Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lipstick and Lashes ~ Poodle Products

Red lipstick. The greatest invention of all time.

Ok, ok, maybe not the GREATEST, but it's up there. Right next to the invention of frozen yogurt and peanut butter cups.

Mmmm... Fro yo.

Seriously though, all the makeup a poodle really needs, are a good red lipstick and a tube of mascara. As my friend "Tippy's" mom is fond of saying, "Honey, you're a pretty girl, but you could use a little lipstick."


Red lips can change a gal's entire look; they're dramatic, they're alluring, they're so retro!! After applying a luscious red shade, you'll transform from everyday to vintage! Nothing completes a 40's and 50's look, like a red lipstick does. Add a touch of mascara and boom! You'll become a Poodle Vixen!

But with 100's of red lipsticks out there, how's a poodle to know which one is the right choice??

I've got you covered poodles! With a collection of over twenty red shades, I definitely have developed an opinion on what constitutes a great red lipstick. I follow the "Three C's"; coverage, creaminess, and consistency of wear and time.

*Full disclosure: I have a fondness for drug store brands. Can we say cheap?? I have purchased a couple more pricey lipsticks, but for the purpose of this review, I'll focus on the less expensive lines.

First up, the color-stay, long-lasting, suck all moisture from your lips, lipsticks. I'm not a big fan of these in general because of the aforementioned drying factor, but when you're going out and you don't want to have to re-apply, these are your best bet. Plus, no one wants kisses left behind on their cheeks!

L'ORÉAL Infallible in Target Red and
Infallible Le Rouge in Red Fatale
L'ORÉAL Infallible and Infallible Le Rouge are two winners for me in this category. I love the compact packaging for Infallible; it reminds me of vintage lipstick holders. Infallible also really does last all day- you're going to need cold cream to get this stuff off. It is drying, but the accompanying balm works wonders at keeping your lips conditioned.

COVERAGE: 8/10- Goes on evenly without the need to fill in the inside of your lip, and without the need of a liner.
CREAMINESS: 6/10- Pretty dry like most long wear lipsticks.
CONSISTENCY: 8/10- Stays put for most of the time; some fading outward by the end of the day. But no feathering! A real plus!

L'ORÉAL Infallible Le Rouge looks like and feels like a regular lipstick. It goes on creamy and stays that way; no drying here! It is supposed to give 10 hours of coverage, I'd say more like 5. Which is great considering that your lips still feel like lips after, and no balm application is needed.

COVERAGE: 8/10- Covers the whole lip, but needs a lip liner for definition.
CREAMINESS: 9/10- Extremely creamy, almost to excess. It can feel slightly goopy. (Yes, I did just make up that word!)
CONSISTENCY: 7/10- Doesn't last as long as claimed, and has some transfer. Definitely need to blot this when you first apply. Fades outward.

Top: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato
Middle: Maybelline Superstay 24 Color in All Day Cherry
Bottom: Revlon Just Bitten in Gothic
Revlon, oh Revlon, how you have let me down! Usually my favorite when it comes to lipstick, Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick and Just Bitten Lipstain & Balm are two misses in my book. The Liquid Lipstick is waaayyyy sheer and FEATHERS! It settles into every crack and line you have! Ugh! And despite claiming 24 hour last time, it fades after a couple of hours. So disappointing!

COVERAGE: 6/10- Covers the lips nicely, as well as all the skin around your lips!
CREAMINESS: 6/10- You can feel the moisture being sucked from your lips almost instantly. Goes on dry, stays dry.
CONSISTENCY: 4/10- 24 hours? Really?! 3 tops!

Maybe I'm mistaken in placing Just Bitten in a long-wear category; but to me lip-STAIN should do just that- stain your lips. Unlike Benetint, which lasts forever and truly stains everything it comes in contact with, Just Bitten, while innovative in its applicator tip, does not stain at all! I literally had to reapply every hour, and use the balm to keep my lips moist.

COVERAGE: 9/10- Lovely coverage with easy application via a felt tip.
CREAMINESS: 4/10- Feels like ink from that felt tip; watery and thin.
CONSISTENCY: 1/10- Did not last longer than an hour, with complete fading. Epic fail!

I'm on the fence about Maybelline Superstay 24 Color. It does last as claimed, but is super drying and fades outwards into a thin line. Then that line though, stays, and stays, and stays. Despite cold cream removal, the line is still visible 48 hours later. I'm considering using this one as a liner or a base for regular lipstick. So I'll hold off on the "Three C's" pending further investigative uses.

There you have it; my picks for best long-wearing lip color! If you're in the market for a long-lasting lipstick, pick L'ORÉAL! With great packaging and proven product claims, you can't go wrong!

Up next, Matte vs. Creamy~ Retro or not?

Til then...


  1. Thanks for the advice. I can never seem to find the right lipstick, either because of the color, or the yucky stuff it does on your lips as the day wears on.

    1. It is extremely frustrating when you purchase a lipstick, only to have it not look good or to not last at all! That is the one good thing about department store lipsticks, you can try them on before buying. ;-)

  2. Be careful trying on makeup from drugstore counters. You can pick up an infection.

  3. As long as you scrape off a good top layer of lipstick and ask the counter gal/guy to spray with alcohol, you should be good. But I definitely wouldn't use any eye products~ EEK!