It’s been a year since my last red lipstick edit. From 6 lipsticks, I was able to bring the number down to 2. Great progress, right?


Because today, I have twice as many lipsticks as I started with!  I have a total of 12 red lipsticks that I can’t possibly finish in a year.

MAC Sin, Maybelline Divine Wine, Happy Skin Hot Stuff, Lipstick Queen Entourage
Dark Lipstick Collection w Label 2
Happy Skin Scene Stealer, MAC Sin, Maybelline Divine Wine, Happy Skin Hot Stuff (not mine), Lipstick Queen Entourage, MAC Diva

Unlike what I did before, I can’t do the purge in one sitting. So, this post will be kind of like a kick-off. I’ll wear each one of these lipsticks for 1 to 3 days, then make an assessment. I’m planning to keep only 3 of the 12.

The Balm Adoring, MAC D for Danger, Happy Skin Sin Stealer, Inglot 412
Dark Lipstick Collection w Label 3
Lipstick Queen Entourage, MAC Diva, The Balm Adoring (Liquid), MAC D for Danger, Happy Skin Scene Stealer, Inglot 412

In differing lighting–

Dark Lipstick Collection 3.JPG

I’ll try to make an update post next week. Wish me luck.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. NAKAKAIYAK!!!! Katempt bumili nung TheBalm. Thanks for this post, Ms. Rae!

  2. I’m positive that I’m not color blind but I can’t seem to see the difference of those lippies. Hahaha! good luck, Rae!

  3. My vote goes to MAC Sin and TheBalm Adore. They seem to be the most opaque/statement-making.

    • Rae Reply

      I would’ve kept Sin, too, if I didn’t have Estee Lauder Commanding. I didn’t classify the latter as red because it looked like it belongs to the purple family (see next post).

      I might keep Adoring, unless someone’s willing to take a used liquid lipstick.

  4. You seriously inspire me to pare down my collection. I’d love to see which ones you’d keep!

  5. I would keep them all because they aren’t red and therefore do not meet the primary criterion for culling ;)
    My votes for keeping go to Lipstick Queen Entourage, MAC D for Danger and The Balm Adoring.
    Incidentally, those swatches of the reds look sensational!

    • Rae Reply

      Hahaha, yes! These are not red-reds, except for 2 of the tiny little swatches in the last photo.

      I think the only red I have are Sleek Russian Roulette, MAC Ruby Woo, and Stila Fiery (I missed this)

  6. Go Rae! I’m sure you can do it, you’re the most rational beauty lover I know :D

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