The Scarlet Season: MAC Dare You Lipstick

MAC Dare You Lipstick ($14.00) is a gorgeous shade of shimmering ruby red. It’s a deep ruby red with brighter ruby red shimmer laced throughout. It’s incredibly pigmented, and it looks opaque with just one layer. Dare You feels creamy, moisturizing, and it lasts a good four to six hours on my lips. It’s really a stunning red from MAC’s permanent line-up, and if I may–also an overlooked shade!

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The Scarlet Season: La Prairie Rouge Clair Lipstick

La Prairie Rouge Clair Lipstick
La Prairie Rouge Clair Cellular Luxe Lip Colour

The Scarlet Season: La Prairie Rouge Clair Lipstick

La Prairie Rouge Clair Cellular Luxe Lip Colour ($55.00 for 0.12 oz.) is the creme de la creme of luxe lip color in a bright, scarlet red. It’s seems mostly like a blue-based red, but it warmed up a bit on my lips when I swatched it — but it didn’t go orange on me, either (thankfully!). La Prairie lipsticks feel outstanding, like the smoothest silk that clings to lips and keeps them moisturized the entire time you’re wearing the color. It’s incredibly pigmented and goes opaque in just one swipe. If you have the money to spend, La Prairie’s Rouge Clair may be that perfect red you’ve been searching for.

And just to add, part of the reasoning behind the cost is that there is a “Cellular Complex” and “Caviar Extracts” to help fill in lip lines restoring fullness and plumpness while being hydrating. I’d say that my lips seemed a bit plumper and the lines certainly less noticeable, but these were both temporary effects on me. Nonetheless, it’s a gorgeous, high quality lipstick, albeit very expensive, too.

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!

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The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a beautiful, shimmery raspberry red lip color. It’s a semi-sheer lipstick formula, but I actually found it to be quite opaque. I mean, if this is semi-sheer, I wish all semi-sheer lipsticks were gave me this kind of coverage! 🙂 It has lovely pinky-raspberry shimmer that’s subtle but still sparkles in the light. The feeling, texture, and payoff of this lipstick reminds me a bit of Guerlain’s Rouge G formula (and it’s $15 less!)–smooth, moisturizing, and even.

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The Scarlet Season: Julie Hewett Rouge Noir Lipstick

Julie Hewett Rouge Noir Lipstick ($22.50) is a rich, ultra pigmented blue-based red with a nice sheen. It’s not glossy nor shimmery–just very bold and goes on opaque with little product. I want to say it’s creamy, but on the other hand, it’s really not creamy. It applies very smoothly and evenly, so it’s not dry, but yet it’s not actually that creamy.

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The Scarlet Season: LORAC Leading Lady Lipstick

The lipstick formula contains “SMS Complex,” which is an anti-aging ingredient that “neutralizes and prevents the signs of aging by helping to stimulate collagen production and promote cell turnover.” Can’t tell you if any of that is true, but since the price tag is $22 and not $30 just because there is “anti-aging” ingredients in it, it’s like an added bonus if it does work.

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The Scarlet Season: MAC Russian Red Lipglass

MAC Russian Red Lipglass ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a nearly opaque bright cherry red lipgloss. It’s a beautiful shimmer-less shade of red that goes on easily. MAC’s Lipglass is one of the tackier lipglosses on the market, which is something that I don’t mind–particularly because it tends to last much longer on my lips than the average lipglass. I find Lipglass lasts me around four hours or so, which is good time for a gloss. Russian Red Lipglass is really a classic MAC gloss — if you are at all a red fan, this is definitely one you should consider owning.

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