Women get a little funny when it comes to red lipstick.
While makeup is a highly personal thing — so many of us swear by brand x, brand y, brand z — I’ve found in my highly scientific studies (aka engaging in girl talk with other makeup enthusiasts) that when it comes to red, there’s no easy way to get someone to just try it when it comes to the flashy color.
It’s sort of like when you find your favorite deodorant (narrowing my list) or your signature perfume (still working on it): When you find something that works for you, you’re hard-pressed to stray from it without very. good. reason.
Despite knowing this, I’m going to go ahead and share with you my personal favorite showstopper-red and insist that you give it a try if your coloring is similar to mine: Introducing Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Icon.
I immediately bought this cherry red lipstick after having it professionally applied to my pout at Woodley & Bunny in Brooklyn back in February.
Though this is an intense, bold red, I can easily apply it straight from the bullet, blot, reapply and then clean up the edges with a lip brush in about five minutes. It’s definitely a statement lip, perfect for date night and girls’ night out, but is also suitable for the office (yes, I’ve worn this color to work!) when paired with a classic, elegant outfit.
Besides the amazing color, I’m in love with Hourglass Icon because of the gorgeous packaging (the tube has a great weight to it!), decently clean ingredients (save for the carmine and dyes toward the end of the list) and easy accessibility (I bought mine at Woodley & Bunny, but it’s also available via Sephora and Barneys. It’s probably not for purists, but I’ll let you decide — ingredients are below:
Castor Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, DI-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Candelilla Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Carnauba Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Tribehenin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vanillin.
May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 7 Lake, Red 6, Red 30 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Blue 1 Lake
I’m going to give credit to castor seed oil and jojoba oil for the creamy, smooth finish of this lipstick. Most reds I’ve tried (typically conventional) are so drying — a consequence of a “stay put” formula. While you may need a touch-up mid-day with Hourglass, your lips won’t feel dried out at all.
All in all, this is my “fancy” red — for special occasions, when I’m feeling feisty or when I just want to make a statement … and have a little more time than my usual “swipe and go” mentality when it comes to lip color.
What are your go-to red lipsticks? Have you tried anything from Hourglass? Tell me in the comments section!
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