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Which Marilyn Monroe red lipstick suits you?

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Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

Max Factor have recently launched a brand new collection of red lipsticks inspired by none other than Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn was seldom seem without her iconic red lips after Max Factor transformed her from plain old Norma Jean into the idol that we know today, and red lips have always been seen as extra-glamorous. Personally I usually shy away from a red lipstick unless I’m feeling ultra-confident, but I do usually receive compliments when I wear it.

There are four shades in the new Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection, each one created to suit a different skintone:

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipstick 1 Ruby Red Lips

Ruby Red

1 Ruby Red – this was Marilyn’s original red shade and personally I think a bright crimson red will suit anyone. You do need to have the confidence to carry it off, but worn with a minimal eye (think just a smudge of black liner and lashings of mascara) it looks great. I’m on the search for a good bright red lip liner pencil to compliment this Ruby Red shade – do you have any recommendations?

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipstick 2 Sunset Red Lips

Sunset Red

2 Sunset Red – this red shade has warm orange tones and works well with a honey-coloured or tanned skin. Orange lipsticks always remind me of Summer, and whilst they don’t really suit me I do have a bit of a thing for them. Pair this one with golds and bronzes.

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipstick 3 Berry Lips


3 Berry – this pink-toned raspberry red shade is my favourite and works well with pale or blue-toned skins. I wear it with Helen E Waterproof Protective Lip Liner in Shade 4.

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipstick 4 Cabernet Lips


4 Cabernet – reminiscent of a good glass of red wine this maroon red shade suits dark skins perfectly, or if you have a pale milky skin and want a striking dark lip for after dark then this would work well too. I actually thought this would be far too dark for me when I saw it in the tube but it actually looks good against my paler skin.

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

The ingredients of the Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks include shea, avocado and aloe butters, as well as anti-oxidant white tea. The butters give the lipsticks a creamy soft texture making them really easy to apply, but sadly they do wear off when you’re eating and drinking so you’ll need to keep reapplying. Personally I don’t mind this, I prefer a nice soft buttery lipstick that I need to reapply, rather than a harsh pigmented one that lasts all day but dries your lips out.

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks Swatch

The difference in the four shades is fairly subtle – when compared together in a swatch image like the one above the contrasts are obvious, but when worn individually each one just looks a regular red shade, the secret is that if you choose correctly it matches your complexion and looks great!

Whilst Max Factor produce great make-up products I’m not blown away by their packaging, I think these dark red square bullet lipsticks look a bit cheap – although they’re quite sturdy and well made which is good, they’re not going to break any time soon. Max Factor can do great packaging though, I really love the statuesque golden tubes of the Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipsticks that I reviewed last Summer.

Recently launched in Boots stores, Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks are priced at £7.99 each.

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