here's to a New Year's resolution to wear Box more often!!

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Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries in the Snow


This has a really well-done formula from Revlon. Full opacity in one swipe, great longevity and wear and feels comfortable on the lips... however the shade is just not 'me!' A deep, raspberry pink with berry undertones, that unfortunately leans a bit too pink and cool-toned for my liking. If only it were more red, in my opinion. I do have to say that Cherries in the Snow is a classic shade from Revlon dating back to the 50s! After all, it has stood the test of time, avoiding discontinuation, so there must be some love out there!!?


See, pigmentation = amazing! Maybe I will try to reach for this more this year.

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That's the end of it! What kind of red strikes your fancy? May it be the sheerer pop of reds, or the dolled up retro reds? Do you like it with a bit of berry, coral or just the classic red? Matte, glossy, or the now trending, metallic? Hmm... leave your comments below and thank you for reading!! :)


~ lala