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Best Red Holiday Lips + Cozy Sweater Try On Haul

December 17, 2018

Best Red Lips + Cozy Sweater Try On Haul Everlane, Loft, 1State | The Beauty Look Book

I’m so excited it’s finally sweater weather here! We have hot humid weather almost year round here in Tampa making it too hot to even wear denim jeans most of the time. While I love the sunshine I’m thrilled that it has cooled down enough to haul some cute sweaters. By popular request I’m combining two topics today that many of you have been asking for: best holiday red lips plus a sweater try-on haul.

I’m a neutral lip lover so I was actually really surprised to find how many red lip products I own. I sorted through around 35+ colors and formulas to narrow down my absolute top picks for the best color, pigment, lasting power and a few budget friendly options. I’ll discuss each color with the sweaters I paired below.


Everlane Cashmere Crew + L’Oreal Color Riche Shine

Everlane Cashmere Crew Light Oatmeal XS, L'Oreal Color Riche Shine in Enamel Red

I did my first Everlane haul and picked three styles to try out. I haven’t tried the line before so I relied on online customer reviews for height and weight to decide on XXS and XS depending on style. I lucked out because I’m really happy with what I ordered. For sizing reference I have been losing weight but also gaining a little bit of muscle with our weight training. I’m 5’3″ and currently 114 pounds. I usually wear XS in most sizes, sometimes XXS because I’m on the shorter side.

It’s been a long time since I’ve invested in anything cashmere (again because it’s simply TOO HOT to wear here) so I can’t compare to current styles of other brands. I have tried J.Crew, Vince and Theory to name a few which I’ve loved in previous years. I think the styles I ordered from Everlane are just as good. For the Everlane Cashmere Crew ($100) I picked Light Oatmeal in XS and it’s a PERFECT fit. This is my favorite one of my purchases. It’s soft, lightweight but not tissue thin. I plan on getting a couple more colors. Denim worn are the Paige Verdugo Ankle (for me ankle jeans are the best because I usually don’t have to hem them!).

I’m wearing the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine in Enamel Red which is one of the best medium glossy lipsticks I’ve ever tried. I swatched all the colors of this formula in this post here.


Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew + NARS Powermatte Pigment

Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew Grey NARS Powermatte Pigment in Starwoman | The Beauty Look Book

Up next is the Everlane Cashmere Rib Round Crew ($145) in Heather Grey in XXS. I would have bought XS but one of the models on the website was wearing that size and quite a bit taller than me. I’m happy with the fit of XXS. This is a nice soft semi thick ribbed sweater. It’s one of the ones I was wearing on stories.

I paird this one with the NARS Powermatte Pigment in Starwoman. There are a lot of reds in this formula this one seems the most classic to me (Vain is warmer, Light My Fire is brighter and there are options with either more blue or deeper tones too). This is one of the nicest liquid matte lipstick formulas that is matte but doesn’t shrink my lips to look like raisins. It has excellent staying power and doesn’t transfer on my teeth. (If you want a neutral option American Woman is the best chestnut neutral rose out there.)


Leith + Everlane with Tom Ford Dylan

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Dylan isn’t a new color but remains a favorite for a semi-matte finish. It’s a classic bright bold red with a warm undertone. I’m wearing it below with two sweater colors. A soft nude pink fitted Metallic Pullover from Leith ($49, XS is pretty fitted) that I bought at Nordstrom and the Everlane Cashmere Waffle Crew in Black ($150, XXS) which is boxy but I think has a nice hang to the sides. I like the side slit detail too which makes for a little more interesting sweater.

Tom Ford Lips Boys Dylan, Leith Metallic Pullover, Everlane Waffle Knit Square Crew Sweater

Another look at the Everlane sweater so you can see the neckline, it’s hard to see the detail but check out their website for close ups which you can see better.

