5 Decadent Bright Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

5 Decadent Bright Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

If there was ever a time to break out the red lipstick, it’s during the winter holidays.   I love red lipstick year-round, and I most definitely have a weakness for a really fantastic red so narrowing them down to five was hard… which is why this list is just bright reds.

What’s your favorite bright holiday red lipstick?

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My favorite bright red for Christmas is Lancome’s Rogue in Love 170. It’s the perfect true, bright red that isn’t too blue based. But I do like to break it up sometimes during the holidays. I will probably also wear a more orangey-red like Mac’s Lady Danger or hot pinks, like Nars Schiap. Depends on my mood.

My favourite extroverted, take-no-prisoners bright red is YSL’s Vernis a Levres in Rouge Gouache. It’s got a distinct cool-toned pull to it, but don’t let that fool you, because it’s BIGHT. Bright enough that I’d feel out of place wearing it during the day; it’s made for parties and nights out doing scandalous things. It’s opaque, long-lasting and super shiny, which is essentially everything I want in a lip colour.

I am, by nature, quite shy, but when the Rouge Gouache goes on, it makes me feel like a vivacious chatty Cathy. Does that kind of personality reboot happen to anyone else when they wear a bright red? Or am I just a multiple lipstick personality weirdo? Oh my god, I am. Forget I said anything.

Christine: if you’ve the time, I’d love to see your recommendations for darker reds too!

I’ve never found a true “bright red” that didn’t look strange on me – I’ll definitely check these out, though. In the meantime, I’m loving Dior Lady, which as you know is a lighter, coral red – a definite but not “bright” red that I get compliments.

UD’s Revolution RED. It took me forever to find her and then of course they discontinued this color. Luckily I found one…ONE gaaah…on Amazon, so I have a backup.phew…Why do they do this to us, *banging my head on the wall* She’s a blue red med to dark and bright, saturated, moisturizing & wears fairly long! I Love her.

I have to give a shout out to Butter Londons venture into lippies too. They hooked me in this past szummer with Snog-a bright fuschia pink! Come to Bed Red is true to the polish color. Another blue red, saturated, moisturizing, wears fairly long and glossy. They’ve done well with this and I love the formula. I’m getting the Charger set next. A blue red with a lot of sparklies. 😉

My favorite bright red, and one of my 2 HG lipsticks, is NARS Vesuvio (pure matte). Honorable mention goes to NARS Jungle Red and the legendary but, alas, discontinued Paloma Picasso “The Red.” I hoard that one carefully. Oh, a Pupa red too.

I LOVE the look of both NARS Dragon Girl and Guerlain Garconne! I love how matte Dragon Girl is, and Garconne just looks SO colour saturated it’s ridiculous. I really want both!! I already have a red lipstick (MAC Ladybug) which I wear infrequently, though I love it, because my skin is often a bit irritated and red. Foundation/concealer covers it well, but I still avoid bright lip colours on those days.

I try to keep these posted limited to permanent products, and in the rare instance something LE is in it, it is only because it was recently released and/or still widely available. Even then, I avoid LEs generally!

My favorite red ever is Revlon Hot Coral from their Moon Drops line. It’s such a bright, fun color with a great formula. Unfortunately, its perfumey taste keeps me from wearing it more often.

For special occasions, though, I think I’d go with Revlon Fire and Ice from the Super Lustrous line. It’s a warm, nearly neutral red, which is super-saturated and slightly dark…it’s a lovely color and it looks great on, but it’s the only red I own and like that I’d be intimidated to wear during the day.

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