Ravishing Red: Statement Lips for Valentine’s Day

open red lippies

From left to right:

1. Lipstick Queen Medieval  2. Revlon Cherry Tart Lip Butter  3. Revlon Cherries in the Snow

Red lips are the LBD of statement lips. A red statement lip is iconic and brings to mind a whole slew of connotations: Old Hollywood. Glamour. Femme Fatale. Classic. Marilyn Monroe. Red lips are also a little bit bitchy in all the right ways. These are my top picks for a great red for your Valentine’s Day activities.

1. Lipstick Queen Medieval is quite possibly one of my favorite makeup items on the planet. Why? It’s very moisturizing, looks great on everyone, fills in lip lines, doesn’t cling to flakes, doesn’t bleed, and the color can go from sheer to almost full on red with a few layers. This red is a true red, with only the slightest hint of strawberry pink. With it’s sheer glossy color, it will be a little different on everyone depending on lip color. It’s super wearable any time of the day or any season. I use this with a super natural look and minimal products. I also use it when I’m makeup free. The product lasts on the lips for a good 3 – 5 hours depending on eating or drinking and leaves a light stain. I’ve had this one now for almost a year; I use it several times a week and I still have over half a tube. Mind you, I don’t have the biggest lips on God’s green earth but you truly get a good deal on this for the average retail price of $22.

Reds in full sun

Full afternoon sun L – R: Medieval, Cherry Tart, and Cherries in the Snow

2. Revlon Cherry Tart Lip Butter is a great cherry red with a subtle shimmer and a cream finish. It leans ever so slightly towards the blue and pink undertones making it easy to wear for those pale folks out there. I love the formula of these lip butters and Cherry Tart is a great way to ease into a statement lip. You can easily layer it to get a full on lip or wear one sheer coat for a more subdued color. I like to put on a layer, blot and then add another layer. That yields a mid tone lip with a lot of color but it doesn’t scream “look at me”. This actually has better wear time than some of the lip butters and it does leave a stain for hours. By using my blot technique, your color should wear evenly through the day. I can get up to 6 hours of wear that way. Regularly applied, I get 4 depending on eating and drinking. I’ve only just found out Revlon discontinued this shade. Here is the biggest deal in CGR history, right now this lipstick is 44 cents. Yeah, 44 cents. Please leave at least one for me! I need a backup!

reds in afternoon light

Stronger early afternoon light

3. Revlon Cherries in the Snow is a newer addition to my lip wardrobe. Revlon lippies were 50% off at my local drugstore so I couldn’t resist. I love the Super Lustrous line and I get about 8 hours of wear from them. This is a full on “look at me” lip with a creamy semi-matte finish. It’s opaque and saturated right from the tube with one light pass. It’s comfortable to wear and it really looks plush on the lips. I’ve been wearing it for four hours today, including drinking and eating a small slice of cheesecake that one of my Husband’s coworkers made me for Valentine’s Day (by the way, this is some of the best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten). The lipstick still looks the same as it did when I applied it. The color does skew blue on me but I’m N/NW in skin tone. I can’t honestly say how good this would look on someone who has a warmer tone. A cool olive could pull it off though. Another use for this might be to “cool” off a too warm red when applied as a base color. This is certainly worth the average price tag of $4.99. Revlon also has tons of coupons or bogo’s anywhere they are sold in the USA.

reds in indoor light

Indoor Lighting mixed with sun (they look way less pink/blue now)

cherries in the snow lips

Cherries in the Snow on my lips straight from the tube in full sun

Love statement lips? Do you have a favorite or a red lipstick you think deserves more attention than it gets? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!


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      Erin says

      Let us get one thing straight, you are stunning! You can certainly pull it off. Ever see “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”? Just pencil in your brow a bit, add a demi-cat eye, and wear that red lip! Or if you want to make the transition slowly, the Lipstick Queen Medieval I have listed here will work or a sheer red gloss would be perfect for you.

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      Erin says

      It’s certainly worth it. Even if your warm toned, if you have $5 it’s worth a shot! My pinky undertones and mauve lips kinda skew colors :(

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    I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick for a while now. The Revlon Cherry Tart lip butter sounds like the best option for me, especially since it’s good on pale skin. I also like the fact that you can control the intensity. I’d start with one application as I prefer subtle make-up. Oh, and the price is the best part!


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      Erin says

      It’s a good option! As for other options, I love Medieval of course but Lipstick Queen has a line of lipsticks with less pigment called “Saint” that are great. They aren’t exactly sheer but you can easily layer it for a more full on look! The line has two nice reds, one for pale NW skin and one for pale NC skin!

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