You know how NARS Orgasm blush is that perfect peachy-pink that works on pretty much everyone? (But I fully admit that many of the companion products are too light and frosty to work for many people. Like that lip gloss.)
Anyways, this is the Orgasm of lip sticks (pun intended? Not intended?)
Too Faced claims that Honey Bear is a "toasted mauve" lipstick, but I honestly don't even know what that would look like. It's pretty much the perfect neutral lippie for me. What do you think? What's your perfect neutral?
Fortunately, this is a problem I only seem to have with a few red lipsticks. No matter how young you are, or how perfectly you line your lips, there is always a lipstick that will bleed on to your skin. Luckily there are a few reverse lip liners to prevent this from happening. While concealer will sometimes help, what you really need is a product that basically creates a barrier around your lips to prevent your lippie from bleeding out all over your skin.
The Soothing Lip Primer is a lotion (that does have a very slightly waxy feel) that goes on with a fingertip on the skin around your lips, this makes it much easier and faster to apply. I use it over makeup, and you really only need the very smallest of amounts. A pea sized amount is about 8 or 10 applications for me. So, yes, very little! Smooth it around and you're done.
1 little tube is $32.50, but will last for pretty much forever. You can only get it at Kohl's.
The MAC Mattenes are usually very pigmented, last for about 5-6 hours (at least for me) and are... well... dry. On me they often look like I could use a good balm. This one really shocked me, it somehow wasn't super matte? It felt a tad hydrating? Definitely a good thing!
Luxury is a little bit lighter and pinker than what I expected based on how the lipstick looked in the tube. But, it is very pigmented, pretty hydrating for a lipstick and it lasted for about 3 hours without needing to be retouched.
So, my tube of Refined Ruby was a little worse for wear after the cap fell off while it was coming to my house. Luckily most of it was intact, because this is a beautiful color! Well pigmented and like other L'Oreal lipsticks, it is hydrating and lasts for hours.
Sonia Kashuk's Classic Red lipstick really is just that- a classic red that you can't go wrong with. It applies very smoothly, though I did think it was a tad dry (easily overcome by applying some balm first).
With a name like Red Carpet I had expected a true red lipstick. But it wasn't quite red in the tube, and once applied I'd definitely say there's a bit of... what looks like coral? In this red? And some pink?
It isn't red, but it is definitely pretty! It can be a bit translucent, so I have more applied here, but I think it makes it pretty wearable for those afraid of red lips.
So, a few days ago I shared my favorite red lip gloss, and I have to admit that it was really hard to pass up featuring Beso instead. To me, this is a more "grown up" version of the L'Oreal gloss. If you need a more grown up version of something that is already a red lippie.
This is a slightly darker true red. The formula is interesting since it is billed as a "liquid lipstick" and it really is an accurate description. It's not a gloss, it's a bit thicker and drier. Yes, like someone stuck a lipstick in a blender and added just enough liquid to make it easy to spread around. So, it is really pigmented, not at all sticky and there's no flavor to it. It applies in basically 1 swipe, perfectly lined, fully pigmented, and no touchups needed. I kid you not. It lasts about 6 hours on me, and yes, it does stain my lips a bit, so when it starts to wear off that is a bit less noticeable.
I've been reaching for this a lot lately. I think it's my red of choice as fall rolls into the midwest.
I was a bit surprised by this red lippie! Red Ceremony looks a bit like a darker brick red in the tube, when I swatched it on my arm it looked a little berry colored and didn't apply very smoothly. But...
When it applies, it is super pigmented and smooth. It feels a bit... hydrating. And silky. The color just applies perfectly and looks amazing. It is more of a dark true red, and the shine is amazing for a lipstick. It lasts for about 4 hours before needing touch up.
It also has a lot of little details that you expect from such a high end lippie. The By Terry writing on the site (it actually say "Terrybly" which is the name of the lipstick product), the magnetic closure that snaps the lippie closed and the heftiness of the tube. All of those are great details that I loved.