Worth It: Red Lipstick To Rely On


Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn’t get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that’s how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily recommendation of random things that we’ve actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we’d actually tell our friends about. And now we’re telling you.

My aunt called me in the middle of the night a couple weeks ago. I thought there might be some sort of emergency, but in fact she just wanted to ask me a question: “Are you wearing red lipstick all the time now?”

No. In general I wear red lipstick if I am going to party, speaking in public, or having my picture taken — it was, in fact, a recent photograph that had led my aunt to believe I’d become some sort of red-lipstick obsessive. But I’m not obsessed — I just recognize Revlon Matte Lipstick 006 for the small miracle that it is.

Revlon 006 will stay on my face. It will not wipe off the minute I take a drink of water or eat a French fry. It will not bleed and smear so that by the end of the night I look like John Wayne Gacy (which is what happened with a $30 lipstick that shall remain nameless). What’s more, it will remain a vibrant, matte, true red — not pink or coral or (horrors) mauve. As such, it’s great for any situation where I need to look a bit formal, or where I want my somewhat small features to pop.

After I explained this to my aunt, she bought herself some red lipstick, and reported that people immediately paid more attention to her. I do think Revlon 006 sends the message, “Hey! Look at my face!” which makes it great for a reading and less great for, say, a stakeout. But Revlon Matte comes in lots of colors, and at under $7 each, you could probably buy enough for several disguises.

Revlon Matte Lipstick, Really Red 006, $6.39, Drugstore.com

Worth It only features things we paid for ourselves and actually like. Don’t send us stuff.

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