It is no secret that I love red lips.
I recently tried to do a roundup for a “Collection” post on all the reds I owned, but (don’t judge!) there was just no way I could have fit them all on one picture.
So two things happened:
I put myself on a red lip-whatever spending ban.
No exceptions this time.
I will apply a strict “Two out, One in”-rule, even though it will hurt.
|L to R: Astor “VaVaVoum”, Revlon “Striking”, P2 “Burning Red”, Clinique “Mega Melon”|
And I decided to split them up and do a separate post for each subcategory: Lipstick, Lipgloss and, today:
|Swatches left to right: Astor “VaVaVoum”, Revlon “Striking”, P2 “Burning Red”, Clinique “Mega Melon”|
1. Astor Soft Sensation Lip Color Butter in “VaVaVoum”
Aptly named, the color goes on creamy and opaque, drawing attention to your lips.
I love how easy it is to apply (can almost be done without a mirror) and how soft it makes my lips feel, but the creaminess comes with a lack of longevity and a tendency to transfer to your mug/glass/husbands cheek.
In case you wondered why mine looks so strange, Little Bean approved the color by biting a big piece out of it. At first glance I thought she had bit her tongue and was bleeding.
When applied, the color is a warm, deep red with a tendency to make your teeth look yellow.
|Astor “VaVaVoom”, Ostsee 2014|
2. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in “Striking”
One of my splurge on Revlon cosmetics back when we visited New Zealand in January this year.
Because you still can´t get Revlon in Germany, you know? Shame!
Despite being marketed as a matte balm, I can see a subtle sheen when applied. More balm than matte on my lips!
Not drying, but not nourishing either and with a tendency to cling to dry patches, so make sure to moisturize your lips well before you wear it.
It stays put for several hours, doesn’t transfer too much and leaves a pretty stain when fading.
This one is a true red, maybe slightly on the warmer side (can you sense a theme here?) and smells of mint, although I don’t notice any plumping effect or tingling when applied.
3. P2 True explosion lipstick pencil in “Burning Red”
An impulse buy a few years ago, when we decided spontaneously that I would stay at Mr. Locas over night for the first time and I had no makeup with me. So I said I´d go out and get some candles and quickly grabbed a mascara, some powder and this lip crayon on my way.
Please tell me I am not the only one who would do this?
|P2 “Burning Red”|
Again a warm red, creamy and not at all drying, but seriously a pain to wear. It never settles, it transfers everywhere and if I drink or touch my face I´ll end up with nothing on my lips, but red streaks on my chin or cheeks.
So why do I still own it? Because I love the color and the subtle sheen it has. And because I love the memories it brings to mind.
So I go through the whole process of blotting, lip pencil and checking the mirror every five minutes just for the sake of wearing it.
|P2 “Burning Red” on my lips|
4. Clinique Chubby Stick for lips in “Mega Melon”
This one is a little cheat.
It isn’t a red in the classic way, and it is way sheerer than the ones mentioned above, but I love it and wouldn’t have known where else to fit it, so here it is.
|Clinique “Mega Melon”|
I grab this one whenever I want a moisturizing, fuzz-free MLBB-color, usually for work. It is worn down to a little stump and I will be very, very sad when it is gone.
No transferring, but no longevity, so I have to reapply every two or three hours. That way my lips stay moisturized, so I don’t mind.
You have seen me wear it before here:
|Wearing Clinique “Mega Melon” on my lips|
Do you own any lip crayons?
And is there one makeup product you just keep on buying?