Everlane Cashmere Waffle Square Crew Black XXS


1.State + Pat McGrath Lip Fetish in Wild Cherry

Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Balm Wild Cherry and 1State Convertible Sweater

In terms of red lips I don’t think it gets better than Pat McGrath. I could have done an entire dedicated post to swoon over all her lipsticks but wanted to give some other brands and formulas some love. If you feel like you can’t wear full on red lips, opt for a sheer gloss or balm. The Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Balm in Wild Cherry is a great sheer but buildable red. I reviewed it in this post here.

In looking through my closet I find that I own a lot of white tops and sweaters. It’s funny because in San Diego I used to wear all black and grey, or stripes. Since moving to Florida I’ve suddenly found my closet has changed. So many of you have been asking about all the white tops I’ve been wearing. This is a cute one from 1State Convertible Zip Neckline Sweater ($109). This is an XXS and runs big but slouchy. It’s cute to tuck in or belt. I’m not 100% sure I love this style. The zipper is adjustable which makes it so you can wear this a number of ways. A similar option that I have really liked in a tee form is the Free People Nikala Tee which I find has a better fit.


Frame + NARS

Frame Stripe Crewneck Sweater and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Rebel

My favorite purchase is the Frame Stripe Crewneck Merino Wool Blend Sweater ($235) and it’s one of my most expensive sweater splurges in a long time. I’m a huge sucker for anything with stripes, so much so that I tried to ease up on wearing and buying them. This was too cute to pass up. It’s soft, thin and I love the fit. I really love everything I’ve bought from Frame. Prices prevent me from splurging more. I paired it with the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Rebel from the holiday collection from the Riot Lip Pencil set. Unfortunately it’s sold out but Pat McGrath MatteTrance in Elson is close (reviewed here). Denim worn is also from Frame Le Skinny.


Loft + Pat McGrath

Loft Textured Button Cuff Sweater and Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Rebel Red

For affordable sweaters that aren’t itchy or scratchy I’ve found some amazing deals from Loft. They have cute cable knit basics. I tried two styles. One is the Loft Textured Button Cuff Sweater in XS ($49.50 but I got mine 50% off, they have online holiday sales so check their site for current code). At $20 it was a steal. This one is a little long for me but on most people I think it will be just the right length. I’m wearing it with the Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Rebel Red which is one of the most fun sparkly blue red lip colors I’ve tried. Full review here.


Loft + Em Cosmetics

Another Loft find is the Cable Knit Trim Sweater in Silvered Heather Grey (XS, $49.50). I could have sized down for a shorter fit but this one is super cute and easy to wear as well. I paired this with the Em Cosmetics True Gloss in Scarlett Knight which is one of the best red plumping glosses I’ve tried. I need to review this formula for you, I have been sitting on all the colors for a while now. It’s been on my to-do list! They have some cute sets for the holiday I think are worth checking out. I have all the colors individually otherwise I would have ordered one.

Tucked vs. untucked

Loft Cable Knit Sweater and Pat McGrath BlitzTrance in Rebel Red


BP + MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Lip

MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Lip in It's Just Candy

MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lip in It’s Just Candy is a nice blue-based red shimmer. It’s called a liquid lip but is more along the lines of a full pigment gloss. It has great lasting power and a really pretty sheen. Full review on all the colors in this formula here. If you want a matte metallic long-wear version try the Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in In Retrograde instead.

Sweater worn is the BP Heritage Stitch sweater in XXS. It’s so soft and plush. Unfortunately it just sold out online, but you might want to check in stores to see if they still have some near you. It does run on the large side, I ordered an XXS and it’s very roomy!


Lipsticks worn/featured in this post (all shades are press samples):

Best Red Lips Pat McGrath, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS

Swatches alongside a few other options:

Best Red Lipsticks: Hourglass, L'Oreal, Pat McGrath, NARS

Pat McGrath and Tom Ford options swatched next to two of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution colors. I used to think the Charlotte Tilbury formula was the best, I still think it’s very good, but Pat McGrath’s formula wins 100%.

