Red Rouge: the Drugstore Red Lip

28 June 2015


 
Around this time last year, I wrote a post about my favourite high-end lipstick NARS' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square and recently I have discovered a cheaper red alternative. Compared to the orange tones of Red Square, this is a darker and perhaps more striking look for around half the price.

I used to underestimate the power of lip liner, but when my housemate purchased Rimmel's Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Red Diva, I was curious to see if it would work. I had decided that I would be wearing my L'oreal Paris Color Riche in Liya's Pure Red lipstick for my graduation ball, and so I was hoping that this liner would increase the longevity of the lip colour, as well as allow me to apply the lipstick with more precision. This lip liner certainly delivered and was a great match for the shade of the lipstick, as a lip liner should always be slightly darker than the lipstick it is paired with. Both products are highly pigmented and have a quality of pink within them. The lip liner is fairly thick in its consistency, but I find that this provides a get base for the lighter formulated lipstick. With the liner in wind-up packaging, it saves the hassle of using a sharpener and as the nib is so thin there is no need for one.  Despite multiple uses, the lipstick has kept its slanted shape, and I find that this is at the pefect angle to hug the lips and give full coverage of colour.

As the look is quite a striking one, I tend to reserve it for the evening and with more attention on the lips, preparation is essential to gain a flawless finish. Lush's Lip Scrub in Bubblegum is my go-to scrub to remove any flakes or uneveness to the lips, and to follow I mositurise with the classic Carmex Lip Balm. Once this has dried, I carefully draw an outline of the lip with the liner and then fill in the rest of this using the wind-up pencil - but you could also use a lip brush here. After blotting away excess product, I then apply the lipstick to the edges of the line before blotting, reapplying and then blotting once again. If find your lips to be especially dry, apply extra lip balm between applications and blot this, as this will help for a smoother application. For extra longevity, apply translucent powder to the paper you blot the last layer of lipstick on to.

Have you tried any of these lip products? What is your favourite lipstick from the high-street or high-end of the beauty market?

Charlotte x

36 comments

  1. Gorgeous colour! It looks lovely on you! x

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    1. The photos don't even do the colour justice! Thank you Georgia :) x

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  2. This looks lovely on you! I will definitely be picking this up x

    Blushhx

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    1. Aw thank you :) I'd definitely recommend picking any of the two products up

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  3. I've been meaning to try the bubblegum lip scrub from lush for so long. I need to remember to pick it up! love that lip colour on you!

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    1. I'd really recommend the bubblegum scrub - out of all the lush lip scrubs it is definitely the nicest smelling (and tasting too). Thank you Kathleen :) x

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    1. It really is and the last photo doesn't even fully show how bright or pigmented it is!

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  5. That makes for a gorgeous combination! Looks absolutely lovely on you! xxxxxx

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    1. Aw thank you :) I really think the two products and their colours go well together! xx

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  6. I love this red color, it looks great on you! Perfect for a night out or even a casual look!

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    1. Aw thank you Katie :) definitely think that this look is perfect for a night out but for a daytime or casual look, I think I'd have to feel really confident that day and tone it done with minimal eye-makeup x

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    1. Ah I'm glad you do, I love it too :) x

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  8. Such a lovely shade of red! I really want to try the Rimmel lip liners, I've heard so many good things about them xx

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    1. This is actually the first Rimmel lip liner I've tried and hadn't heard much about them when I first picked this up, but l loved the look of this one and didn't want to spend much money on a lip liner at the time! x

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  9. ooh i haven't heard much about that line of l'oreal lipsticks, that shade really suits you!
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

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    1. I'd heard quite a bit about the Blake and Eva shade in the Pure Red collection but not about this particular lipstick, in fact when I went out to buy this lipstick I had the Blake shade in mind but thought that the Liya shade suited my skin tone better :) thank you! x

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  10. I haven't tried them yet, but they look gorgeous on you!

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    1. Thank you! If you get the chance I'd really recommend you trying them out :) x

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  11. This looks so lovely and you take gorgeous pics. I have this one in Eva and they go on so nicely and give such full colour! This has definitely made me want to wear mine more. Great review xx

    Sophie Elizabeth
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    1. Aw thank you Sophie :) oh glad you like Eva, I definitely want to try more from the range after loving this one so much! Thanks for your lovely comment xx

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  12. this suits you really well, i've heard good things about rimmel's lip liners :)

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    1. Thank you Danielle - I'd not really heard much about Rimmel lip liners, so this was a bit of a blind purchase. But I'd definitely recommend them now :) x

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  13. I haven't tried any of those products but that shade looks amazing!

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    1. I'd definitely recommend them, as they don't break the bank and the colour is brilliant :) x

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  14. I haven't tried any of the lip liners you mentioned but its such a pretty shade! I do love lush's bubblegum scrub though! Great review :) xx
    Chasing Belle

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    1. It is such a pretty shade and the picture doesn't even show it to its true potential! Thanks Georgia :) xx

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  15. Love the Lipstick Color

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  16. such a nice colour, it suits you so well
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    1. What a lovely comment! Thanks for reading :) x

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  18. The red is sssooo gorgeous!!


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    Anna || Curly Scribbles

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  19. I'm SUCH a sucker for red lipsticks! I adore the NARS matte pencil in Dragon Girl, but also the Rimmel Kate Moss matte lipstick in shade 111 (I believe it is?? From memory haha). Staple items haha.

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