TREND: Dark Red Lipsticks. Rimmel & Illamasqua

I love the thought of wearing a gothic, dark, red or purple lipstick out and about, but the thought of it previously has petrified me!  Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely adore wearing bright orange reds and neon pinks whilst out and feel confident whilst doing so, but there is something about a dark red that scares me a little.  I am simply not confident enough and am scared of people thinking ‘ohh looorrddy what does she look like!?’.

Recently, however, I have acquired two dark purple based red lippies which I love too much to just let sit in a drawer, so much so, that I’ve been wearing them around the house to try and gear myself up for wearing them outside.  You can see swatches and read mini reviews below!


Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in #107
Kate Moss is releasing five new matte lipstick this Autumn (Oct 3rd to be precise) with Rimmel, and this is one of them.  When I first saw this lippie I dismissed it as being ‘not very me’, but once I actually started playing with it, I have fallen in love.  Most matte lipsticks can be super drying on the lips and show up any imperfections, this however is perfect.  The texture is creamy and applies on the lips like a dream and is surprisingly hydrating for a matte lipstick.  The colour is a deep red plum (it’s a little darker and more purple in real life than in the photograph above – see swatches at the bottom of this post for a more accurate colour swatch) and looks super glam and sophisticated.  For £5.49, this is an absolute bargain.

Illamasqua Lipstick in Magnetism from Generation Q Collection
ILLAMASWUA Next up is Magnetism, which was launched by Illamasqua in the Generation Q range.  Again, first thoughts I wasn’t so sure, but after wearing Rimmel’s, I was determined to be able to wear this too.  The texture of this lipstick is completely different to the Rimmel one, but the colour is almost identical.  This lipstick has a glossy sheen to it, which makes it easy to wear, look sexy and makes the lips look fuller.  The packaging is classic Illamasqua in a square like casing which I adore.  This retails for £16, which is pricey – but a great quality lippie.


Both of these lipsticks are absolutely gorgeous and are both of such a good quality, I would recommend them both. I think I prefer the matte look a little more, as it is a little less gothic, but regardless I am still really looking forward to wearing these out and about!

What do you think about Dark Plum lipsticks?  Do these suit me?  Do you wear dark red’s out and about?




  1. September 14, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    These look gorgeous on you, although I'd never be brave enough to wear them myself!
    It looks great against your skin tone.
    Hope to speak soon,
    Laura xx

  2. September 14, 2012 / 1:09 pm

    These look gorgeous on you! Reminds me a lot of the Ashley Olsen when she had the platinum blonde hair 🙂

  3. September 14, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    These look beautiful on you! I think I'll pick up the Kate Moss lipstick when it comes out xx

  4. September 14, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    I love these both, I think they really suit you 🙂 I love dark colour lipsticks 🙂 x

  5. September 14, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    I LOVE the kate moss lipstick! I always wear that shade when i go clubbing 🙂 As much as i love red lipstick though i hate the fact it goes everywhere!! I dont know how but red lippie always manages to go all over my hands, face! 🙁 x

  6. September 14, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Hi 🙂 I'm a new follower :)I'm the same as you when it comes to reds…i feel better wearing pinks and coral colours, but these really suit you. I like the contrast with your light hair 🙂

  7. September 14, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    I think the second one suits you more but the red looks really nice on your skin tone and will be great for autumn and winter 🙂

  8. September 14, 2012 / 2:28 pm

    It looks lovely on you with you pale complexion and blonde hair. Gorgeous!

  9. September 14, 2012 / 2:38 pm

    I love this trend for fall! Very pretty on you =)

  10. September 14, 2012 / 2:49 pm

    The Rimmel lipstick is amazing; I've spent aaages looking for a red shade lipstick just like that one <3

  11. September 14, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    they both really suit you although there is hardly any difference to them! i think i will be purchasing the rimmel one, looks gorgeous x

  12. September 14, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    I Love The Kate Moss Lipstick Collection For Rimmel.

