Red is definitely my favourite colour :). So it's only natural that I should own a red lipstick. Or two...
Being far from natural or normal, I own nine :-P. And this list includes red lipsticks only - not glosses, balms, or even palette colours. So, here is my Red Lipsticks collection ^_^...
Pic of the lot (closed):
From left to right: L'Oreal Colour Riche in Transparent Red, L'Oreal Colour Riche Star Secrets in Penelope Cruz Red, Oriflame Matt Glam in Jean, Oriflame Matt Glam in Liz, Oriflame Power Shine in Sangria Red, Maybelline Forever Metallics in Ruby Red, Maybelline Forever Metallic Lites in Red Star, Maybelline Moisture Whip in Passion Red, and Avon Kiss 'N' Love in Sparkling Kiss.
Opened, so you can see the colours ^_^:
A few words about each coming right up ;)...
*L'Oreal Colour Riche in Transparent Red: This was my first ever L'Oreal lipstick :). I wanted something red, but sheer, but red XD. This suited my wish well - it's a sheer, goldish red with some shimmer in it, and yes, it's quite 'transparent'. I usually wear it when I want red lips, but have done my eyes up enough to make using something like Jean or Passion Red overkill ;). [More on those below.]
*L'Oreal Colour Riche Star Secrets in Penelope Cruz Red: This is very creamy, and a warm red colour. Well chosen name as well, isn't Penelope Cruz a perfect fit to advertise red lipstick ;)? I certainly think so. I'd recommend you to test this one, and I name it Best Warm Red :).
*Oriflame Matt Glam in Jean: Sadly, the Matt Glam line has been discontinued :(. And I really am sad, because this is my most used red lipstick, and I never got a second tube >:-). It's a bright blue red, quite matte (so yes, it can't really be worn on chapped or dry lips), and looks striking either by itself, or with clear gloss over. I adore this lipstick, and it's my pick for Best Cool Red :). I wish it hadn't been discontinued :(...
*Oriflame Matt Glam in Liz: From the same line as Jean. God, I love that line...The square fattish packaging isn't the best, but the colours are wonderful, and I love the Old Hollywood inspired names :). This is a darkish brick red, on the warm side. I don't quite adore it as much as Jean :-P, but it does have its moments ;).
*Oriflame Power Shine in Sangria Red: Smells and tastes tropical XD, and like all the Power Shines, is very shiny. Quite sheer, and goldishly warm. Probably a summer colour :).
*Maybelline Forever Metallics in Ruby Red: Ruby's a good description. A metallic ruby red doesn't sound very wearable XD, but I like to just throw it on when the rest of my face is bare ;).
*Maybelline Forever Metallic Lites in Red Star: A lighter, slightly rosier metallic colour, perhaps this is more of a berry than of a red. But it's called Red Star, so I thought I'd include it :-P.
*Maybelline Moisture Whip in Passion Red: My second most used red :). It's an amazing bright true red, not too blue or too warm, so I think it'd work wonders for most people who are brave enough to use it :-P ;D. In terms of texture, it's creamier than Jean, but more matte than Penelope Cruz Red. Perfect for a true red statement mouth, and my pick for Best True Red :).
*Avon Kiss 'N' Love in Sparkling Kiss: I bought this because of its shape (a heart) and its low price :-P. It's the pinkiest red of the lot, and a lot like Transparent Red when worn, except its shimmers are pinky, not warm.
Since my descriptions are probably not enough, I've also got some swatches :).
Same order as in the tube photos ;). The 2 hearts are Oriflame Colour Attraction in Cabaret Red (top) and Oriflame Midnight Colour in Midnight Red (bottom), swatched from my samples. Cabaret Red is a golder, lighter Liz, and Midnight Red is similar to Jean, but more of a true red (kind of like Maybelline Passion Red). They're not exact matches, but they're what I'd recommend getting instead of (the now discontinued) Jean and Liz.
I've just realised that I don't own any expensive reds XD! Nor do I want to, really, 'cause my three faves are perfect :). And the fact that they're all relatively cheap is just great ^_^. I hope that my blog inspired you to try red (maybe one of mine ;D), or at least that you enjoyed looking at my stuff (I know I always love Collection blogs ^_^) ;). Thanks for reading :).
P.S. The quote's apparently by Bill Blass, and I got it from a quote book called "You're The Best!" that I received as a gift from a friend a few years ago :). I agree ;). When in doubt...Do wear red ;D ^_^.
What about you? Anything to say on the subject of red lipsticks? Recommendations? Favourites? You know where to comment ;) :) ^_^.