5 Reds to Set Off Fireworks

Will you be wearing your red, white, and/or blue on July 4th? I’m most likely going to sport a red lip, at the very least! Here are five of my picks for a little red-themed inspiration, and it was quite hard to narrow it down, because there are so many awesome red lipsticks and polishes in particular. So think of this as just a moment in time – surely if I picked a week from now, it would be different :)

  1. Fyrinnae Hitched — a bold, warm red with a beautiful satiny sheen
  2. Zoya Blaze — a deeper, cool-toned red with sparkle
  3. Maybelline Very Cherry — rich, cherry red with a matte finish for under $10
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — pure matte red for those who dare to go big
  5. Guerlain Garconne — classic, sumptuous deepened red

And for fun, I pulled ’em all up to compare here.

What’s your favorite red-hued product?

Maybelline Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor

Maybelline Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a bold, brightened red-orange with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Orange Edge is lighter, more orange than red. Maybelline Infra-red is very similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is lighter, more orange. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Cockney is darker. Guerlain Genna is slightly darker. Hourglass Raven is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Maybelline Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Neon Red
A+
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is very similar–it doesn’t read quite as glossy but you don’t need both. MAC Scarlet Ibis is close in color but matte in finish. MAC Sail La Vie is mostly matte and a touch lighter. OCC Psycho is a bit more orange and matte. See comparison swatches.

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Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Orange Edge
A+
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is an orange-toned red with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Everyday Diva is lighter.MAC Ruffian Red has gold shimmer. MAC Red Racer is more neutral. MAC Must Be Red is less bright. MAC Cockney isn’t quite as opaque but is very close in color. Guerlain Genna is slightly more orange.  See comparison swatches.

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Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Infra-red
A+
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%

Maybelline Waves of White & Shady Shores Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned white with a teal duochrome/shimmer. It has a soft, lightly metallic finish. When applied, I was able to get semi-opaque color payoff. I tried layering, but it does seem to get chunky and create unevenness/patchiness so one layer seemed to work best. It might be nice as an inner corner brightener or layered over black eyeshadow (to bring out the duochrome). It was also, inadvertently, kind of cool painted onto lashes. It’s not a dupe by any means, but since it is within the range, I thought it was worth mentioning: Maybelline Too Cool is a stark, cool white, with no teal shimmer/duochrome sheen. L’oreal Dive Right In is darker, less white, and a powder. Sugarpill Lumi is a loose powder and leans greener. See comparison swatches here.

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Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Waves of White
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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Maybelline Cool Crush & Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, bluish-silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. Because it’s on the sheerer side, it may be better as a base underneath your favorite powder eyeshadows than as a standalone color. The consistency is thinner and has more slip than the permanent range of Color Tattoos. The lasting power on me wasn’t as good as the permanent range; there was some faint creasing after ten hours (no primer). Sephora Sweet Dreams is bluer, powder. Maybelline Icy Mint is bluer, not as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Strip is darker, bluer, and a powder. MAC Water & Ice #1 is more silvered and a powder. MAC Free as Air is darker, bluer. Giorgio Armani #12 is more silver and a powder. Benefit Blue My Mind isn’t as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue, and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

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Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Cool Crush
C+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
78%
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