Crimson + clover: Three reds to put you in the holiday mood

I don’t typically like to wear red lipstick.

Don’t get me wrong, wearing red lipstick is the epitome of a daring, sexy woman, but for me, it’s too high maintenance. Is it on my teeth? Did it wear off? Is it smudged? Rather than worry about how my lipstick is looking, most days I would rather just wear something lighter and easier maintenance.

Most days.

There’s definitely a time and a place for reds, and since it’s the holidays, I’ve been tending to bend the rules a little more with my daily lipstick choices. I have a million reds in my collection, and although I do give most of them away after I swatch, test, and review them, some of them I keep lying around for days when in the mood to sport a bold crimson lipstick. Like the holidays.

Since I’ve gotten in a few new shades of the colour, I thought I would compile a little list of my top choices for this time of the year just in case you want to feel a little more festive.

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte lipstick in Dramatic, Diorific Mat lipstick in Desirable, and Lise Watier Neiges Sparkling Lipstick

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matter in Dram’atic

I got this lipstick during the London Drugs #LDBeauty event this past October and although it took me a while to actually bust out and try, I was instantly impressed upon finally swatching it.

The really cool thing about this lipstick (C$40) is that you click the rose on the top of the container to pop it open. What’s inside is a matte lipstick that delivers opaque colour on the first swipe. The formula is very comfortable and long wearing thanks to the light powder technology.

Although this lipstick line comes in a variety of colours, I was told Dram’atic is one of their top sellers and because of that, it comes in a limited-edition burgundy packaging. The colour itself is like a deep burgundy which makes it appropriate for the colder months. You can easily sport it with a neutral turtleneck or a glittery party dress for a variety of different looks.

I was very impressed with the wear on this lipstick. It’s very comfortable and it did last a long time, even through eating a drinking. In fact, when I tried it out the first time, I applied it in the morning and then wore it at work. I didn’t even bother bringing it with me in my bag since I wanted to see how well it held up. There was some fading in the inner mouth area, but for the most part it kept its colour throughout the day, which is amazing for a matte lipstick.

I would absolutely love to try out some of the other shades (especially the nudes), but if you’re looking for a fab burgundy for the holidays, then you’ll need to give this one a try.

Dior Diorific Mat Velvet Colour Lipstick in Desirable

If you’re looking for a more true holiday red, then you need to check out Dior’s lipstick in Desirable (C$46).

This orangey-red matte lipstick is part of their limited-edition Midnight Wish holiday collection (review coming soon!) and is a housed is a stunning gold jewel case. The formulation on this is matte and delivers a creamy formula that will have you feeling extra decadent.

I think that this lipstick is just the perfect holiday red colour since it’s so eye-catching and bright. Plus the fact that it’s Dior, makes it extra luxurious and will fit right in when you throw it in your sequin holiday clutch.

Swatches of Dior Diorific Mat in Desirable, Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte lipstick in Dramatic, and Lise Watier Neiges Sparkling Lipstick

Lise Watier Neiges Sparkling Lipstick

Finally, for a little extra glitter in your life, look no further than Lise Watier’s Neiges Sparkling Lipstick (C$25).

Housed in the most beautiful silver glittery case, this crystal-duo lipstick has precious sparkling pearls surrounding a coloured core. Since it only comes in one shade, it’s billed as being universal to suit all complexions.

The colour definitely leans more towards a berry shade, but the thing I love the most about it is how moisturizing it is. ┬áIf you are looking for bold colour, then this wouldn’t be your jam, but if you like a stain kinda look, then this will be right up your alley.

In addition to the stunning silvery case, it also smells like candy, which is super pleasant while you’re applying it.

Dior Diorific Mat in Desirable, Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte lipstick in Dramatic, and Lise Watier Neiges Sparkling Lipstick

Although it may not be the colour I reach for most days, I do love sporting a gorgeous red when it comes to the holiday season. Since there are so many different shades of the colour as well, there are a million different ways and formulas to wear it.

What’s your favourite red lipstick to wear during the holiday season?

Please note, I was sent this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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