It's magical, really, and it's hard to see why no one thought of it before. RED Burlesque is a line of red lipsticks, just red. Every shade is created specially for a different burlesque performer who models the shade on the site. Best of all, they'll help you pick the perfect red if you send a message with your skin's tones (warm or cool) and how often you wear red lipstick, they'll respond with suggestions.
I messaged the head of RED Burlesque for some lipstick samples and let me say, I am in love with these lipsticks. I tweeted a few weeks ago that one of the shades in particular made me want to make out myself, and I think that's how you'll feel if you pick one of these sweeties up.
Based on the fact that my skin is warm and and I wear red lipstick almost every day but wouldn't mind having a sheer red for lay days, Adam and friends sent me lipsticks in Vicky Butterfly and Strawberry Siren.
|Strawberry Siren, left, Vicky Butterfly, right|
Vicky Butterfly is the sheer shade and it sort of shows up on my hand in the swatches, but on my face, it completely disappears. I swiped it all over my lips and I felt like I still couldn't see it.
I was hoping I would get the same effect as the real miss Vicky Butterfly, but no dice. But the lipstick goes on like a dream. It's really smooth and so, so moisturizing. I think it'd be great with a lip pencil, but by itself, it's just the teeniest, tiniest bit of color.
|I'm sorry I didn't prep my skin. Yikes.|
The Strawberry Siren lipstick, however, was such a treat. I put it on and was like, God, yes! It's creamy and delicious. The color is rich and it lasts forever. With something this rich and pigmented, I recommend you aren't sloppy like I was in my haste to take this picture for the blog and actually use a primer. You probably won't have a matching lip liner, but make it work by using a lip brush to line your lips this way.
Strawberry Siren is what I like to think of as femme fatale lipstick, a shade that's a little too sexy for daytime, I think. I would absolutely buy these lipsticks. And since I'm about to run out of my usual lipstick, MAC Red, I might go shopping again.
A note: priced at $30 each, these lipsticks are definitely luxury items. But the way they feel and look makes it worth the splurge.
Check back for a Q&A with the creator and CEO of RED Burlesque, Adam Coutts.