Red, Christmassy lipsticks / Makeup Collection -3-

Although I feel more confident when I wear another lipstick shade, I love wearing bright red lipsticks during December, just because it feels right and it is a lovely way to enhance wintery complexion aka the transparent porcelain skin. So today, I’ve decided to remain focused on my favorite Christmassy red shades which are the bright, true red to me, thus diverging from the deeper reds, orangy reds …

3 Red Christmassy lipsticks

From the top right to the bottom left: Revlon, Mac, Chanel, Pixi, Elizabeth Arden.

For longevity

Quite important when it comes to know which one to wear during Christmas dinner, and to me nothing can beat Mac Matte Russian Red – I do own Ruby Woo but I’ve decided not to include it in this post as, although it’s a bright red, I find it too drying and actually not as long-lasting as Russian Red– . Chanel Rouge Allure La Palpitante 102 comes nearer to Russian Red in terms of longevity, while keeping on a satin finish, it is just a question of letting it settle on the lips for at least an hour before starting to drink and eat.

For comfort

 I would reach for La Palpitante 102 from Chanel,  Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in the shade Red Door Red 02, or Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red. They all beautifully avoid the heavy and drying feeling on the lips, no matter how long it is since I’ve been applying them. Revlon Crème Super Lustrous lipstick in the shade 720 Fire and Ice isn’t drying at all but it definitely is one of those lipsticks which I can feel on my lips, without being necessarily annoying.

For a radiant skin

 It depends of each one complexion yet I’ll take this opportunity to also describe the actual lipsticks’ colours. Revlon 720 Fire and Ice is a lovely old Hollywood bright coral red which instantly brightens my skin – quite pale and quite neutral- and gives me a very thin and polished skin texture. I do need to wear some bronzer with this one though, whereas Chanel 102 La Palpitante, Elizabeth Arden 02 Red Door Red and Pixi Classic Red match my complexion in a more natural way, they are the ones I rather wear with a very minimal makeup. They all are very classic reds yet La Palpitante and Red Door Red are spiced up with some discrete cheery undertones. As for Mac Russian Red, it is a deeper – compare to the others- yet still vibrant red which always makes me feel sophisticated, however, I’m only wearing it when I am well rested.

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For the easiest applications

Again, this is tricky because it tends to depend of each one’s lip shape yet I know that, to me, Mac Russian Red and Elizabeth Arden 02 Red Door Red are always a little bit more time-consuming to apply than Chanel 102 La Palpitante which is my reference when it comes to quick, easy and flawless application. Having said that, Pixi Classic Red does a really good job too, I believe it’s due to the fact that they are both quite creamy and pigmented -opaque- at the same time. Revlon 720 Fire and Ice isn’t bad yet it required a little bit more time to build it up.

For pulpy lips

I reach for Revlon 720 Fire and Ice or Chanel 102 La Palpitante, they both have a satin finish – a little bit more shiny for Revlon– and gorgeous texture which seems to smoothen and replump the lips. Yet in the meantime: and here I also had to include Pixi Classic red and Elizabeth Arden 02 Red Door Red as the four of them aren’t drying at all and therefore doesn’t suck up my lips throughout the day, something that Mac Russian Red certainly does!

PS: I believe this post is quite complete already but I did write some posts where some of these lipsticks feature so I link them here : Which bronzer for which lipstickChanel or The lovely yet comfy lips.

  • randomstein

    Reds for life! I have my favorite one and I’m trying not to buy more red lipsticks because I feel that the choice can get pretty hard 😀


    • Yes, that’s the main problem with makeup and particularly lipsticks, there is always too much choice!

  • I am not a red lipstick person however for special occasions or festive season, reds is a perfect choice! I should invest some on red lipsticks!

    • Yes, I usually start the month of December by wearing red lipsticks, and it definitely helps me to be in the festive mood!

  • I adore red lipsticks! MAC are definitely my favourites x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • I absolutely love red lipsticks and I did a similiar kind of post over on my blog because this time of year is known for those lovely red lips. I have so many different shades of red, it’s crazy!

  • I love red lipstick and wear it all year round! I have Ruby Woo and on me it’s not drying at all, it’s one of my favorites!

    • You are lucky then, on me it feels uneasy and doesn’t last as well as beauty bloggers,/people say, I don’t know why…

  • I think I’ll check out Russian Red as I definitely prefer a deeper red 🙂 I do have a different shade in the Pixi matte lustre though and really like the formula xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Yes the formula is lovely, not heavy at all on the lips and not drying as well!

  • Pixi Classic Red sounds absolutely marvelous & the perfect match for me. :]

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    • It is gorgeous indeed, and, as the name would suggest, the very classic bright red!

  • These look lovely! I need to test some out and find the perfect red for me. Great post!
    xo Kiki

    • Thank you! Yes, that is the thing I forgot to say in the post but I have tried lots of red lipsticks before finding those ones which I believe are flattering on me, it is a real quest!

  • A great way to explain which lipstick you wear at which occasion/need. I do love my reds all year round, but stick to the orangey ones in the summer, as I look like a zombie when I apply them this time of the year.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Thank you! I believe the orangey ones are my all time favorites but I tend to only wear them between April and September as well!

      • I think I am more of a classic red lover in general, but it really depends on my mood.

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