The Lip Edit Part 1: Reds

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Being a prolific purchaser of makeup, I am in no shortage of lip products. Seeing as I do have so many, and constantly am buying and trying more, I thought I would whittle down my collection to an edited list of my favourites. I will split them into colour categories, starting with Reds, followed by Nudes, Browns, Pinks, and then my go-to colours for Winter and Summer. I will be putting these up over the next few weeks, so check back for those.

I thought I would start with Red, a staple colour in many womens’ makeup wardrobe, perfect to make any makeup look feel more glamorous. I love to wear red for any occasion – I really don’t think red lipstick needs to be limited to night time. I have chosen four of my favourite products; I have chosen two traditional lipsticks and two liquid lipsticks. These are colours I consistently reach for time and time again – I had to be really picky when choosing which makeup to take to Australia with me – and these are the ones that made the cut.

Who they are:

From left to right (above) we have:

  • Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Mary Jo K
  • Mac Lipstick in Lady Danger
  • Mac Lipstick in Red Racer
  • Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fashion Legacy

How they look:

When swatched, it’s clear to see the difference in finish of these products.


Mary Jo K and Red Racer are both blue reds. Mary Jo is a little darker, and has a flat matte finish, whereas Red Racer has more of a satin finish. Lady Danger and Fashion Legacy are more on the orange side, with Fashion Legacy being closer to a true red, and Lady Danger being really quite orange and bright.

Why I love them:

Lady Danger caught my eye initially because of how bright it was. Being fair skinned and strawberry-blonde, I never thought an orangey-red would be a colour that would work for me, but it is a lipstick that I have turned to time and time again. I prefer it more for daytime, paired with a very simple eye, minimal blush and bronzer. It’s something that I think is a great colour for so many skintones, as it gets the balance of orange and red perfectly right. It’s a matte finish, but isn’t drying at all, great for all day wear.

Fashion Legacy was something I went for after loving the other Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in my collection – Lady Be Good. I love how creamy it is and how well it applies. This collection has had mixed reviews from many people. I can understand the criticisms; despite being a liquid lipstick, they can transfer, and aren’t quite as long lasting as they promise. With Lady Be Good I can find it so easy to put too much on and have it crack on my lips – not a good look – but this colour I find to be easier to manage and more consistent on my lips. After buying these two I might think twice about picking up more from the collection, particularly because for the price, there are many more liquid lipsticks delivering a better formula. However, I love the two that I have and will continue to use them.

Next up is Mary Jo K by Kylie Cosmetics. After waking up for the restock at 7am one morning, and waiting patiently for the arrival of my parcel, I was so excited to finally get my paws on this. It is a beautiful, blue red, which dries to a lovely matte finish. I find it so flattering with my skintone, and love how long wearing it is. When I initially swatched it on my hand I could not get it off, which is a pretty good sign! It comes with a lipliner included, fairly similar to Mac Cherry, which I already own. It has a much more liquid consistency than the Mac Retro Matte, which helps you to apply a thinner layer to avoid cracking. I now have 4 of the Kylie Lip Kits in my possession, and have to say that I am so pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of them. Definitely a favourite of mine.

And last, but certainly not least, is my Holy Grail lipstick, Red Racer by Mac.  I have mentioned this one before, but I certainly couldn’t do a Lip Edit and not include it! This colour was tragically limited edition, so I have to be very frugal with it these days. It is a beautiful blue-red, with a satin finish, that goes on like a dream and is so flattering and comfortable to wear. I honestly think Mac hit the jackpot with this one, and it breaks my heart every day that they have not made it permanent. The closest match I have found in their collection for it is Russian Red, but that one is a matte finish. When the day comes that I run out, I may have to take some time in mourning. It is the perfect red.

Honourable Mention:

  • Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo – a classic, blue-red matte, loved by many, including me, but didn’t quite make it into my Australian makeup bag, as it is so matte it can be rather drying.
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 111 – another great red, good for daytime.


So there you have it! If you ever wanted to ask me which reds are the way to go, look no further. These are four amazing shades that I think suit many skin tones, are great for both day and night time wear, and last really well. Please keep an eye out for the rest of my little mini series, and let me know your favourite red lipstick in the comments below.

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!



  • I love the look of Fashion Legacy 🙂 All gorgeous colours! I really need to invest in a red lipstick, I always stick with nude (boring, I know lol!)

    • Thanks for your comment! It’s a great colour. Stay tuned for the next part! That’s when I’ll be doing nudes. Xx

  • I’ve wanted the kylie lip kits for sooo long now, but I can never get my hands on the colour I want; typical! I love your blog and will definitely be following and checking out some more of your posts. It would be great if you could check out mine and leave some feedback or maybe even follow! 🙂
    Olivia xox

  • I love them all ☺

  • Thank you! Yeah, they dry my lips out so much but maybe another colour would be better. xxx

    • For the price, I would go for another brand. Honestly, £21 is not really worth it for me. Especially if you have had a bad experience. I bought the second one because I am a sucker for Mac and had never tried another liquid lipstick! Lol xxx

  • Lovely and very informative post!

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