I've never been a red kind of girl. I'm either nude or the darkest available. Red is a shade that has never worked for me, ever. I've never been able to pick up a red shade and say wow this really suits me. Well that was the case until a few weeks ago, when as a spur of the moment thing I picked up a lipstick from the Pure Reds Collection by L'Oreal.
I chose the shade Julianne's Red, this was because they didn't have Blake's Red, and I think the other's were out of stock too. I'm actually quite glad they were though, as I've always felt comfortable enough to wear a dark red, but never a bright red. Julianne's Red is a bright oranged toned lipstick, and when I bought it I actually thought I'd never wear it, but as soon as I put it on I was so surprised. I actually found a bright red that suits me.
The L'Oreal Pure Reds Collection was released as a follow up of their Nudes Collection, from which I own Cheyrl's Nude. The formulation of the two collections is very different though, I found the nude collection to be very sheer and didn't last very long on the lips at all. However, Julianne's Red has a gorgeous creamy satin texture, which applies to the lips evenly and smoothly, and the staying power is great. I can wear this lipstick without worrying about it being all over the place, but it can sometimes bleed into the lip line, so a lip liner definitely helps the staying power.
The lipstick is very highly pigmented, and it only takes one swipe to achieve an opaque lip colour. I would compare these lipsticks to MAC lipsticks easily, they're a bargain at less than half the price, retailing at £6.99. I can't wait to complete the collection by picking up the other 3 reds, especially Blake's Red. Maybe I'll look as gorgeous as her then, please?
Have you tried any of the Pure Reds Collection?