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)
For the last Priceline 40% off cosmetics sale I gave myself a $50 budget and told myself I had to get some gifts with the hauling. I ended up with;
- Essence Superfine liquid eyeliner pen
- Velourlips in Grandmaster Pash (backup/maybe a giveaway?)
- Velourlips in NY-Cee (backup/maybe a giveaway?)
- Velourlips in HON-O-LOO-LOO – I really wanted ho-chi-min but it was gone. I’m hoping I can swapsy 😦
- Velourlips – Rhi-Rhi-Wind – this is the other limited edition velourlips I wanted with the metallic shimmer
- Savvy Ultra Matte in Miss Monroe – I kind of want to see how these look compared to the velourlips which as you can see I am addicted to
- Finishing mist by Australis – I know this won’t be as good as the UD All nighter spray but I want to see how it holds up as summer approaches.
- Maybelline Gel Eyeliner – a friend as just permanently swapped out her MAC Fluidline for this so wanted to try it.
What’s your advice – what should I keep and what should I giveaway 🙂
Australis have bought out some new velourlips in a limited addition metallic and I’m utterly obsessed with Grandmaster Pash. It’s a deep pink brown and has a slightly retro 90’s brown lipstick vibe with the addition of metallic. It takes the NARS Rodarte lips (which lets just take a moment to admire… sigh, so pretty on top models)…..
…. and makes them wearable, and has the amazing pigmentation and lasting power of the velourlips line.
I paid $9.95 for 10mls (full price) and I’ll be going back for a back up. The only real downisde is the fruity scent but I can live with that for these lips.
This is the August Bellabox. It’s all pretty good, nothing stunning but all pretty decent.
The wipes are nice wipes. They will be handy, but as I have small kids I have wipes in the house and I buy the nice baby ones at about $10 for 240 so I’m never going to really splash out $6 for 25 makeup wipes!
The aveeno moisturiser is nice but doesn’t have SPF so it’ll be limited to non exposed parts of the body. Maybe my feet?
The Nuxe hand cream is AMAZING. Its so light yet moisturising and has really minimal scent which I like in a hand cream. I mean if I’m wearing perfume at my wrist I don’t want a stinky handcream messing with the scent.
The Australis lipstick is nice. I have lots of red lipsticks, but this is a decent one. Its a true red with a slight shimmer. The photo is a swatch and a smudged one – it’s going to need setting in order to stay on for a full day but it’s definitely work keeping in a handbag.
The Burts Bee cleanser is another winner. There’s not too much to stay about cleanser but it smells lovely and leaves the skin feeling clean but not crazy dry. The size is decent for a travel pack too.
The final sample is a sachet of Palmers body lotion which is nice – but not overly useful to apply at the gym! I have used this one in the past as a night cream. It smells yummy like chocolate!
Do you subscribe to any boxes? which are your favorites?
(Feel like signing up for Bellabox? This is my referal link)
Do you have any polishes that really don’t live up to the bottle?
This polish looked so good in the bottle. Pale blue and royal blue hexes, with pink fine glitter in a dark raspberry jelly base.
Alas the formula kills it 😦 The polish is so thick and gloopy and the jelly base dries so dark that the glitter isn’t any wear as near as visible. I can’t find any decent swatches on google images, they all look like mine do so I suspect I’m not the only one with this issue. This is with multiple top coats to try and even it out and notch up the shine as well.
It also has the heavy chemical odor that’s common for the cheaper polishes like Ulta3. I’ll probably hold onto it for frankening… but I’m not sure I’ll use it again by itself.