Those who wear makeup will be well-versed in the troubles of finding the perfect red lipstick. Seemingly everywhere yet somewhat elusive, it can take years (and many trips to Mecca) to find the one. If the shade is fierce, it rubs on your teeth. Or you finally unearth the ultimate long-wear formula that doesn't crumble, and the shade is a little too ashy for your deeper complexion. Sound all too real? We get it. That's why we were pretty intrigued when Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint ($36) a few months back.
Basically, the sell was that the shade is universally flattering (whether you're blessed with translucent, fair skin, or a warm mocha brown complexion). Not to mention, the liquid formula was touted as non-drying, long-wearing, weightless, and a high level of pigment. Sounds likes the makeup equivalent of a unicorn, I know, but with so many rave reviews buzzing on the internet, we had to try it regardless. And, we're lucky enough to have a diverse range of skin tones right in our office, so we could really make the final call if it lived up to its hype (or not).
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"I am quite a stranger to a bold lip, so when I first started putting on the lip paint, I thought it was a big mistake. The formula is quite thin, and you only need a minimal amount to achieve that bright red hue. I was a little taken aback by how eye-catching it looked, and it honestly made me feel like a different person. At first, I was a little insecure, but as I wore it out that night, it started to have the opposite effect and was a complete confidence booster. I’ve kept it close by ever since.
The power of the red lip is real."—Stephanie Squadrito
"I surprisingly fell in love with this product. The last time I wore a statement red lip, I was 18. I veered away from this look because I found it quite hard to apply (I never leave quite enough time to get ready), then spent the entire night paranoid that it would smudge, or find it's way to my teeth. Not only did the Fenty shade go on like a gloss, but I got so many compliments, and ate my lunch with not a smudge in sight."—Nicole Singh
"I'm no stranger to a bright lip, but because of my olive skin tone, I usually opt for something with an orange undertone (rather than blue). I guess this shade is neutral with the slightest tendency to the cooler end of the spectrum? But, I loved! The formula glides on and doesn't get all over your teeth. Probably the lowest-maintenance red lip product I've ever used—which is a big call. Props to you, Rhi Rhi."—Emily Algar
"I was a little intimidated at first, since I don’t typically wear much makeup. I was snapchatting my friend when I decided to test it out, and she asked where I was going: Proof that a red lip does make you look instantly put-together! I do think the bright colour worked, which was a little surprising since my skin and hair are so light."—Kit Kilaroy