Red lips at Christmas is a certain thing for me. I've been wearing a red lip for Christmas for the past few years and I absolutely love it. Last year I rocked MAC's Russian Red, which is still my all time favourite red, it's just such a classic. Red lips just look so festive and classy to me. It's definitely becoming my tradition to wear red.
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Big Bang | Even though this looks incredibly sticky in the swatch, it's not as bad as it looks. Yes, it is very difficult to apply and preventing it from bleeding into the skin is the most annoying thing ever because it wants to go everywhere, but once you've applied some lip liner as a base this is such a gorgeous shade. Having a lip liner base takes away the stickiness too, leaving a shiny red finish. This lip lacquer definitely is not for everyone, but I love it. I definitely wear it for the shade, not the formula, so if anyone knows a similar shade with a better formula please let me in on the secret because quite frankly the formula is crap without a good base.
MAC's Russian Red | I'm not sure how many times I can rave about this lipstick without people getting sick and tired of it, but this is a perfect red. This lipstick lasts through anything which is why it is my go to for Christmas, with all the eating and drinking it's such a pain to have to reapply your lisptick throughout the day, but this one lasts without having to reapply every hour. I love the blue toned red shade, it matches my complexion perfectly but doesn't give me that pale ghost look either. It's just the perfect shade and formula. MAC are the queens of red lipstick.
Maybelline Colour Drama Pencil in Light It Up | The proclaimed NARS Velvet Matte Dupes, although I don't own any of the NARS offering I'm not quite sure how these pencils can improve at all. They have a fantastic formula, they're velvet and matte, they don't drag much when applying and their pigmentation is incredible. The wear time for a lip pencil is brilliant, I hardly feel the need to touch up when wearing these. I own a few shades but Light It Up is a lovely bright pop of red in my collection, and definitely a go to for the Christmas period.
Julianne's Red by L'Oreal | I am not sure why the swatch of this looks so pink, but I can assure you it's just a VERY bright red. It's the brightest red I own and I wore this constantly throughout the summer, but after trialing it a few times in the past month or so I found it's also a perfect shade for the festive period. It has a creamy satin texture that is a dream to apply, no dragging on the lips at all, but it also doesn't fade very quickly which is unusual for a satin formula. This is definitely more of a Christmas party lip than a Christmas Day lip for me, but that's my personal preference!
Clinque Cherry Pop | Recently I picked up Tanya's Glamour issue, which I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about and I'm still not sure on the way they portrayed her, but she looked incredible so go Tanya. Along with the magazine came this Clinique mini, I opted for the red shade instead of the nude and I am absolutely loving it. It is a deep cherry red, but it's not like a dark burgundy shade, it's the perfect inbetween. I'll admit it doesn't have the best wear time, but that's nothing a bit of lip liner can't sort out, along with a few touch ups. It's really moisturising on the lips, which is great for the days when your lips just can't handle a matte lipstick anymore, something I seem to get a lot over the festive season.
What are your favourite festive reds?