Make-Up: Find Your Best Red Lip at Any Price!

I’ve always loved red lipstick.  My grandmother, Doris, always wore a nice red lip.  She preferred Fire and Ice by Revlon.  Growing up, there were different trends in lipstick- the super gloss of the 70’s, the frosted lip of the 80’s, the nude and chocolate lip of the 90’s and so on.  I tried them all, but I love coming back to the classic red lip.

Fire and Ice has too much of a warm undertone (yellow tones in the red) for me.  I prefer the cool toned reds (blue tones in the red).   How do you know which red is for you?  Best way is to try them on in store.  Take selfies and then compare them.  Warm tones tend to work with people with darker skin, but the photos you take will show you which one is better for you.  Take a look at the pictures below for examples.  Russian Red is the cool toned red and Lady Danger is the warm toned red.

Once you know if you prefer warm or cool, then it is way easier to buy a red from any brand.  Then you need to decide if you want matte or gloss finish and the level of pigment.  That is purely a matter of preference.

I have some links in a variety of price points below.  These are all cool toned reds, for reference.

Best Overall Red Lipstick

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red (See above for picture)  $19.00

Best No-Transfer Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Nonstop Cherry  $10.99

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Best Drugstore Lipstick

Revlon Lipstick in Love Is On  $8.49

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Best Sheer Red

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey  $19.50

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Best Bargain Lipstick

Colourpop Lipstick in Fred  $8.00

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The Real Deal- Authentic Vintage Red

Besame Cosmetics in Victory Red  $19.00

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

A Story of Fire and Ice

No, not THAT one! This is a story about a tube of lipstick and how it is a connection to the happiest and most influential time in my childhood.

When I was a girl, I was fortunate enough to have Doris Fulford as my Grandmother. Doris wore Revlon’s Fire and Ice lipstick exclusively.  Click here to get your own tube on Amazon!

Photo: Vintage Ad by Revlon

As you can see from the picture, Fire and Ice is a fantastic red lipstick that has been a Revlon staple since the 50s. Everyone should have a go-to red lipstick. Doris taught me that.

I got to borrow her lipstick and compact. When we were at home only, of course. I mean, a little girl wearing a red lip out in public “just wouldn’t do”. I felt pretty. I felt glamourous, just like her.

Doris had beautiful framed, top-clasp handbags all with matching shoes, which I would put on my tiny feet and shuffle around the house. Doris had hankerchiefs and hats. Doris wore gloves to church on Sundays. Doris had a group of friends with names like, “Madge” (her best friend’s actual name, by the way). They went to church, played bridge and went to the beauty shop together.

I drank all this in like a sponge. Just being around these ladies made me feel so glamourous! I was fussed over, but ignored just enough that I could employ my Dian Fosseyesque skills and observe and study. The Southern lady in her natural habitat…OBSERVE!

I got to wear dresses and spend time with them at the beauty shop. I was indulged and allowed to sit under one of those industrial size hair dryers that probably picked up signals from Sputnik. Cool air, of course, with a “Redbook” magazine to flip through with a very serious expression on my face. I mean, “Redbook” was serious business. So glamourous!

Which brings me back to the tube of lipstick. I carry it with me everywhere. Whether I go with a red lip that day or not. It reminds me of Doris, the bags with matching shoes, large hairdryers and the glamourousness it all entailed.

We all lost Doris in the early 80s, unfortunately. The example she set, however, was not lost. I grew up and fashion and beauty remained a huge part of my life. My kid and I started cosplaying, and then started a nerd fashion blog together.

I’d like to think that Doris would be proud of me and what I’ve accomplished. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Love, Kim and Scout