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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue. I've Got 20 Shades of Red Swatched Just For You

Like the cheesy title? I couldn't help myself. Valentine is just around the corner so I thought I should spoil you guys with some red lipstick swatches. Who knows maybe you'll fall in love with one or two or more, which is perfectly ok as far as lipstick is concerned, right? 

Do you or would you wear red lips for Valentine? I would if I'm single (well actually I am) but if I was with someone, I'd probably would have to wear a bullet-proof red or a subtle color that won't transfer so I can smooch as much as I want without it looking obvious, hahah. Don't want to leave any evidence behind. I know most guys don't like that and you don't want people to look at you two funny. 

NYX Matte Lipstick Bloody Mary - bright pink red. Nice creamy and comfortable formula with opaque coverage.

NYX Matte Lipstick Merlot - muted berry red, not too dark or too bright, with cool undertone and full coverage.

NYX Black Label lipstick Cherry - reddish brown with a slight warm undertone and a glossy finish. Semi opaque.

MAC Pro LongWear Perpetual Flame - medium berry red with a satin/matte finish and full coverage. It has a creamy texture at first and then when it sets it feels a little drier and can last up to 7 hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick Cherry Ice - This is definitely more like a gloss in a stick. It's very slick and yield a semi opaque coverage. The shade is a warm red with gold shimmers. I like the hydrating formula. I believe it's discontinued but I found mine at the CCO store.

Illamasqua lipstick Drench - berry red with a satin finish. It's a lovely and muted red, perfect for those who want to wear a low key red shade.

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Rouge Vif - The Grand Rouge lipstick formula is among my favorite. It's very hydrating and feels luxurious without the luxury price tag. Rouge Vif, as the name indicate, is a vibrant cool tone red that yield full coverage.

Motives lipstick Raspberry Burst - definitely one of my favorite reds. The formula is fantastic and the color payoff is just as great. This is a vibrant berry red shade.

Revlon Superlustrous In the Red - earth red with warm brown undertone and a nice pigmentation that yield full coverage. It's a matte formula but this one applies nicely without tugging or feeling dry.

Revlon Superlustrous Scarlet Velvet - very close color to In The Red but it's a cream finish and a bit lighter color and texture.

NYC Ultra Moist Lip Wear 305B Ruby - They weren't kidding when they labeled it ultra moist. I was pleasantly surprised at how moisturizing and comfortable these lipsticks feels for the price point. Ruby is a light pinkish red with a lot of gold shimmers and a frosty finish.

NYC Ultra Moist Lip Wear 308B Retro Red - it's actually more of a neutral red but it appears slightly warmer on my skintone. It's very pigmented, creamy, and comfortable.

Revlon Matte Balm Standout - neutral matte red. Not too bright or too dark, just perfect. I love the color.

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain Rock n Rouge - a cool toned bright red cherry color. Looks juicy and a bit glossy. Love it.

Bite Beauty Cranberry - slightly darker red with a bit of berry undertone to it. Super pigmented, creamy, and hydrating. It is labeled as matte but I find it more of a cream finish.

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil Deep Red - dark red with a warm brown undertone. The formula is a bit slick and shiny, which transfers and bleed easily. Otherwise, it's nicely pigmented. Definitely recommend a lip liner with this lip color.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar NSFW - this is the kind of red that makes you go wow! Super rich and intensely pigmented neutral red.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Icon - Gorgeous berry red with a long lasting wear. The formula could use some improvement though.

Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet - fabulous neutral matte red that is suppose to have a long lasting and non-tranfer formula. I have yet to review it.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 107 - deep berry red matte. Formula is a little blotchy but not very noticeable.

My personal favorites:

NYX Matte Lipstick Bloody Mary
Motives lipstick Raspberry Burst
Revlon Matte Balm Standout 
Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain Rock n Rouge
Bite Beauty Cranberry
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar NSFW
Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet


  1. Such a great post! I love red lips and I don't have some of these colors- I need NYX Cherry or Revlon In the Red. The Lime Crime Red Velvet is Gorgeous!!!

    1. I don't often buy reds but sometimes when I come across a new lipstick or formula I am tempted to get it.

  2. OmG! They are so cool <3 Loving your collection. And that Lime Crime one looks perfection on your lips!

    1. Thank you. Red velvet looks gorgeous on everyone I've seen wearing it :)

  3. Holy swatches! My husband loves it when I wear red lipstick, for some odd reason, but he obviously doesn't like it so much if it's transferred to his face :P It's hard to find a truly budge proof red that isn't too drying. I used to like the Revlon liquid lipsticks but then mine got weird after a few months, so I never repurchased it. The formula just got super-goopy!!

    1. I agree the budge-proof red have a tendency to be drying. I've yet to find the perfect budge-proof red.


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