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
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
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!
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?