So as some of you may know April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Last year I did 4 blog posts over the month of April showing off all the lipsticks I wore for that month to raise awareness for the Red My Lips campaign. If you haven’t read them they can be found here.
This year I have decided to just do one blog post showing off my 5 favourite lipsticks, but this year for every view I get on this blog post until 11th May (as that is a month from now) I will donate a dollar to Red My Lips. A lot of people choose to take part in the Red My Lips campaign by wearing red lipstick everyday, which is a good way to raise awareness. But I am in a position where I should be able to make a small donation at the end of the month.
So onto the lipsticks! These are in no particular order as I love them all and it was hard enough picking 5 favourites.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Mysterious Red
This lipstick is a must have in your collection. I love the Velvet Matte Pencils by NARS as they are something so small and easy to keep in your bag and it’s so fast to put on. If I’m ever in a rush I grab this. It has a great formula that goes on matte and stays matte but isn’t too drying on the lips. It starts to feel a little dry on my lips after about 12 hours of wear. It has a nice texture that will last all day with minimal touch ups. I adore this shade in particular as it’s a very bright true red, it’s great in summer and a great pop of colour in winter. I also have this lipstick in the shade Cruella and I prefer Mysterious Red just a tiny bit more for how bold it is.
NARS Hardwired Lipstick – Deadly Catch
This is another NARS lipstick I totally adore. It has a beautiful creamy texture which easily glides on but has enough grip that it has a good staying power. I can usually get through a high-tea without touch ups but a full meal will usually need a little in the centre. I love the colour of this too as it’s another bright blue-based red. This has a great amount of moisture in it without giving it a super glossy look.
Pretty Zombie Cosmetics – Zombettie
This is an amazing liquid to matte lipsticks. I bought this first in January of 2014 before liquid to matte lipsticks became really popular and have loved it from the start. This red is more yellow based, and it’s a buildable colour so you can use a thin layer or layer it up to a deeper blood red. This will need to be touched up after eating, it often wears completely off in the middle. It’s not too hard to add more and it blends into the already dried lipstick pretty easily. I have Black Cat which I am even more obsessed with and I just want all the shades as there are so many blue/green/purples.
Jeffree Star – Redrum
Of course, it’s Jeffree Star. I have to say the hype is real. This lipstick is incredible. I don’t have a picture of me wearing it as I’ve used up my first one and have yet to get another. I love the colour of this and I love the many other more creative shades in the range. I find this isn’t entirely transfer proof but it doesn’t need touch ups after eating. It’s very comfortable and doesn’t crack or flake away during the day.
Besame – American Beauty
This is a colour I wasn’t 100% sure on buying but I am so glad I did. This is described as a ‘cool berry shade’ and can look so different depending on how it’s worn. In the pictures above I’ve gone with a thicker coat which looks quite red, but a thin coat will bring out the pinky berry. It’s a lovely creamy lipstick which does need touch ups but is very moisturising and feels lovely to wear. In the below picture I’ve added a small amount of MBA Cosmetics’ Kohl lipstick to it to perfectly match it to my Rouge Noir Dita <3. It’s also a wonderful lip tint with a touch added to some lipgloss for a more natural look.
So there we are! After so long I’ve decided on my 5 favourite lipsticks! A range here from pencil to liquid-matte to regular lipsticks.
If you can please consider donating to a charity which aids people who are victims of sexual assault or who help spread information about it. Of course don your best red lisptick and get to social media with the tags #redmylips #sexualassaultawarenessmonth #saam to help spread awareness. Red My Lips is a great organisination to donate to, as is are of the Rape Crisis centres in NZ or if you are international your local one.
Thanks for reading!