Something about the holiday season that makes me want to get out my reds! Are you the same?! I know not everyone is into red lipstick but you can always tone it down by dabbing a little on your lips and making it into a tint, with some clear gloss on top, it’ll look amazing.
Today I’ll be sharing some of my picks for the season. When it comes to reds, I usually prefer a little bit of a sheen, no shimmer and a cool toned base, as it suits me better.
Swatches, Left to Right. Kiss Me Ferme 05 Red, Shiseido Integrate Gracy Red 465, Max Factor Ruby Tuesday,Mac Relentlessly Red, Nars Mysterious Red and Shiseido Integrate Gracy lipliner Red 333.
The first one I want to talk about is from KISS ME FERME’S Proof Bright Rouge, they have some of my favourite drugstore lipsticks! I did a full review on these lipsticks in a previous post, you can read it here, if you haven’t already. 05 Red is a vivid cool toned red. This lipstick is great because the color is very long wearing and it is so moisturizing on the lips. It gives of that perfect shine without having any shimmer in it. It will also brighten up your face and make your teeth look whiter. It’s perfect for the Christmas season.
Around 900 yen
This one is from SHISEIDO’S INTEGRATE GRACY. Red 465 is another cool toned red with a touch of pink in it. What I love about this lipstick is, the sheen it gives off. It’s absolutely beautiful and it’s also very comfortable & moisturizing on the lips. This shade will also brighten up your complexion.
Around 972 yen
I’m sure many of us own MAX FACTOR’S Colour Elixir Lipstick in RUBY TUESDAY or have heard of it, but this is a stunning red. I would say, it’s a true red. It’s such a classic color and would suit many skin tones. This line is popular for having skin emollients & antioxidants that condition your lips while wearing it. It applies smoothly and it keeps your lips moist.
Around $12.00 – $15.00
I had to get this one overseas.
This next one is a red but a very unique, one of a kind red! It’s MAC’S Relentlessly red! This is another cool toned red but slightly pink/coral and almost neon like. It’s bright, bold, vivid, opaque and definitely a statement red. I absolutely love this color. It is a Retro Matte finish, which means it can be very drying on the lips, if you don’t wear a balm underneath. You should also exfoliate your lips, for that smooth perfect finish.
Also got overseas
The last red is a deeper red, it’s NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red! It’s described as a crimson red. This is one of the fewer warm toned reds I have, a medium dark red. Very opaque and very matte. If your lips are properly exfoliated and with a lip balm underneath, this lipstick will glide on smoothly and feel like velvet! Out of all the reds, I mentioned, I would have to say this is one of the drier ones. The color lasts a long time but it does start to dry out.
Around 3,000 yen
In the last picture, I dabbed a little of the NARS Mysterious Red and paired it with a clear lip gloss. I also outlined all the looks, using SHISEIDO’S INTEGRATE GRACY lipliner in Red 333.
Around 423 yen
I hope this will give you some inspiration for some holiday reds!