Jan 12, 2011 12:50 PM
"Maybelline, why can't you be true?" I should have listened to you, Chuck Berry. I should have listened when you poured your heart out about that fickle femme fatale.
Listen, we've all been there: you find your own personal Holy Grail beauty product, be it mascara or hair gel, and you vow to never stray. But then one day, the unthinkable happens.... your beauty soul mate calls it quits! (cue threatening music) Rather than spend the rest of your days trolling eBay for half-used tubes of that perfect lip gloss, you decide to try and find a replacement. which, sadly, isn't as easy as it should be. Your simple search turns into An Epic Quest.
This is the account of my Crimson Chase, my Rouge Odyssey, my Long Kiss Goodnight.
First, a bit of background: I'm vintage obsessed. I admit it. So I'm looking for a flat, matte-ish, creamy dreamy red lipstick that stays on forever. I'm also pretty cheap (I know. I KNOW!!), so get those visions of $50 tubes of Guerlain out of your heads. I'll TEST it, sure, but I don't think it can truly become my go-to because of the crazy price. So recently, when I went to stock up on my Maybelline SuperStay Wine #745 and it was GONE, well, right then I started my quest. I picked up some drugstore cheapies, scrounged through my makeup bag, and hightailed it back to the office where I promptly had Janetor photograph me in 8 of the cheapest lipsticks on the planet. The results of Drugstore Round #1 are in the large image above - so vote for your favorite. I'll be coming back pretty soon with a Drugstore Round #2, Round "What's my Avon Lady's Phone Number?", a Sephora Round and a Fancy Pants Round (Guerlain, I'm looking at you - send samples!), and a Round "Who?!", as well as a look into Permanent Makeup, the History of Makeup, How to Put on and Maintain Red Lips, and How To Choose The Red Less Traveled.
Then I'll reveal the winners and hopefully live happily ever after. Wish me luck.
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