What’s your power red (as in lip color)?


What’s your power red (as in lip color)? Share the red that makes you feel most confident!

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I’ve been itching to find a red lipstick to add to my arsenal (because I feel no makeup collection is complete without at least one red lipstick), so I’ve been eyeing Buxom Scoundrel. I’ve read several reviews on it, and it seems to combine everything I desire in lip color: opacity, shine, and moisture! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

I have a few that I really love.

My Red of Reds is Be A Bombshell’s lipgloss in Hot Mess. I also really love BAB’s lipgloss in Vixen (a darker, more sparkly red).

My other big reds are an accidental theme. Red Velvet Velvetines by Lime Crime is a good matte lipgloss; Red Velvet Lip Butter by Revlon is my every day red lippie; and Red Velvet Butter Lip Balm by NYX is the one I wear most often at home for a little color and some moisturizing.

Maybelline Red Revival. It’s not perfect, but it’s the only one currently on the market I feel isn’t too pink, too orange, etc… I’ve had several over the years by Shiseido, L’Oréal, & Borghese, and I have yet to find replacements…

I like the discontinued Chanel Marilyn lipstick a light red. I own a lot of red lipsticks but I always feel pretty in Loreal’s British red lipstick.

I love red lipstick. I’m not sure I could pick one because it drastically depends on my mood. My fave’s in no order are: MAC Russian Red, MAC Lady Danger, Bite Beauty Rouge, Clinique Chubby Stick in Mighty Maraschino, OCC Lip Tar in NSFW and most recently I’m super impressed with Elf’s Matte Lip Color in Rich Red. If I included my ‘almost red’ pinks and burgundies my list would be much longer. I could never choose just one!

YSL Glossy Stain in 20! It is AMAZING-definitely a HG product for me. It’s cool toned but leans quite neutral on me. I really loved the shade of Hourglass’ Icon Liquid lipstick, but unfortunately it only lasts about an hour in the center of my lips and wears away unevenly. If the formula was better I’d definitely call Icon a power red for me, as well.

Kat Von D Underage Red, Illamasqua Box, MAC Marcel Wanders Gesina, NARS Dragon Girl, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC RiRi Woo, MAC Ronnie Red. There’s probably more but that’s the main “strong red lipstick” arsenal, LOL. I also have a “Saturday red” category (the red lipstick you put on Saturday to go out and do errands) but that’s for another time!

NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Red Square… I can only wear matte lipsticks because glossy ones make me look like complete trash. so I’m super thankful that this line of lippy exists!

It was the BareMinerals Pretty Amazing in Strength but I’ve been really digging the matte look so I just ordered Ruby Woo. Let’s hope I can handle the dryness! I’ll just chant my mantra, “Pain is beauty, pain is beauty, pain is beauty…”

I don’t actually tend to wear red lipsticks as they don’t suit me. But I have been leaning towards Revlon Fire gloss which seems to be a good shade for me.

Revlon’s Red Laquer(orange-red 😀 most say it’s a bit sheer but on me it’s almost opaque and buildable as I’m pale…on others it looks more orange and non-bright; the problem with it is that it’s a frost finish and altho it has no frost in it, it gets dry on the lips after a while just like frosts do…at first it looks creamy and juicy…I wish it was made in cream)

Lately it’s been Bite Beauty’s VIB Rouge (my first Bite lipstick and I am so pleased I will probably order the full size). But in general, it’s probably Clarins Red Wine, which is a gorgeous,wearable red with a lovely texture.

Any red makes a statement, and is powerful. Personally, there is nothing better than a matte red. I love MAC’s Chili because it’s so understated but i also love a MAC’s Russian Red because it’s such a bold red.

NARS Red Square. It was my first bright lipstick purchase and also the lipstick that led me to discover I look better in warm tones than in cool ones.

Nars Mascate, sometimes with MAC Russian Red gloss over it to add some shine. I just ordered Urban Decay F-Bomb pencil and 69 liner during the sale and can’t wait to try those!

Hourglass Icon! If I apply a lip pencil underneath, I only need to reapply after eating something oily 🙂 But it fades evenly and is such a powerful color on me!

After years and years of buying red lipsticks from various cosmetic companies only to find that i’d stuffed up yet again and ended up binning them, I believe that Giorgio Armani #401 is THE one. I’ve worn it several times now over a 3 month period and I still love the way it looks on me each time. Its a keeper!

Since Chanel Dragon being discontinued, I’d go with Hourglass Icon Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick!
This is the bluest & darkest red without being pinky or vampy red! I haven’t found the dupe in traditional lipstick form, the same shade in Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick are somehow a bit different in color.

I wore only reds for years so I have tried many. When you mention “power” red I think of something that will stay put, eliminating my daily favorite glosses, balms and lip butters i.e. Buxom, MAC, Revlon. That leaves us with OCC Lip Tar in NSFW & NARS Cruella Velvet Matte pencil. There a bunch of other great reds like MAC Charmed I’m Sure, Ruby Woo, RiRi Woo & Ronnie Red, Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 502, UD 69 & Gash that are always good too.

I am crazyyyyy for red lip colors ( aahhhhhhh how many times i repeat this ? )
my fav and first love is – mac cherry lip pencil with mac russian red lipstick ( absolute fav )
after this NARS cruella and fire down below followed by REVLON fire and ICE .
i have way too many reds but these are the first few I love the most and they are not being discontinued 😀

and i recently tried CHANEL PIRATE from sample card which was there with me for past 1 yr .. and i want a full tube of that shade after reading it is fav of soooo many readers 😀

I have so many! Chanel pirate is up there, as is Dior 999. But there are so many occasions for which Mac Viva Glam 1 or Russian Red or Ruby Woo are perfect ( Ruby Woo doesn’t dry out my lips…go ahead and hate me 😉 And I can’t not mention Mac’s All Fired Up (a near perfect dupe of Nars Dragon Girl as far as I’m concerned). So, yes, I love red lipstick and I’ve fallen down the Mac rabbit hole 🙂

Russian Red has been my go-to for years, but lately it’s been all about Kat von D Outlaw. Good god damn, is it perfect! Even my husband loves it, as in “hey, are you going to put on your ass kicking lipstick tonight? Oh good!”

Hi Christine.
I think it depends on how I’m feeling because I might be having a little rocky/dark powerful day xD and I would sooo use Mac’s Diva but If I want just a red lippie I would surely go for RiRi Woo 😀

Love this question! I’m always looking for new reds to try.

For myself, it would be either Guerlain Garconne or Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #201! I love my MAC Russian Red too, but find it a tad drying compared to my Guerlain or the Armani.

There’s a quote I love from Elizabeth Taylor: “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” I always carry around my Garconne if I ever need a little pick-me-up or whenever I need help to “pull myself together” 🙂

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