Makeup of the day – Festive Red Lip

So, I swear I’m feeling like wearing red lips for all of December!  Part of this is that I have my fancy Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm and a sample of Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub, so my lips almost look normal and healthy.  Enough to fake it, anyway… Today I really went for that red lip and retro minimal makeup.

  
FACE: 

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer in T-Zone, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain (ASOS, EBay, or Amazon for this UK-only shade), MAC Set Powder in Invisible in T-Zone, MAC Bone Beige/Emphasize for contour and highlight, Illamasqua Katie powder blush

EYES:

Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone, MAC shadows in Vanilla, Kid, Brule, and Mystery, Wet N Wild H2O Liquid Liner in Black, Maybelline Super Sizer Mascara Black (blah), Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo Ebony (lighter shade), ELF Clear Brow Gel

LIPS:

NYX Liner in Hot Red, Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Siren In Scarlett 

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Makeup of the Day

  
Eyes: MAC eyeshadows in Vex, Nylon and Beauty Marked, Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Lips: Rimmel Provocalips lip paint in Play With Fire

Face: Kat Von D powder foundation 44, NARS concealer in Chantilly

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick — Siren In Scarlet

So, being a PPP (this is Makeupalley speak for “pale porcelain princess), I tend to really love the way a red lipstick stands out on my light skin. Actually, I tend to think red lipstick looks amazing on any skin tone, as long as you manage to find a suitable tone, but I digress…today, my awesome boyfriend brought home this lipstick for me (he’s a keeper, y’all) and I have to say, I’m absolutely in love!

I’ve yet to try the other shades in the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes line, but I watched a few reviews on YouTube and the consensus is that they are pretty great: Not too drying, very pigmented, not patchy, long wearing. I definitely find that to be true with Siren In Scarlet. This shade is a bright, true red with a blue base, suitable for most skin tones and great for making teeth look whiter (bonus!).

The case is like the other Color Sensational lipsticks, except with a grey top that has a slightly textured, matte look and feel. I really love the case.

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When I opened it to get a look, I got super excited…oh my gosh!

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That’s frickin’ red, guys!

So, how does it look?

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmazing! Siren in Scarlet is a true vintage looking blue-based matte red. If you are looking for that retro “pin-up” red on a budget, this is your lipstick! I’m just so impressed! It truly has a look and feel of a higher end matte lipstick for a budget price.

(PS – please pardon my too dark and too pink foundation – I am trying the Rimmel Lasting Finish which feels amazing, but the US shades only go down to Light Ivory, and I need the Porcelain which is only available in the UK, so I just ordered it from eBay…and now I wait! Sigh…another post for another time…)

In summary: I usually have problems with matte formula lipsticks, but I have had this on for hours with no peeling and uncomfortable feel. I find that it is matte but not with that unattractive “flat” look. This shade is a beautiful vintage red that I think most skin tones could pull off. For about $5.50 USD, why not give it a shot? I do believe I shall have to try another color or two from this line.

Anyone know if these are limited edition? If so, I may need another tube of this red…. *wink*

Have you tried the Creamy Mattes by Maybelline?

New Reds! Side By Side Comparison

I can’t resist a good red lipstick. These are basically the same shade. For shiny and rich the Moisture Renew┬áin Red Alert is an obvious winner. For long wear… Well… Here’s the Provocalips lip paint in Kiss Me You Fool:


I’m gonna let that speak for itself. That’s after work, dinner, no reapplications and a little bit of lip balm.

Makeup of the Day

  

Eyes: MAC eyeshadows in Nylon, Satin Taupe and Ricepaper, Wet n Wild eyeliner pencil in Black, Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Face: Smashbox Photo Finish primer, MAC MatchMaster Foundation 1.0

Lips: Rimmel Provocalips lip paint in Play With Fire

Fragrance: Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs “Red Lantern”

(Bonus: Finally re-purpled my hair – Special Effects “Wildflower”)