The red lipstick spectrum

Monday, 9 June 2014

There’s nothing like a rich lipstick to brighten up a woolly winter outfit. This season, we’re indulging in all shades of red and plum, and enjoying the variety of textures available. Whether you’re into a high gloss, matte, or stain finish, there’s a lip colour for you in our spectrum.


Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, R130

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, R220

Clarins Joli Rouge in Royal Plum, R235

Justine Luxe Crème Lipstick SPF15 in Glam Poppy, R169

black|Up Matte Lipstick in Number 38, R200

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Passionate Red, R130

NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colours in Eros Eros, R89.95

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss in Plum Wine, R310

black|Up Matte Lipstick in Number 31, R200

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lipcolour in Resolution Red, R180.95

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Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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    The Stila lipstick is something I must try!

    4 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      For a Justine sales representative near you, please 010 205 5000.

      5 years ago •

  1. Nas33ma

    The NYX Eros colour looks amazing. I’m definitely going to try this.

    5 years ago •

  1. Desiree Dewing

    I personally prefer dark red shades, such as the Stilla Lipstick in Fiery. That shade of red is gorgeous. Normally prefer to keep the rest of my make up neutral so that my lip colour stands out.

    5 years ago •

  1. Buhle Sibanda

    l normally use a red lipstick as I think it’s good. Change of colour would be good for me, though l am not sure if plum would be a good colour for my skin. l am dark in complexion, can someone advise?

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Buhle, plum lipstick looks great against a darker skin tone! For further info on finding the best lipstick shade for your skin tone, visit

      5 years ago •

  1. Denisia Smith

    I’ve tried the Giant pen stick and some other lip gloss this weekend when my cuz came to visit… I really liked it… I’ve bought 2 lips glosses from Yardley… Amazing!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tandana Mtegha

    What I love about these shades of red is that they compliment all skin types

    5 years ago •

  1. Candice Petersen

    I really love the dark red lips this winter, just looks much better for my skin tone.

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Passionate Red, I like the colour and that it is a pencil – so easy to use.

    5 years ago •

  1. genel

    reds, browns and plums are the colours for me this winter

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’ve never liked plums because I find that they accentuate the lines of lips too much. A beautiful rich red, however, is just plain gorgeous. It’s easy to pull off a pretty red lip paired with a dark coat and you’re ready to head on out.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Winter is the deep wine red, berry, rich plum lip colour time of the year for me :)

    5 years ago •

  1. beautyaddict

    I love the matte dark red look, it suits my complexion perfectly.

    5 years ago •

  1. thokozilemohohole

    I also think all the products look great. I would love to test them.

    5 years ago •

  1. MEL1SSA

    All of these look so yummy/delicious!

    5 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I also prefer the matte lipstick. High Gloss is not for me.

    5 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    That black|Up Matte Lipstick look delicious!! and I’m currently obsessed with matte lipstick… :-)

    5 years ago •

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