Red lipstick always has and always will be my ‘confidence ++’ and my way of standing out. So imagine the accelerated heart beat, the sweaty palms and the excited squeal coming from me when I learned that I would be possibly finding my soulmate red! A red that is matched to me! My excitement was taken over by pure horror at the three matches I was given, according to my skin tone and my ‘out there’ approach. They all had orange undertones with one being more orange than red. Now I am all for pushing boundaries but orange and I are NOT on speaking terms anymore after the horrific oompa loompa scenario that had me swearing off orange for good!!
Nevertheless I trusted the process and went head first in to this, wanting to get the ultimate experience out of it all. I went for a shade called Melody Mangler which is a bright red, with orange undertones and an almost edgy rockabilly/rock chic look to it. I was surprised to find that inside that simple black tube was a lipstick that would set off a gasp of ‘hhmm do I like it?’ that quickly turned in to a slow motion moment of adoration with widening eyes, and a hug to my chest. I chose the satin finish because I like a little bit of a moisturizer with the stay power of a matte. I have to say when we had to choose our colour to trial; the model pictures of the lipstick on didn’t do the lipsticks or the brand any favors. They didn’t show them in their true form or in a flattering way.
The lipstick has a pleasant smell so the fragrance free statement is not true! It glides on smoothly and the pigmentation blows my mind. It’s very true to its appearance. It conditions my lips and makes them feel like spongey velvet. This lipsticks stay power is almost unbelievable! I applied it in the morning before I went out and nine hours later it was still vibrant and firmly in place! That is no reapplication, no touch ups! I ate, I drank and I licked my lips more than a few times! What is this hocus pocus?! I have never, ever come across a satin finish lipstick with that kind of quality or stay power! Even the matte lipsticks have competition in this. My matte lipsticks always stay but there are wear marks where I drank or ate that appear through the day or night. The Red Burlesque doesn’t shift at all!
My only wish for this is that it came in all the colours of the rainbow to satisfy my need for bright, vibrant and out there. Red is great but it gets old very fast. I am so glad that I trusted the process and went with what they suggested for my skin tone etc. I can honestly say that my apprehensions about the orange undertones have been settled and I am in love with the red I have. I say whole heartedly with hand on my heart that Red Burlesque has found my PERFECT RED!!!!!!