I haven’t reviewed a new red lipstick since 2010. Back then, I wrote that I couldn’t get too excited about any new reds because:
“I’m still devoted to MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Lasting Lust. I rarely want to wear another red because I love Lasting Lust’s color and the endurance so much. For me, the product works just like MAC’s website promises: it is smudge-, run-, transfer- and feather-proof. I’ve fallen asleep with it on and woken up the next day with the color untouched. It only comes off with an oily makeup remover and, occasionally, oily salad dressing.”
That’s all still true. In fact, just last week I again fell asleep with my Lasting Lust lip color on (go ahead, judge me) and again woke up with perfect red lips and a pristine pillow. But MAC doesn’t have any other shades — red or otherwise — in that formula that work on me, so I’m always looking for other options. I tried to be thrifty by sampling various drugstore and online-only products, but I wound up feeling I was wasting money because I didn’t like any of them. Then I read some good reviews about Chanel’s Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Color ($34). Like MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcolor, Chanel’s product comes in a tube with liquid lipstick on one end of the tube and a clear gloss on the other end, so that looked promising. I ordered it in Ruby Lite.
At first, I wasn’t sure I liked it because it does feel drier than Lasting Lust. I had to use more gloss and re-apply the gloss more frequently than I do with the MAC product. But I love the blue-red color.
And there was no feathering or transferring whatsoever. I’m obsessed with those issues. You know how peeps say women of a certain age shouldn’t wear red lipstick because it runs into the fine lines around the mouth? That’s not a problem with a product like this. And I didn’t get any messy lipstick kiss marks on water glasses (or MrB’s collar). Like Lasting Lust, the pigment only came off when I used an oily makeup remover. After I wore the Chanel for a few days, including at the inauguration dinner I went to on Monday, I became accustomed to the feel of it. I even ordered another Rouge Double Intensité in red-plum Almandine.
If you’re looking for a less expensive but similarly long-lasting product — besides MAC’s — I tested Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick, which is available at Sephora for $19. Outlaw is a gorgeous brick red that doesn’t budge. The only problem I had with it was that there’s no attached clear gloss, and you definitely need something moisturizing with these liquid lipsticks. I can’t be bothered buying and keeping track of separate glosses, but if you’ve already got some of those, give Kat a try!