Best Red Lipsticks from Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury

Makeup breakdown worn in all other photos include:

Best Red Lips + Cozy Sweater Try On Haul Everlane, Loft, 1State | The Beauty Look Book

I hope you enjoyed this sweater try-on haul and red lip roundup! If you love a good red lip let me know what your favorites are in the comments. I love cozy sweaters and I would haul more if we had cooler weather in Tampa.

I didn’t have time to post yesterday but did not forget my giveaway for the week! One reader will win four Pat McGrath lip products including: Opulence 1995, Opulence Flesh3, winner’s choice of two other lips formulas. Not sponsored or affiliated. Open internationally to those 18 years or older. Simply enter via the widget below. Giveaway runs this week and I’ll pick a winner within 48 hours after giveaway ends and contact via e-mail.

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Lip colors featured are press samples. All sweaters purchased by me.

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  • Maria Mercedes Ruperti December 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    My favorite Red lip at the moment is Dior UltraRouge in 999 and Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura, I need to try a Red from Pat McGrath! I know I will fall in love 🙂

  • inkchick December 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    My favorite red lips right now are NARS Cruella and Buxom Barcelona.

  • kelleyhasapis1 . December 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I can’t really carry off a red lip but the Charlotte Tilbury Walk of Shame looks very pretty. I also like Loft as well.

  • Megan Harrington December 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    My favorite glossy red lip is the YSL glossy stain in #46. My favorite matte red lip is MAC Ruby Woo, NARS Cruella or Dragon Girl velvet matte lip pencils, or the Pat McGrath that was in the Sephora Black Friday sale – I can’t remember the name right now but it was the mini size that was $15. I wore it the other night and got so many compliments! I especially want to win this giveaway because now that I’ve tried her lipsticks I LOVE them and want so many more. My favorite sweater right now is from Banana Republic. It’s one of those soft and cozy eyelash fabric ones with cute puffy sleeves and it’s in this perfect ballerina pink color.

  • GK December 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I love this post! Would love to see you incorporate more lifestyle into your blog 🙂 Thanks

  • MsDLux December 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    My current fav red lipsticks are Rouge Louboutin (satin finish), PMG Blitztrance Rebel Red, and Fenty Stunna lip paint in Uncensored. 🙂

  • Mary December 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    My favourite red is Russian Red from MAC…it’s just always so good. I also like Burberry’s Military Red gloss.

  • Anne Capitant December 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Oh I really want to try that Em Cosmetic gloss! And I love the NARS Powermatte lip in Starwoman (I think I have a mini of it). I’d say my favorite red for the holidays is probably CT Red Carpet Red as it’s just so classic! And I really love Roots Canada for classic sweaters.

  • Noriko Tsuchiya December 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Fun post! My best red is beni, the traditional lipstick used by geishas, the pricey authentic stuff is only made in the traditional way by one company in Japan, not Tatcha. Muji makes fabulous sweaters at half the cost of other retailers. Wool, wool-silk, and wool-yak blends at around $50 if you buy during their frequent sales. Some are even machine washable.

  • Angela December 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I love your blog! Have you thought about doing a YouTube channel as well?

  • Laura Schmaltz December 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I never wear red lips so don’t buy it on purpose, but I did get a YSL lipstick in Le Rouge in a kit that I use when I want to try red lips. It is very bold (not my cup of tea), but I like YSL lip products and this is a good one.

  • Tahrer December 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I’m not a fan of red lipstick either, so I don’t own any. But I do have the red shade in the hourglass lip treatment oil. I don’t even know if they still make that shade. lol

  • Julia December 17, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve actually never worn a red lip for more than about an hour; I never seem to end up liking the look and off it comes! However, I have to say that the Pat McGrath Blitz Trance in Rebel Red is tempting….

  • Anastasiya December 17, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I love massimo dutti sweaters)

  • Jocelyn Seno December 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Not much a red lip wearer. I think I only have one from Estée Lauder. And I wear it lightly. I mostly shop sweaters at Banana Republic, Loft, Ann Taylor and JCrew because they have petite sizes plus the rewards.

