Red lipstick collection (part 1 – high end)

Red lipstick collection (part 1 – high end)

About 500 posts ago, when I posted a blog concerning a new red lipstick, I promised I’d make a post on my red lipsticks. In other words, this post is long overdue and by now, I can’t even stick it into one post anymore. The red lipstick collection now holds 20 lipsticks in total, with an almost 50/50 spread between high end and drugstore brands. Today I’ll be showing you part one of the collection, which consists of 9 high end lipsticks. All I can say is: enjoy and regard the prettiness in both lipstick and swatch in the pictures below.

Before I get into the prettiness that is my red lipstick collection, I would like to point out that I didn’t purchase these lipsticks in one go. In fact some of these I’ve had for as long as 4 years. I tend to think carefully before I purchase high end lipsticks and on all occasions I tried these on before I took them home. And to answer the obvious question: does a girl really need this many red lipsticks? No. But I like trying new things and I tend to wear different shades in different seasons. Plus these also have a different texture and lasting power of which I will inform you below as well.

Chanel Rouge Coco 23 Rouge Orage

Creamy red lipstick with a brownish undertone. Looks not so nice in the tube, and I wouldn’t have picked it if a make up artist at the Chanel counter at KaDeWe in Berlin hadn’t slapped this on me and showed me how great this looks on. This was my first red lipstick and it’s extra special as I bought it in Berlin. Doesn’t last too long because of the creaminess.

Chanel Rouge Allure 98 Coromandel

Now you know a lipstick color is bang on when it does not only come as a lipstick but also as a nail polish! This baby is opaque, lasts a life time and comes in the insanely luxurious packaging with the click tube. One of my prized items in my make up collection.

Estee Lauder Pure Color F1 Rebel Raspberry

This purple toned red couldn’t have been more aptly named as it has the color of overripe raspberries. Looks more burgundy red on the mouth and has an insane amount of sparkle to it. Lasting power is great and I love this in fall/ winter.

Make Up Designory (MUD) Lady Bug

A perfect bright, in your face, fire engine, matte red. This red goes about as classic as classic red goes and what’s more: it lasts ALL day. That’s right! I wore this to work from 9 – 5, had lunch AND dinner with this on and by the time I went to the gym around 9 PM this baby had faded, but most certainly still visible. This came in a set with a matte eyeshadow palette, which I ordered online some years ago, so I don’t know if they still sell this.

MAC Matte lipstick in Russian Red

My first MAC red lipstick. Again a classic red color, though not as bright as the previous color. Hence why I tend to wear this more in the darker months. I love wearing this to work as well, as it again lasts a long time and looks classy with a number of outfits and make up looks.

MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Riri Woo

The much coveted Riri Woo lipstick from the Rihanna collection in the rose gold packaging. When I saw this color on Beauty Blogs the world over, I instantly fell in love and knew I wanted this. Once I got this home, I thought this looked similar to Russian Red at first glance. However, if you look carefully, you can see that Riri Woo is more of a blue toned 50s red than Russian Red and not as fire engine red as Lady Bug by Make Up Designory. This does feather though, so you can’t go without a lipliner with this.

Dior Rouge Dior 999

And then on to the biggest lipstick fail of the century: my Rouge Dior 999. THE classic Dior color and what does it do BEFORE I had ever used it? Yep it chipped AND broke on me. Can I please sit in a corner and cry? I have since tried to glue this baby back together twice, but alas to no avail. I’ll just keep it in it’s tube and use a lip brush to apply. Creamy texture, hence it doesn’t last too long and a bit more on the orange side in the red specter.

Dior Addict Extreme 756 Fireworks

Why should you own this lipstick? If you like wearing reds, but don’t want the full on matte look (which can be quite intimidating to first users and strangers alike) this is the lipstick for you. I bought it for those: I want to wear a red lip, but don’t scare my students type of days. It’s sheer and glossy and has a pink undertone. Oh and can we take a moment and look at that gorgeous packaging? *sigh*

YSL Rouge pur Couture no. 50 Rouge Neon

Part of YSL’s winter collection, this lipstick instantly caught my eye when I saw it in stores. It is a BOOM: in your face red that pulls into the orange range more than red. Unfortunately this swatch photographed hideously as my camera makes the entire frame orange. Trust me, I tried but this is the best it did under the current lighting circumstances. Care to see more? I reviewed it earlier this month in this post.

And that is the end of part 1 of my red lipstick collection. I hope you find this useful as an overview of how many different shades of red are out there and what might look nice on you. Reds can be difficult as it really depends on your complexion. Luckily, with my pale skin, I can pull of lots of different shades, which is why it’s my favorite lipstick color. Stay tuned, because part 2 is coming up next week! So if you’d like to see some of my cheaper lipsticks from brands such as Essence, Catrice and Rimmel than keep your eyes peeled.

Do you wear red lipstick at all? If so, what’s your fave red lipstick?

Princess tag

Princess tag

The princess tag. The principle? List the most expensive item you own in each category. I own quite a lot of make up and it goes from cheapy drugstore brands to high end couture brands. Of most of my products I don’t exactly remember how much they were so I went with those products which I suspect are the most expensive items. I won’t give exact prices for all these items, again since I don’t remember them, but I’ll give an estimate to the best of my abilities. I’ll also describe each item so you’ll know whether they might be worth your while.


