Festive red lip line-up

As someone who doesn’t love wearing a red lip all that often, I was surprised to find a few in my collection. Today I’m running through their formulas, showing comparison swatches, and sharing my favourite ways to rock a red lip (however rare that is!)


This line up consists of one creamy lip pencil, three mattes, one liquid chrome and one gloss. You’ll probably notice a cool-toned, medium-red theme running across all six (as well as all of them being from cruelty free brands!)


Top to bottom: Colourpop, Kat Von D, Too Faced, Stila, Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Colourpop Lippie Pencil, Bossy

While you don’t get much product with this lip pencil, Colourpop has created a soft, creamy formula that glides onto the lips. Bossy is a cool-toned, medium red.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, Santa Sangre

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is my favourite formula for a matte lip. This red still has a cool undertone, but is a little brighter than most of the reds in my collection.


Too Faced Melted Matte, Lady Balls

Lady Balls from Too Faced is a darker (but not crimson) red, and holds up just as well as the other liquid lipsticks I own. The formula is slightly thicker than Kat Von D’s liquid-y consistency.


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, Beso

Stila’s Beso looks very similar to Too Faced’s Lady Balls (you get the pattern: cool-toned, medium red), but it’s formula takes longer to dry down completely. I prefer Kat or TF, but this is still a good formula.


Smashbox  Be Legendary Liquid Lip, Crimson Chrome

This is definitely a lipstick to whip about when it’s time to Deck the Halls, just make sure to wear a lip liner underneath, as this formula tends to travel. I love the glittery chrome effect, but it’s reserved for special occasions.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss, Runway Red

I bought this shade to step out of my comfort zone, and get me used to wearing red more often. Anastasia’s lip glosses are highly pigmented, smell amazing, and wear for a decent amount of time.


So, if I could only pick one, which would I wear to a Christmas party? For comfort and ease of application, I’d pick Runway Red from Anastasia Beverly Hills. If I wanted something that would stay put, I’d grab Santa Sangre from Kat Von D. And if I wanted something different and high-impact, of course I’d use Smashbox’s Crimson Chrome.


But now it’s time for the more important question – which one would you wear for the holidays?


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