Okay, so I love lipstick...I do, I love MAC , Dior, Chanel, YSL, Sisley, and of course- my all time lipstick lover is Lancome. I have so many lipsticks from so many brands, but there is something about the Lancome formulations...they are simply the best.
This review is regarding a specific shade which I am loving right now- Idole 134 (see it on the UK site). It's an orange toned red lipstick which to me is an amazing dupe for MAC's Lady Danger. While LD is matte and somewhat drying (still love it...), Lancome's 134 is hydrating and creamy. Now don't get me wrong, I love matte lipsticks- it's just that sometimes when I have drier lips, I prefer lip products that don't make lips seem even drier. I mean, sometimes you want a bold lip despite of the dryness- Lancome's formulations are hands down the best solution! They give hydration, feel creamy, are not glossy and give an almost matte result when blotted (even better than matte...).
Anyway, the container is expensive with a magnetic clasp (you do pay a small fortune...so Lancome has to deliver).
As for the shade: I have green eyes, fair/pale skin with pink/light light yellow undertones, and semi-dark blonde hair- this shade (134) works well for me.
I find that bold lipsticks look really good of fair skin, so those of you who are afraid to rock a bold lip- try it! This shade has orange undertones, which work really well with pale skin and make blue/green eyes pop. I've always heard that blue-red's are best for pale skin, but I just don't agree. Blue-red's are way to harsh for pale skin and gives a vampire look. Orange-reds warm up the skin and make you look more alive.
Anyway, red is a color any girls can rock- you just have to find the shade-family that works for you. So, try a 100 lipsticks if you must- one of them is your red!
If you lack the guts to rock a bold lipstick, try a gloss (I personally can't stand glosses...), but they might build up your confidence for a flashy bold lipstick :)