  • murphmeister December 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    i do a rep lip sporadically but usually like to just use free lipsticks i get from being a Rouge member or other freebies in gwp since i dont do often. it always looks fun though when i do. love your nail color in this post!!!

  • Gail A December 17, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    My new fav is Chanel No 5 in the red tube. And my fav sweaters are all my old ones from CP Shades…Miss that store

  • Cindy D. December 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    These are such great sweater picks! Guess I have some shopping to do. Lol

  • Kylie December 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    MAC russian red is classic and perfect. Pat McGrath strange is dark, but very nice and the formula is perfect.

  • Beth Cole December 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Great review! Love your fashion choices. I’m wearing NARS American Woman Powermatte today, a great red for me.

  • Liz December 17, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I just want all of those sweaters! They all look so comfy!

  • Valerie Manke December 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve been getting a lot of cute sweaters from Target lately, I really like their A New Day line.

  • MBAMommy December 17, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Literally wear a red lip like once a year – for family Christmas photos! 😆 i find it too fussy to wear more often as I am paranoid that the color is on my teeth, rubbing off weird, etc. i have had a tube of MAC’s Ruby Woo for this purpose that probably needs replacing, and will def look at some of the options on this list – especially the glossy/less traditional lipstick formulas that might be more forgiving!

  • Laurie M. December 17, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    My fave red lip is a custom colour I had made for me at Bite in Toronto. It just went through the wash 🙁

  • lisamhampton December 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    I used to love mac’s russian red, but lately i have a red lip tint from i’m meme that is way more comfortable not the lips.

  • qiqiours December 17, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Such a fun post. Love red lipsticks;)

  • Catherine Ide December 17, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve got a fab one from maybelline, which is a sheer red that I only really wear for Christmas. Otherwise Im in pinks, plums and nudes.

  • Petunia December 17, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    I live for Armani 400 and Lipstick Queen Medieval. 🙂

  • urbanangel December 18, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I don’t usually wear red, but I may give a couple of them a try!

  • roxymisha December 18, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Love the combination of sweaters and lipsticks. Red is my signature colour and am needing to update my red lipstick wardrobe so great choices you have provided. I adore my NARS red lipsticks like Jungle Red, Heatwave and Future Red. Thank you!

  • Solange December 18, 2018 at 9:19 am

    My favourite red lip is MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo.

  • Karen L. Johnston Eltz December 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

    My fav red lippie is MAC Russian Red. I need a red with a cooler base to it and this does it for me. I am hesitant to wear red so when I do, I want to make sure it’s the Right red.

  • Ana Céline December 18, 2018 at 10:20 am

    My favourite red lipstick has always been MAC Russian Red. You suit red lipstick so much xx

  • talker blogger December 18, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Merry a Christmas to everyone !!! Sabrina, you couldn’t put out a better post than this !!! I love your color selection!!! Thank you for doing the red lips collection! I am surely adding some of these in my collection ASAP !
    Best wishes for the new year xoxo

  • brendabarrel December 18, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Sabrina great post! I follow you on Instagram and you have such a great esthetic. The most wonderful shots, I really enjoy the commentary and photography. Love your swatches, I’m always checking your blog before I buy something. Def gonna get a couple of these sweaters. I just moved to Boca Raton last year and who’d of thought we could wear sweaters??? Glad you are loving Tampa.

  • Fat White Cat December 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I actually really love the Cover Girl’s new liquid lipstick in Tan-ge-lo! Stays on even at a party 🙂

  • Alison December 18, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Love this post so much. Except for brown reds, I’d been off red for years but for some reason, warmer reds are really speaking to me currently. My favorite is Nars Light My Fire in the same formula you mention. I also like Elson and YSL Metallic Red. I noticed that Chanel Red # 5 did not make the cut here.

  • Shelby December 18, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Love the idea for this post, Sabrina! So original yet useful. I’ll have to check out a few of those sweaters! Living near Seattle means 50% of my wardrobe is sweaters haha.
    I’m not a huge red lipstick fan, but I do love Avenue by Colourpop.

