L-R Mac 'Red' Dior, 'Ange Bleu', Bourjois 'Hot Pepper', Mac 'Ruby Woo', Nars 'Cruella' and Rimmel 'Play with Fire'
Top L-R. Mac Red, Dior Ange Bleu
Middle. Boujois Hot Pepper, Mac Ruby Woo
Bottom. Nars Cruella, Rimmel Play with Fire
Christmas is all about the red lip, but with so many shades and variations out there which is the best one to go for? These here are my favourite shades and most are in my favourite type of finish - matte. When wearing a bold lip the safest option if you know you're going to be eating and drinking is to stick to matte, chances are it's going to stay in place and not get smeared all over your face! No one can pull off that look.
Mac 'Red' is your classic red shade, not too blue or orange toned and in a satin finish so it feels comfortable on the lips, offering a slight sheen that hangs around longer than Cremesheen and Luster finishes. A slightly brighter option is Dior's Ange Bleu from the Diorific collection. This is stunning in colour, finish and of course packaging! If you want something with a more orange hue Bourjois Hot Pepper* will be right up your street. This is matte and it actually takes a few layers to get it completely opaque so if you want to wear your reds slightly more subtle this would be a good option again.
There's no way I can talk about red lipstick without mentioning the classic and iconic Mac Ruby Woo. The matte formula isn't the best in the world as it can be a little tricky to apply and drying to wear, but the colour is just perfect.
If you like to wear your reds more on the vampy side these next too will interest you. Nars Cruella is slightly darker and has a hint of maroon going on in there, and the velvet matte formula is more comfortable to wear than the likes of Ruby Woo. A highstreet option is Rimmel Provocalips 'Play with Fire' which is running along the same lines with the maroon undertones and long wearing formula.
What's your favourite lipstick to wear during the festive season?
*Pr Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.