I like to do my lip swatches all at once if possible because I think it's is very helpful to also include a picture of how the lipsticks looks on the face and honestly I really appreciate the bloggers who make that extra effort when posting lip swatches because it gives me a better idea of how it looks on a person. Sometimes just seeing the color isn't enough. With that said, I take a bit more time to make myself look presentable and same goes with makeup looks. So the additional time and effort kinda hinders the makeup looks or face pictures. Looking pretty feels like a job sometimes. Whew!
Last week, I swatched I think 7 lip products in one sitting, which took hours and that's not even including editing. When I have that many lippies lining up for swatches, I always start with the lightest and sheerest color or one I know won't stain and work my way to the darkest and potentially staining lippies. This process ensures better color accuracy in photoshoot. After swatches are out of the way, I try editing them as soon as possible and then I take a few days if not longer to test the products before I do an official review.
Merlot is what I would call a muted berry red. It's not too dark yet not too bright. I would consider this a "friendly" red. The cool undertone makes it easy for any skintone to wear and if you're starting out with red and want something not too over the top, I think this would be a nice one to try.
Isn't it just funny that when I was swatching this lippie, it was late at night, it was dark and I was starring at a mirror in the dark, and just reading the name of this lipstick kinda creeped me out, lol. I was praying nothing paranormal would show up on the corner of my mirror. They say spirits can be trapped inside mirrors or that it can also be a doorway for them into our world. Well, it sure didn't help that I was also watching a ghost show earlier that night that involved mirrors, so my imagination was spooking me out. Quite honestly, I'm not someone who gets easily scared but I believe in ghosts, spirits, and evil entities. I just hope I never have to face one.
Ok enough with the ghost story, lol there's nothing ghostly about this lippie I promess...Bloody Mary is a gorgeous vibrant red. Also has some cool and berry undertone to it. It's like the brighter and more vibrant sister of Merlot. I really like this. If you want a bolder red, want to make a statement with your lips, then I'd recommend Bloody Mary.
What's nice about the NYX Matte lipsticks is that the formula is pretty much the same across the board. They are some of the creamiest, smoothest, and pigmented matte lipsticks I've come across. What makes them even more to love is that they come with a nice price tag, they don't smell bad (don't smell at all actually), and feel very comfortable on the lips. Most matte lippies tend to be rather dry or drying. This is not the case with these. Seriously, at this point I really want to own them all cause they're really THAT good! And if you haven't already, you should give these a try.
Availability: Ulta, Cherry Culture, and Nyxcosmetics.com
For swatches and review on other NYX matte lipstick shades that I previously posted, please click on the hyperlink:
Tea Rose, Summer Breeze, Sweet Pink, Sierra
Maison, Butter, Indie Flick
What's your favorite red lippie?