I've always loved the way a bold red lip looks but I gave up on ever being able to wear one myself because I always thought the colour made me look too ethnic for want of a better word. I now realise that this has more to do with the tone of lipstick you wear and the type of makeup you wear with it. I've realised that anyone can pull of a bold red lip as long as your eye makeup is absolutely at a minimum and if the tone is one that works with your own skin tone. As I have a warmer skin tone, I've been trying to find a lip stick in a warmer toned red. The three red lip colours that I've bought so far are the NYX Jumbo lip pencil in deep red, NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Dragon Girl and a Shu Uemura lipstick in RD165.
Here are the swatches:
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Deep Red.
I bought this one on a whim when I was buying the jumbo eye pencils and I have to say that I do really like it. I don't think it's my perfect red though. It applies really smoothly though and it is really pigmented and doesn't dry out your lips. This was a bargain at $4.95.
Shu Uemura Lipstick in RD165
I bought this lip colour as it was touted as being the perfect shade of red that works for everyone. Well, I don't really agree with that statement. It's an ok shade of red but it's just not as vibrant as I was hoping it would be. I've tried this on one of my friends with a very light skin colour as well and it wasn't vibrant enough on her either. I really like the texture though. I haven't given up on this one yet. I've tried it with a red lip gloss on top and that definitely helps the colour.
Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
I fell in love with this colour when the MA put it on me and have been lusting after it ever since. I don't think the colour is translating that well on camera but it is a bright orange toned red. I really like this colour and the texture of these NARS pencils are amazing on the lips.
Dragon Girl with the Shu Uemura on top
I tried layering the Shu Uemura colour on top of the NARS pencil and I think the end result was a bit closer to what I'm looking for. It makes a really vibrant red with some depth.
Despite how I feel about these reds, the hunt for the perfect red lip continues!