Perfect Holiday Lip: Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red)

I've been trying to research holiday makeup without involving the typical gold shimmery eyes and matte red lip (applies to Valentine's Day too). But it's tried and true for a reason: it's a classic look and fits perfectly within the festive party look. As much as I wanted to try something different this season, I tried Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red) and fell back in love.

This lip product is one among 14 shades in the Sephora Collection, and only retails for $13 for 0.169 fluid oz! This is a steal when you're comparing it to other liquid lipsticks in Sephora (Kat Von D, Stila, etc. which start at $20+). The quality cannot be beat either. It is somewhat drying, but not as painfully so as Stila's liquid lipsticks. That's because these babies contain avocado oil for smooth and comfortable wearing. Also, it is extremely long lasting, like it won't budge for hours even while eating and drinking. I would still touch up just to be sure, but even when I swatched it on my arm it still stays! It's perfect for those upcoming parties and celebrations!

Sephora describes this as a matte classic bold red, and I would say that this has blue undertones to make your teeth whiter, so feel free to flash those pearly whites during pictures! This is definitely a universal shade, so no matter what skin tone you are, you are bound to find it looks great on you. Here's a swatch:

I also have the shade Strawberry Kissed, which is a hot pink and more suited for the summer. I had Marvelous Mauve because it was so raved about and often compared to Stila Patina, but I was so disappointed to see how it looked on me, so I gave it to Cecilio's sister (my future sis-in-law), Sabina, for her 16th birthday last month.

Here's how it looks like on me above. I love the velvety look and texture. And like I said...a matte bold red, gold eyeshadow (I used Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar), highlight, and winged liner is a classic for a reason! It looks great on everyone! I'm actually in the car with my friend as we were taking our dogs to PetSmart to have a photoshoot with Santa, LOL!

What is your go-to holiday red lip?


  1. Haha, I have it on my lips right now, I love it! It's perfect for Christmas parties because, as you said, it is very long-lasting, even if you eat and drink!
    Just like you, I also have Strawberry Kissed, which I use more often in the summer!

    1. I love it! It's sooo pretty isn't it? :D I have used Strawberry Kissed a few times, but that's also because I already have a lot of hot pink lipsticks to begin with lol

  2. I haven't worn red lipstick out too often, because I'm always worried that it'll smear or I'll get it on my teeth. That's such a beautiful color though, and I love that it's blue based!

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    1. Oh this one won't get on your teeth, it's gorgeous! Definitely give it a try :)