    The Colour Looks Lovely On You!


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  13. September 14, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    I love red and purple lipsticks on other people and they look so nice on the shelf but i dont think i could pull them off 🙁

  14. September 14, 2012 / 6:50 pm

    I love the dark berry like colours:) these are lovely.

  15. September 14, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    red looks amazing on you! i am obsessed with plum lipsticks and i ALWAYS wear red 🙂

  16. September 14, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    I love the Kate Moss one on you, it's such a gorgeous colour. I love these sorts of colours but I tend to just dab them on with my finger rather than apply them full on – they do tend to scare me too, but not really because of the colour but just because I'm scared of getting the lipstick on my teeth!! xx

    • September 16, 2012 / 12:59 pm

      Great tip – maybe I'll start dabbing them on first to get used to it! That is one problem about getting it on teeth, just need to keep a mirror nearby, ha! xxx

  17. September 14, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    You seriously look gorgeous in both.. I think I may pick up the Rimmel one when it comes out in stores! xx

  18. September 14, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Dark red most definitely suits you, you shouldn't feel nervous about wearing them out at all :). I love darker lip colours, I just wish I had fuller lips to go with them.

  19. September 14, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    Love them on you! Dark lipsticks are always appealing to me. I love rocking the dark matte, vampy lip. 🙂

  20. September 14, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    You suit dark lipsticks so well! I personally love them but I'm not brave enough to wear them out yet!

    Frances xx

  21. September 14, 2012 / 10:12 pm

    I love the colour of the darker reds, I'm a massive fan of MAC's russian red and topshop beguiled but the Kate Moss one is nicer than I thought it would be.
    Thanks for the review, I wasn't sure whether to get one or not because I don't normally like Rimmel but I think I'll give it a go now.
    Would love it if you visit my blog too

    • September 16, 2012 / 12:58 pm

      I will have to take a look at the MAC and Topshop ones you mentioned, thank you!x

  22. September 15, 2012 / 8:46 am

    I think these really suit you! They look so nice with your pale skin and blonde hair xx

  23. September 15, 2012 / 9:56 am

    I love Kate Mosses lipsticks for Rimmel they are long lasting and really help to finish off your look. You look fab in them 🙂

  24. September 15, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    Love the colour, they look fab on you specially as you have very pale skin. Unfortunately I'm not as lucky and dark colours or bright colours don't suit me



  25. September 15, 2012 / 12:18 pm

    I love the Kate Moss lipstick, and definitely a bargain. You should wear them out and about! Red lipstick and a strong brow is always a winner.

    Christina x

  26. September 16, 2012 / 11:11 am

    You look absolutely fabulous! I feel like dark red lip make me look overdone but … damn!This season I'll just go for it 🙂

    (Are you still planning on doing Sleek foundation and concealer pallet review? Just asking… I'm on a hunt for some base products and your opinion would surly be helpful:))

    • September 16, 2012 / 12:57 pm

      Yes – I've been using the Sleek Concealer palette and love it – will get a review up soon! xxx

  27. September 17, 2012 / 4:17 pm

    They both look gorgeous on you! Red lipstick with a pale complexion is very Snow White-y 🙂

    I have a tip, if you're feeling uncomfy with the more vampy reds: Try an ombre lip! Darker red around the edges and a brighter red in the centre of the lips! I tried this going out, when I really wanted to wear a dark red lipstick but didn't really feel it suited me… It really worked well tho, and didn't contribute to making my lips look smaller as many darker lipsticks can. (Not that you have to worry about it, you have nice full lips :D)

  28. January 23, 2013 / 6:22 am

    Gorgeous- I'm surprised and impressed at the pigmentation of the Kate Moss lippy.

  29. February 24, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    I love red lipstick and I switch between dark and bright red depending on my outfit. I'm after a Kate Moss lipstick in a darker shade and this one might be it. thanks for reviewing, it's a big help

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