FAVOURITES: 13 Red Lipsticks

Hello ladies!

Sorry for the lack of updates! I am into my second week of internship and my schedule has been pretty packed with work, events and other activities, leaving me with no time for leisure. Only managed to squeeze in time to blog today since my Mom made me dinner at home.

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It has been 4 months since my last FAVOURITES entry and I’m pleasantly surprised that the series has reached out to so many lipstick fanatics like myself! *waves* Thanks for the support, guys! And yes, I know I promised a continuation somewhere in my MLBB post. Well, this is it! It took a long while to be up because of my decreased presence at home, which had only allowed me to do shorter reviews like new M.A.C launches. To make up for the wait, I’ll be featuring 13 of my favourite red (any shade of red) lipsticks instead of the usual 10! Yay to more lip goodness! 🙂

Love dark lipsticks? Check out what top my list here! Or here if you’re into nude lipsticks 🙂

(Actually I just couldn’t choose lol)

If you’re still searching for a perfect red lipstick, look no further! For all you know, you could just find one right here 🙂 Even if you’re not a huge red lipstick person (like me), I feel that you should invest in at least one for special occasions like proms, weddings and your company’s Dinner & Dance!

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Overview. Do you own any of these?

If you’re surprised to see so many M.A.C lipsticks topping my list, you must be new here. I’m an absolute devotee of M.A.C so naturally more than 70% of my lipstick stash are from the said brand.

I’m gonna kick off the list with some recently-launched and reviewed-before M.A.C lipsticks just to create suspense.

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The first 3 (from left): MAC in Strange Journey, Oblivion and Stunner.

1. M.A.C in STRANGE JOURNEY

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Strange Journey is a yellowish brick red with Matte finish.

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The Halloween collection in 2014 did offer some of the best reds I’ve ever seen from MAC and one of them was Strange Journey. It wasn’t the most popular choice from that collection (sold out nonetheless) because according to some people, it’s too orangey? But look, it doesn’t appear like that on my lips right? 😀

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C’mon, it’s really not that orangey!

Read more about it here.

2. M.A.C in OBLIVION

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Oblivion is a vivid blushred with Amplified finish.

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As you can tell from my lips, Oblivion is slightly hydrating and opaque, a bit like lip tint. It’s my favourite red lippy at the moment.

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In fact, all the lipsticks from The Rocky Horror Picture Show collection are drop-dead gorgeous!

Read more about it here.

3. M.A.C in STUNNER

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Stunner is a clean red with Matte finish.

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One-third of the MAC x Nasty Girl collection and the least popular of the lot, it is no doubt a very dupe-able shade. MAC has a couple of colours similar to this. Hence, it took quite a long while to sell out (when the other two shades were already gone by the end of the launch week). But still, it’s still a very pretty shade of red, isn’t it? 🙂

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I find it to be very flattering on my skin tone!

Read more about it here.

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The next 4 (from left): MAC in Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Russian Red and M.A.C Red.

4. M.A.C in RUBY WOO

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Ruby Woo is a very matte vivid blue-red with a Retro Matte finish.

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Like the other Retro Matte lipsticks I own, Ruby Woo tends to be a bit more drying, so multiple applications are needed to completely fill the lips. And while you’re at it, you’d feel like you’re colouring your lips with a red crayon (the dryness and inconsistency). It takes a little more effort to be removed.

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But it’s very long-lasting and it gives the perfect matte texture! This explains why it’s one of MAC’s best sellers.

5. M.A.C in LADY DANGER

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Lady Danger is a vivid bright coral-red with Matte finish.

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Highly raved and recommended by lipstick users and on beauty magazines around the world, Lady Danger has proven to be one of the best orange-red lipsticks in the market. Perfect for fall, it can be a little drying though (I think this is a common problem for the older MAC Matte lipsticks) but it’s not as bad as Ruby Woo.

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Looks better on fairer skin.

6. M.A.C in RUSSIAN RED

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Russian Red is an intense bluish-red with Matte finish

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Russian Red to me is like a cousin of Ruby Woo – both are the ultimate timeless red lipsticks that lovers of sultry lips would know for sure.

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But it’s better than Ruby Woo because it glides more smoothly and it definitely didn’t make me feel like my lips are peeling from the rough application.

7. M.A.C in M.A.C RED

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M.A.C Red is a vivid bright bluish-red with Satin finish.

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Another lipstick with a gorgeous sheen that leaves behind a lip tint-like stain after a few hours of wearing.

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It’s smooth and doesn’t feather despite it being creamy.

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The next 3 (from left): MAC in Chili and Viva Glam Rihanna, Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 Pirate.

8. M.A.C in CHILI

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Chili is a brownish orange-red with Matte finish.

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Swatched it on my hand before purchase and fell in love with it instantly (plus, MAC was having a collaborative sale with Sephora ION at that time!) It’s not your typical red – it’s a sophisticated red that doesn’t appear too “intimidating” like the others.

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Love it but don’t think I pull off the look. I’m sure it’d be very flattering on warmer skin tone 🙂

9. M.A.C in VIVA GLAM RIHANNA

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Viva Glam Rihanna is a blue-red with Frost finish.

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Rihanna is no stranger to the MAC community. Having worked with MAC twice (or thrice?), she has produced countless of incredibly gorgeous lipsticks (hate myself for not getting anything from her 2013 Holiday collection). This one I’m holding right here is no different. The frost finish leaves your lips looking moisturised and healthy.

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Andddd I love that it is not in the standard packaging too. *thumbs up*

Moving on from M.A.C…

10. Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 PIRATE

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99 Pirate is a blue-red with a beautiful sheen.

