The Lipstick Bandits | A drugstore vampy lip with Revlon Super Lustrous in Sultry Sable (and Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten)

If you pick up just one new lipstick this season, make it a vamp. And not just because this month’s Lipstick Bandit collaboration features them–though I’m sure some of the products are going to be absolutely gorgeous–but because they’re the perfect mix of red and not-red: just as high-impact, but without all the newfound hipster-trendiness. 

I’ve been looking for the perfect vampy lipstick all season (admittedly not very hard), but I’ve settled for this one until I find the perfect product.

The lip: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable (646)

When in doubt, go for one of the old guard. Revlon is always a great choice when you’re breaking into a new colour family, with the Super Lustrous, ColourBurst, and Matte lines covering pretty much all of your bases. I’m not thrilled with the Canadian markup ($12 for a Revlon lipstick? Really?), but unlike mid-range/high-end brands, at least these do go on sale pretty frequently.

Sultry Sable wasn’t actually my pick at all, to be honest — my sister bought it sometime last year, passed it on to mum when she found it too hard to wear, and it eventually ended up in my drawer. We can pull off a number of the same shades, but browns are often the exception — the shades that sit well on my sister’s light olive complexion end up looking too orange against my skintone, and shades that read more reddy-mauve (case in point, this one) on me can end up washing her out.

On the eyes, I have on the super-glittery white shade from the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Smoky Velvets Eye and Cheek Palette, which you’ll see on the blog later this week. I can’t say enough about this one — it’s so packed with multi-dimensional shimmer and glitter; you’re going to love it. Mainly translucent in tone, but with a ton of differently sized rainbow reflects, it’s hell to remove at the end of the day… but completely mesmerizing on the lids.

(And on the lashes, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara, out of the L’Oreal Luxe Advent Calendar. It is entirely possible that Armani is going to ruin me for all other mascaras, I kid you not.)

And that little something extra…

While I like the Revlon on its own, the vampy lip I’ve actually been wearing around layers Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten overtop. The shade is long discontinued, though, and the entire line has fallen by the wayside more recently, so I thought I’d better feature the lip both with and without it.

Though this one’s no longer available, I honestly think that everyone should have a good, shimmer-free red lipgloss in their stash. (Bonus points for blue undertones and medium-full opacity!) I get more wear out of Bitten than I do out of any of my sheer/clear glosses, and it’s probably the one gloss I’d save out of my stash if I had to pick just one. Emphasis on the had to; I’m not just going to pick one and burn the rest for the hell of it.

Wearing Revlon Super Lustrous in Sultry Sable + Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten

I haven’t found anything quite as brilliant as Bitten, but I’ve corralled a few alternatives, just in case you’re on the hunt for your perfect shimmer-free red lipgloss, too.

  • MAC Russian Red Lipglass
  • NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Perfect Red and Plush Red
  • Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in L303
  • Becca Ultimate Color Gloss in Hotel California
  • NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Norma


Wearing Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable only

See what the rest of the Lipstick Bandits picked for their vampy lip!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable (646)

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