Red Lipstick: The Quest for Glamour, Adulthood, and Transformation
by Angie W
When I was a teenager, I remember searching the mall with my mom, looking for the perfect perfume and red lipstick. Fragrance and lipstick the two things that I thought would define my image as a woman. I did find the perfect perfume: Chanel No. 19, a classic which would continue to be my perfect scent decades later. On the lipstick front, I spent over 20 years searching and never found the perfect color. I wanted the perfect red but was too shy to wear most reds outside of my apartment! This has led me to create a sad lipstick graveyard, a collection of gorgeous reds that sit waiting for me to get up the nerve to wear them out.
Sadly, I must tell you that I did think I had found the perfect red – but it was discontinued! Estee Lauder’s Ancient Brick was the perfect red for my pale skin and dark hair. Wonderful Cavewoman tracked down a tube for me but it’s been discontinued for so long that it has dried up but I still roll it up and sigh at its gorgeous color.
Recently, I was talking to Poppy King of Lipstick Queen and telling her how I loved red lipstick but was too shy to wear a strong red. She suggested I wear a bold red at home until I ease into feeling comfortable w/the idea of having it on, and then wear it out. I have been trying to wear Lipstick Queen Saint Red more often, in daylight!
I have a collection of over 25 red lipsticks and glosses and recently tested them all and categorized the winners as such:
#1 Vibrant Reds that Can Be Worn in Day: Lorac Sheer Emotion, NARS Flaming Dust, Clinique Angel Red, Yves St. Laurent Red Strass
#2 Soft Reds that Are Subtle Enough to Wear Anytime – BB Claret and Cherry Lip Balm, Face Stockholm Cranberry Veil, Vincent Longo Cherry Lipstain
#3 Lovely Shades of Red with Problems: LM Sexy Lips (texture, smell!), MAC Queen’s Sin (gorgeous if you add lipgloss but goes on dry)
#4 Drop Dead Reds: If only I had the noive – Lancome Code Red, MAC Classic Dame, Armani Hollywood Red#5 Lovely Glosses – Christian Dior Red Stockings, MAC Slimshine Urgent, Bobbi Brown Cherry Lip Tint#6 Classic, Strong Reds – Edward Bess – Eternal Passion, Lipstick Queen Saint Red and Saint Rouge, MAC Shhhh