Saturday, 26 January 2013

Favourite Lipsticks Part Three - Reds

L-R MAC - Russian Red, Lasting Finish by Kate - 107, 
Lasting Finish by Kate - 01, 
Revlon - 028 Cherry Blossom, OCC Lip Tar - Stalker
(Same Order in Swatches Below)

1. MAC - Russian Red - Matte £14 here
My swatch is pretty deceiving,  Russian Red is a blue toned red and shows up this way on my lips but in the swatch looks more yellow toned which I put down to my skintone. 
This is my most worn red, its very classic and easy to wear. A slick of black winged liner paired with this, glamour in minutes! 
Although this is a matte it is extremely easy to apply, it feels creamy as it goes on then dries completely matte.
The lasting power is phenomenal! It doesn't wear off at all just fades slightly throughout the day, therefore it requires very little upkeep and you don't have to worry if its on your teeth, it stays put!

2. Lasting Finish by Kate - 107 £5.49 here
The fact I have four 'Kate' lipsticks in three posts speaks volumes for the formulation. I love them! 
I'm not going to bore you talking about the formulation and finish, I have twice already. As you can see this is the darkest,  most blue toned of the five. I would say its more of a 'vampy' red a great alternative for those not keen on rocking black reds or dark plums.
The perfect wintery red!

3. Lasting Finish by Kate - 01 £5.49 here
The first 'Kate' lipstick I bought when they first came out, was it 2011 or early 2012? I can't quite remember. Anyway as I said above I won't bore you talking about the formulation and finish,  I'll just tell you a little bit about why I love this shade.
I would class this as your true red, it doesn't lean either way and therefore will look great on most. I find myself reaching for this shade more in the daytime, that's just personal preference. I prefer a darker blue toned red in the evening. 

4. Revlon - Cherry Blossom £7.49 here
This is a very pink red which I like for daytime.
The formula is very creamy and stays in place. This is my 'stick it in your bag' shade. It requires very little upkeep and I don't bother with a liner, it doesn't need it. It's just a nice all rounder to have to hand when you want a bit of colour. You can't go wrong with this.

5. OCC Lip Tar - Stalker £9.95 here
Wow! Just look at that pigmentation! What can I say about lip tars? Its all been said already. A tiny pin prick of this applied with a lip brush is enough to cover your lips and show off the vibrant colour. This does need a lip brush I wouldn't even attempt to apply it without. Which can be a pain if you want to take it out with you but there are so many retractable lip brushes around now that's easily solved. This will stain your lips which is great for an all day lip colour but be warned it can smear so watch your hands by your mouth as it will also stain anywhere else it gets. Best to keep a good coverage concealer with you just in case. Take this from somebody who was walking round town with it on her chin, so embarrassing! 

Do you have any of these lipsticks? How do you find them? Again if you have done a favourite lippies post please link it below so I can have a read. I love this type of post, what better recommendations can you get than somebodys favourites? 

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  1. I'm getting more and more into a red lip, I really want to try the MAC Russian Red though. I got the matte Kate Moss ones to see how I got on with that first and I loved it so I think the MAC one is next on my list!

  2. I have just started wearing red shades, so this post is great for me, will keep my eyes peeled for some of the above. I already have Kate 107 and love it! :D


  3. Stunning isnt it? Is that what you're wearing in your avatar? Looks beautiful, very Snow White on you xx

  4. omg the last one looks amazing!

    1. Have you tried lip tars? You should get some you love a strong lip and these are perfect! Also they're only £10 and will last forever xx