There we go, that must be the worst title of a blog post ever. I really like red lipstick. I like it to look damn bright and last all day. I want to look like it’s been painted on by photoshop. I have been trying to find the best lipstick ever – and have fallen down somewhat of a rabbit hole as I have another 7 or so red lipsticks in traditional form. And some red lipglosses. And… OK you don’t want to know.
This is the suspects all lined up. We have Stila in Fiery ($24), Savvy by DB Matte lipstick in Miss Monroe ($8), NYX Matte lip cream in Amsterdam ($12.95), Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet ($24) and Australis Velourlips in NY-Cee ($9.95). They are all takes on a red matte by as you can see in the swatch shot all have differing shades.
So my prefernces is for a cooler red as aI have dismal teeth. AS you can see the closest shade I could find by NYX is really quite warm and kind of the odd man out here by shade and Ny-Cee looks relatively warm next to some of the cooler version. Miss Monroe is a perfect true red.
Texture wise, the NYX creme is the most moisturising and quickest to wear off. Australis is thick in texture which can cause it to flake, but has an extremely matte finish. The Stila is another relatively heavy one – not terrible but you can feel in on your lips and the texture is more creme. The Velvetines and Savvy both have a very light and thin texture, which is nice to wear but you need to work quickly applying because they dry nearly immediate.
The Savvy by DB in Miss Monroe and Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet are actually quite close to being dupes but the Miss Monroe is actually a bit nicer to wear because it wears from the inside of the lip out, where the Red Velvet sort of fades to a much more orange-red then flakes so it looks a bit dire straight after a meal. So while Red Velvet starts cooler, it ends warmer by the end of the day. Also, 1/3 of the price and regularly can be found on special at Priceline vs the rigmarole of getting a hold of Velvetines.
So my order of preference is
- Stila (long lasting, nice balance of matte and moisture(
- Savvy by DB Matte Creme (great price, nice colour,
- Australis Velourlips (great price and lasting)
- Lime Crime Velvetines (nice colour, hard to get a hold of, pricy)
- NYX matte cream (doesn’t last, not as cheap as competitors)