The Quest for the Perfect Red Lipstick

Recently I lost my favorite red lipstick. Girls, we all know the the effort it takes to find that perfect shade. The endless hours of shopping and testing, having to stop for lunch along the way, getting sidetracked by those tempting buy something and get a free gift sales, then the trauma of having it go missing or be discontinued.

Of course, it’s my own fault for not buying multiples at the time.  It was by  Loreal, but unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the color and have not been able to find anything that looks close in their current line. It was a nice deep retro looking red that looked great with my vintage outfits.  If you wear a lot of vintage clothing, you know how important it can be to have period correct lipcolor. 

Anyway, thanks to a helpful thread on recommendations for vintage inspired cosmetics I found at the Fedora Lounge , I was able to come up with my new favorite lipstick. The website has forums dedicated to lovers of classic style.  And if you’re into vintage related girl talk, you have to check out the Powder Room , where you’ll find a very friendly, knowledgeable group of ladies.

So now I have the pleasure of owning a lucious new lipstick called "Red Velvet" from Besame , a luxury line of cosmetics inspired by the colors and designs of the 30’s and 40’s.   The packaging is absolutely stunning and you can send away for samples that come in the cutest miniature jars.  Their creamy, matte lipsticks are highly pigmented and long lasting.  They’ve got a lovely gift set that would make a perfect holiday present for any retro loving gal and shipping is free until the end of the year.


A few other recommendations from the posters at the Powder Room were these original 50’s shades still being produced by  Revlon  "Love that Red", "Cherries in the Snow", and "Fire and Ice" and MAC  Cosmetics "Ruby Woo",  "Russian Red", and "Mac Red".

By | 2013-11-15T19:32:54-04:00 December 12th, 2006|Beauty|3 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


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    Ava December 27, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I’m guessing it was British Redcoat Red or Drumbeat Red. Drumbeat Red is deeper. There’s a lot of pigment in those lipsticks – they have a great vintage look. Good luck!

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    Melanie July 5, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    All of those Revlon shades are awesome choices

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    BeautyAddict December 24, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Okay, this is an old post of yours, but I just came across it while look for red lipstick suggestions. L’Oreal British Red is a rather old-fashioned true red shade. Do you think that might have been the one you were thinking of?

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