Top 10 Red Lipsticks – Designer Edition

When you’re something of a red lipstick hoarder collector, picking your Top 10 will have you on the floor either weeping uncontrollably or laughing hysterically (in the manic sense).  Do you know I seriously felt bad about not including my other reds?!  Who has feelings like that?!

For this weeks Top 10 Tuesday I broke down and chose my Top 10 High-End Red Lipsticks.

Top 10 Red LipsticksIn no particular order…

  1. Cle de Peau Beaute 311 Extra Rich Lipstick Velvet.  So this one… is ridiculously expensive.  More-so than I thought when I purchased.  The lipstick itself is $40 then you have to buy the casing which is $25.  I never (and I mean never) finish a lipstick, so, while the casing is refillable, that’s just not economical for me.  That being said… I don’t regret this purchase in any way, shape or form.  It’s a stunning shade of excellent quality and if I had to pick my top 3 red lippies this would, without a moments hesitation, be in that group.
  2. Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque.  This was actually featured as my favorite red lipstick in Makeup Wars circa 2012 and it’s still in my top 3 to this day.  There’s something so perfect about the color that makes it an unstoppable, power red.
  3. NARS Future Red Cinematic Lipstick.  Cinematic is a new formula for NARS and it’s basically 10,000 shades of awesome.  Highly pigmented and so glossy!  Future Red was a part of the controversial Holiday 2013 Guy Bourdin Collection.
  4. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick.  I just recently reviewed this one, but of course it landed on my faves!  A frost finish that doesn’t look icy or trashy?!  Sign me up!
  5. MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick.  RiRi Woo is based off of Ruby Woo but in an even better Retro Matte formula.  It released several times throughout 2013 within the Rihanna Collections and it was a huge favorite each time.  What this means is that Rihanna can do no wrong in terms of a red lip from collections she collaborates on.
  6. Dior Lady Lipstick.  While there were three beautiful red shades that I purchased from the Dior 2012 Holiday Collection, Lady is my favorite.  She’s a muted, dusty red that carries oodles of pigment and is wonderfully wearable.
  7. LUSH Santa Baby Lip Tint.  Maybe this one isn’t really a “lipstick” or “designer” per se, but it’s beautiful and gives my lips that perfect red tint without going pink.  Love it, couldn’t leave it out!
  8. Cailyn Big Apple Tinted Lip Balm.  I got this one in my September 2013 ipsy Glam Bag.  Again, not exactly a “lipstick” but a great tint!  It’s a little deeper than Santa Baby and just as beautiful!
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Enamel Glossy Stain.  This is a lovely, warm red that is completely opaque and stains the lips so well it’ll seem like you reapplied your lipstick all day!
  10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 8 Iconic Red.  When something is made in collaboration with Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, you know it’s good.  Aqua Rouge does.not.budge.  You’ll be hard pressed to get it off with even a hard core makeup remover.  Love this line!

And, as per usual on a Top 10 Tuesday, I cheated and managed to smuggle in my Top 5 High-End Red Lip Glosses as well.  Just kidding, no idea how these got here, I swear.

Top 5 Red Lip Gloss

  1. Marc Jacobs No Regrets Lust for Lacquer.  A juicy, strawberry red that works perfect alone or on top of any red shade that needs a little shine.  If there were such a thing as a neutral red, this would be it.
  2. NARS 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lipgloss.  This is a fiery, siren red that features a teeny, tiny brush to get that precise application that you need for all red lip shades.  Super pigmented and super glossy!
  3. Lise Watier Rouge Catwalk Haute Couleur.  I got my first Lise Watier products in my August 2013 Wantable Box.  I’d been dying to try out the brand and was not disappointed!  This shade is another juicy sort of red that is almost opaque and has an awesome shine.
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Creme.  This was actually a GWP item back in 2012.  It’s an extremely vibrant and opaque fire engine red cream.  It just melts onto the lips and even leaves behind a nice stain after eating/drinking.
  5. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass.  While this red isn’t opaque by any means, the shimmer gives off a great dimension to any creamy red lipsticks that you feel might be falling flat or just need funned up!

What Red Lipstick (or Lip Gloss!) is your favorite?  Click the links below to see what the other Top 10 Bloggers have listed!

Yves Saint Laurent 106 Beige Anarchist & 107 Naughty Mauve Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Swatches & Review – Rebel Nudes

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The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain is one of my favorite no-budge lip products.  In 2013 the Rebel Nudes launched and I found myself pouring over swatches online to find the best possible picks for my pout.  Finally I settled on 106 Beige Anarchist & 107 Naughty Mauve.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy StainWhat Sephora says about Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain:

What it is:
A revolutionary nude glossy stain with all-day 3D luminous effect.

What it does:
This glossy Stain captures the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain. Rebel Nudes is the first to premiere Euphoric Pearl technology for an all-day 3D luminous effect.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The applicator’s unique slanted tip and short, soft bristles allow for flawless application with perfect precision.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain 106 Beige Anarchist & 107 Naughty MauveYSL 106 107 Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain swatches(L-R: Beige Anarchist, Naughty Mauve)

106 Beige Anarchist is a deep nude with with gorgeous luminescent shimmer.  The shimmer is majorly apparent by the swatch photo above, but as you can see on the lips below it doesn’t show up that much when you wear it.  This shade gave my lips next to no color, just a bit of sparkle.  Which is normally what I like for day-to-day, but if it’s going to last as well as this formula does I can definitely stand for it to go a little darker!

