BEAUTY // My Lipstick Review PT 1: The Reds & Oranges
Speaking of lipstick, it's embarrassing how fast those little tubes started adding up on my vanity. Um, I now have 20 different shades of lipsticks guys...*ducks face in shame*
I don't even know how it happened! It was as if one day I woke up, looked over at my makeup table, and they were all clumped together!
Anyway, I've broken them down into what will be a three part post. Today, I'm reviewing the red and orange shades I own. Without further ado, let's get into it!
First up, the classic red shades.
1. MAC: Russian Red
I know I've mentioned this lipstick before, as it was my first high end purchase I'd ever made concerning makeup. It's a real treat, and with a matte finish, it lasts for quite some time. I love how pigmented it is and definitely has a decidedly deep, red finish.
- PROS: Lovely red color, matte finish, richly pigmented
- CONS: dries a bit splotchy after a few hours without reapplication
2. NYX: Eden
I heard about this lipstick thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren, who is an absolute beauty maven when it comes to rocking lipstick colors of all kinds! "Eden" is an affordable red lipstick from NYX that is a more pink toned red than "Russian Red." I'd recommend this color if you're curious about trying a red lipstick but don't want to splurge the $16 that a MAC lipstick costs. These matte lipsticks from NYX last fairly well throughout the day, and even after sipping down a cup of coffee, it didn't budge! Not bad for an $6 lipstick.
- PROS: Affordable, pigmented, matte finish
- CONS: More of a cherry-pink color than a deep red
3. NARS: Cruella
This is the holy grail red lip product. The NARS velvet matte lip pencils are a glorious creation that combine the exactness of a pencil with the application of a lipstick. Also, did you catch that? Velvet matte lip pencil. That's right, it has a matte, creamy finish that I have yet to find in any other product (in my limited makeup experience at least, so don't get too excited).
- PROS: It's a richly pigmented dark red hue, lasts a long time, and is super convenient to toss in your bag and go.
- CONS: I can't find any besides the price tag ($26), and it's worth every penny!
Also, did I mention that it's Sephora's birthday gift this year? That's how I got this sample sized pencil in the first place. If you haven't signed up for that club, go do it now!
1. Revlon Abstract Orange
This is an old color that I remember picking up on clearance from Target last year. It's a fairly sheer lipstick, and after wearing such heavily pigmented red colors, this was a bit frustrating trying to build up. However, it is a pretty, coppery orange shade that's good for days when you want a touch of color. Plus, you can definitely layer it on to increase the impact of it!
- PROS: Affordable, pretty color
- CONS: Sheer, smudges easily
2. Revlon Kiss Me Coral
After realizing how many dark hued lipsticks I owned, I decided I had best find some lighter shades for spring. While I'd originally intended to find a pretty pink color, I ended up choosing this coral shade, and man, am I glad I did! Revlon's Kiss Me Coral is a gorgeous lipstick that is creamy and perfectly pigmented. It goes on like a lip balm in all reality! I prefer this type of finish over the sheer application of Abstract Orange too. What can I say? My clothes can be black and white, but this girl prefers her lipsticks rich and colorful. I think it's a good balance.
- PROS: Affordable, creamy texture, pigmented, dries evenly
- CONS: Besides needing touch ups throughout the day (and what lipstick doesn't require that?), I'd say this one is another winner!
So this concludes Part 1 of my Lipstick Collection & Review series! What did you think? Would you be interested to see a part 2 and 3? Let me know so I can decide whether or not to put forth the effort to even make those posts. I enjoyed putting this together as it made me sit down and really evaluate my lipsticks. What I've learned is that Abstract Orange can leave my collection, but I'll definitely be holding tightly onto Cruella and Kiss Me Coral!