Red lipstick - it is one of the cornerstones of a vintage look and there is no getting away from it. While I dabble with Coral and Rose and Pink and Plum my heart belongs to Ruby...
The problem however, with such a strong colour, is that it is more obvious when the colour transfers to your cup, cigarette, lover...and thus also more obvious when it has worn off your lips. Not a good look.
Following a recommendation from one of the most perfect looking vintage gals around I recently invested in Maybelline's 18 Hour Superstay lipstick in Red Passion (colour 510). Its one of those double ended (phnar) things with the colour in a lip gloss type pot with a sponge applicator on one side and a clear gloss on the other.
The packaging is quite nice actually, not as cheap looking as similar products from L'Oreal and Max Factor, despite Maybelline being a cheaper range.
Luckily, given I didn't take any lippy with me, it lasted a good 12 hours, through eating and a lot of drinking. And I really do mean a lot. This is me, very drunk at about 3am, posing about and still with my lippy on. Huzzah. And around 40% of it was still there when I crawled from my bed some 10 hours later...
Yesterday I tried it without the Ruby Woo on top. The pic below shows my lips just after applying, not a great photo as my camera is useless but you can see that its a strong, clean red.
It lasted a good 12 hours again, even through the eating of a very greasy pizza.
Sadly I haven't given it the kissing test, but when I do I'll let y'all know.
I have to say I'm very impressed with it, great colour, not as drying as expected and it does last very well! A bargain at between £6-8 (cheaper online, as all things are!). I might even give some of the other colours a go...
Below is a silly I took while trying to get a lipstick image - just for your amusement n'all.