If there's one thing I know about this bold hue, it's that liner is an absolute must and so I started with a lip liner by NYX in Cabaret. It's kind of a brick red color, far deeper than the red hue I was going for but that's perfectly fine as I ended up blending it towards my inner lip. Next I coated my lips entirely in Sephora's Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. The finish with this product is matte which was fine but for a little extra pizazz I finished the look with Urban Decay Stardust lip gloss in Andromeda.
So, the verdict is yes, I love it! Will red lips be in heavy rotation? Probably not any time soon but no longer will I be intimidated by the intensity of the vampy red lip. It absolutely has a time and a place.