RED-HOT FAVOURITES IF YOU'RE IN SEARCH OF 'MARILYN MOUTH'
Received wisdom tells us that when one wears red lipstick, one must go easy on everything else on the face. That is true, so keep the eyes and cheeks fairly neutral when you are rockin' the red. Also bear in mind which red suits you best: is it the cool bluish or the warm orangey?
GIORGIO ARMANI Rouge D'Armani Sheer in 402, €26, HHHHH I don't know what is with Armani and the numbers instead of names for their make-up, it's not very creative. I guess they saved all their ingenuity for making a beautiful, light red that goes on like a balm, but manages to look like a sexy, shiny lipstick. If you are rubbish at red lipstick, this will turn you into a genius.
MAX FACTOR Colour Elixir Lipstick in Ruby Tuesday, €11.49, HHHII Hmmm, was expecting blue tones due to the 'Ruby' in the name, but this is a warm red, so it presents somewhat orange-y. Initial application is lush and moisturising, but it doesn't wear down well. My lips felt dry in an hour. But! Blotting and then applying some lip balm helps.
LUSH Liquid Lipstick in Decisive, €17.95, HHHHI This one also benefits from a hit of lip balm. The pigment on this one is super cool, meaning that it's in the blue end of the spectrum and is really fantastic. It does feel dry almost immediately, so: a bummer, but it lasts and lasts and lasts. The sponge applicator is pretty precise, but do keep your lip brush to hand, just in case.
BURBERRY Lip Velvet in Military Red, €27, HHHHH Here's the winner in the matte department. This will give you what I like to call the much sought after Marilyn Monroe Mouth: it is deep in the blue end of the spectrum, the classic Hollywood starlet shade. It feels like the velvet it claims and may even stay on during your dinner, if you eat carefully. I hope I never run out of this.
NO 7 Stay Perfect in Love Red, €11.75, HHHII I don't know what makes this so ... slippery, but the margin for error in applying this is enormous. Use a brush, don't even attempt to do this straight from the tube. It's a really bold red, though, so if you want to put some real pow into your kisser, you'll be happy with this.
MAYBELLINE NEW YORK SuperStay 10H Tint Gloss in Endless Ruby, €11.49, HHHHI Now, this is a deep, blue-red ruby and while the 10-hours promise is pushing the bounds of reality, this is a good one. Most of the reds reviewed are matte; the gloss gives your lips a lift and the wand applicator allows for a good, precise pout.