Monday, 21 January 2013

Top 5 Red Lipsticks: The Search for the Perfect Red

As the Snow continues to rain down, and the UK turns into a Winter Wonderland, I have been wearing a Red lip an ever increasing amount. I find Red a perfect shade for this time of year as it adds a pop of colour to an otherwise dreary day. 

A strong Red lip is one of my favourites as it makes a look instantly elegant. It radiates confidence, even having the power to become a person's signature look, as evident by the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe. However, finding the perfect shade of Red is a whole other story. Some may like bright, vibrant Reds, while others prefer a dark Vampy Red. Individual preference plays an important factor in the hunt for your own Perfect Red. As a person who loves Lipsticks, I thought that it was about time to introduce you to my own Top 5 Reds!

Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Non-Stop Red
-Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick £6.99-
A recent favourite, this shade provides a vibrant red with Orange undertones. The texture is very matte, without being drying, and lasts for hours. 

Rimmel: Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01
-Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick £5.49-
Kate Moss' Lipstick in 01 is a dark, chic lip with a creamy texture. While I must admit that the Lipstick does not succeed in maintaining its vibrancy, for this amazing colour I certainly do not mind reapplying.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Candy Apple
-Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter £5.00-
This Lipstick is great as an everyday Red. It is a gorgeous subtle colour which moisturises like no other lipstick I have tried, meaning it has a lovely gloss! I recently wore this in my Rapid Whites review.

Barry M Lip Paint in 121 Pillar Box Red
-Barry M Lip Paint £4.49-
I have fallen head over heels for this one. Being a bright Tomato Red, it is almost close to being Orange. Not only is it comfortable on the lips, but it has amazing longevity. I wore this in my last review for the NARS Laguna Bronzer.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
-MAC Russian Red £14.00-
One of MAC's most well known, Russian Red is a matte dark Red shade with quite Blue undertones, which allows your teeth to look at their most pearly White. Perfect for a sophisticated look.

From Left to Right: Maybelline Super Stay, Rimmel: Kate Moss Lipstick, Revlon Colourburst, Barry M Lip Paint, MAC Russian Red.

If I were to choose one shade which I class to be my perfect Red it would  be MAC's Russian Red. This shade oozes class, while being versatile enough to be worn both day and evening. It also provides a gorgeous true red which can be difficult to find. With one swipe of this bold colour, I feel confident and ready for the day!

Which is your favourite?
 I would absolutely love to hear any other recommendations!

x x x


  1. I love the Candy Apple lip butter, I've worn it loads this winter! Love all your choices! Xx

  2. Wow, each of these shades make a beautiful impact but the one I love most (on you) is the Kate Moss 01. The colour is divine!

  3. Lipstick faaaanatic here - LOVE the 2nd one(the kate moss one)!

  4. love the colours!!!! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. now following u back and looking forward to your future posts! big kisses :)

  5. The Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick seems to be a fave. :)
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  6. Love! It's hard to find a good red but I love the MAC Russian Red myself!

  7. Thank you for the review. I've always wanted to be able to take a bunch of lipsticks and go on a test drive with them. I think sometimes having to pick without trying limits how accurately I'm achieve the look I was trying for in the first place. I love the Revlon Candy Apple but never would have thought something that looks so bright in the package could look so lovely on your lips! Maybe I'll try that one out myself.

  8. Trine I love all of these! You have such a nice selection of reds! Gotta agree with you, I love the Russian Red!


  9. The MAC's Russian Red is absolutely gorgeous and I agree it is the perfect red for you! Kate Moss's lipstick in 01 is such a bargain and it reminds me of Snow White's lips haha, and the Revlon Lip butter in Candy Apple looks like a great one to use as an everyday red lip. I'm still on the lookout for the perfect red for myself! Followed you back lovely xo

  10. Ah red lipsticks are the best! All of them look great on you! :)

  11. Wow! Red lipsticks are so amazing!!

  12. Love all of the lipsticks, really nice colours ;)

  13. Dear Catriona, thank you for your great message on my blogspot. Now I also gave followed you.

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  14. russian red looks so beautiful. I love how it has blue undertones.
    My favorite kind of undertone would be orange though, it's quite cheerful :D

  15. Hi Catriona, it's really helpful to see all the shade swatches together, thanks :) Kate Moss #1 would be my choice :) xo

  16. ty hun for ur lovely comment, followed u on gfc name Good taste of life !!!

  17. Mac russian red is gorgeous;)

  18. I love the result of the second!!! And also the Mac Russian! :)

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  19. I love the Candy Apple color on you! Gorgeous :)

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

  20. i'm OBSESSED with the kate moss lipstick... i also posted about it!
    thanks for commenting and following, i'm doing the same xx
    hugs from across the pond -

  21. By far the dramatic and great! I love red lips for special occasions and I envy women who can wear it everyday like to the grocery. One day I'll be that brave.
    My favorite is from's got a lot of blue in it..
    Check it out at


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