|Blurry, late evening light on mac camera, sorry!|
I've always wanted a great red lipstick that I can keep in my pocket and slick on to jazz up a normal outfit. See my favourite style icons Marilyn and Gwen Stefani for how red lippie (hate that word!) looks great with a casual outfit:
|Minus the hair and the pointy boobs it'd be a great outfit today|
|Ok, it's very thought-out, but still love the baggy pants and runners.|
And just one more of the fabulous Gwen, in case the blow-dry above made you think she'd made too much of an effort:
|Though I'd be in Converse, not heels|
In the past red lipsticks I've bought have been either reeking of grease-paint, leaving me with a blurring lipline that seeps outwards, so I'm like a garish clown. Or they've been the wrong shade, rendering my teeth a jaundiced shade of mank. So I was surprised and then delighted at how well this shade suits me:
Enter Rose Passion by Rimmel Moisture Stay (No. 160) RRP about 6-7 euro (sorry, I forget)
Unfortunately, I forgot about my animal-rights boycott of Rimmel (ditto Benefit and L'Oreal) which I'd been upholding for the last year or so. They do test on animals. But I only remembered afterwards, and will use the lipstick with a murky conscience, and am resuming my boycott as of now. (There was also that packet of Smarties I bought Charlie before I remembered my Nestle boycott, but we do our best.)
|Rose Passion by Rimmel|
One drawback is the drying feeling I get when it's on. Despite the "Moisture" in the range name, it is not. Not so bad that I'd need a balm under or over, but I find I'm licking my lips now as they feel a bit dry. Just a bit. Another negative is the manky "lipstick" smell, for the price you'd hope to get a little whiff of flowers or some sh*t.
It's very pigmented, and the dryness means that it locks really well to your lips, even when the initial gloss has worn off it's still a great red lip. The picture below is about an hour after applying it, and after eating too. See how it's still there? That's unusual. Well for the lipsticks I buy anyway.
Another great point is that it doesn't "bleed" like others can, as it's dry I suppose.
Another drawback is the cheapo purple plastic casing. I hate it. It's light and flimsy and not-at-all chic. I bought a Catrice lipstick the other day for 4 euro something and it's in a fab packaging, heavy cold metal, resounding click, the type of thing I open and close twice each time just to hear the click. Ok, I'm weird like that. Also the Catrice one smells of marshmallows.
|Catrice Corallicious Pink|