Christmas party season is upon us once again, and you know what that means - it's time to go cray cray with the make-up. It's the only time of year when it's fully acceptable to pull out all the stops, and even though I do tend to avoid the glitter, I am quite traditional in that I just can't say no to a good ole festive red lip. Yes, it's been done to death but what's the harm in one more blog post paying homage to the best red lippies out there for this time of year? No harm at all me thinks. Today I've picked out three of my favourites. One is a traditional lipstick, one is a stain and the other is a lip pencil, but all three have one thing in common - they are matte and incredibly long lasting. Because who wants red lipstick smeared across their cheek halfway through the Christmas party?
sephora lip cream stain in 01 always red
I was always going to mention this one, wasn't I. I picked this up back in October at a Sephora in Rome, and I haven't had too many opportunities to wear it ever since. So as soon as December rolled around I was determined to crack it out, and it got it's first outing at my work Christmas party. This is an insanely beautiful pillar box red liquid lipstick that just lasts and lasts and lasts. Seriously, it didn't budge even a little bit through a three course meal and
one or two drinks. This stuff wasn't going anywhere. The formula is incredibly pigmented, applies smoothly and evenly and dries to a matte finish within a few minutes. I'm not going to say that it's the most comfortable matte lipstick I've ever worn, but I can definitely get away with it for an evening and it feels much less drying on the lips when I remember to apply a light lip balm underneath. Because the colour is so intense application can get a little messy, but that's where the Real Techniques Detailer Brush comes in handy. I apply it straight from the doe foot applicator and then use the Detailer Brush to tidy up around the edges and I'm left with defined shape and a perfect pout.
rimmel lasting finish lipstick by kate moss in 107
Ah yes, good old 107. This one always seems to crop up in these sorts of posts and for good reason. I picked up this one last year just when I was starting to get into darker lipsticks as I figured it wouldn't break the bank too much if it turned out to be too scary of a shade for my liking. But it ended up being my most worn red lipstick last Christmas and I can see myself wearing it a similar amount this year too. The shade is most definitely red, but it has more of a wine/berry undertone to it (which is probably my favourite shade of red) and is ideal for this time of year. This is the red for you if you want a good quality, matte and long-lasting lipstick to take you through the holiday season without having to splash the cash too much. I currently have one up for grabs in my Christmas giveaway (along with a few other bits) - why not enter here!
nars velvet matte lip pencil in cruella
Looking for a decent red lip pencil with a creamy, comfortable formula that dries to a matte, budge proof finish? Look no further than the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. I feel like I totally get lip pencils now. Like a chubbier version of a lip liner, meaning we get that precise shape and definition and long-lasting matte finish, but without that dragging sensation during application or the extreme dryness that I have come to associate with liners. Cruella is a beautiful rich, deep red with a touch of a pink undertone to it that brightens the complexion and whitens teeth. A must have for this time of year especially if you are a) a #narsissist b) a red lip lover or c) both. If you're looking for a good dupe that's a little less pricey, why not try the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Red Essential.