Makeup Wars – Battle of the Red Lippie!

This week our warriors are battling it out over one of the the most iconic beauty looks of all time–Red Lipstick! Whenver I want to feel chic and sophisticated I reach for my red lipstick. I adore the look of a strong red lip– it literally portrays strength, confidence and power. The woman’s equivalent of a man’s red “power tie”!

That being said, I am an admitted wussy when it comes to red lips, so I prefer sheer reds as opposed to full-on opaque. I am also warm toned, therefore orange based reds are best for me but it’s sometimes hard to find a red lipstick that doesn’t  TURN orange when I apply it. Ah, first-world problems. This is a very tough battle for me since I am a red lip neophyte and not an aficionado like Pink Sith.

I’m cheating and choosing two. Hah!

The first is Tarte Lipsurgence in Lust ($24)


 This is the perfect choice for a wimp like me. Lust is a bright but sheer red with a smooth glossy finish. All LipSurgence lipsticks have a slight mint scent and flavor which I enjoy. They are also supposed to plump lips but I really don’t see much evidence of that. While not exactly what I would call long wearing, Lust is a lipstick/gloss hybrid and fairly moisturizing. The chubby sticks are easy to use and don’t require sharpening. The tarte LipSurgence lipsticks are among my most coveted for their beautiful colors and smoothness.

 When I’m feeling more adventourous or want to glam it up for special occassions, holidays or parties I go with Dior Ultra Gloss in Little Dress ($27). This gorgeous, highly pigmented yet sheer true red gloss has micro fine shimmer to add dimension.  This bold red definitely has that “wow” factor, but the silver shimmer adds a sophistication and elegance. You can vary the application for your desired intensity or layer over another lipstick. Little Red Dress is perfect for those holiday parties or for whenever you want to look a little extra glamorus and get noticed. It’s subtle yet striking.
In conclusion: The winner for my best red lippie for day is tarte LipSurgence in Lust and for night Dior Ultra Gloss in Little Red Dress!

What is your favorite red lipstick/gloss? Does red frighten you like it does me? Let me know in the comments.

Click on the thumbnails below to see what the other bloggers chose!

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  1. such a good idea to pick one for day and one for night! I need the Dior in my life, though. I’m sad it’s not part of my not-so-little red family!

  2. Oooh. You chose 2 really awesome reds. That Dior looks BEAUTIFUL! I bet you look awesome in it. And thanks for calling me an aficionado! I feel so important now! But seriously. I think I need that Dior AND the Tarte in my life!

  3. You cheated! I’m glad you did though since I like the look of the Tarte. I like lighter reds and that looks like a great one.

  4. Two great selections! I love the Tarte lip products and I have several favorite Dior glosses.

  5. I love me some chubby lip pencils – they make it so darn easy. It looks like you could layer that tarte one to give it a deeper look, too.

  6. I think I need that dior! So pretty!

  7. Lovely post, I really like the Dior one, I’ve added this to my wishlist.


  8. Great choice with the tarte Lipsurgence!

  9. Mamavalveeta03 says

    I LOVE it when all of you bloggers do “Makeup Wars”!!! It’s one of my favorite features. I’ve gotten such great tips from all of you and have purchased some of your faves. MORE, please, madams.


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