The Best Reds, 2017

I’ve always loved red lips, and my makeup collection started when I embarked on a journey to find the perfect red lip shade: something not too dark, not too bright, not too pink, and not too blue – just pure red. And, of course, after owning what is now a collection of 50+ lipsticks, I have a tonne of reds of all pigments, saturation, and finishes. After a lot of thinking, I’ve come up with my favourite reds that are just that – red. These aren’t very dark or bright, and they don’t have a undertones though a few have some orange pigmentation. I’ve learned that’s how I like my reds 😉

The Best Red Lipsticks, 2017
From top to bottom: Worth, Helen Wheels, Cornucopia, Frida, Jingle, Strawberry

Worth by Axiology

“Worth” by Axiology probably strays the most in the orange direction but it’s a shiny brick red lipstick that’s absolutely gorgeous. It comes in a stick and my only concern is that it’s not very long-lasting, however I have found that I wear this brand when I’m planning on changing my makeup later in the day. The company itself is devoted to making the world a greener, friendlier place and it’s absolutely beautiful. Definitely check them out.

Helen Wheels by Manic Panic

“Helen Wheels” by Manic Panic is the most underrated colour ever. It’s honestly the colour that stopped my search for the perfect red, because I’d found it; the thing that kept me looking for more colours is that I was worried it would be taken off the market for lack of interest. Anyway, it comes in a stick but it’s more long-lasting than some other stick lipsticks (however it was quite hot the day I received it and I think it was dried out – but that only made it less smear-able). It’s a true red that’s a bit on the orange side but it’s like a fire engine red without being obnoxiously bright. It’s such a wonderful shade.

Cornucopia by Makeup Monsters

“Cornucopia” by Makeup Monsters is one of their most popular colours and rightfully so. It’s just such a beautiful brick red and the formula is pretty solid (though it does fade and smudge some throughout the day). I’m not quite sure what to say other than it’s a beautiful colour.

Frida by LA Splash

“Frida” by LA Splash is one of the first I bought from them, and they’re probably my favourite lipstick brand at the moment. Their formula is amazing and ridiculously hard to get off – which is great until you want to swatch! Frida is a glittery red that’s a bit on the orange side but in certain light, it’s a solid red. It’s still available but since it was part of their Dia de los Muertos collection last year, I hope they’ll make it a permanent part of their collection.

Jingle/Red Hot by Lime Crime

I’ve talked about “Jingle,” now called “Red Hot,” by Lime Crime in a previous post and I’m so glad they’re selling it as a single now. It’s a beautiful solid red that has a lot of shine to it; this shade gets a tonne of compliments. The nice thing is that the shine is subtle enough to be worn casually but visible enough that it doesn’t look matte. Lime Crime’s another brand that has a great formula – not as great at LA Splash but pretty close.

Strawberry by Anastasia Beverly Hills


“Strawberry” by Anastasia Beverly Hills is a godsend; I haven’t seen another lip colour like it but I’ve dreamt of it. It’s a very solid red but nothing that’s too bright, a bit like Helen Wheels, though the saturation and texture is very different. It’s available only online so I hope this beauty isn’t going to be discontinued.

I have so many beautiful reds that I love but I managed to narrow them down to six, and I hope those six were good enough for you, viewers! Of these, which is your favourite?

Until next week!

Posted on Sunday, March 5, 2017
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