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Which red do I wear? Red lip swatches for women of colour

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One of the hardest things to do is to find the perfect red.  A lot of women of colour avoid the most coveted lip colour of all time.  Red is the colour of the season and sultry glamour is back!  Various textures and finishes, it doesn’t matter.  Red is it!!! Truth be told, I had to make a conscious decision to start buying reds.  It is really a matter of trial and error to find reds that work with your skintone and personality and the engineer in me loves this!!!

So here are some the reds that I have collected recently.  And for the record, I don’t know where I have been but M.A.C.’s Ruby Woo bessssssss!!!!! I don’t know what they sprinkle on that lipstick, and it’s a matte too!! It is a gorgeous, stunning true red and the finish/texture of the lipstick also makes it unique!  No one looks bad in this one.  I think this is as close to a sure bet as you can get!  If you would like more detailed swatches/info on a particular colour, let me know.  I will be doing a review on the NARS items.  Check out my review on the NYX Lip Cremes here.  I’m NW45 with red undertones but my arm is a little lighter.

Swatches (L to R): Succubus, Strutter, Chaos, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Fiery, Russian Red, Ruby Woo, Moulin Rouge, Vesuvio, Dragon Girl

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Intro to Illamasqua and review

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Here is a review  for a few Illamasqua products.  I have been attracted to this brand since they debuted at Sephora in the US.  I like their edgy, not-so-safe vibe.  Their Fall/Autumn 2010 collection really caught my eye!!

Anyway as I mentioned here, their latest collection is the Throb Collection, in honour of Valentine’s Day and I have had the chance to review two items.

Succubus Intense Lipgloss – This comes in a slim, squeeze tube with a slanted applicator.

Succubus

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What makes your heart THROB??

Illamasqua has been on my radar for a while now and I will definitely be partaking of some of their goodies this year! Haven’t heard of them?  They are a London-based cosmetics line and their slogan is: “Make-up for your alter ego”.  They have enjoyed a rapid assent globally since they started out in 2008, especially since they started selling in the U.S. at Sephora.  They are on par with M.A.C. and Make Up For Ever, in terms of having products suitable for stage and for screen.  I am actually attracted to their line as they feature a lot of bold, intense colours that work quite well with tan to dark skintones.  Based on the reviews that I have read, they appear to make good products, with great formulas and colour payoffs.  I like that they don’t go for the super safe neutral looks, which in itself is fine, but sometimes you want something more daring, more mysterious or playful! Really feeding your alter ego!

So just in time for Valentine’s Day, Illamasqua has come out with the THROB Collection and I just love the promo images.

Image courtesy of Illamasqua

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