Nothing can perk up an ensemble or the complexion quite like a bold red lip.
There are a myriad of red shades and formulas offered by a multitude of brands.
For today’s Monday Minute I want to discuss my top 3 reds for each price point.
♥ Cranberry by Estee Lauder: the most expensive of the 3, this gorgeous all-day formula retails for $18.50. It is extremely long lasting, applies and wears easily, and leaves a nice, even stain behind. I love to wear it on its own for a day look or pair it with MAC’s Half Red lip liner to add a bit of depth to the color. You will see some slight bleeding, despite wearing a lip liner, by the end of the day.
♥ Russian Red by MAC: the mid-priced option is the class matte formula by MAC. At $16.00, the formula can be drying with time and can wear unevenly on the inside of the lips. It requires more maintenance than the Estee Lauder option, but it doesn’t matter because the end result is so worth the hassle. I love to pair it with MAC’s Brick lip liner for extra definition.
♥ Blackberryby Revlon: similar to Russian Red, Blackberry by Revlon has been around forever! It’s the cheapest of the bunch ranging in price from $4.99 to $7.99, depending on place of purchase. Fortunately, the folks at Revlon know that this is a classic shade that should never be retired or phased out for a flashy replacement. The formula is long lasting, but not drying. The shade is beyond gorgeous. It’s a crème formula, which leaves a slight glossy finish. It is slightly more brown/orange toned than the other 2, so I like to either wear it on its own or with Avon’s Brick Glimmerstick lip liner.
Red lips have made a big comeback in the last few years and I’m happy to see that the trend doesn’t seem to be on its way out. Paired with a feline flick, no look will require less time, but look more polished and refined.