Wednesday, 19 February 2014

My favourite red lipsticks

Hi all! I know it's nearly spring but I believe year round nothing makes a statement better than a red lip, especially at night. I love the classic LBD and red lip combination, it is classy yet sexy - perfect! And here are my current favourites;

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Chilli (853) here
As I previously mentioned in my January favourites, I love this lipstick. It is crimson with a subtle golden sparkle in it which makes it much more wearable than a plain red lipstick, and the formula is fantastic. It has to be reapplied every 4 to 6 hours which is fairly standard and decent for the price. Also I think the packaging looks far more luxurious than the price would suggest. 

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in  Red Velvet (40) here
These beauties have been all over the blogging world and rightly so, I love them. This was definitely a 'the blogger made me buy it' purchase, I saw so many people raving about these I had to try them out. I love how moisturising they feel and the range of colours is brilliant. I find these tend to last less than 4 hours but I reapply more often than that anyway, I treat them more like a tinted lip balm, though they are packed full of pigmentation. This is a lovely maroon red that would be universally flattering.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Passionate Red - here
I picked this up on a 3 for 2 offer as I liked the colour and thought I might as well. I didn't really expect great things but I was very wrong. This is such a gorgeous colour (my favourite of the bunch) it is basically a deeper, more intensely pigmented version of the chilli lipstick with the same golden shimmer which for some reason just wouldn't photograph (grrr). The formula is very soft and creamy though I do find this harder to apply than the normal lipsticks as it can go on a bit thickly and has a tendency to look messy if rushed, thought I think this error is on my part not the formulation of the product. 

Max Factor Lipfinity in Passionate (110) - here 
This post is not sponsored by Max Factor I promise, I just love their lipsticks. This is again a gorgeous shimmery red, very much like the others just a tad darker and more crimson. I have a love hate relationship with these lipsticks, I have seen so many people rave about them but I'm not convinced. I think they are very much practice makes perfect, and I am keeping at it for the time being. Firstly, I don't have the most patience and after applying these not being able to move your mouth for a good minute until they dry into a stain is not fun. So many times I have just started talking etc, and had to start over as the colour goes patchy. I find these make my lips feel very dry and tight, though this is mostly eased when the accompanying balm is applied over the top. The first time you apply this it is a very strange feeling. The main positive about these is they do last for a long time, easily doing a whole day without needing to be reapplied, despite how much you eat or drink. My main problem with these however is that on my bottom lip the colour flakes/ disappears off the back part of it, so when I talk you can see both the lipstick and my natural lip colour like a very dodgy ombre effect lip attempt!
So you might ask - why is this included in your favourite red lipsticks? Well I love the colour and I think someone better at applying it would have a much better experience, as after all they are very popular: I love this formula in nude colours. Mainly though I do still wear this just for shorter time periods and I am still trying to improve my technique. I'll get there one day.

L-R: Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Chilli, Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in  Red Velvet, Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Passionate Red, Max Factor Lipfinity in Passionate. Taken with natural lighting.

What are your favourite red lipsticks? Thank you for reading, please leave a comment,
Hazel x


  1. Hi there! love your blog! I'm your newest follower on bloglovin. Hope you can follow back ;)

    Pam xx

  2. The Revlon lip butters are so nice and smooth! Great post! You got a new follower too :)

  3. They are definitely my favourite lipstick at the moment! Thanks! You too ;)
    Hazel x