Top 10 Red Lipsticks – Designer Edition

When you’re something of a red lipstickhoarder 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.

In 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.

  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!

August 2013 Wantable Beauty Box Swatches & Review

Wantable is a new subscription service aimed to provide curated, hand-picked boutique makeup (from brands such as Lise Watier, Cailyn, Color Club and Japonesque – just to name a few!) and jewelry items.

The best part about Wantable is that everything is full sized! You’re not going to receive any samples or small sizes of makeup and the jewelry will be customized and also limited edition items.

Wantable is the most customized subscription service I’ve ever come across, and they actually take into account what you log in to their “quiz”. Because it’s so customizable, you’ll likely never see the same box within blog reviews. Start out by choosing a category – makeup or jewelry (I chose makeup but it was seriously hard to decide, because jewelry is also a HUGE love of mine!). Then you take the personalized style quiz. This is fabulous because if you hate receiving eyeliners, you won’t get them. Ever. Same goes for nail polish, lip products, mascara…. anything! You could say you like eye shadow and hate everything else, and you’d get a whole box of eye shadows!

Now, let’s see how Wantable did with customization on my August Box. As you open it up everything is packaged nicely and you also get a little run down of what is inside your box as well as some info on the included brands.


From Echo Vie, an All Natural Lip Balm. In the post it’s pink, but there’s really no color when applied to the lips. It’s very light and hydrating, you can also taste and feel the peppermint. (swatched below next to the Lise Watier, but you can just see a slight shine).

From Lise Watier, the Haute Couleur High Coverage Lip Lacquer in Rouge Catwalk. I have been dying to try out products from the Lise Watier line and this lip gloss did not disappoint. It applied beautifully, was not sticky and lasted until I started to eat or drink. It also boasts slight shimmer and high shine. Oh, and what’s a perfect gloss without some interior LED lighting and a mirror on the side? (swatched below).

(L-R: Susan Posnick Color Eye Define in Jasper/Sandstone,Au Naturale Eye Pencil in Amethyst, Echo Vie Lip Balm and Lise Watier Lip Lacquer in Rouge Catwalk)

From Susan Posnick, the Color Eye Define in Jasper/Sandstone. This product is so perfect and easy for a simple eye. The liner part works as a shadow as well and is easy to smudge and blend. The shadow is neutral and only slightly shimmery. Very travel-friendly.

From Au Naturale, the Eye Pencil in Amethyst. This pencil applied easily and was very precise, however the pigment wasn’t as deep as I’d usually like. I’d probably put this over-top of a black liner to make it a little different and bold.

From Japonesque, the Travel Smudger Brush. I love brushes like this and the smaller size makes it ideal for putting a bit of shadow underneath the lower lash line.

From Color Club, Metallic Nail Polish in Lumin-icecent. This is a silver metallic polish loaded with silver shimmer. I’m pretty sure nothing glows like this. It took three coats for full and even opacity, but it’s well worth it.

I actually ended up receiving my Wantable box with one item missing, so when they sent me the missing item I got a few extra goodies (read: amazing customer service), which is awesome because now I have more Wantable beauty goodies to show you! Please note, the extras send with the Cailyn pencil I was missing are just sample sizes and have no retail value, I just wanted to share them =)

From Lise Watier, the Ombre Souffle Supreme Sample. The two shades I got were Sunrise Peach and Vert Enchante. These were so silky and easy to blend and use. I recommend using a secondary base because these did crease slightly on me, but most shadows do… so you might be okay using these alone as a base. (swatched below).

From Cailyn, the Linefix Gel Pencil in Black. This is what was missing from my shipment, and I’m so glad that the customer service is excellent and they were able to send it along! It’s so perfect to line with and doesn’t budge (swatched below).

I also received a sample of the Echo VieOrganic Body Oil Sample (which has 10 premium essential oils used to naturally uplift, relieve fatigue, stress and anxiety. It can be used as a moisturizer, bath oil, massage oil, or in your hair. Oh, and it smells really good); and FrowniesEye Gels, which I’m so excited about because I loved them when I originally reviewed! Can’t hurt to use them again!

Subscribe for $36 a month or, if you just want to try one month it’s a flat fee of $40. You’ll get an assortment of items valued at $80 or more. You can also invite your friends and earn referral credits! For each person that signs up you get $1 and when their box ships you’ll get $9 more for a total of $10 per person!

Will you try out the service? If you’ve gotten them in the past, let me know what you think!!!