In response to Sylvain LANDRY, SL-Week 2: Rouge or Red.
Red Lipsticks Collection
Red is a cornerstone of the beauty industry. In cosmetics, red is a base to many of the colours that people would wear – red, coral, pink, peach, orange, and brown. In makeup, red lipsticks are a must-have.
Red lipsticks are so popular that every cosmetic brand will produce their version of the best red. Each red lipstick also comes with a name that signifies the meaning of red.
Thirty-one Shades of Red
In this post, I present to you thirty-one shades of red and their names. I hope the list of names would give you an idea of the meaning of red on the lips.
Coincidentally, I own just enough to wear a different shade of red for every day of the month.
The photo below shows my red lipsticks by M.A.C.
From left to right, they are i) Riri Woo Lipglass (Limited Edition), ii) Lady Bug Lustre, iii) Crosswires Cremesheen, iv) Prepare for Pleasure Cremesheen (Limited Edition), v) Lady at Play Mineralize Rich, vi) New Temptation Sheen Supreme, and vii) Eden Rouge Mattene (Limited Edition).
I wear iii) Crosswires all the time.
The photo below shows my red lipsticks from high-end brands.
From left to right, i) Guerlain Provocative #863 Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour (Limited Edition), ii) Guerlain Madame Flirte #861 Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour (Limited Edition), iii) Guerlain Lou-Ling #760 Shine Automatique Lipstick (Limited Edition), iv) Chanel Monte-Carlo #62 Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine, v) Dior Almee #851 Rouge Dior (Discontinued), vi) Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper #134 Lovemarc Lip Gel, vii) NARS Annabella Audacious Lipstick, viii) Anna Sui #460 Lip Rouge V (Discontinued), and ix) Illamasqua Tramp Lipstick (Discontinued).
I always wear ii) Guerlain Madam Flirte #861 Rouge G on special occasions. The tone of red fits my complexion the best and the Rouge G formula is remarkably comfortable, relatively long-lasting and very easy to maintain during the event.
For formula, I love the NARS Audacious Lipsticks and Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc.
The picture below shows my collection of red lipsticks from the drugstore.
From left to right, i) Maybelline Red Revival #645 Colour Sensational, ii) Maybelline Red Porcelain #RP41 Colour Sensational (Limited Edition), iii) Essence Cosmetics All You Need Is Red #02 Longlasting Lipstick, iv) NYX Eros #536 Extra Creamy Round Lipstick, v) NYX Chaos #511 Extra Creamy Round Lipstick, vi) Covergirl Soulmate #320 Colourlicious Lipstick (Discontinued), and vii) Bourjois #15 Rouge Edition 12 Hour Lipstick.
I am a big fan of the Maybelline Colour Sensational and NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick formulae. They run opaque in one slide and the colour is always true-to-tube.
I often wear ii) Maybelline Red Porcelain and iv) NYX Eros.
The picture below shows my miscellaneous red lipsticks or lip products.
From left to right, i) Laneige Royal Red #R16 Silk Intense Lipstick, ii) Etude House #RD301 Colour in Liquid Lips, iii) Stila Beso #10 Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, iv) Etude House #2 Play 101 Pencil, v) Majolica Majorca Blood On Cheek and Lips Healthy Glow (Limited Edition).
The ii) Etude House Colour in Liquid Lips and v) Majolica Majorca Blood On impresses me very much. Etude House Colour in Liquid Lips could give the YSL and Stila liquid lipsticks a run for their money. Majolica Majorca Blood On gets repromoted every once in a while and comes in a white packaging now.
The picture below shows three of my red lip products that I am currently using and missed out previously as they were in my bag.
From left to right, i) Dior Diablotine Extreme #643 Addict Extreme, ii) Chanel Coco #416 Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour, and iii) Nvey Eco Temptress Organic Lip Lustre (Repackaged).
I go back to Dior Diablotine Extreme all the time because of the festive tone of red that compliments my complexion so well and the comfortable lip balm Addict Extreme formula that still serves up enough colour intensity.
I find the Rouge Coco formula a close competitor to Dior Addict Extreme.
Red lipsticks often have names associated with sensual experiences such as “pleasure”, “play”, “temptation”, “eros”, “chaos”, “royal”, and “blood”.
Red lipsticks are used for practical purposes as well though they often play a role in romantic dinner dates. In movies, red lips could signify power or evil. In the Singapore Airlines, bright cherry red lips could make a stewardess stand out in the dark. In editorials, red lips bring attention to the model’s face and may also look more luxurious.
Are you interested to know more about any of the lipsticks mentioned? Feel free to ask me. =)