LIPS | Four blood red lip colours I could have worn to get my blood taken

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My name’s Morgan and I don’t like thinking about what goes on inside my body. I started typing that I don’t like needles, but it’s not precisely true; I’m fine with a tattoo machine and when I get blood taken, it’s not so much the needle that I have a problem with, but the fact it’s going inside my veins.

I got blood taken recently (for only the second time in my life, thank goodness) and it was a minor ordeal. The nurse (probably not a nurse, but I’ll call her that for brevity’s sake) stuck the needle in my left arm for a very long time. I had dragged Callum along with me and I told him all about my work day, in great detail, and she was still trying to draw enough blood to fill the vial. It wasn’t enough, so I ended up with a needle in my other arm too. FUN.

I made Callum get fries with me afterwards, and the anticipation of fries made it almost bearable, but I worry what I would be like if he wasn’t there to hold my hand. How would I be brave?! I think red lipstick would help. 

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I don’t wear red lipstick all that often, mostly because I’m lazy. I forget how good it looks. This post can serve as a reminder for me that it’s actually A+ Boss Hogg and I should wear it with much more regularity.

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Swatched above, from left to right: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Moisture Matte in RW512 Bloody Mary, NZ$27 – very aptly named; NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, NZ$39; Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, $NZ45.

(Side note: I thought I was doing well including the L’Oreal lipstick as an affordable option, but upon reminding myself of the price in New Zealand I am disheartened to see it’s barely ten dollars less than the NARS one. Why bother, L’Oreal?)

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Here’s why you should bother. The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Moisture Matte in RW512 Bloody Mary is bloody nice. It’s a true red, with neither orange nor pink nor blue undertones. It’s not truly matte, as you can see in the photo, but that slight glossiness just means it’s really nice to wear and isn’t drying on the lips.

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Above is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. This leans slightly blue, which to be honest isn’t my favourite type of red to wear. I’m more of an orange-red girl. Upon looking at these photos, though, I think it looks quite nice on! The staying power of all the NARS Velvet Matte pencils is incredible, and this is no different. It went on really nicely and wasn’t drying in the short-term, although I know after about 5 hours and a reapplication it can get a little dry. It’s got a true matte finish, though, and dryness tends to come with the territory.

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Now for the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon. I have a tiny one of these from Sephora but I would buy the full size because this is a truly long-lasting lipstick. This would be the one to wear to the pathology lab really, because once it’s dry it is S-E-T and not going anywhere. This is useful if you tend to bite your lips in nervousness. It’s another blue-based red, but because it’s slightly darker it leans towards burgundy, which I like a lot. You just can’t really reapply that successfully with these, so probably avoid eating!

Finally, I realised that the typical ‘blood red’ colour I was thinking about with the first three lipsticks didn’t exactly correspond to what my blood looked like once it was out of me. The vials the nurses took were dark with thick blood. It’s definitely not the bright red of L’Oreal’s Bloody Mary. More like NARS Train Bleu! Which I own. So I went and got it, and put that on too.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, NZ$39. This is pretty much the exact colour my blood was in the vial, and funnily enough, it’s more my colour to wear on my lips than the aforementioned reds. It just doesn’t do wonders for the colour of my teeth.

OK people, if you made it this far, I have questions for you. Which one do you think suits me the most? Have you tried any of these lip products? What did you think of them?

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  • L’Oreal is actually quite expensive – I would usually rather pay $10 more and get MAC, or even some of the Mecca brands now that they are more reasonable. My fave is that NARS (why is it written in caps? isn’t it a surname? this is like NYX all over again) pencil. And now I want/need one.

    • I don’t know why NARS is in all caps but that’s how they write it so it bugs me if I don’t!

  • Maggie

    All of them look really nice! I personally prefer the bright reds – I think would definitely make blood taking less unappealing. I’m also the same with blood taking… it’s not so bad but just the thought and thinking of it make me really uneasy >_<

  • There’s something powerful about a red lip, isn’t there? I think they all suited you really well and while Train Bleu, is a beautiful vampy colour the shade Cruella looks lovely on you and the person behind the name should you give you courage if nothing else haha, Cruella (although awful), was a bad ass bitch!
    Rachill // http://sweetsomethingsnz.blogspot.co.nz/

    • Hah, you’re right about Cruella! It’s funny that’s the shade people have said I suit best, because I’ve since given it away!

  • Lizzy

    Red lips are the best in my opinion. I am more of a blue toned fan but these all look absolutely fab on you! Also, I have been due for a blood test for months now but cannot bring myself to go 🙁 Feel your pain

    • You suit a red lip so well! You need to find someone to go with you and hold your hand x

  • Unpaletteable

    These all look great, but perhaps Cruella looks the most at home on your face?
    Matte lipstick scares me far more than giving blood, so the only formula I have is the Hourglass in a very safe, non-descript pink, in the hope it will be some kind of gateway product. Being a liquid lipstick and all, how matte can it be? Uh, very. I find your bravery in the face of such matte finishes admirable.

    • Matte lipstick is my favourite! What don’t you like about them? I find the NARS pencils are really nice because they are creamy to apply and don’t pull or make my lips look dry or flaky at all.

      • Unpaletteable

        I’m scared of them drying my lips out, though I understand this notion is a little outdated. That and a matte lipstick means business. It’s serious, or at least it has gravitas. I wouldn’t know if could live up to my lipstick!

  • Arrabella Bolter

    Cruella all the way! Makes me want to go try some now. I think the blue bases suit you, you look like more of a silver jewelry person?
    Also on this category has to be the Lush lip colours – feel like a Satin last like a Matte.

    • Funny, I think I usually go for gold jewellery – although I don’t wear much jewellery at all, to be honest! My undertones are difficult to discern and I’m happy wearing both pinky and yellowy foundations, so I think I’m somewhere in between.
      I haven’t tried any Lush makeup! I might have to check it out.

  • jamie-lee

    I personally like the hourglass one the most – I think it suits your skin tone. As for loreal, I think their lipsticks are $20 here in Australia (u could be wrong though but who knows) which is a little more budget friendly. I have the stila stay all day and that does. Not. Budge. But it’s a wear to a party kind of lippie (lasts about 5 hours before it starts to look a little… Bad).

    • I don’t own any Stila liquid lipsticks but I have tried them and I really like the formula – sounds like they have the same lasting issues as a lot of liquid lipsticks though. Now they’re cheaper at Mecca I might have to give them another look!