If there’s anyone you’re going to trust with a bold, red lip it’s Gwen Stefani. The singer has been rock steady with her favorite hue since she first came on the scene in the early ’90s and has been so loyal to the pin-up aesthetic that she created an entire makeup line around it. GXVE Beauty not only delivers the basics for recreating Stefani’s iconic style, but does so with formulas that deliver high quality, high-pigment, longwear shades that feel incredibly nourishing on the lips.
The GXVE Beauty’s Anaheim Shine Satin Lipstick in Original Recipe ($26) is a true blue red. This is the shade I tend to reach for as it complements my skin tone best and gives my teeth an instant whitening effect. This formula feels better than any holy grail red I’ve ever worn—sorry Ruby Woo and Dragongirl—without drying them out.
This shade delivers a bold, blue-based red that looks and performs much like a matte, but with a creamy, smooth and hydrating finish that somehow lasts forever between applications. The vanilla scent makes it a treat to swipe on and the pigments are so concentrated that it only takes one or two swipes to create a perfect crimson pout.
How to Use It:
You can carve out your shape and reinforce your red with the GXVE Anaheim Line Clean Waterproof Lip Liner in Scarlet Red or the Pout ($20), but honestly you don’t have to. I will definitely line my lips when I want a more dramatic or defined lip, but on its own the Original Recipe is a winner. It’s a rich, bold formula you can apply alone for an unforgettable lip in minutes.
The Bottom Line:
I already have the GXVE Beauty Screen My Phone calls mauvy-pink shade on constant rotation for the same reasons listed above. The formula, scent, staying power and comfortability of the GXVE Beauty lipsticks has turned me into a collector and the Original Recipe shade is my new go-to red. Because it looks so good on every skin tone, you’ll no doubt be collecting one soon, too.
Price/Where to Buy:
*You can also try it (full-size) in this year’s Luxury Review Box, along with 37 other products!