Yves Saint Laurent 106 Beige Anarchist Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Swatches & Review - Rebel Nudes Yves Saint Laurent 106 Beige Anarchist Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Swatches107 Naughty Mauve appears like it’ll be your run-of-the-mill raisin shade, but in actuality it’s got major fuchsia flash.  Again, more apparent on the swatch photo than the lip photo…  Just not what I expected at all, but I like it ;)

Yves Saint Laurent 107 Naughty Mauve Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain Swatches & Review - Rebel Nudes Yves Saint Laurent 107 Naughty Mauve Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain SwatchesI’ve been a lover of this formula by YSL for a long time, and these two Rebel Nudes are no exception.  Of course the sponge applicator is slanted and tapered making for easy and precise application, though it may take you a time or two to get used to it.

I’d love to get my hands on a few more shades, but definitely want to check them out in person first since everyone’s swatches are so different.  These are the beauty enigma of the interwebs!

Have you tried any of the Rebel Nudes?  Enable me and tell me your faves!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain retails for $34.00 and are available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.


Yves Saint Laurent Fetish Black Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara Swatches & Review

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During one of my online orders I got the opportunity to add a mini size of the Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara.  This particular formula is available in four shades – Wheedler Brown, Audacious Blue, Indiscreet Purple and today’s post of Fetish Black.

IMG_0304What Nordstrom says about Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara:

Seduction, all the way to the tip of the lashes. A vastly spread look that captures all the light. A micro-faceted brush that creates volume lash by lash. Lashes are multiplied, precisely defined, magnified. On one side, thick and spaced bristles coat the lashes and create volume. On the other side, fine and close bristles reach every lash, including the smallest lashes at the corner of the eye for a full fringe effect. Wide open, her eyes attract all the attention. A falsely innocent sensuality. Stunning.

IMG_0307 IMG_0314IMG_1660Baby Doll Mascara definitely gives you those curled and demure doll lashes.  While this doesn’t thicken it definitely elongates and gives a nice arc without clumping up horribly.  Above is two coats of Baby Doll (no primer, no lash curler).

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara retails for $30.00 and can be purchased at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.


Yves Saint Laurent PREMIERE NEIGE Top Coat La Laque Couture – Holiday 2012

Because I have such an affinity for Le Metier de Beaute, Dior and Chanel polishes, I tend to try to steer clear of other high end designer brands when I go shopping for a nail color.  That being said, when I saw the 33 Premiere Neige Top Coat La Laque Couture from Yves Saint Laurent I couldn’t contain myself.

001 002 004(in sun, no flash)

003(in shade, with flash)

Premiere Neige (shown above as one coat over OPI Anti-Bleak) has a clear base and a very fine iridescent shimmer throughout.  In the bottle it reminds me of when sunlight hits fresh snow, almost like a fairy is bopping along and sprinkling its magic dust upon your manicure.

This top coat will not dry quickly, so make sure you’re giving yourself a mani when you have time to sit and wait for an appropriate dry time.  Also, as this sits in your stash, the shimmer will settle, but if you just give it a good shake it will easily distribute throughout the bottle again.

… and just for giggles, here is another fun bottle shot in direct sunlight:

006Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture retails for $25.00 and is available at Nordstrom.


Yves Saint Laurent 11 PURE CHROMATICS – 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows Swatches, Review, and EOTD – Contemporary Amazon Fall 2012

This is my first dip into the Yves Saint Laurent Eye Shadow pool.  With the release of their Fall 2012 Contemporary Amazon Collection I’ve seen a lot of the one quad in 10, which is a gold/khaki mix.  I couldn’t find swatches ANYwhere of the Pure Chromatics 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows 11.  A few days ago I went on an expedition, specifically to find and swatch this shadow.  Of COURSE no testers were out, but they let me peek.  How could I pass this up?  Not happening.

Let’s have some fun!

What the Sephora website has to say about Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows:

What it is:
Water-activated eye shadow palettes in colors that transform into a radiant, intense, metallic finish.

What it does:
These eye shadows can be used dry, like a traditional eye shadow, for a subtle shimmering effect, or wet, for a full-intensity pigment metallic finish. These remarkable properties give everyone the freedom to create any kind of eye look from simple to dramatic in seconds.

What else you need to know:
Yves Saint Laurent labs have invented the “water process” Pure Chromatics eye shadow. This process uses water, in place of a solvent, to develop the formula. Once pigments are mixed with water, dry, pure-pigmented powders are left with a very high level of shimmer.

Size: 0.18 oz

Quad 11 is described as a charcoal/ beige sheen/ dark brown sheen/ matte black.  Quite obviously, that color description is a little off.  In this palette we see more of a charcoal blue, beige, chocolate, and blackened navy… all of which are very smokey.

When used dry, the shades do kind of mud together if you use them all (see dry swatches/look below), but what I find nice about this quad, is that you can use maybe the brown on your lid and the beige to highlight for work, then when you go out at night wet down the shadows, reapply the two shades and add in the charcoal and black.  Suddenly you’re sultry!

Even wet, the shades blended well and the colors are perfection for Fall.  I used Make Up For Ever Eye Prime as a base and had absolutely no issues with creasing or fading.  Also, using this palette wet will NOT ruin the shadows.

#11 Dry

#11 Wet

In both looks the liner used was Chanel Marine Le Crayon Kohl and the mascara is Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.

Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics 4 Wet & Dry Eye Shadows can be purchased at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, YSL Beauty, and Nordstrom.

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