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Celebrate RED With Joey’space

Inspired by Sephora’s newsletter, Celebrate RED! – the colour of the month and to celebrate Singapore’s 46th Birthday, I would like to share some of the reds in my stash with you.

I think red is more than just classic, it brings out the diva in every one of us. There are many reds, some cooler, some warmer, some with a hint of coral, some with a hint of blue and some with a hint of brown – the biggest issue is finding the red that suits you. And I believe everyone has a red. Michelle Phan did an amazing video on choosing the perfect red lipstick, click here to view.

NARS Blush in Exhibit A is a bright coral-red powder blush I have never worn. It has been sitting in the drawer for a while, until this day, it still scares me off despite the fact that I have tried this shade before at the time of purchase. You can read the review Temptalia wrote about this blush here – she gave it a “A-” and said that ” it can be worn and worn without fear”. Really? I shall try it soon.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in #8 Red is a striking true red. I love how smooth the texture is and its lasting power. This range of Aqua Creams are ultra pigmented and are designed for “extreme conditions” – they are waterproof, transfer-proof, creaseproof and smudge-proof. That also explains why it’s the most difficult to remove from my set of swatches below. I like wearing it on the lips but I love it on the cheeks. It’s easy to blend and I can easily adjust the intensity of the colour by layering. View the complete range of Aqua Creams swatched here on Karla Sugar.

ILLAMASQUA Lipstick in Sangers is part of the Throb Collection for Valentine’s Day earlier this year. I have a picture wearing this colour here if you are interested. I would describe Sangers as a deep matte red which leans cooler. Although it’s a matte lipstick, I like the creaminess of it and that it’s not drying. More about the Throb Collection here on The Makeup Blogette and a look Sophia did during Chinese New Year with Sangers here.

MAC Lipglass in Viva Glam Cyndi is great for those who are starting out with brighter lip colours. It’s red seems to be somewhat diluted, making it wearable for many occasions. Wear it over a red lipstick for a more daring finish or wear it alone for a softer finish.

CHANEL Rouge Allure Laque in #72 Coromandel is just fierce, period. The texture of Chanel’s range of Rouge Allure Laque are like melted lipstick in a tube with a doe foot applicator. It’s silky, creamy and has a subtle sheen like glosses do. They stay on longer than glosses and are very pigmented. Coromandel is loud and sharp – not for the faint hearted and there is a soft metallic quality to it – gorgeous. See how Charlotte rocked Coromandel here.

MAC Pigment in New Fixation seems kind of lost amongst rest of the reds but nonetheless, it’s a gorgeous sparkling raspberry red. I usually mix it with some clear gloss for the lips but I also like adding just a touch of it to the crease when doing warm smoky eyes. It helps create more definition and depth. Blend it with dark browns and/or burgundy – trust me, it’s stunning.

ESTÉE LAUDER Nail Lacquer in #21 Pure Red has quickly became one of my favourite red nail polishes. I love how bright and true the colour is and how lasting the formula is.

CHANEL Le Vernis in #475 Dragon is the legendary must-have red nail polish The Beauty Look Book and Café Makeup swears by having. See what other red nail polishes by Chanel Café Makeup have compared Dragon with here and why Dragon is top of the list for The Beauty Look Book here.

RESCUE BEAUTY LOUNGE Nail Polish in Bangin is banging hot. Whenever I wear this nail colour, there is bound to be at least one person a day who asks what colour I am wearing – that is if I go out everyday. I would say Bangin’s red is younger than the other two with Dragon being the oldest – not referring to age or year of release but the colour if you know what I mean. Bangin is a bright coral-red with a cream finish. Scrangie loves it, find out why here.

Swatches above taken indoor, by the window – without flash.

Swatches above taken indoor, by the window – with flash.

Swatches above taken outside the window – without flash.

Swatches above taken outside the window – with flash.


I love red and I think red is colour with a huge character. It’s never outdated and it always makes a statement. Pair it with any looks and you are good to go. Although I have blushes and eyeshadows in red, I much prefer them on either the lips or nails or maybe both.

What are your favourite reds and what do you think of red lipsticks, nail polishes and blushers? Share them with me.

Thank you for reading and Happy Birthday Singapore.

14 thoughts on “Celebrate RED With Joey’space

  1. I love red lippies though I must say one must be daring enough to wear ’em out. Red tends to invite unwanted stares. Even red nail polishes. The 1st who commented, “SIA stewardess?”.

    • Hi Verlyn,
      Red lips are fierce and I love red lips and nails.
      I figured out people who stares are people who most likely not dare to put it on themselves, call that “admire”?

  2. Joey, I love love red lipsticks but they stain on teeth and I dunno how to prevent that from happening. Red nail polishes are MUSTS as they bring out the woman in us.

  3. Thanks for sharing this creative and interesting post! Love everything you mentioned, and woots to the links too!
    I really need to get Chanel Dragon polish (only have the rouge lacque allure in Dragon currently) … Coralmandel is another color which I’m always contemplating at the counter (along with Ming)
    Think my face reds are:
    Chanel rouge allure (?) in Cambon, very classic cooler toned red
    CND scarlet letter polish
    Illasmasqua Panic blush
    And my red lips ring! 🙂

  4. I love red!!! But I only wear(clothing, bags, shoes, accessories and ects) … but not apply it(lolx) I’m not that darling to wear red lippy 😦

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