I have always been scared of red lipsticks! I had vowed to never wear a red lipstick in my life for a couple of reasons – first you really require confidence/beautiful skin/gorgeous figure to carry it off and myself being the most shy and reserved gal, could never do that. Yeah, I know how stupid I sound, but hey, these were the thoughts of a girl never exposed to IMBB 🙂 Secondly, I always thought red color is only for fair girls, no offence meant to anyone please! But both my views have changed since joining IMBB a year back!
After seeing Preetha and all other gorgeous gals flaunting their red lipsticks so successfully, I too was tempted to at least give it a try! A couple of my friends suggested to try matte lipsticks as these are long wearing and plus can be worn as a stain. The words “matte lipstick” and Colorbar go side by side for me! Plus I wanted something which was of good quality and also won’t burn a hole in my pocket as I wasn’t sure if I would ever wear the lipstick outside my home 😛
In order to fulfil my quest, I visited the Colorbar counter at Beauty Palace and was lost in the amazing range of shades they have in their matte range! The SA was very sweet and helpful. I explained to her that I was looking for a red lipstick which would suit my dusky skin tone without being over the top! She showed me “Hot Hot Hot” which according to her was their best-selling lipstick from this range and which had got fab reviews in the blogging world, but I found it to be on the brighter side for my liking, so she showed me Diva.
Though in the tube it looks more like a maroon color, but comes out as a deep gorgeous red with a tinge of maroon in it! It suits my skin tone pretty well and so far I am totally loving it! Initially, it does take some time for the first-time red lipstick wearer to get adjusted to how gorgeous it looks on them 😛 But once you get that confidence, there is absolutely no looking back. In fact, now I am craving to try other bright shades like fuschia!
The pigmentation is superb and one swipe is enough to give you a good dose of color! If your lips are highly pigmented, go for a second coat! The staying power is hands down the best I have come across! It stayed on me for more than 6 hours with a full meal in between! In fact even after the meal, the color was very much evident on my lips and honestly I had a hard time to remove it using a good makeup remover. Even after removing the lipstick with a makeup remover, I felt it left a slight rosy tinge on my lips! This would be gorgeous when used as a stain!
The color is very versatile and I am sure it would suit all skin tones really well! The lipstick glides on lips and is very creamy, I seriously don’t understand why they call these as matte! This one is not at all drying and I didn’t even need a lip balm underneath! Perfect!
Let’s enjoy some pics now!
Swatches from different angles, left one is 1 swipe and the right one is 2 swipes.
Finally, this is how it looked on me after 2 hours of application and a full meal in between!
Please excuse my eyebrows as I am trying to grow them to get the shape changed! Also, this picture was taken by a mobile camera, so the quality is not that good, I apologize for that!
Rs. 220 but I got it for Rs. 190!!
All Colorbar counters have these and even online shopping websites, its easily available!
4.5 out 5 (0.5 deducted for being a lipstick that cannot be easily removed).
Hope this review helped, until next time, cia and take care!
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