My Top 3 Red Lips

Winter is my favourite time of year to rock a red lip, and today I thought I’d share my top three red lipsticks with you all, to save you the headache of searching for the best formulation. I’ve tried and tested hundreds of lipsticks over the years and these three have become my go-to products when I want to create a classic red lip look.

First up, if you want a matte velvet formula with serious longevity in a classic bold-red, then look no further than Ciate’s Liquid Velvet in ‘Diva’. I’m normally not a fan of matte liquid lipstick formulas, as I find most of them drying and uncomfortable to wear… 

This on the other hand is really quite comfortable on the lips. The shade itself is nothing short of perfect and I’ve worn this for 8 hours without having to top it up, it’s one of the most long wearing formulas I’ve tried. I also love the doe foot applicator as it’s angled to make application much easier than a conventional doe foot. The Liquid Velvet formula comes in 4 other shades, but this is definitely the best one! You can get them from ASOS at £17.50 each.

 If you’re a fan of a glossy finish, my most used red gloss is one from my own range called Lucky Star. When formulating these glosses I wanted to combine all of my favourite elements of the best lip glosses into one: opaque pigmentation, longevity, moisturisation and scent. This shade in particular is an ever-so slightly blue-toned red so it also makes your teeth appear a little whiter. It’s great when layered on top of your favourite red lipstick for added depth, but works perfectly alone too (as seen below, the pigmentation is totally opaque). You can get your hands on this and the rest of my makeup collection on, the lipglosses are £6.99 each.

Last but certainly not least, if you’re in to deeper reds and looking for another comfortable matte finish, I really love the NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. It’s deeper than my other choices so has a slightly more mature, sophisticated air about it. The formulation of these pencils is matte, but slightly less matte than a lot of others, so it’s a little more comfortable and has a slight sheen to it. One downside to the pencil format is that you have to sharpen them every now and again, but they do last a very long time and the wear-time is great. They are £19 each and you can get them online here, or at NARS counters.

Below are all three swatched together… which is your favourite? I’d love to know some of your red lipstick recommendations if you have any!
L-R: FleurDeForce Lipgloss in ‘Lucky Star’, Ciate Liquid Velvet in ‘Diva’, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Cruella’