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I love it! It’s such a bold and powerful shade. I tend to prefer a more luminous red over a fully matte red, so it has to feel comfortable but not be prone to feathering/bleeding.

— Christine


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Nancy T Avatar

When it’s formulated well and has an undertone that flatters my coloring, I love it!
To me, it’s the perfect statement lipstick color. It’s almost always classy and yet bold all at once. That said, I prefer mine in either a matte or satin finish for staying power and lack of feathering. I do have a few luminous ones that also stay put, and that I don’t need to worry about them “straying” outside the lines.

Rachel R. Avatar

I love a good red lipstick! (Red is my favorite color, period.) Its a timeless classic. It makes s statement and comes in so many variations. I think there is a shade out there for everybody.

I don’t like that it has to be perfect or it will show every little flaw in application. It usually requires a lipliner and a primer for me to wear. It can messy to remove.

M. Avatar

I love the idea of a red lipstick, but unfortunately, even though I don’t look my age, I have some bad upper lip creases/wrinkles. I can hardly bring myself to even wear lip products because I don’t want to draw attention to my mouth, so I would never consider wearing red at this point with the potential for traveling up the creases. It makes me so sad 😢

Cameron Avatar

I love a good matte red lipstick. Or any red lipstick. I don’t have many issues with feathering, but I do have issues with some dark mattes cracking. I feel like this doesn’t happen with red. The only downside for red to me is it doesn’t match everything.

Andrea Avatar

I used to be scared of red tbh. Then I tried Ruby Woo and my love for reds began. Absolutely nothing gets me as many compliments as a good red lipstick does. It complements my yellow palleness and my cool medium-dark brown hair/brows like no other shade.
Cool reds bring a certain “brightness” to my face and lift my whole makeup. I love them! They make me feel uber confident in my skin (as a bonus my teeth look extra white). I feel awesome with only a red lipstick.
Warmer reds bring out the yellow in me, which is not my best feature so I avoid them (the one I do have I wear with a blue sheer topper). With warm-toned reds all I see is yellow teeth and I can’t get past that.
Neutral ones, I don’t have a logical explanation for disliking, other than I feel very “bland” when I look in the mirror… I don’t feel as though I look terrible but I don’t feel confident either. What’s the point of wearing a red lipstick if it doesn’t make me feel awesome?
One issue with my reds is the need for a good lipliner (occasionally a primer) and to be extra careful because two seconds of distraction means red smudges all over everything and clothes in particular. Also, I could do with not having to handwash (clean) glasses because they still have red stains the washer can’t handle -on the other hand it means they have amazing lasting power.

Andrea Avatar

You are 100% right and I should absolutely do that but the thing with living alone is that I’ve been overrun by the messy part of me, which now runs wild and free… i.e. I put it all in the sink (or leave it all over really) until I feel guilty enough and then it goes in the washer (and by then I’ve forgotten all about red lipstick and Mac Rebel). So it’s only when putting it back in the cupboard that I notice those pesky stains and it’s easier to just put it back in the washer. One would think that with all the peanut butter I eat I’d have learnt my lesson by now!
P.S. I posted on one of your old comments to let you know about “Jolse(dot)com” – for shopping for SK and J beauty! It’s on sale often so keep checking! 😀

Andrea Avatar

I have never heard such a thing… Is it because they fade fast? Have you tried Mac Ruby Woo? It’s pretty opaque, it needs primer and lipliner BUT it holds forever. It’s not the most comfortable to wear though.

Susan Avatar

I’ve always admired a beautiful red lipstick, but have always been shy to actually wear it. I HATE it when lipstick wears off on the inner part of my lips and leaves a ring. This year I bought several of the PMG Labs mini sets and discovered Elson 2. I loved the way it wore so much I just bought Forbidden Love, though I wish I had waited for the Cyber Monday sale!

Matilda Avatar

I love red lipstick but it doesn’t love me. The matte ones make me look like prune lips, and the creamy and sheer ones settle into my lip lines or form a smeary mess. Also, the color emphasizes any blotchiness my skin experiences now and then and is aging. Love the concept, though.

brendacr1 Avatar

I love how it gives me that pop of color and makes me feel bold. I don’t like that it emphasizes how thin my top lip is, so to correct for that I line my top lip a touch outside the edge of the lip and I contour the lip a touch and use a gloss on top of the red, it helps.

Mariella Avatar

I love a red lip. Cool tones and slightly browned reds suit me best (orange tones not so much!). I do like a more luminous, moist looking product – matte lipstick in any colour looks aging and dry and never feels good to wear. But hand me Chanel Pirate or Smashbox Red Rage or Legendary and I’m one happy camper. Maybe years ago, Estee Lauder made a lipstick called (I think) Datenut Red and UltimaII had one called Bittersweet Red (also recollecting less than perfectly on the name) and those were the perfect slightly warmer, brown toned reds for me. How I would love to find dupes for those 2 historic beauties!

Nina Avatar

Hard as I’ve tried I’ve never found a red lipstick I FEEL comfortable in. The few times I’ve worn red I’ve gotten great compliments but I always feel clownish. Even with subtle reds. I’m more comfortable with a Smokey eye and a mauve or bronze / platinum lipstick. Old habits die hard.

Helene Avatar

I find nothing to hate about red lipsticks.
I love red, red clothes, shoes, handbags and lipsticks to name a few tings I use and wear in my favourite colour, well actually my fav is purple, but red comes next. (Then everything within the black to white scale.)
I have, love and use lots of red lipsticks, in all kinds of reds from the cool Ruby Woo to the warm Lady Danger. I hardly ever use a lip liner, but sometimes use a lip brush to fix a very crisp edge, when I use a liner I use it after applying the lipstick.
I remember thinking I could never go as warm as Lady Danger and then I tried it in store, I was quite fascinated that it worked as I thought I could only use cool reds.

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