It's the epitome of glamour, femme fatale & empowered feminity.
That's a statement color that you can see a lot on celebrities & catwalk but more than anything it's indissociable from the retro/pin up make up look :)
Red lips are my favorite. I like my make up to be bold yet elegant & this is the perfect way to add a pop of color & sexiness to a traditionnal vintage look.
Being a "make up whore" (LOL) I collected quite an impressive amount of red lipticks over the years.
Let me show you my current red lips collection ! ^_^
"Matte" lipsticks...without flash
"Matte" lipsticks...with flash
Intense colors with matte, opaque textures on the lips. Give that perfect retro look !
Here are swatches taken on my lips (with flash). I kept my make up to the minimum (powder, brows & mascara) so that you can focus on the lip color :).
Bright orangy red matte. Great with blue eyes & compliments warm skintones.
Bright "neutral" red, with matte yet gliding formula. Feels great & looks good on anybody but not the best staying power (mattene formula).
It's a cult lipstick. A favorite amongst vintage gals & there's a reason. Blue base bright red that works on most skintones especially fair to medium. Great staying power. Very true to color on pictures.
beautiful texture, medium matte bright cool red with a tad brighter than russian red.A very classic looking red. Would look good on anybody.
Mattene texture, semi matte & easy to apply. Rich red with a brown undertones. Would be flattering on olive & deeper skintones as well. Not as bright so good for everyday. Medium staying power.
Rich berry red with a touch of purple. Mattene texture. Darker cool base red, looks like a cherry. Works great with fair to medium skin & blue/green eyes.
"Cream" red lispticks... without flash
"Cream" red lipsticks... with flash
Intense & more subtle reds with a creamy opaque texture that gives a sheen to the lips. Great for evening look & for girls who find their lips too "thin" for matte colors.
Swatches on lips :
Some people thinks that vintage red = matte. That's not always true ! Here is the perfect exemple with the fire & ice by Revlon which was created in 1952 & it's still the same formula that is sold today ! It's an insanely bright warm tone creamy red that has some coolness to it too... This color is incredible ! it's the brightest red I own & the super lustrous texture is my favorite ! I love that this is the real deal & a truly vintage red ! it feels moisturizing & light & the opacity is perfect. The wear isn't bad either. the "get noticed" red !
Bright amplified cream from Mac. Very classic bright neutral red with a luxurious finish. Nothing much to say except very good :).
If you're on a very tight budget this is the one you should get ! less then $6 on cherryculture.com. It feels almost like a balm because it's so lightweight & glides so easily. You can apply just a little for more of a stain or built up the color to obtain a very bright red !
1951's Revlon's Certainly Red might be my all time favorite lipstick. You just cannot go wrong with certainly red. It's a little deeper than fire & ice, not cool tone but not warm tone either. The texture is beautiful, opaque & not too slippery. It stays on quite well & it's boyfriend's favorite ! :)
It's a lighter coverage warm tone red that looks lovely & sweet. It's a little less powerful red than the previous ones that makes it very wearable for day use. It's lightweight & has a nice sheen texture.
I took a picture without flash because this one didn't show true to color with flashlight. It's a browny rose red color that is perfect for when you're not supposed to wear red lips but still want to :p ! It's great with a smoky eye make up look too !
Those are all the reds whose color & texture are a little different than traditionnal ones.
Swatches on lips :
Creamy texture bright red that looks a little like Rockocco from mac but with a slightly lighter color. It comes in a convenient compact with matching gloss. Love the color & texture but not really the smell.
Creamy brown red lipstick in a compact with matching gloss. It's a nice wearable brick brown color with a good texture but I don't think it works for me :( Don't wear this too much.
Very translucent lipstick that gives a deep rosy red stain. Glossy texture. I find it super cute & fun to wear when you don't want your lips to be loud but still reddish :).
Creamy classic berry red by Mac. Good opaque texture with a creamy sheen. Not too bright so works great as everyday red in my opinion :).
Beautiful frosty red with a metallic sheen.It's more of a nightime/fancy red. This would be a great holiday red ! ;) The frost is much more visible in real life.
Frosty red with a brown undertone & gold/coppery metallic sheen. I love the color which I think would be great for deeper skintones but I find the texture not as good as Queen's sin.
I hope you enjoyed my red lipstick galore review !
What is/are YOUR favorite red lipstick(s) ? & why !?