MAC Face & Body foundation in C1 (around €20) and Benefit Erase Paste (around €30)

Not much of a foundation and concealer girl, so I don’t have super duper high end products in these categories. However, MAC and Benefit don’t come cheap, so I figured this would count. I used the MAC foundation all throughout last winter. The texture and finish are great, though the color a tad too dark and yellow for my complexion, however this was the lightest one they do. Right now I’ve decided to try something else this winter, but this definitely was worth it and there’s only a tiny bit left in the bottle too. Erase paste is a great concealer to cover under eye circles as it has a salmon pink hue. It is not so good for spots though and the pot is a bit annoying.


Dior Waterproof Eyeliner pencil in black (approx. €25) and MAC Prep + Prime Pressed Transparent finishing powder (approx. €30)

I used to swear by this Dior eye pencil until I discovered the Urban Decay 24/7 liners. It’s not that this one isn’t nice though, it is: it’s smudge proof, goes on fairly smoothly (but not as smooth as UD!) and the black is actual black. I still use this when I want to make an intense smokey eye, as it’s much easier to blend than the UD ones, but UD takes the cake when it comes to eye liner pencils. Again not much of a foundation girl, and hence not much of a powder girl either. I have one powder which adds color and this one is transparent. It’s pressed, it’s super finely milled, gives a really nice finish and lasts all day. It lasts quite a long time (I’m still finishing up my first one after having used my MSF Natural all summer) and I would say this powder is well worth the money.


NARS Laguna bronzer (approx. €30 – €35)

The rolls royce amongst bronzer is done by Guerlain, the next best thing? NARS. This bronzer is raved about till no end on Youtube and in my opinion it’s not worth the money. Yes it blends nicely, it’s matte and works on lighter skin tones, but I think you can find cheaper options in the drug store (NYC does a nice one!) that work just as well. And I shouldn’t forget to mention that I am quite hopeless with bronzer…


Shisheido blush in RD103 (approx. €30 – €35)

When going through blush I instantly thought of my NARS Orgasm blush, but I think this one takes the cake. I remember this blush costing around 32 or 33 euros. Luckily though it is one of my favorite blushes. It’s a great peachy pink shade and matte too. I love using this in spring and summer time to warm up my face and give it more of a glow.


Too Faced Candlelight illuminating translucent powder (approx. €25)

The most expensive highlighter I own must be this Too Faced one. Especially since this can be used in no other way but as a highlighter. I used to dust this lightly all over my face and that’s okay in daylight. Add some artificial lighting and you light up like a Christmas tree, let alone use this with flash photography. For a highlighter I find the effect a little too subtle and that’s why I hardly ever use this powder. It is however, very pretty looking so I don’t have the hard to give or throw it away.


Dior Cannage eye color collection (approx. €50 – €55)

If you know me, you know I like my eyeshadow palettes. This may not be the one that cost me the most per se, but it is the most I remember paying for an eyeshadow palette with only 8 colors in one go. I love Dior eyeshadows though and this palette has some great colors. My main reasons for purchasing this palette in particular? The dark blue and purple shade with the golden shine. But this also makes for a great neutral eye look.


Anastasia brow powder in Taupe (approx. €20 – €25)

I used to use MAC Omega eyeshadow for my brows. Until I found this. The texture is better, it makes my brows look more natural and it stays put a lot better I find. Is it worth shelling out the extra money for? Only if you have the money. If you don’t you might as well use a cheap brow kit from the drugstore or any eyeshadow that matches. It’s not a must have.


Chanel lipstick in L’Eclatante & YSL lipstick in Tropical Pink, NARS lipgloss in Dolce Vita. (Prices range around €30 each)

There are two things I purchase to spoil myself: OPI nail polish & high end lipsticks. My favorite brands are Chanel & YSL. Their lipsticks feel luxurious and they have a great color range. Added bonus are the lovely textures and great staying power. I don’t wear a lot of lipgloss, but this one is the exception to the rule. It’s my ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade and it’s the only lipgloss that gets a lot of wear. Nice color, not too sticky, yet it lasts long (for lipgloss that is). Great texture, though mighty expensive.


OPI nail polish in Designer… De Better (approx. €15) & Chloé original perfume (approx. €55 for 30 ml)

Like I said previously: my other guilty pleasure are nail polishes and especially OPI. I love their shade range, the brush, the texture, just everything. The only thing I don’t always like is the price tag: at almost 15 euros they are pricy for nail polish because so many drugstore brands do great polishes for less than half the price. I decided to go with a perfume for my miscellaneous item. Perfume never comes cheap and if you want one that truly lasts you pay even more. There are more expensive perfumes around, but this one I remember thinking: oomph that’s expensive, when I bought it. It’s a great perfume though, but I only use this sparingly as it can give me a headache.

This tag consists of a few categories I didn’t mention: mascara and lip liner. I don’t use lip liner and I haven’t used a high end mascara in 5 years.

What is the most expensive item in your make up collection?