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Red Lipstick Swatches & Comparison

Like many others, I’m a sucker for red lips and can find an excuse to wear red lipstick for nearly any occasion. Shades of red can vary greatly though so I decided to swatch my whole collection of reds and compile them into this post for easy comparison.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes

Mary Janes reads as a very true red to me. It glides on smoothly, is creamy & comfortable to wear and has some pretty good staying power. It also leaves behind a serious stain. I have a more in depth review of Mary Janes here.

NYX Butter Lipstick Mary Janes NYX Butter Lipstick Mary Janes

NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick

Indie Flick is probably the most orange shade in the bunch. I feel like it looks very orange by comparison to many of the other shades in this post but I also think it reads clearly as a red in real life. Comfortable to wear and has good staying power. To hear more about the formula, check out this review!

NYX Matte Lipstick Indie Flick NYX Matte Lipstick Indie Flick

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Too Faced Lip Insurance Review

Does  the Too Faced Lip Insurance lip primer actually work?

I have to admit that I’ve always been a little skeptical of lip primers. I’ve used them before in the past and always found them horribly drying and they never seemed to lock down enough lip color (if any) to justify all the hassle and discomfort.

But hey, everything deserves another chance right? There’s plenty of things that I didn’t like at one point in my life but now love, like avocados for example. Maybe I was just using crappy products or using them incorrectly. The only way to settle for sure this was to just buy a lip primer and do a little experiment, so that’s exactly what I did! Too Faced Lip Insurance review with photo documentation is coming your way!

Overall opinion: It works but it isn’t exactly a miracle product. It did make a noticeable difference in the longevity of my lipstick but don’t expect to buy this primer and then suddenly all of your lipsticks never need to be reapplied throughout the day. I don’t think it would keep your lipstick looking freshly-applied-flawless all day but it does give a boost of staying power that we all sometimes need. So for special events or long days, I’d say it’s definitely a product worth having on hand and is something I’ll certainly be using.

Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer

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In all of these photos I just used Too Faced’s Lip Insurance lip primer + MAC’s Coral Bliss lipstick. I opted out of lip liner so I could see just how the primer and lipstick performed on their own. I chose this specific lipstick because MAC’s Coral Bliss has their Cremesheen finish which is super creamy, comfortable and gorgeous but as a whole, creamy lipsticks are not known for their staying power and Coral Bliss is no different.

I first applied the primer using the doe foot applicator that it comes with and waited a few moments for it to set. The primer feels really smooth and almost silky at first but it then becomes slightly tacky to the touch. This product is advertised as being hydrating but I wasn’t really getting that. It was actually a little drying but nothing miserable although if I had used a matte lipstick instead of a creamy one, I think that could have amped up the level of discomfort. I applied my lipstick straight out of the tube, blotted with a tissue, reapplied and then I called it quits for the day! I didn’t reapply at all nor did I use any sort of balm or gloss at any time. I ate lunch, drank mostly from a straw and just did my normal day-to-day routine.

Right after application

Both sides are looking good at this point but I think the side using Lip Insurance definitely looks best. The lipstick has applied more evenly, presumably because Lip Insurance gave my lipstick a nice even surface to adhere to.

Too Faced Lip Insurance Review

Three hours after application

I’ve eaten lunch by this point and while most of the creaminess has worn off or been canceled out by the primer, the color is still quite visible and even on the side with Lip Insurance. The lipstick on the side without Lip Insurance has mostly worn away. Some parts are completely void of lipstick but it’s still clinging to a few patches.

Too Faced Lip Insurance Review

Six hours after application

Okay, so six hours is a long time to expect most lipsticks to last. The color has mostly faded away on the side with the primer but you can still see the coral hues hanging around. It seems to have faded a little more in the center. I’m a lip product addict and my lips are getting pretty dry at this point. The color on the side without Lip Insurance has all but disappeared.

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Full face photos just to show what a gorgeous color Coral Bliss is!

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review

I was moseying through my local Sephora about a week ago when I stumbled upon their Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick display  and was instantly enamored by all the gorgeous colors. What can I say? I’m an easy sell when it comes to makeup. I’d seen a few people raving about them online recently so I decided to just pick one up in Melted Ruby and see for myself how they are. I was not disappointed!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick - Melted Ruby

Now, I rarely trust a “long wear” lipstick. Many products make the claim and then turn out to be one huge disappointment, usually either by rubbing off within the hour or being so damn drying that your lips just look like little shriveled up prunes which is usually terribly uncomfortable and unattractive.

I decided to put this product to the test and the first time I wore it I had a hearty lunch of lamb curry and a big ole bottle of water. No straw! I’m so daring. I was sure that when I checked on my lipstick after lunch that it would all be gone but I was so wrong. It looked perfect! I even took a nap a couple of hours later and when I woke up, it was still going strong.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. I found the Too Faced Melted lipsticks to be long lasting, just like they claim. They probably aren’t going to make it all day long but I got a solid 6 hours or so out of them, even through eating, drinking and a nap. Unlike many long wearing lipsticks, these are not particularly drying. They certainly aren’t creamy (at least not for long) but they are comfortable. They go on glossy but dry to almost a matte finish over time. The pigmentation is amazing and the slanted tip applicator makes application easy breezy.  I can definitely see more shades of this in my future.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Review - Melted Ruby