The Festive Red Lip

I was contemplating curating my top picks of red lipstick for the festive period, but this weekend I must have read at least ten blog posts with more red lipstick choices than you can shake a stick at. Getting my thinking cap on, I wondered how I could incorporate my new lip lovelies into a look that took it one step further. Perfect for the party season, I’ve put together two products that really give the wow factor, as well as being really long lasting. I’ve not put it to the party test so it may not be fully kiss proof, but it stands the test of time against a cup of tea in my living room.

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

The Festive Red Lip MAC REtro Matte Feels So Grand Rose Pigment

For the base lipstick I used MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Feels so Grand as liquid lipsticks really hold in place. As they are matte, they dry into a smooth velvet finish. Before the colour set, I patted on MAC Rose Pigment from the Nutcracker Sweet collection on top. The pink and gold pigment is so beautiful alone, but when on top of a red, the pink warms up the red and leaves the gold shining through. Once the colour has set, the pigment dries into the matte finish and locks in place. It doesn’t feel like there is anything unusual on the lip. In the past I have used Glitter Lips and although I love the product, the bonding solution and the glitter feels bitty, and even though it is drink proof, I feel that the bonding solution goes quite gummy. Using a pigment still gives the metallic finish but my lips feel like there is just the matte lipstick on top and nothing else. The MAC Retro Matte lipsticks are very comfortable to wear alone and with a pigment, and I averaged around 6 hours of wear before I started to see it wear down but with the addition of pigment, it wore quite evenly.

I’ve been making use of pigments a lot lately and I find them to be very versatile. I mainly use them on the eye, both wet and dry and I love the shade Vanilla as a highlighter shade. Rose pigment is one of those shades that I find to be really easy to work with, and I was surprised at just how different it looks when using it on top of a deep true red.

It’s quite nice to experiment with shades as well as pigments, and I’m really tempted to see what other colour combinations I can come up with. Have you tried any pigments? What do you think of the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks?

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