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Monday, December 20, 2010

My Perfect Shades of Red (MAC Dupes)

Remember when you were young, sitting in front of your mother's makeup table, feet barely touched the ground,  you picked up a red lipstick, smeared it around and pretended to be a confident, grown up woman? Red lipsticks represent everything a woman should be: bold, classy, and beautiful. This is why throughout my younger days I always wanted to be able to wear a red lipstick without looking like a clown.

Unfortunately, trend shifted and nude lippy became huge again. So not until this year (I am 24, yes) I finally embraced myself and began searching for a perfect red lipstick for myself, and actually wear it outside. It is challenging to find a shade that works for your skin tone and avoid from looking like the red lipstick is wearing YOU, not the other way around.

For those of you who are still afraid to wear it, well...DON'T BE. I know it's quite intimidating, and for someone whose lipstick collection's consist of shades ranging from Nude to Mute Pink, I honestly know how it feels. All you have to do is find the one that works for you.

The good news is, I think I've found it. There are 2 shades that I think it goes perfectly with my color. I have a yellow, slightly olive undertone, and I am a Medium Tan. I normally stay away from the yellow-based red (like orangey-red) and lean towards the burgundy or deep red. So after an intense search and lurking from one drugstore to another, I found these two:

  • NYX Round Lipstick in Snow White
  • Wet'n'Wild Mega Last Lipstick Matte in Cherry Bomb
NYX Snow White
This color does look like something Mrs. Snow White would be packing on while lying inside her coffin before smooching her Prince. It's fire-y red with a slight brownish tone and it's quite bold 
Snow White is also a dupe of MAC Dubonnet.

Wet'n'Wild Cherry Bomb
This one is a deep burgundy color, gives you the "vampish" feeling. I personally think it's beautiful and rich, but I'd like to use a lip liner (I like Rimmel 061 Wine) prior to application because of the matte finish of the lipstick.
Cherry Bomb is a dupe of MAC Kirsch Mattene 
(from "Cult of Cherry" collection)


Snow White

Cherry Bomb
Snow White over Cherry Bomb:

So, have fun searching & let me know what your perfect red lipstick is! : )

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays, everybody!!!


1xellus1 said...

Awesome post! I love dupes! Great swatches & photos! Glad you found your perfect shades! Love a red lip despite what's on trend. :O)
Thanks for sharing

Hoozey said...

You wear reds beautifully. I stay away from them because I have thin lips and reds make them look like two slash marks on my face. About as bold as I go is a berry with lots of gloss. =)

Angie said...

these are gorgeous shades of red. cherry bomb is perfectly autumn!

<3 Pandaphilia

sugar sugar said...

gorgeous pictures! :) i also love nyx's snow white. ;)