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Originally released in 2012, it was recently repromoted in the new Allure Rouge range with an improved formula that helps keep lips supple and protected. I saw it once on BoA (one of the pioneers in K-Pop) and thought it really looked pretty on her. Heh.

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The new formula also made it more pigmented!

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High-end brands differentiate themselves with their unique packaging. Chanel uses the push-to-open mechanism for easy handling.

Of course, being an ardent fan of Urban Decay, how can it not be on my list, right? 😉

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The final 3 (from left): Urban Decay in 69, F-Bomb and Bang. (yes, all the sexual connotations)

11. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

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69 is a bright red with pink undertone.

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My favourite red from Urban Decay, it’s very pigmented, moisturising and has a very nice cool undertone.

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It’s prettily bold and extremely emollient. LOVE IT TO BITS! (In case you’re wondering, Catfight is way darker and pinker, hence it does not qualify to be on this list)

12. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-BOMB

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F-Bomb is a classic red.

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Extremely creamy with a not-so-strong blue undertone, this is even redder than the reddest MAC lipstick in my stash. It’s probably called F-Bomb because it transforms the user into a bombshell with this insanely pigmented red. A mini version of F-Bomb is also included in the Full Frontal Lipstick Stash.

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Forget about red undergarments. This red lipstick is sure to bring you lots of luck and fortune at the gambling table this Chinese New Year 😀

13. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in BANG

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Bang is a bright orange-red.

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The “Lady Danger” of Urban Decay, it actually bears a stark similarity to the popular orange-red MAC lipstick but this is a tone darker. It is also more buttery and saturated.

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This bold colour will turn heads on the streets!

And finally, some swatches to conclude this post:

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Swatch of all the featured shades! Whoops, my poor planning led to the mess towards the end hehe. But yes, some of them are really dupes of each other!

And there you go, different variations of reds to choose from for a more glamourous look. 😉

What do you guys think? Feel free to share with me some of your favourite red lipsticks in the comments below! I believe there are some mention-worthy red lipsticks, or cheaper dupes which you can get from drugstores at half the price of those featured here.

That’s all for this post! Thanks for reading 🙂

Read also:
FAVOURITES: Top 10 Dark Lipsticks
FAVOURITES: Top 10 MLBB Lipsticks

REVIEW: MAC x Nasty Gal Lipsticks – Gunner, Runner & Stunner

Hey everyone!

Haven’t been publishing new blog posts because there are just too many things to write about in my Hong Kong travelogue, and I’m still not done with my posts despite having worked on it for 2 nights. I’ll take a break from that for today and talk about beauty! That’s right ladies, I’m back with more lipstick reviews!

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It’s a collab with Nasty Gal!

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Honestly, I have never purchased from Nasty Gal because I find their stuff generally costly even during sales and clearances, and international shipping is only free at a certain amount (at US$150, would rather spend that money on makeup teehee). Having said that, I really do like their style so the collaboration actually piqued my interest a little. Moreover, the colours from the promotional pictures seem really wearable for me. So I made an impetuous decision to buy all 3 shades!

Singaporeans! Find out how to buy from macccosmetics.com here!

And yes, I’m so glad that there are only 3 lipstick shades in this collection. Thanks for not bankrupting me this time with 7 new and irresistible shades, MAC!

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From left: Gunner, Runner and Stunner

The MAC x Nasty Gal collection consists of 3 matte limited edition lipsticks and 1 nail lacquer in Flaming Rose. Once again, I’m pretty disappointed that the lipsticks are in standard MAC packaging with no indication that it’s a collaboration with the e-retail superstar Nasty Gal!

Official swatch

Official swatch

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Let’s begin with Stunner, a clean red with matte finish.
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Stunner (US$16)

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The closest match I could find in my MAC stash has gotta be All Fired Up

I find Stunning to be a very sweet colour as it’s between red and pink, so it’s not too bright nor dark. It glides on with ease on the lips and doesn’t leave a drying sensation. It also completely covers the reds of my lips on my first application. Minimal gaps were seen between the fine lines of the lips even when I stretched out my lips a little.

This is the only shade left on maccosmetics.com! Go grab one before it runs out 😉

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A burgundy with matte finish (US$16)

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Fashion Revival seems to be the closest dupe here!

Apart from it being plum in colour, this is my favourite shade from this collection because it kinda plumps up my lips a little. It doesn’t give the usual vampy feel like my other deep plum lipsticks, but it exudes some sort of sexiness and confidence when worn. No doubt that this is a rather dupeable colour so you can pass on this one if you already have shades like Fashion Revival, Diva and Hearts Aflame (a bit darker than this).

This is already sold out on site.

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A deep purple with matte finish (US$16)

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Comparing with the only purple lipstick I have

The most sought-after shade from this collection, this is certainly a very unique colour on its own as I have never seen anything similar (but I read that it’s a dupe for Illamasqua’s Kontrol). Unsuitable for the faint-hearted, it is definitely too bold to be worn on the streets of Singapore. To be honest, I had a mild shock when I looked into the mirror because it’s a really striking purple that I hardly see anyone wearing. I don’t know what occasion would call for such purple lips. A party with futuristic theme, perhaps? :\ And no matter how I convince myself, I don’t think I look good with purple lips. Ha.

The colour aside, it doesn’t really have good colour coverage. This is quite evident from my before-and-after picture where you can tell that it’s not entirely opaque. That’s what I got after applying 3 layers and it got me rather frustrated. But yes, that also means that it doesn’t dry out the lips!

This shade is also sold out on site.

What do you think, ladies?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

The M.A.C x Nasty Gal collection would only be available in February 2015 at select international locations.