The other day, there was a lady who stated that she never found a red that she liked or that looked good on her. . .but when she DID find it, she was over the moon! She saw how fun red can be and she has included it in her collection. Finding the right red had officially made her a "red-wearer." Stories like that make me happy as an artist! I've said that women can wear red. Red is a fun, bold color that makes such a wonderful statement. It does take some confidence to wear it but shouldn't we have confidence anyway? I'm just sayin'.
Not too long ago, I went to the store in pursuit of another purchase (non-makeup related) when I saw these two reds. I decided to purchase them because I can never have too many reds.
L'Oreal is one of my favorite drugstore brands. For me, personally, I like the quality and the fact that they make things easy to view. I like that you can open up the lipstick and look at the shade vs. having to try and guess what the color looks like based on a color swatch on the outside of the package. The packing looks nice and rich. It has a certain style to it that really draws me in and doesn't disappoint when it comes to the quality of product. I also like their mascara but that's for another post.
Anyway, there is something that we should also know about reds when going to shop for them. There are plenty of them! You don't have to wear a super bold, matte lip to stand out. You can have a formula that is not drying and that still makes a positive statement.
I have tried the L'Oreal True Red shade (in the gold tube) before and it is great. It had been a while, though, since I made the purchase. So needless do say, the original purchase is no longer part of my collection. When I saw it in the store, though, I knew I had to purchase it. It just captured me right away.
I didn't go to the store planning to make that purchase though. I was in the market for a deep red. The True Red shade was something that I wanted once I saw it because it was another option in red. I was honestly planning to purchase a more expensive deep shade because it was exactly what I wanted to add to my red collection. At some point I'll get to that, but in Target, I was captured by the black tube as well.
The black tube was a collection that L'Oreal has nailed! In a previous post, I spoke about the Prive' Collection. The Prive' Collection is a great way to obtain a nude lip. I have worn this shade several times and it is perfection. I expected no less from the red shades that they offer. The red shades they offer are specific to your skin tone. It takes ALL of the guesswork out of finding the right shade for you.
The True Red (gold tube) is more of a satin shade. That basically means that it has a little shine to it (not like a lip gloss but not a matte either). The payoff is good, however, it's not a very bold red. It's definitely has staying power, it's just not that super bold matte that you may find in a lip product like MAC's Ruby Woo. True Red is going to have more of a shine and less matte. It's not drying at all.
In my quest for a deeper red, I went along with Zoe's red. It was the EXACT red shade that I was looking for to add to my personal red collection. It's deep and beautiful. It is perfect for the "red-wearer" who either doesn't want a bold red or just likes deeper, more vampy shades. Zoe's red is matte. It has not been drying to me. I would suggest using some sort of lip balm before applying to ensure you lips are smooth and not dried out.
The great thing about these shades is that they will fit anyone's budget! Both are only $6 at Target. You really can't beat that. There are tons of other shades that the brand offers if you are not looking for a red at this time. I just wanted to share my find. I think that 2 lipsticks for $12 is perfect! It's a good way to treat yourself without spending too much outside of your beauty budget.