BOURJOIS ROUGE EDITION VELVET in PERSONNE NE ROUGE!
I love my velvet lipsticks, and this is no exception. Bourjois' Velvet formula is so smooth it's almost sensual, and doesn't dry up the lips. It creates a thick, opaque layer in just one application, with a texture as matte as a chalkboard.
This particular colour is a rich scarlet.
DIOR DIORIFIC in DIORAMA
I know what you're thinking - that's a lot of 'DIOR's - and I think they named it thrice because it's so damn good. I've been wearing this very vampy colour for around three years now, mostly during autumn and winter, and it's perfect with minimal eye makeup and a medium coverage foundation.
This is a smooth, semi-matte lipstick that really needs to be applied over a liner to neaten out the edges of the lips and give the colour some extra opacity.
REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM in STRIKING
Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balms were a hit with bloggers all across the UK when they first came out, and I'm sure that they've retained their status of 'beauty bag staple' ever since. These are super smooth (like a balm, hence the name), with super rich colour and high opacity.
'Striking' is a beautiful orange-red that stays put and doesn't dry the lips.
MAX FACTOR COLOUR ELIXIR LIPSTICK in RUBY TUESDAY
This lipstick, emblazoned with the Max Factor 'X' on its side, boasts a slick, shiny formula with medium opacity. The colour is slightly darker and just smidge more blue-toned than the Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Striking, but they're very similar in tone.
MAC LIPSTICK in RUBY WOO
MAC's most popular shade, 'Ruby Woo', is by far my favourite red. It's a blue-toned colour with extra vampy potential, and a matte texture to rival any other competitor. I wear this with a liner of the same colour to make an extra-neat lip, or a liner of a darker, more burgundy colour, for a subtle ombre look.