I used to think that, being a red head, I couldn't wear red lipstick as it "wouldn't go with my hair." Once I came to the realisation that nothing goes with my hair, my red lipstick collection expanded somewhat! I love a good red lip - especially as my go-to lazy look when I still want to look awesome is very much in the pin-up camp - but I still am too scared to wear them on a normal day, which is silly when I'll wear something crazy bright like Milani Rose Hip to work, no?
Right. Enough jabbering, more swatching.
-Nyx Round Lipstick in Fire
Gorgeous, creamy, pink-leaning red. I like wearing it with bright blue liner!
-Make Up Academy Lipstick Shade 8
Brickish-red shot through with gold sparkles. Really beautiful with a golden smokey eye.
-Barry M Lip Lacquer Crayon in no 3 Mandarin
-Coral red with orangey sparkles. I heard these were sheerer than their lipsticks, but I find this baby pretty pigmented. Certainly going to pick up the Cherry Red shade.
-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in NSFW
-Bright red, leaning blue based. The OCC website annoys me because it calls this a 'Primary blue-based red.' Errrr, what? Anyway, I love this colour but I have trouble applying it neatly, as you can see!
- Barry M Lip Gloss Wand in no 9 Cherry Glitter
Light red-pink witth red glitter. Alone, it looks like my lips have measles or something. On top of another red (shown here over Sleek True Colour in Vixen) or even a pink, it looks gorgeous! Nasty artifical cherry smell, but it does fade.
-Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vixen
-Fire engine time! An amazingly pigmented lipstick for less than £4! Sleek wins cool points.
-Barry M Lip Paint no 141 Royal Raspberry
Deep, plummy raspberry colour with slightly metallic finish. Dead sexy!
-Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipcolor E190 Royal Red
I think this is a pretty true red. I've had this for a good couple of years now - it was my first ever red lipstick! D'aaaaw! - so I'm not sure if it's still available. Edit: I have found it a few places, but it's not on the Maybelline stands anymore
-Make Up Academy Lipstick Shade 1
-Deep, glossy, blood red. A little darker in real life. Has a lot of slip to it.
-Nyx Round Lipstick in Hebe
Berry undertones, slightly metallic.
-MAC Viva Glam Cyndi
Perhaps it's not really a red, butas it doesn't look pink to my eyes, here it is. I guess it's a coralish red. Good for days when red is too scary but you need some colour, anyway.
-Make Up Academy Lipstick Shade 13
Perfect pin-up red for just £1. Again, a fair bit of slip but not you cannot argue with the colour for £1.
-Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Reincarnation
'Sheer' brickish red with blue sparkles. Ok, Fyrinnae says this is sheer, and I presume they mean the colour, rather than the opacity as I get quite good coverage. I think this is lovely and understated, but the blue sparkles really give it some pizazz!
-Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in Devilista
Long-lasting cherry red. A really popular ES lipstick and I can see why!
-Nyx Mega Shine Lipgloss in Burdungy
Amazingly pigmented jewel-like burgundy gloss. On top, applied sheerly, below, applied thickly - the lighting is awful in both but you get an idea of texture and that it looks more jewel-like if you apply it thickly. I need to get round to trying this with a taupe smokey eye.
-Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in Corset
Alright, so it's not a 'red' red, it's a blackened red, but here it is. I find it super flattering and long-wearing, as well as cheap as chips!
BeautyUK lipstick in Naughty
Glossy, minty, slightly orange leaning. No arguments at £3.49
Wet N Wild Shine On Lipstick in 514A Cherry Frost
Berry-leaning with tiny gold shimmers. A freaking steal at 99c. Love it.
Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick in '909D Coraline'
I think this is more orange than coral-based, but whatevs.
Cover Girl Lasting Perfection lipstick in 'Flame.'
Possibly similar to MAC Lady Danger? The blogosphere has been going nuts for this line of lipsticks and I can see why. I adore the formula.
MAC Matte Lipstick in 'Russian Red.'
Mother kisser don't budge.
Well, that's all. A humble collection compared to some, I'm sure, but I'm pretty happy with it! My faves of the bunch are Sleek Vixen, Evil Shades Devilista and MUA Shade 13. My wishlist is as follows - feel free to recommend more!
-Mac Lady Danger
-Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Fire and Ice (can't believe I didn't bloody buy it!)
-Evil Shades Diabolical Deviant Lipstick and Push gloss
-Fyrinnae Type A
-Boots No 17 Hot Chili
-Rimmel Lasting Finish in Retro
-Clinique Vintage Red, Red-y to Wear
-Kryolan LC010 and LC009
For more red swatchin' goodness, check out these awesome posts on Red Lipstick Black Liner and Beauty's Bad Habit!