Monday, December 28th, 2009


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Scarlet Season:  Temptalia’s Favorite Red Lipsticks & Glosses

I’m sure some of you are interested in what my favorites were–and to be sure, I included some that just had flat-out spectacular formulas and wear, even if the color wasn’t what I’d normally go for–so here’s a compilation of them.  They’re, for the most part, in alphabetical order by brand.

I can still (and now with full confidence after testing so many reds!) that Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque is still my SCARLET QUEEN.  Sorry to all the lovely shades of red from the Scarlet Season, but Dragon still has my heart, and I think it’s totally made away with it and is now in hiding, hoping to never have to give it back!  (I am also ever-relieved every time someone tells me they purchased Dragon and love it, because sometimes I fear for the worst!)

Of course, there are still many shades that came close and gave poor Dragon a big ol’ scare, and those make up the rest that I’ve included.  I do have to give some props to La Prairie for having a lipstick that really does apply like the sweetest dream and does make every lip line a little less noticeable.  Urban Decay’s Revolution lipstick also had a particularly lovely formula; all smooth and moisturizing and glossy.  Of course, both Dolce & Gabbana and Guerlain didn’t disappoint in their crisp, pigmented, and lip-huggin’ formulas, either.  MAC is classic, and they do some fine reds.  Bring back Queen’s Sin, please.

Which were your favorites?

Sunday, December 27th, 2009


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Scarlet Season:  The Glossiest Reds

I wish we had been able to cover more red lipglosses, but alas, red lipsticks do tend to reign supreme!  But since the glosses were not nearly as numerous as the lipsticks, what better way to remember them than with a dedicated round-up just for them?

My personal favorites were Guerlain Rouge Sultan (which is described as a lip gloss, but you could just as easily classify it as a liquid lipstick, but whatever!), Le Metier de Beaute Framboise Creme, MAC Check, Please, and MAC Warning.  Too bad half that list was limited edition or discontinued.  MAC Russian Red makes a good substitute for a bold, bright, glossy red, though, if you don’t have either Check, Please or Warning on hand.

Which were your favorites?

Saturday, December 26th, 2009


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Scarlet Season:  Orange -Based Reds Round-up

I’m surprised (and quite happy about it!) that we covered nearly as many orange-based reds as blue-based reds.  I just feel like we ended up with a very well-rounded bunch of reds we were able to feature over the past three months, which is such a good thing.  It means I was able to tested out numerous shades and variations, but it also means that everyone was able to see that variety, too!

I’m not too keen on orange-reds on myself, but my favorites on myself were Dolce & Gabbana Sheer, Guerlain Geisha, La Prairie Rouge Clair, MAC Rockocco, and Urban Decay Revolution.  My absolute favorites in terms of formula and application overall (whether or not I liked it on me) were Giorgio Armani #401, Chanel Coromandel, Dolce & Gabbana Fire, La Prairie Rouge Clair, and Urban Decay Revolution–they just applied effortlessly and looked it.

Which were your favorites?

Friday, December 25th, 2009


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Scarlet Season: Blue-Based Reds Round-up

Lots of cool, more blue-based reds… Of course, it’ll come as no surprise, but Chanel’s Dragon is definitely one of my favorite reds.  It’s almost neutral, but I’d still say it runs just a wee bit cool (and it’s definitely not orange-y–that’s Coromandel!).  I also really enjoyed Dolce & Gabbana’s Ruby, Guerlain’s Greta, and MAC Russian Red.

I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of the reds featured throughout the Scarlet Season, just because none of them were bad.  They’re all respectable shades of red.  I think it’s really about what kind of red you’re looking for (the finish, the hue, the brightness, the undertone!).  So…

Which have you been your favorites?

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Shine Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a glossy, orange-based red. It’s smooth, feels moisturizing, and is richly pigmented. Even though the Shine formula is designed to deliver semi-sheer color, this particular shade definitely gives lips plenty of color. I’d personally consider it an opaque shade that gives full color coverage. It’s like a redder, slightly more tamed version of Fire. Since it’s a Shine lipstick, it doesn’t have the same richness or creamy feeling as The Classic Cream formula, but on the other hand, it has a glossier finish and feels more hydrating once on lips.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The Scarlet Season: Round-Up

Oh, many, many lipsticks and glosses have been highlighted over the past three months (roughly 55 in sum).  Here’s a general summary and link round-up of all of the reds from the series.   I also included a list by price point, in case you’re looking for a budget-friendly red or an ultra luxe shade.

Over the next few days, I’ll break it down and highlight some shades together with photos and commentary.  Stay tuned!

For now, make sure you didn’t miss any reds you were hoping to see covered this season…

Or check out the list by price! Continue reading →

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