• 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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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03726794415718849204 Camille
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10090537924393617277 Maddy

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00804978433393252639 Leanne Rachel

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09520236760813736143 ValĂ©rie

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

    Valérie x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04234143329230578085 Ally Faughnan

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01306503647707971488 BeautyAndLouise

    I like the Mac one myself! =] xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17726731236239429975 Jolie

    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!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15473567682827563651 Katie Clarke

    Have a lovely time in Paris :) I really love the colour you picked! xx

    katieclarkemakeup.blogspot.com x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09279335404591531212 Claudia

    Good choice!
    January Girl ♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17149991935437557961 Kate Lees

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11768045744681926503 Mira

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



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11776766899621824817 Gillian

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

    Gillian x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18187789271621139847 RosieB

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12390629879630841224 Katherine Baker

    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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16267388343593455069 Amie H

    Sounds like a great lipstick :) I love wearing reds, especially in Autumn & Winter xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13836527977472175119 sophie-anne

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01150746797858170462 Louise Lam

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12392112194944581889 Katie

    Beautiful picks, I love Rimmel Alarm!
    Katie xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07057512943929912039 Sarah

    take them all :) hehe

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06166350395704199373 Samantha

    ahhh they all look so pretty! I’m holding a giveaway on my blog… :)


    Sammy xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13650527631954561268 Pippa Jones

    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! :)

    Pipp xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09901576745167788953 Delicate Loving.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05624319441169031610 Martine

    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 :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08652502476814888986 Charlotte L

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12645049694937932790 Shuikaybb

    MAC Russian Red <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05180057268687975814 Sisi lala

    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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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05208698873130029953 Sania Mahmood

    I love the giorgio armani one !!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15648808731437057681 Amber

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15648808731437057681 Amber

    I love the revlon lip butter!!:D


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05514003350762812637 Shradha G Loves

    Love the mac russian red!
    S xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16596243643872730463 Anna Black

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04542511885023246425 Katy

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03054415164458688286 Jen27

    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! :)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07079048976235058188 Becca

    Very very very jealous of this selection!

    Have a great time!

    Becca x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00719261474500582694 Oleta

    Have a fab time!

    Oleta :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01244665211791239170 ABeautyRomance

    Great post!! I love red lips and I will definitely be trying out a few of these! Thanks for the recommendations! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16931628941166343794 Emily

    I love the look of Macs russian red:) x

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03823430257186036287 Lily Rose

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09830008823758143461 WanderBug

    Haha!! Au revoir Au revoir.

    I think i’d take 3-4 of those, oops :)

    Enjoy Paris and bring us back some sun!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01485424122777664697 Katie

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01485424122777664697 Katie

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11197039176005001157 Katherine xo

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17049284026060361838 Anthea Lau

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07581691076192637217 Sorcha Dempsey

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05822974228910627172 Porcelain Eleanor

    Have a great time! My favourite out of the colours is the 4th in from the left :)
    Eleanor x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08594794429361574434 caroline burke

    bada bing bada boom! hollywood red is beautiful!

    …as ever a great post miss pebbles :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14935643957486496108 Amanda

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16340164567465014159 Sarah Noelle

    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!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13702155863326200845 Kim @lovecloth

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07838753055363881442 Mel King
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10565039698036799887 Dest Aus

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09015783798305388396 SheerBlissMakeup

    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