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The Search for the Ultimate Red Lipstick

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Lancôme ROUGE IN LOVE in Rouge Saint Honore

My recent editorial stint at Birchbox isn’t entirely to blame for my sudden infatuation with red lipstick. But my co-workers wholeheartedly supported my newfound fixation, and I was suddenly inundated with lipsticks, glosses, and stains in various shades of crimson, brick, and scarlet.

As methodical as I usually am (very), there was no real strategy to my sampling. I smeared on the proffered color and solicited feedback. This one was too glossy, that one was too matte; this one made me look like the blow-up doll in Old School, that one aged me. I tended to like pink- and blue-reds over reds with orange-brown undertones, and preferred a bit of shine, but not too much.

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MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry

I’ve narrowed my personal perfect red lipsticks to two: MAKE’s Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry, a bold crimson with just a hint of pink, and Lancôme Rouge in Love in Rouge Saint Honore, a deep, warm red. 

Who says I can’t have my Rouge Saint Honore and my Maraschino Cherry, too?

—Geraldine

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