Hello! So this is kind of like a companion piece to my Five Autumn Nails post from a few weeks ago: I'm doing a round up of my favourite lipsticks for the autumn season, and where better to start then with the reds. There's something so perfect about a red lip this time of year. Whether you're stalking the streets of Dalston in a leopard print fur and jet black skinnies, or strolling down South Molton Street leaving a fresh red imprint on your takeaway Starbucks cup, there's a shade of red for every gal. All my picks are high street friendly, from Rimmel to MUA to everybody's new favourite, Make Up Revolution.
Actually on that note, Superdrug in Stratford Westfield really need to step up their game - I was in there today browsing (Read:looking to drop some ££ on make up) and they didn't have a Make Up Rev stand! They seriously need a Feng Shui-cum-visual merchandising genuis to bring that place out of the nineties - drabbest Superdrug ever!
Anyway, on with the reds!
Left to right (above and below):
elf Matte Lip Color in Rich Red
This looks slightly more glossy than it really is. It's a great matte formula without being too drying or flaky. The handy pen style makes it easy to chuck in a bag and omits the need for a lip liner. A true red shade, without any brassiness and has pretty good lasting power for a £3.50 lippy.
Rimmel London Kate Matte Lipstick in shade 107
What Autumn lipstick countdown would be complete without this little beauty. This became the biggest thing to ever hit the make up stratosphere a few years ago and is still reining supreme. Here's a little story. Years ago I went to see The Kills live, and as I'm thrashing and singing away, I look up to the VIP section and see Kate Moss (Kills guitarist Jamie Hince's then girlfriend, now wife). Apart from the fan-girl moment, I was absolutely obsessed with her lipstick shade - a warm, deep raspberry. I then went on a hunt for a shade similar, trying endless different brands and shades all to no avail. About six months later I see the advert for the brand new Kate Moss Matte shades on TV and what do you know? MY SHADE! Was it definitely the shade I saw her wearing that day? Who knows, but it was damn close. I then scavenged a total of three Boots and two Superdrugs before I found it. It's been my staple ever since. Moral of this story: Kate Moss is awesome.
MUA Lipstick in shade 13
This is a gorgeous pinky-red that as you can see has a lot of slip to it. Okay so maybe this won't survive three glasses of champagne and as many canapés as you can manage, but it's a super pretty shade, and as long as this can fit in your clutch it's still useful this party season. And it's £1!
You may recall I included this little baby in my haul and after trying it out a few times I'm pretty darn happy with it. A true red, with enough orange tones to make it pop without crossing over into brassy. Another £1 miracle, this lippy will definitely find its way into my regular rotation.
Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Mesmerize
I picked this lipstick up on a whim from Fragrance Direct a year or so ago, mainly because it was £1.99. Can you tell I like a bargain? Anyway I was pleasantly surprised - super creamy (as the name would suggest), conditioning and long lasting. This is another pink toned red, so will complement a multitude of outfits
What reds are guys loving at the moment? Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of my autumn lipstick picks!