Autmn/Winter is the perfect time of year to really experiment with berry tones and statement reds. A red lip is timeless and classic - and once you've found 'the one' (or in a beauty blogger's case - a fair few) you'll never look back. A pop of red on a dreary winter's day always looks striking, and the whole build-up to Christmas is the perfect excuse to get festive with your lip colour. Berry tones and pillar-box reds are my preference for the winter months, and I tend to lean towards orangey-reds in summer. If you're a 'red lipstick newbie' it's worth baring in mind that what might look amazing on you in winter, might look a bit dull on you in summer and vice versa. So, this in mind, I thought I'd give you a run-down of my current Top 5 'wintery reds' in no particular order... I have worn the majority of these in different posts so I've linked those into the mix as well if you want a more in-depth look at the shades.
Rimmel | Kate Moss '107'
Ohhh Kate Moss. Your lipsticks sent beauty bloggers across the globe into a berry lipstick frenzy last year. A year later and I'm still addicted to the infamous '107'. This is the darkest shade of the bunch and is a dark berry red with hints of purple. It's very much a gothic twist on the classic red, and although it appears scary in the tube, it looks beautiful once on the lips. It very much reminds me of Topshop's 'Beguiled' (post here) and is amazingly pigmented. It's quite matte - so it isn't for the faint hearted but it's a lovely colour all the same. Want to see what it looks like on? You can find my previous post on the shade here.
Collection | Deluxe in 'Prohibition'
I have written a whole post on this little beauty including a snap of it on the lips here if you want to read more. This shade is my most reached for lipstick at the moment and has to be my current favourite. I actually prefer this to '107' - although almost identical in shade, this one is a touch lighter and is much more glossy - although it's still strongly pigmented. It's just the perfect consistency in my opinion and I find it so easy and comfortable to wear. I don't find it drying in the slightest (107 has a tendancy to be a bit drying) and I've been wearing this in both the day and at night - it looks lovely with a simple, neutral eye and a slick of liquid liner. It's the lipstick I'm wearing in my current Twitter picture, if you're interested! I shall be doing some sort of post on the look soon so keep your eyes peeled!
Mac Lipstick in 'MAC Red'
This lipstick is an absolute classic in my eyes. I love it. It's a true 'pillarbox' red shade and looks so striking when worn. It's quite a bright red and looks amazing on the lips as it makes such a statement. The satin finish and vivid colour it provides are just the perfect combination. It leans slightly blue without being overly cool in tone, and instantly makes your teeth look whiter. It applies like a dream and stays put for ages - it looks so classy and timeless. If you're after a classic, true red - look no further than Mac's 'MAC Red'. I have to say Mac's Red lipstick selection is second to none. There's something there for everyone.
MUA | Shade '13'
THIS little beauty is my red staple and has to be one of my all time favourite reds. I wear this in the day (I even wear it to Uni) and on nights out and every single time somebody will ask me what shade of red I'm wearing. Every time I tell them it's a £1 special from Superdrug their little eyes light up with delight (I should really stop telling them shouldn't I? - I'm giving away my MUA secret!) It's extremely pigmented - probably the most pigmented of the bunch - and is so soft and creamy to apply. It's a lovely, instense bright red and I like it because it isn't too orangey - it suits me in both the summer and the winter time without fail and if MUA ever discontinued it I would bulk buy a lifetime supply quicker than you could say 'product rave'. True love right there.
Revlon | Red Laquer
This shade is perfect for those days where you don't want to be too 'OTT' but fancy a little pop of colour. Similar to Revlon's 'Candy Apple' lip butter but slightly brighter, this shade is such a lovely, subtle orangey-red that is just perfect for every day wear. You don't need a lip liner to wear it, you don't need to spend 5 minutes in the mirror pulling your 'concentration face' and you don't need a special occasion to pull it off - it's just the perfect understated red. The orangey tone brightens the complexion without looking too sickly - and it feels glossy and smooth to apply. I think of it as a watered down version of Mac's 'Lady Danger' with a glossy, buttery finish. If you're interested as to what it looks like on, I wore it last Christmas in this FOTD.
You've got to love a red lipstick, right? I'm addicted to buying them! My collection must house an entire spectrum of crimson shades now and one day I shall have to sit down and photograph them all because that would just be extremely satisfying.... I shall be sure to keep you posted if there's any more additions - I currently have my eye on Mac's 'Hang Up' but I reckon I might pop that on the Christmas list...
What's your favourite winter red? Any of these tickle your lipstick taste buds?!