Anyone who knows me will know that I absolutely LOVE red lipstick. Red is my favourite colour in anything but there is something about red lipstick that makes me feel great. It brightens my face, makes me feel 'made up' and presentable and also is a nod to my love of vintage style and also the musical icons I love, enter Robert Smith (although my makeup is a tad neater most of the time), PJ Harvey etc.
If you follow my posts you'll know that I admitted to having a hoard of lipsticks that have just built up over the years and, in fitting with my money saving themed Wednesday posts (Haven't Got the Money Wednesdays) I decided to review them and share my findings to save my readers the trouble of wasting money on too many lipsticks like I have. Here is some of my collection:
Just some of my lovely red lipsticks!
See how I've lined them up like the usual suspects! I couldn't fit them all in the frame and I have some in my handbag too. The brands are (from left to right) Estee Lauder 'Rouge Bingo', (you can just see the gold tube) Lush 'Decisive, GOSH 'Shanghai Express' Barry M '121' (unknown brand), Rimmel 'Alarm' Topshop 'Rio Rio' Mac Ruby WooandSleek 'Russian Roulette'. I'll be reviewing all of them one by one to see which ones I feel are the best value for money.
My first review is for 'Decisive' by Lush Cosmetics, £14.50
I was a bit out of the loop in terms of Lush products, having not ventured inside the lovely Cardiff branch in months, and, when doing so, never bothered going upstairs. How silly of me! Had I known about the lovely range of makeup that was laying in wait I'm sure my collection of Lush Cosmetics would be a lot larger by now. Lush launched its makeup range in July 2012 and rather than think of new synonyms for 'red' as other brands do, Lush uses the innovative concept of linking emotional 'buzz' words to each colour. You gotta have a gimmick, right?
Lush co-founder Rowena Bird explains to Vogue magazine
"This range offers pigment-rich products that are very versatile... they can be worn to give great depth of colour or more sheer coverage, so can be worn by both make-up junkies and non make-up wearers who prefer the subtle look,"
The colours are certainly very pigment rich and my eyes lit up when I saw the display which included a fabulous spinning wheel that is part of a sort of personality/emotion reading game! Try it yourselves here.
'Decisive' rad popped out at me immediately and I was especially pleased as the sales assistant assured me that it is (along with Lush's other products) completely cruelty free. Its description is as follows:
Decisive: A Vintage Cherry Red. This patent applied for recipe for the Liquid Lipsticks is a super softening base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose was. As well as being intensely skin softening and soothing, the base also carries pigment incredibly well.
We shall see! This is the product:
It comes in a small bottle which is identical in shape and size to the other colour products in the range. Apparently this can be used on the cheeks too. The applicator is a bit like a pipette so it all feels a bit pharmacy-ish.
The first thing you notice is it is a lot more liquid-like than most standard red lipsticks. It has a very 'lip glossy' texture but without the gloss. It smells lovely, and tastes quite nice too, without that waxy chemically taste that can be had with most lipsticks. This made me feel quite reassured as I know the ingredients used in this lipstick are 100% natural and I wont be ingesting any nasty chemicals!
Here I am putting it to the test. I've added pictures of me without using any posh photo filters so you can garner a true impression of the colours
Me without lipstick:
Me, sans lipstick
Please excuse the rather miserable expression and the spot on my nostril. The sales assistant advised me to add lip-liner before using as this product's liquidy formula tends to make it bleed into the lines around the mouth.
Here I am with lined lips. Weird. I used a standard Red from Rimmel,
The first thing I noticed when applying this is how little of the product you actually need. The colour is such a vivid red that I only needed a thin layer of product before my lips looked fully made-up. It went on smoothly and there was no need to blot.
The shade of red has blue undertones so it made my teeth look whiter (yay!) and made me feel very vampy indeed!
Me just after applying the lipstick
How long does it last before needing re-application?
I wanted to see how long it lasted as reds are notorious for needing touch ups throughout the day. The first thing I tried was a cup of tea.The product left no lipstick stains on the cup at all and stayed even and vibrant. Here are my lips after the tea:
Still lovely and red! I left the red on for the rest of the day & it was a little faded slightly after around four hours, but the colour had faded evenly and didn't leave patchy lips or lips with just the outline left (one of my pet makeup hates!). I think this is pretty good going! I used a tiny smidge to get the brightness back again.
I love this product. I think the packaging is innovative and fit-for-purpose and the cost of £14.50, although it may at first seem a bit on the expensive side, will work out to be quite cost efficient as you need very little product to get a luscious red lip and also very few applications. The only criticism I have is the fact it will bleed into your lip lines (and we all have them, no matter how young you are). This is because of the product's consistency. You can stop this happening by using a lip-liner.
The scent of the lipstick was a new experience for me with regard to cosmetics and I was pleasantly surprised, I can't put my finger on the smell but I like it. It doesn't have that 'taste' that so many lipsticks have either and it felt nice on my lips. I enjoyed using the applicator too. It had a soft, furry tip that allowed precision of application too.
I think this lipstick is going to be a tough one to beat!