I’m a huge fan of a simple made-up face with a punch of red lips. Still loving this lipstick I found while shopping on one of my trips to Boston. But I think I may have stumbled upon a good back-up red for a fraction of the cost of my trusty Chanel.
At the tail end of what had felt like our family’s black plague, I accidentally discovered a super cheap and pretty red lipstick. It was a night I ran into a drug store to grab packs of tissues for our sniffly brood. Kids’ fevers were gone and we were desperate to get out of the house so we headed to the movies for a family outing. I noticed my lips were as washed-out as my face, but I didn’t have my handy little make-up pouch with me. After grabbing the tissue packs, I dashed over to the make-up wall of the drug store and haphazardly gravitated to a row of black lipstick tubes. There were like a million different lipsticks. I saw one section of black tubes and picked up one that said “No. 1” which seemed to be a nice, chic red. I was rushed and figured no biggie if it ends up being a disaster since it’s only $6.99.
I got back in the car, disbursed my armful of tissues to our sickies, then pulled down the visor mirror to quickly apply this little tube of red onto my parched lips.
Was I ever surprised.
My experience with cheaper, red lipsticks is that they turn a weird blue-ish or pink-ish color after application that I can’t seem to wipe off. Not in this case. This shade was good. Intensely red, creamy in application, and even in color. It is a tad dark and has a stronger coverage than my sheer Chanel red, so I advise reserving it for the evening.
After putting it on I noticed a mediocre logo scribbled “Kate” on the side of the tube. I laughed to myself, thinking “how funny, I picked up some teenager Mary Kate and Ashely brand.”
When I got home that night I googled the lipstick name out of curiosity only to find that it’s actually Kate Moss’ brand. Hmmm, I had no idea she had a line of lipstick? I also noticed it’s made in London by a company called Rimmel.
Clearly this Kate Moss can rock some serious red lips.
The lipstick I bought (color #1) is a deep red very much like the shade on this model.
I like red lips best when the rest of the make-up is soft. And it’s interesting to me that red lips look good on so many different types of coloring.
From the fairest of blondes…
To the darkest of brunettes….
To deep auburn reds…
To gorgeous, darker complexions…
And the exotic, Asian tones. Her skin looks like porcelain.
I find that Blondes are especially stunning with that whole minimal make-up/bright red lips look. I have a good friend who has extremely fair skin with blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears more of an orangey red lipstick and minimal make-up. She is usually dressed in white on white and always looks so elegant.
Here’s a color very similar to what she wears. It’s by Nars and called “Heat Wave.” Found it over here.
Nars in “Heat Wave” on a model. A little orangey for those of us with cool-toned coloring, but brilliant for blondes or those with more golden-toned hair.
Charlize Theron wearing a more subdued orangey red lip.
MY GO-TO RED LIP OUTFIT…
I think red lips make a very Euro chic statement. Whenever I’m in a pinch and can’t spend time on hair and make-up (which is quite often), I toss on a white button down with jeans and boots, swoop my part to the side into a low pony and put on red lips. Or I’ll wear all black with pearls and red lips. Both easy, yet great go-to looks.
And this is usually where my lipstick is applied – on the fly in the car. Here I am wearing the Kate Moss color #1.
Love my new little $7 lipstick find. Let me know if you give it a try!