Stila Fiery for the win

Did you do anything exciting for new years? I didn’t do much but I did get given the Stila Glam Gems set and I’m now somewhat in love with Stila Fiery. Its a deep deep red and a matte long last finish that isn’t quite as matte as some of the other I own but still lasts a good 8 hours. Because it’s not quite as matte it does sink as far into my lip lines, which as I think most women in their 30’s can tell you becomes a concern as you get a bit older.


Coming up soon – a comparison of Stila Long Last Lipcolor with Velvetine with NYX matte creams and Australia Velourlips and Savvy Matte LipCream. Who will win! Dun dun dun dun….


Ulta3 Deep Rose Red Lipstick Swatch & Review

I picked up this lipstick out of the winter collection of matte lipsticks. The Ulta 3 packaging has definitely gotten classier, isn’t this quite attractive for $3.99!



It’s a relatively sheer yet buildable matte colour. I’ve swatched here against Ruby Woo by Mac to give you an idea of the pigmentation/moisture levels compared to a MAC retro matte. It’s definitely on the moister end of a matte lipstick which makes it substantially more flattering on little lip lines and more comfortable during winter than a true matte, without sacrificing the matte look. Obviously the wear time isn’t quite as good as a true matte either but for the price point it really is a great product and definitely a great buy in this price point.

This shade is a slightly more ‘wine’ red shade than the name suggests which makes it a nice wintery shade.



Maybelline Colorsensational Red Revival

This is a more detailed review for Maybelline Colorsensational Red Revival. This is a thick and very pigmented near true red lipstick, it leans very slightly to the blue end I think. It’s got a texture that you don’t find much in lipsticks anymore, very heavy and a bit waxy. It’s got a retro feel with packaging, and the smell is slightly old fashioned too – smells like old lady.

maybelline red revival

red revival

The colour is fun though and makes me think of those songs about lipstick on your collar. This is the sort of lipstick that will leave a mark on your husbands collar is you lean on him. I wear it for burlesque because it’s so vivid, but also gets me in that retro glamour mood.


Just a reminder that the comparison swatches are here.


Red Lipstick Comparison

I am comparing Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato, Illamasqua Sangers, Revlon Matte in In the Red, MAC Ruby Woo. Maybelline Colorsensational in Red Revival, and Dior Rouge in Red Icon.

The most pleasant texture is the Dior. This is a true red and has the second best pigmentation.

The best pigmentation is the Maybelline Red Revival. The downside is this is really waxy, it’s a really old fashioned ‘nanna-ish’ style formula to me as it has that old school lipstick odour. I mainly use this as stage makeup as it’s so thick and vivid it wears well as stage lipstick.

Best wear is the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Lipstick. You can try feathering this and it just does not move. It’s great for work wear as a result. But it’s drying as heck so I usually it as a lipstain with a lipgloss or less wearing lipstick on stop. It’s got a nice shimmer that subtly lifts the matte finish.

Revlon Matte and MAC matte lipsticks have a similar level of moisture and pigmentation. Illamasqua lipsticks are a bit disappointing on the pigmentation front but do have good wear so I usually layer these with a lipgloss. In the Red leans to a brick red, and Sangers is a beautiful true red.