5 Shimmering Red Lipsticks to Try

When I think about a go-to color for a bold, party look, I always think red. I’m curious to know what your go-to color is when you think about it! There aren’t nearly as many shimmery/metallic reds as there should be, in my opinion, that are permanently available. I’d love to hear about more that I’m missing out on!

  1. Kat Von D Adora — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  3. NARS Christina — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  4. Milani Cherry Crave — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  5. Hourglass Siren — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.

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10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points :) What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! :)

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Collection Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Neutral Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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OCC Mosh & Stud Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Mosh Lip Tar/RTW ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “brick burgundy metallic.” It’s a deep, reddish burgundy with fine copper/gold shimmer and a natural sheen. It was richly pigmented with a light-medium weight consistency that had some slip, which I found caused feathering after four hours of wear (though the color itself was still going strong after six hours). I was impressed at how even it applied, as darker shades (especially when liquid or slippery) tend to apply poorly. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tribalist (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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OCC Mosh Lip Tar/RTW
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Mosh
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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OCC Synth & Structure Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “true rose gold metallic.” It’s a brightened, medium rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, though there was slight translucency so the natural lip color came through just barely. The texture was thinner and little more liquidy, but it didn’t seem to interfere with application, which was still quite even. It wore well for five hours on me, and it was a little drying after four hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $50.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Luca (LE, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). shu uemura OB Dream Orange (LE, $30.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Calypso Shimmer (10) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Metallic Debutante (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Teheran (412) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Demsey (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Skinny Dip (P, $50.00) is lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Chanel Sari Dore (DC, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Sari Dore (414) (P, $36.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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OCC Synth Lip Tar/RTW
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Synth
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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OCC Derelict & Disintegration Lip Tar/RTW

OCC Derelict Lip Tar/RTW ($15.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is described as a “patinated olive gold metallic.” It’s a smoky, dirty olive green with warmer, light-medium olive gold shimmer. It’s not a duochrome, but it almost appears that way, because of how the shimmer sits in the base and catches the light. It is much cooler in person, I think. It had smei-opaque coverage and applied unevenly, which was my biggest gripe with it. I think this one would benefit from applying with a lip brush, blotting lightly, and then applying a second layer for fuller coverage. The color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Trickery (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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OCC Derelict Lip Tar/RTW
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar/RTW Derelict
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
3.5
Total
83%
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