Sunday, 20 July 2014

Matte Reds

Calling this post 'Matte Reds' is actually kind of cheating, because I don't own a red lip colour that isn't matte- personally, I think it suits me best and is the most long-wearing. Looking at these photos I've realised I've completely mucked this up, and the swatches should be in reverse order but never mind, I'm sure you can figure it out! If I've done a full review of these products I shall link these below along with a little description of each shade.I feel like lately I've been wearing reds and bolder colours in the daytime more than I have done in the past when I've tended to reserve them purely for evenings out (I feel like this is maybe something to do with really not caring what other people think? But that's a conversation for another day!) and I've been loving it.

Topshop Lip Crayon in Royal: A pillar box red shade in a thin crayon form which makes it super easy to apply. I wouldn't say this feels drying but it isn't moisturising either- it just has a super matte finish.

Revlon Matte Balm in Striking: This is a fairly moisturising red which is ever so slightly pink-toned, however this isn't as long lasting as the Topshop crayon.

Revlon Matte Balm in Standout: Again, not as long lasting as some but a lovely dark plummy red, which doesn't feel at all drying and is perfect for the winter months.

MAC Ruby Woo: Ah, my first ever red. This is a very true red, and is also very matte. I agree with what people say about it being a bit drying and chalky feeling so I can see why this might not be for some people, but it is super long lasting on the lips and looks perfect with winged eyeliner.

MAC So Chaud: This one is an orange-toned red which feels quite creamy on the lips and is a fab summer colour. It goes great with natural glowing skin and just a slick of mascara.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper: My newest red is this liquid lipstick, which dries to a perfect velvety-matte finish which stains and literally does not budge all day. I seriously cannot recommend this enough if you are a fan of long lasting mattes.

Olivia Ellen XXX


  1. great post, thank you for the color swatches.

  2. Brilliant post! I followed you btw :) I've also nominated you for a Liebster Award, you can check it out on my blog if you want to x


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