I broke my lipsticks down into three groups: orange based bright red(s), a darker rose red and a bright pink. These basically cover off my basic lipstick needs. (There are definitely others I wear and love, but let's keep on track here!)
1. My bright reds: are, at the moment, orange based ones. I love love love MACs's Lady Danger and it is an all time favourite of mine. The matte texture is perfect and the colour is vibrant and amazing. I never find it drying and it lasts and is just generally awesome. It does have its drawbacks though, and one of those is the price. We pay a lot more for a lot of our makeup here in Australia, and this is no exception. It lasts for ages and all that but still, it is so unfair that we have to pay double or triple or quadruple for things here. Big drawback, frankly.
My second in my bright red category is my Besame Carmine lipstick. It is also an orange red, lighter and less vibrant than the one above and perfect for day time. The colour and consistency are awesome, it feels really good on and, again, it lasts for hours and hours and hours. So chuffed that it was as good as I had hoped it would be – even better, maybe! Love it.
The lip liner I use to go with them both is Illamasqua's Spell. I love Illasmasqua lip liners as they are firm but easy to apply, easy to keep sharp, and the line stays put. I personally like a really crisp line with my bold lipsticks and always, always use a liner, no matter what. Love this one! Also LOVE that Illamasqua reduced their prices to be more fair to us down under and I want to support them all the more for that!
Oh and a note on orange-red liners: I tried to find a drugstore version but could only find pink based ones. Plus lip stuff is where I am always happy to spend more money as I just don't like cheap lip products. They've never worked well for me and they stink and my mouth is waaaay to close to my nose for that! Ewwwwwww. Much better to spend a little more on a product and just have less varieties of it – I prefer to have the perfect one to use everyday, rather than the ok-ish three to chose from. 2. My rose red: is Lime Crime's Red Velvet Velvetine. Hmm ok just possibly my favourite lipstick ever. Best finish – if you haven't tried it and are wondering what it's like, it's runny like milk or paint-y water (you know when you are painting and you wash the brush in water? Well, it's like that water when you've done it a lots) and you put it on like a gloss, and it dries into an amazingly matte finish. I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff. The colour is a perfect darker-ish red – not wine, or anything like that, just a proper red rose red – and looks good on my friends who have a different colouring to me, too. I just bought my second tube because I never want to run out of this.
I use a MAC lip liner with this, in Brick. I've had this liner for years which would be gross except of course it gets sharpened so that cleans things up a bit, but I will be looking to replace it soon, and will see if Illamasqua have one that works well with these deeper reds. Anyway, Brick is the perfect shade with this for now.
3. My bright pink: is a brand new purchase for me, Lime Crime's Pink Velvetine. I will never need another pink lipstick ever again, because this is it. This is the one. Perfect bold pink, enough blue, enough yellow, best matte finish, best lasting power. I think it goes on slightly thinner than the Red Velvet, and so layer it up a tiny bit more. Absolute perfection. As with the Red Velvet, I cannot find even one fault with this.
Its lip lining friend is Illamasqua's Titivate. I've had it for a while and you can see how short it's become! Love it. Was what made me know I would be happy with the Spell liner. And that's it, my top three lipsticks. Hope you liked it! If there is anything you want to know just ask, of course, and share your favourites, too, if you like!