Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Top 10 Red Lipsticks for Valentine's Day

Bonjour mes amis! Valentine's Day is less than a month away and for the remainder of this time, I'll be dedicating most of my posts to this lovely, romantic holiday. Today, I'm starting with the basics and bringing you my top 10 picks of Valentine's Day worthy red lipsticks. I've chosen 10 of my favorite lipsticks and have categorized them to suit various needs, budgets, and preferences. As always, I'm adding shopping links for your convenience and giving you ample time to make your purchases before they're gone. Shall we get started?

Let's Go!

These lipsticks are listed in no particular order, but match the order of the preview collage above, so you can easily compare them side by side.

1. Missha Feminine Grace Limited Edition Lip Kit
feat. Signature Glam Art Rouge #SRD703 & Signature Glam Art Gloss #SRD03
(also worn in the photo above)
  • DESCRIPTION: The only lipstick & gloss combo on my list, this perfect crimson pair beautifies and perfects Asian skin, as well as skin shades with yellow undertones. The formula of the lipstick glides on smooth and has a silky finish with a slight sheen. The matching, highly pigmented gloss is more liquid-y than sticky and contains a good amount of pink sparkles that set off the color beautifully. Both products have a pleasant fresh scent that I personally enjoy. This duo is my pick for the prettiest red for Asian coloring.
  • PURCHASE: www.MisshaUs.com
  • PRICE: $40 per set containing lipstick, gloss & mini 5-color lip palette

  • DESCRIPTION: This affordable lipstick was one of my first reds before I even got into beauty blogging. I've since tried countless red lipsticks -- drugstore and luxury brands alike -- and I still go back to this Cover Girl favorite, which has been a staple in my arsenal for ages. This bright poppy red is flattering and potent, provides full coverage and goes on velvety smooth. Cover Girl's Incredifull line features a cooling lip plumper that feels minty and leaves the lips with a slight boost. This lippie is my pick for the best inexpensive lip plumping bright red.
  • PURCHASE: drugstores, supermarkets, and discount retailers nationwide; as well as on www.amazon.com
  • PRICE: $5.99 on amazon

  • DESCRIPTION: This iconic, stunner of a shade was introduced by Revlon in 1952 and is still around today. Talk about a classic! Fire & Ice is a bright, potent red that is both hot and cool, so it's almost guaranteed to look good on any skin tone. The shade has a creme finish (my favorite from Revlon lipsticks) and goes on very pigmented and saturated. This lipstick is my pick for the best universally flattering bright red that is also very affordable.
  • PURCHASE: drugstores, supermarkets, and discount retailers nationwide; as well as on www.amazon.com
  • PRICE: $5 on Amazon

  • DESCRIPTION: Another classic from the 50's, this Revlon beauty is not only a great choice for Valentine's Day, but is also the perfect red lipstick for any occasion. The neutral true red is shiny, moist and slick; and happens to sell out faster than any other Revlon lipstick. This tried and true lipstick is my pick for the most affordable, classic red lip.
  • PURCHASE: drugstores, supermarkets, and discount retailers nationwide; as well as on www.Amazon.com
  • PRICE: $5 on Amazon

  • DESCRIPTION: Hailing from the UK, this Rimmel lipstick by Kate Moss is a great Valentine's Day choice for those of you who prefer a slightly darker red. The shade appears brownish in the tube, but goes on golden red and is surprisingly flattering on warm skin tones. I've tried many brown-reds and none of them look as good as this demure red by my girl-crush Kate. The lipstick is pigmented, shiny and has an addictive sweet scent that Rimmel lipsticks are known for. This baby is my pick for the most flattering and inexpensive darker golden red.
  • PURCHASE: select drugstores and discount retailers, such as www.Target.com
  • PRICE: $4 at www.Target.com

  • DESCRIPTION: This high-shine true-red is the red lipstick choice for the rockstars! Definitely a frequent guest of my evening makeup bag, this bright red makes me feel bold and badass in an instant. Retrofuturist is most similar to Fire & Ice by Revlon, but has a hint of neon that is induplicable and irreplaceable. This shade looks incredible at night (due to the neon factor) and will definitely make your pout stand out of the crowd (or across the table in a crowded restaurant on Valentine's Day). This stunning lipstick is my pick for the best rockstar red.
  • PURCHASE: www.limecrimemakeup.com
  • PRICE: $15.99

  • DESCRIPTION: Drop Dead Red is drop dead gorgeous -- period. This creamy, dark, blue-based red is sultry, demure and oh-so-sexy. I love wearing this retro shade on the nights where I want to feel classy-yet-sassy and it always puts me in the right mood. Not to mention, this shade gets a ton of compliments from both genders. So, if you want to grab the attention of your Valentine, this vintage-y lip color is my pick for the best male-snatching, burgundy red!
  • PURCHASE: www.toofacedcosmetics.com & Sephora
  • PRICE: $18

  • DESCRIPTION: A vibrant red-coral, this lip tar is my favorite red lippie for the summertime. While Harlot may certainly suit the needs of my readers from the southern hemisphere, this tropical color is also quite versatile and can actually be fun to wear in the winter-time. For February 14th, I'd pair this hot popsickle shade with a flirty dress that moves as I dance the night away. As with all lip tars, the smallest amount of product is needed to achieve flawless opaque coverage that lasts through the night. This lippie is my pick for the best flirty, fun red for a night out on the town.
  • PURCHASE: www.occmakeup.com or Amazon
  • PRICE: $16

  • DESCRIPTION: Another winner from Lime Crime -- this time in liquid form. This Carousel Gloss is the most lush, luxe and lickable red of all the reds -- Candy Apple by Lime Crime is the mother of all mothers when it comes to Glossy Reds. What could be more festive than a ruby-red liquid lipstick loaded with crimson glitter?! This luscious red will have your Valentine begging for some Candy Apples... nah'mean? Candy Apple Carousel Gloss is my pick for the most festive & sexy glossy red.
  • PURCHASE: www.limecrimemakeup.com
  • PRICE: $16.99

  • DESCRIPTION: A lipstick so popular, it sells out weeks before Valentine's Day. This coveted matte red is bold, beautiful and BIG -- the cult following makes perfect sense as the shade looks great on practically everyone. Russian Red is a blue-based red that whitens teeth and is neither too dark nor too bright (a great choice for both day and night). The matte finish can be a bit drying on some, so make sure to pack a lip balm on your date if that's a concern. This cult favorite lipstick is my pick for the most versatile, must-have red.
  • PURCHASE: MAC stores and counters (at least 2 weeks before Valentine's Day) or on www.Amazon.com
  • PRICE: $15 at MAC; $20 on Amazon

Pair your red pout with a sleek cat eye & flirty lashes for a classic 
Valentine's look that is sure to knock him off his feet! Meow...
I hope you enjoyed this line-up, let me know your thoughts and/or questions in the comments! 


Maryam Maquillage


*Some product/s in this post were sent for my consideration and review. The opinion stated is 100% my own.

Maryam Maquillage © 2013. www.maryammaquillage.com
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