Yep, I’m back to buying red lipsticks again. But, you see, now I have some motivation – my wedding! I’ve known for a while that if I got married I’d wear red on my wedding day, but I want the right shade, for it to be matte and, crucially, as kiss-proof and long-lasting as possible! I’m just not there yet…
I found my ideal shade of red in the Bourjois liquid matte, but the more I used that one, the more frustrated I became because the application was just so difficult due to its weird thin consistency that needs layers upon layers for decent colour. It’s so easy to go wrong with it – it’s too high maintenance for my wedding day for sure. And then I lost the bottle, so won’t be wearing that again soon!
Then I came across NYX Cosmetics earlier this year. It’s a brand that hasn’t been in the UK that long, so I couldn’t resist scoping out their lipsticks. To my delight, there were four red contenders in their matte range and reviews online indicated that one could be the colour I’d been searching for: that bright, pillar-box red that didn’t lean too warm or cool. Step up, Pure Red.
This lipstick is inexpensive as they go, so I wasn’t expecting to be blown away, but for the price I’m impressed. This is the only red lipstick I’ve ever put on and B has – unprompted, and we know how rare unprompted is – said ‘I really like that lipstick!’. (To my irritation, he always compliments every coral, nude or pink I ever wear, but has never seemed to like the reds on me.) So in terms of colour, we do have a winner… It’s bright and it really is red. Not orange-red, not brown-red, not blue-red; red-red.
(And yes, this is another pair of the lovely vintage earrings Jessica sent me last year that I’ve since sadly lost one of, as it fell off without me realising 🙁 )
- The colour – this is as close as I’ve come to finding the red I’ve long pictured in a lipstick, other than the Bourjois
- The price – it’s £6.50 and for what you get I think it’s a bargain
- It’s not remotely drying. I was really expecting to have flaky lips as it’s cheap, but having worn it several times now it’s never happened!
- The other thing I was expecting was patchy/weaker colour but nope, this is pigmentation power! One swipe and you’re there
- The packaging is cheap looking, yep, but that’s never what I care about. I care if it looks the same as all my other lipsticks so I can’t tell them apart without opening them. It’s cheap, but you can see the bullet through the side (see first photo), so thumbs up
- One of the worst things about this lipstick, which is why it simply can’t be an absolute favourite, is the transfer. This lipstick gets everywhere. Probably even places you haven’t been, it’s that transfer-y. If B does kiss me while wearing it, he looks like he’s applied it directly straight after
- As you can see from these photos, my light is causing a shine, which is because this is definitely not a true matte. I wouldn’t mind, but the name kinda implies otherwise!
- It’s my belief that a really good lipstick will have a constitency that means you forget you have it on. This has a very slight ‘feel’ to it, which is worth mentioning but it doesn’t bug me at all actually
- It’s a bit ‘slippery’ – i.e. it’s really easy to smudge it outside of your lines without a lip pencil helping (and even with)
If you’re in the UK and haven’t tried these yet, they’re worth the few £s to have a go if you find a shade you like and don’t mind the transfer thing, because otherwise for the price I can’t really fault it. I’ve tried worse that cost a lot more!
Ultimately, though, this isn’t The One. I’m definitely accepting recommendations for a matte lipstick that lasts in a neutral, bright red, if you have them… And I’ve got a couple more I’m road testing but still not there yet, I don’t think…