10 July 2015

{ Review + Swatches } Shades of Red

L-R: Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy', Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion' & Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

I'm a neutral kinda gal when it comes to the makeup I wear. I often like to stay in my comfort zone consisting of warm earthy browns and bronzes on my eyes and a dusty mauve/nude beige on the lips. When I do break out of that comfort zone though, which is unfortunately not often enough, I love adding some glam to my look with a statement red lipstick.

I was lucky enough to pick out a few lipsticks from Luxola and decided to go with some delectable reds to show you guys how I personally like to wear a red lip. I absolutely love pairing a bold red with a neutral eye, thick winged liner and adding a pair of luscious wispy falsies. Of course, there are really no rules in makeup and if you prefer pairing your red lippy with a sultry smokey eye then go for it. That's the beauty in makeup. Be creative, be you. There are no boundaries! Do whatever makes you feel good!

L-R: Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy', Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion' & Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

How intense and stunning are the swatches above! I was squealing from happiness when I was swatching these lipsticks, especially Zoeva's lipstick in 'Cooling Passion' and Sleek Makeup's 'O.M.G!'. Girllll, they are sooo rich in pigment and sooo creamy!

Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy'

I've never heard of Luscious Cosmetics before but being the makeup lover I am, I was really looking forward to try a new product. This looked like a fiery red in the tube but once swatched and applied on the lips, it wasn't as intense as what I was expecting. This red is mixed with a pinkish/raspberry hue once I applied it which took me a little by surprise as it looked like a true red in the tube. This lipstick is definitely buildable as it doesn't shock you with an immense amount of pigment when you apply it. It's my least favourite in terms of formulation out of the three but a beautiful colour nonetheless.

Price: $21.74 AUD
My rating: 6/10

On the lips: Luscious Cosmetics Signature Lipstick 'Poppy'

 Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion'

Now this lipstick from Zoeva is absolutely stunning. I've only tried Zoeva's brushes (which I adore!!) and blushes before but seeing how much I do enjoy their products, I wasn't surprised with how much I loved this cream lipstick in 'Cooling Passion'. First of all, I love the sleek gunmetal packaging and the cap's slick magnetic closure. The formulation of the lipstick is amazing and doesn't drag or tug on your lips. It glides so easily, very smooth, creamy and moisturising. The colour is also such a rich stunning cool toned red. This shade of red is definitely the kind of shade that I would normally reach out for. Can't tell you guys enough how much I'm enjoying this formula and this crazy pigmentation. I love the slight gloss it gives too, makes for plumper lips! I need more shades from this line!!

Price: $15.80 AUD
My rating: 9/10

On the lips: Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipstick 'Cooling Passion'

 Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

Last but not least, a shade of red that I normally shy away from. I rarely ever wear orangey-reds and always thought they never looked that nice on me. This lipstick proved me wrong. This shade is so so pretty and a perfect statement lip for Spring/Summer. It's Winter in Australia at the moment so I'll have to wait for a few months until the weather warms up. NOT! Remember, there are no boundaries when it comes to makeup! It's okay to rock a vampy burgundy lip during Summer and it's more than okay to wear a coral red in Winter. Be a rebel :P

Great formulation and feels super nice on the lips. Not as creamy and smooth as Zoeva's lipstick but the intensity and pigmentation is 100% there! I love how this coral-red lip can brighten up your complexion too. Definitely a colour I hope I'll be brave to wear more often!

Price: $17.78 AUD
My rating: 8/10

On the lips: Sleek Makeup True Colour Lipstick 'O.M.G!'

I currently have an exclusive discount code that Luxola have provided for my readers (I do not get any commission from the use of this code). Enter 'BLX-PORCELAIN' at checkout for 15% off your first order with Luxola (voucher code is valid until August 31st and is not applicable on non-discountable brands found on Luxola's FAQ). Not only can you purchase the lipsticks and brands I'm wearing in the above snapshots, you can also purchase from brands such as 3 Concept Eyes, Ardell, Beauty Blender, Koh Gen Do, Makeup Store, SKII, theBalm, Wet n Wild and heaps more!

What are your favourite shades of red lipsticks to wear? The takeaway from this post is don't be afraid to branch out and try a colour you wouldn't normally wear. Just like me and the coral/orange-red lipstick. You might be surprised to find out that you actually like it :)

xo Laura

* Disclaimer: The products mentioned above were sent to me by Luxola for review purposes. My reviews are always 100% my honest opinion *


  1. Wow all of these are just stunning!

  2. Wow all of these are just stunning!

  3. I've never heard of any of these brands! Thanks for the review, my fave is Cooling Passion :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

    Metallic Paws

  4. I love the color from Sleek~! <33