My Top 3 Favourite Red Lipsticks: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper and Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 107

My Top 3 Favourite Red Lipsticks: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper and Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 107

In honour of today being Valentines and all, I thought I’d do a little suitably romantic post based  on three of my favourite red lipsticks.

About half a year ago I was terrified of bright lipsticks. Like, really scared of them. I just thought that I would never be able to pull off a bold lip and I felt pretty self conscious whenever I would stray from my comfort blanket of nudes or the occasional browny-pink.

I wore a deep dark red to a family event last year and spent the whole time feeling so worried that marks were on my teeth (they were), and the lipstick would wear off and smudge (it did). It looked pretty messy after a couple of hours, and it put me off wearing a bold colour again for a while if I’m honest. The fact that I hadn’t applied it properly and blotted etc didn’t help, but I guess I didn’t know then what I do know about make up. (Which still isn’t a lot to be honest, but it’s more than I did a year ago at least). Anyway, I was basically put off red lipstick for a while.

Then I happened to get a gift with purchase from Boots one day, and inside was a bright, orange-red lipstick from Bourjois called Hot Pepper.

a favourite red lipstick of mine - bourjois rouge edition velvet in hot pepperIt was the brightest red I’ve ever come across; the sort of red I see on pop stars, models and general celebs, which I love to look at from afar and admire like a nice picture, but would never dare wear myself.

I thought I may as well give it a try and after seeing that it wasn’t so scary after all, I became a little hooked. I love the fact that a bright red lip can instantly transform your look, and if you only wear one piece of make up then you can guarantee that a red lipstick will be the one you can rely on to make you look like you’ve got your s**t together. It has to be applied right though, as I learnt the hard way when I’ve looked in the mirror in the past and have had so many red marks on my teeth it looks like I’ve had too much red wine.

But when applied correctly, and with a steady hand, I don’t think there’s another make up look out there which can look so put together, classy, chic, sexy and cool all at once as the iconic red lip.

So in celebration of that, here’s a little round up of three of my favourite red lipsticks, in no particular order:

red lipstick for valentines day by ellemma

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 107

Arguably the most favoured high-street red lip out there by beauty bloggers and pretty much every girl up and down the country, the 107 by Kate Moss is a beautiful deep, dark and plummy matte red. Rimmel have always been a good call for reasonably-priced make up products, and their range of lipsticks is no exception. 107 packs an incredible punch with both pigmentation and longevity, it smells like sweets, and the formulation is lovely. With an on-trend matte finish and blue-undertones, this is a shade which can suit almost any skin-tone, although paler girls may look a little washed out. A must-have for the collection though, and if it’s good enough for Zoella who’s raved about it in the past, then it’s good enough for the rest of us right?! It’s £5.49 and available here.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru 08 and Hot Pepper

I’ve arguably saved the best till last here, and I may be slightly biased in saying that because I absolutely adore Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvets. They are the most incredible lip products I’ve used from the high street so far, and after using Hot Pepper (a vivid and bold orange-red), I ventured into this darker red a while ago called Grand Cru. It’s very similar to Rimmel’s 107 in that it is a deep and dark red, but what I love about these and what sets them apart from the others in my opinion, is their longevity. They just stay put for hours! Apply one layer, let it dry, pop on a second coat and after blotting you’re good to go for pretty much all of the day. They have a beautiful matte finish and are available in a wide range of shades, but their red lipsticks in particular are just gorgeous. £8.99 from here.

red lipsticks review by ellemma

L-R: Rimmel 107, Bourjois Hot Pepper and Bourjois Grand Cru

So that’s my little round-up of a few of my favourite red lipsticks. There are so many more that I want to try and I will hopefully get round to reviewing then as and when I build up my collection.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful if you’re considering buying one of these; can recommend them all very much!



  1. Lou Francesca
    February 15, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Great post, just followed you! Red lipstick never goes well with me, it always ends up on my teeth haha. Would love if you could check out my recent post? 🙂

    The Fashion Road

    • February 15, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Hi my lovely thank you for your comment! I’ve just been looking at your blog, it’s fab. Those Dune boots are so beautiful. Will check out your most recent post now too. Consider yourself followed back! 🙂 x

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