Monday, November 12, 2012

A drugstore search for the perfect bordeaux lipstick!

I find inspiration in the strangest places.

This past week, I had to attend trade show for high school kids, in order to promote a scholarship we offer at my work. One of the high school girls was wearing the most gorgeous bordeaux colored red lipstick. It was absolutely stunning on her and sent me on a mad dash to find that exact color as my local drugstores (yes, plural, because I only buy on sale!). Here's what I came up with!


I tried to find the deepest reds, without leaning too much towards a wine color. It wasn't an easy task! My picks ended up being the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux (HA!) 124, the Marcelle Rouge Xpression in 851 Obsession, and the Revlon Lip Butter in 040 Red Velvet.

They kind of look like a little family in their silver tube!

Here they are swatched on my hand.
 Left to right: Rimmel Bordeaux, Marcelle Obsession, Revlon Red Velvet

And on ma face!
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux

Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Obsession

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet

The verdict?

Well, my favorite was definitely Revlon's Lip Butter in Red Velvet. It's so pigmented! It was smooth on application and the color is stunning. However, Rimmel's Bordeaux is the closest match to the color I was looking for - the color is stunning on. It was also the easiest lipstick to apply because the formula wasn't slippery at all. But it was a bit drying. My least favorite is the Marcelle Xpression out of the three. The formula was a bit dry, and not what I expect of the Xpression line which I'm already a fan of. It also applied a bit patchy.

If you're looking for a drugstore lipstick of the bordeaux variety, I highly suggest the Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet. The Rimmel lipstick was also quite good!

What is your favorite drugstore lipstick? Do you find any line particularly moisturizing? 

I hope you had a great weekend! I spent most of mine trying to finalize a light box for the blog since daylight is sparse these days! And then the rest of it pretty much relaxing. It was good!

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12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! Love all of them (not surprisingly) but the Rimmel is just perfect. I was just looking for something like this over the weekend and I already have it. :)

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  2. That Rimmel one just makes your blue eyes just pop! They are all pretty, but that one is stunning on you!

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  3. I love the rimmel one xx

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  4. I'm going with the crowd -- the Rimmel is my favourite!! I find Nuxe Reve de Miel is the best thing to layer under classic lipsticks

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    1. I haven't layered the Nuxe Reve de Miel yet - I think I will now since my lips are so dry!

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  5. Ooohhh the Rimmel one is beautiful!

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  6. The Rimmel is my favorite on you - that shade is gorgeous!

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  7. Rimmel one is stunning! But I guess Red Velvet is more wearable.

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  8. Oh my goodness, they all look amazing on you. I particularly fancy Bordeaux - it looks spectacular against your blue eyes.

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    1. Thank you!! I guess Rimmel is the winner :)

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  9. i love bordeaux so much! but since i cant find it in my country perhaps i would pick revlon instead :)

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