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red hots : the best red lip

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red hots : the best red lip

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

i may not wear any make-up anymore, but for anyone who knows know i unequivocally love a SERIOUS red lip.  i'll never give my red lipstick up.  ever.  you can be wearing pajamas honestly but if you throw on a great coat and swipe a red lip on...YOU LOOK GLAM AF.

i've gone through my fair share of different reds.  i've always been a fan of Tom Ford Cherry Lush.  it's smooth and luscious and VERY pigmented and moisturizing...but it doesn't stay, you know.  if i drink water or's kinda gone.  i felt like every other hour i was reapplying in my iPhone reverse camera.  then i moved to something that's easier to apply (less pigmented and more of a color-drenched balm)...The Clinique Chubby Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mightiest Maraschino.  it's a pretty color but i was never totally happy with it.  i could apply it easily, without a mirror (the TF you need a mirror for sure), but it was gone faster than i could lick my lips.  i've tried Chanel Rouge Allure in 09Lover.  oh i also loved Clé de Peau lip luminizer in iced was a bold, wet glossy red.  but it didn't stick.  it was really wet,  got everywhere, got on my matter what i did.  who has time for that?

my search for the perfect red always kind of eluded me.  not just in bold color but in staying power.  

ok so cut to the last few months and the craze over the Kylie Lip Kits.  Kylie Jenner's wildly popular lip liner/matte lip color duos in mostly nudey shades.  instagram girls go wild for them (and somehow they all look like kylie? how does this happen?)  anyways.  i did notice that she has a lip kit in bold poppy red.  i was kind lured in by like... how glam Kylie is, even for an 18 year old girl.  her lips always look so good.  i thought i'd give it a try.  i caved and set my alarm for 6:30 am when a restock went up on her website (these things are apparently harder to get than a tickle me elmo), and scored a lip kit in Mary Jo K.  a "true blue red."

i was skeptical but my first full day of wearing it exceeded my expectations.  i lined my lips with the liner in the morning, put the color on, let it dry...and it HELD UP ALL DAY.  i literally did not reapply ONCE.  it wasn't totally perfect but i had red lips all day long.  i ate lunch, i had boba.  i ate dinner.  i drank lots of water.  and the intense pigmentation barely budged.

a few hours after applying (10 am).              4 pm                                              6 pm after dinner               

so as you can actually stayed on, zero reapplication.  it's like a lip stain that actually stains? i don't know...but i LOVE it and i'm going to get more colors.  i can't believe i drank the Kylie Lip Kit kool-aid...but i'm GLAD I DID.

i even wore it, without reapplying, to the movies (Tarzan.  marry me, ASkars!).  by the time we got home at 10 was still on.  it was light and definitely had worn (maybe i was licking my lips a lot watching ASkars swing around shirtless?)...but my lips were still colored.  SOLD.  

you can buy them at and apparently, they're supposed to be in stock more often.  may the odds be ever in your favor.