Sunday, March 8, 2015

Seeing red...


Confession: I have never bought a full size red lipstick before... I do have quite a few red lippies around but they've all either come from a makeup set I purchased, from Sephora rewards redemption, or from gifts-with-purchase. Why you ask... I am honestly a little scared of red on myself! It is so bold and so striking that I suddenly become self-conscious that people are staring my lips.

I was shopping at Sephora recently with a friend who LOVES bold reds, and won't waste any time with the pinks or nudes. She finds it odd that I would wear MLBB lippies and said "what's the point of that?!" Though I will still defend my MLBBs and tinted lip balms, she inspired me to play with the reds sitting in my makeup drawer, so hence comes this post.


The Hourglass is clearly the most pigmented and most bold, I previously reviewed it here (it came from an Hourglass 500-pt reward from Sephora). I thought after that I would dare to wear red more often but alas it did not happen...also a few special events later where I chose to amp my eyes (which I feel safer about) I still left this little beauty sitting in my drawer.  

I decided to put on for the day a more muted red, the Bite VIB Rouge shade (it was a mini lippie that all VIB Rouge members receive). 


natural lips
BITE - VIB Rouge

 It looks way more muted in the photo than in person, but doesn't compare to Hourglass in boldness.





Do you love red/bold lips? Or do they make you self-conscious? Should I work on this?! I need some makeup exposure therapy...

7 comments:

  1. I am embracing red lippies nowadays but used to feel super self-conscious about them! Your collection seems pretty and reasonable. It could be a bottomless pit just as complex and difficult as the world of nude. ;)

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    1. Haha true, I think tinted lip balms are my bottomless pit right now :)

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  2. I tried to wear brighter colors but still shy away from bold reds. I feel exactly what you said, when I wear red, everybody would be staring at my lips :) I also have the Bite Rouge lipstick but it looks so bold in person. I only worn it a couple of times with a more muted lippy on top so it wouldn't appear so red.

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    1. Oh that's a good idea to overlay another lippie on top tone it down, I should try that sometime! I used it with Face Atelier Lip Putty, which also helps to mute it down (it's supposed to be a primer, but I find it mutes down colors, which I'm fine with in this case). One day I wore the Hourglass red for no special event and a male friend said "are you going to a wedding later?", like no...which increased me feeling self-conscious about it :)

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  3. I don't have a whole lot of full-sized red lipsticks, either! In fact, I think I can count on one hand how many I have, lol. The mini ones that I have are also from Sephora redemption or came with makeup sets. :D HG Icon is bright alright but have you tried Stila Beso? It's like crème de la crème of red! :D

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    1. Ooh I haven't tried that, sounds beautiful! I probably have to work my way up to it by getting more used to Icon first lol

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    2. Good idea! LOL! It's almost too bright, though! ;)

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