Sunday, 29 January 2012

Those seeking RED #Illamasqua #Sleek #17 #M.A.C.

My Favourite Red Lipsticks

I thought I'd do a post on my top 4 red lipsticks, they're all different brands & different prices to suit all budgets and tastes They're my favourite ones I own, the ones I'm most impressed with and the ones I wear the most. I'm hoping there'll be a red for everyone in the selection, let me know which one you would choose or already own!

Left to right; Illamasqua 'Drench', Sleek 'Vixon', 17 'Hot Chilli' and M.A.C. 'Russian Red'.

Illamasqua Matte Lipstick 'Drench' £15.50 for 4g
The newest red to make it into my collection is Drench. A flattering raspberry pink matte red that has cool undertones. It's ever so slightly softer than an intense red like Russian Red (review below). It takes a couple of coats to achieve an even, opaque finish but this formula lasts a good amount of time! I'd recommend this to people who like/always wear pink lipsticks, as it still has that pink 'element' to it.

Sleek True Colour Lipstick 'Vixon' £3.99 for 3.5g
This is a beautiful true red that can lean a little orange depending on the light. Vixon is the perfect red for those who haven't ever worn a red and don't want to break the bank doing so. It's the best option for girls who shy away from mattes as this one is shiny- almost glossy in finish. Considering it's cheap and has a shine, the lasting power of this is great. It contains Vitamin E which is an added bonus for nourished lips! I think it's a flaterring, vibrant colour.

17 Lasting Fix Lipstick 'Hot Chilli' £4.29.
I always get lots of compliments when I wear this. It's a neon- esque orange pigmented red lipstick, something I would call, a 'bright orange red' and is a shade somewhere between M.A.C's 'So Chaud' and 'Morange'. It's completely different to anything else I own and I love it, the pictures below don't do it justice! Formula wise, it is smooth and non drying providing a near matte finish.
To some it may be more of a spring/ summer colour but it has brightened up my winter face! I'd recommend it to girls who want a variation of a red, want to stand out or want to look like they're wearing a M.A.C. lipstick, haha!

M.A.C Matte Lipstick in 'Russian Red', £13.50 for 3g.
My oldest M.A.C Lipstick will always remain my favourite and most cherished, and this is the one. It's a matte finish blood red with blue undertones and is not for the faint hearted! It is a statement red, perfect for a retro or pin up look and is flattering as it is quite deep in tone. It's extremely long lasting and applies like a dream. I'd recommend Russian Red for those who know that they like red lips, that don't mind deeper- toned colour on their lips and want a long lasting finish. 

I'd always recommend applying a red lip liner before using red lipstick. I find it is sometimes the hardest colour to apply because it makes such a bold statement that the lines have to be perfect to avoid looking like a dogs dinner! Wear with simple flushed cheeks, and a fresh but flawless face. Blue toned lipsticks will be more flattering to the teeth, but at the end of the day it's about what red you feel most comfortable in, and what finish you prefer to wear.


  1. I want to buy Russian Red so bad! It seems to compliment everyones skin tone so perfectly. Might even get the matching lip glass to make it look less formal! Thanks for the post :)

  2. I love Hot Chilli, such a nice colour but I barely ever wear it! I think you've made me want 'Russian Red' for the first time ever, too :)

  3. Russian Red is actually my dream lipstick (one day...) xxx

  4. MAC Russian Red is right up my street - I love a bright red! My favourite red lipstick at the moment is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo.. it's a little muted and easy to throw on in a rush!

  5. i was eyeing up the sleek one a few days ago,, might bite the bullet and get it now! :) xo

  6. I would go for them all, apart from the 17 lippy. I love red lips on other people but feel really self conscious when I try to pull it off.

  7. i like the first lippy, bright but not too bright, really nice colour :)

  8. I really like the 'Hot Chilli' Lipstick, no wonder you get complimented when you wear it!
    I love lipstick but I really can't pull it off unfortunately.


  9. Very nice comparisons! Thanks for that! :)

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