  • Muriel S. December 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve always used nude/coral shades of lipsticks but I’m planning to try wearing shades for the holidays (been eyeing to try MAC’s Ruby Woo shade)! This is a pretty good roundup of shades and brands to choose from! Always loved reading your blog, Sabrina!

  • Mary-Irene Marek December 18, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for your review on the Everlane sweaters!! I have been so curious about them for so long. I loved you comment about how your closet has changed since moving from CA to FL. I am loving all of the soft neutrals we are seeing you in, and your new hair color and highlights compliments them so well!

  • Alia December 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Your hair looks great in these shots! The sweater and lip combinations are so fun. I have a tendency to wear super bright shades like corals, oranges and reds, it just makes me feel happy. My friends even say my lip colour is a great indicator of my mood, it’s hilarious.

    A gorgeous red I’ve found is the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide 309. Not sure how the rest of the shades in that range are, but this one is amazing – semi-matte and ultra pigmented. It lasted me an entire work day, and was just as bright in the evening without any need for reapplication (even after lunch!). Another shade I wear often is MAC Liptensity in Habanero, which is more orange-toned. I also recently ordered Pat McGrath’s Mattetrance in Fever Dream and Beautiful Stranger (which aren’t reds, but looked so pretty in one of your reviews I had to order them in the vip sale).

    Thanks as always for the great post! xx

  • Linda S. December 18, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    My favorite red is from Marc Jacobs. It’s the VIB Rouge special red lipstick he made from Sephora.

  • Jeanie M. December 19, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I love the sweaters. Cashmere is my weakness. I am always checking out the thrift stores for cashmere. I usually only find men’s sweaters in cashmere though but for only $5.00 I can just wear them around the house.

  • Samantha Irene December 19, 2018 at 6:49 am

    My fav red lip – that’s hard to pick! I’m wearing a lot of pinky-purple shades at the moment due to my pink hair. But I hope the new Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lipstick I ordered in Black Tie works out well! Fingers crossed. For sweaters – I love a stripe too! I’ve got a few JCrew – but I love the lightweight cotton one I got from Muji in Japan – it’s slouchy – but a little fitted across the chest and shoulders.

  • Andreia SPR December 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Hello Sabrina! My favourite red lipstick is from Chanel, # 14 Passion 🙂

  • cpbebe December 20, 2018 at 1:14 am

    what a fun post! I adore that Frame sweater on you, the colors and stripes are perfection! a couple of my fave red lip products are the now discontinued Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome, my perfect casual red. I also like Loreal Queen Collection reds- back when Pat McGrath was their color consultant. Jammin Gem Jumbo gloss balm and gloss in Watermelon Splash are sheer and easy to wear. As for sweaters I usually go to the GAP for cotton sweaters- it’s always sweater and jeans weather here in San Francisco.

  • Jessica December 20, 2018 at 3:36 am

    My favourite red lipstick is THE red lipstick- the Louboutin lipstick!

  • N. Novona December 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Love both your lipstick and sweater reviews!

  • MALINA CRISTESCU December 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Red really suits you 🙂

  • Maria December 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I tried an Everlane cashmere sweater, but found the crew neck too tight. Need to visit the store on Prince St to get a better sense of the fit.

  • hofken December 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I haven’t yet found a good red lip color that works with my coloring, but I keep trying. My favorite sweaters are anything cashmere.

  • hh December 21, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Just got a sweater from Aritzia that I love! Favorite red lip =
    sephora cream lip stain in always red!

  • MichelleAntonia December 22, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Sweaters and lipstick, two of my favorite things!

  • Thu December 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve been wearing the Marc Jacob Liquid Lip Crayon in 410 Red-Y To Go which was part of a holiday kit and have been loving it! It’s matte and glides on sooo smoothly. I love that it doesn’t feather. What gives it an extra wow factor is that it contains beautiful shimmer particles so the color is not flat. Would highly recommend!

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