• 21st Feb 2013


Thailand done, London Fashion Week done, now I must put my brain into gear for Paris… first thing I think of? Which red lipstick to take! 

It’s an important decision and I’m sure you beauty addicts will agree, so I dug out my red lipsticks from the lip drawer, swatched them all on my arm, tried on my top three and then picked the winner. 

To my surprise the winner was the most random out of them all and what I like to call the underdog. And the winner is… the Helen E Cosmetics ‘Hollywood Red’ (third in on from the left) that I recently received in my Valentines GLOSSYBOX. I didn’t think much of this when I saw it and the packaging is pretty basic and not particularly pretty. But when I put this on I instantly knew it was the perfect red and I absolutely love it! 

But wait a minute, it’s not just about the colour… I need a lipstick that’s going to last all night at a party and will last all day through lunch and endless pharmacy shopping. So I put it to the test and it seriously passed. It lasted really well and even after a few hours when I had just assumed it would be faded, I looked in the mirror and it was still there, bright and in place. 

So a huge thumbs up for this little lippie (which apparently you can find in some Debenhams stores), it’s earned it’s place in my handbag for Paris. 

I’m off today so follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@lilypebbles) for annoying frequent updates and look out for the Paris vlog coming this Sunday!

Au revoir! 

Lily xx
Swatches left to right | MAC Cherry lip liner*, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Mightiest Maraschino*, Helen E Cosmetics Hollywood Red*, Giorgio Armani 401*, Revlon lip butter in Cherry Tart, Maybelline Neon Red, Bourjois Rouge Edition 10*, Bourjois Rouge Edition 15*, MAC Russian Red, Revlon Revlon Red* 

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52 Responses

  1. Maddy says:

    I agree with you on the winner, it looks amazing! xxx

  2. I love red lipsticks! I just wish I could pull them off! xx


  3. ValΓ©rie says:

    I’d love to try the Clinique Chubby stick!!
    Love this post!

    Valérie x

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  5. I like the Mac one myself! =] xx

  6. Jolie says:

    The winner is gorgeous! I’m such a sucker for red lips, after seeing this I now feel obligated to add MAC Russian Red to my collection, I never realised how gorgeous it is!


  7. Katie Clarke says:

    Have a lovely time in Paris πŸ™‚ I really love the colour you picked! xx

    katieclarkemakeup.blogspot.com x

  8. Kate Lees says:

    I’m so jealous of your little collection. I really love the Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart for everyday wear. Have a lovely time in Paris x

  9. Mira says:

    One red lipstick is not enough. You have a stunning collection. Enjoy your stay in Paris <3



  10. Gillian says:

    All these reds are lovely. My favourite red is by L’Oreal. Have a great time!

    Gillian x


  11. RosieB says:

    Ooh I so love MAC’s Russian Red, such an amazing colour!


  12. I so envy your life! Haha I don’t mean that weirdly, you just seem to travel to lovely places all the time doing lovely fashion and beauty things! lovely post x


  13. Amie H says:

    Sounds like a great lipstick πŸ™‚ I love wearing reds, especially in Autumn & Winter xx


  14. sophie-anne says:

    I wish my red lipstick collection was as big as this! Beautiful and très chic! Magnifique!


  15. Louise Lam says:

    Wow at your collection, so amazing! The colour looks lovely!


  16. Katie says:

    Beautiful picks, I love Rimmel Alarm!
    Katie xx

  17. Sarah says:

    take them all πŸ™‚ hehe

  18. Samantha says:

    ahhh they all look so pretty! I’m holding a giveaway on my blog… πŸ™‚


    Sammy xx

  19. Pippa Jones says:

    I HAVE IT. I found it a very pretty colour too! One of the best things I have gotten out of a glossy box yet! πŸ™‚

    Pipp xx

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  21. Martine says:

    I love all these colours and I agree with one of the other commentators: Paris and red lips is always a great combo! Have a great time and enjoy every minute of it!

    Martine πŸ™‚


  22. Charlotte L says:

    Wish I had this meany red lipsticks, they all look so lovely:)x


  23. Sisi lala says:

    I love all of them, but I think that the one you picked or the second from the right are my favorites!
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  25. Anna Black says:

    I love the second last one on the right, it’s gorgeous, I prefer matte colours to glossy ones!


  26. Katy says:

    So many gorgeous lipsticks! Have fun in Paris! x
    Sirens and Bells

  27. Jen27 says:

    Nice choice! I was going to suggest bringing one orange-toned red and one blue-toned. Based on the swatches, I was going to say #3 (the one you chose) and #4. Have an amazing time! πŸ™‚



  28. Becca says:

    Very very very jealous of this selection!

    Have a great time!

    Becca x

  29. Great post!! I love red lips and I will definitely be trying out a few of these! Thanks for the recommendations! πŸ™‚ ♥

  30. Emily says:

    I love the look of Macs russian red:) x

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  31. Lily Rose says:

    Gorgeous! I am going to Paris for a few days at the end of March! :-)xx

  32. WanderBug says:

    Haha!! Au revoir Au revoir.

    I think i’d take 3-4 of those, oops πŸ™‚

    Enjoy Paris and bring us back some sun!!


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  34. Katie says:

    Wish I’d got that colour in my Glossybox, it looks gorgeous. I love a red lip so I’m bookmarking this post!

    And Katie xo

  35. Katherine xo says:

    my favs are the one you picked and the far right, which one is that? x


  36. Anthea Lau says:

    i love your red lipsticks review! those bright and delightful colours are super juicy!!
    would you like to follow each other?

  37. I am addicted to red lipsticks and personally think you can never have enough! This post is just like heaven for me.


  38. Have a great time! My favourite out of the colours is the 4th in from the left πŸ™‚
    Eleanor x

  39. bada bing bada boom! hollywood red is beautiful!

    …as ever a great post miss pebbles πŸ™‚


  40. Amanda says:

    What a gorgeous collection of reds! I can’t even pick a favorite lol!


  41. Sarah Noelle says:

    Personally, you can never go wrong with Russian Red, a classic long-wearing colour! It is my red lip of choice if I want a classic (little bit darker) long-wearing look!


  42. oh no, I need to buy Maybelline Neon Red and Bourjois Rouge Edition 10

  43. Dest Aus says:

    Gosh I love the fourth from left..You have got a beautiful collection ! seems i need have to update my red hue line


  44. Love Helen E products…I work for them in Debenhams in Northern Ireland and the products are amazing!! U shud try the Stage foundation..it’s fab! Xo

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