This is my first red lipstick EVER. I've gotten lipsticks before during Gift With Purchases from Estee Lauder, Lancome, and etc., but they were never red lipsticks (more like plum or pink).
If you asked me a year ago if I would ever consider wearing red lipstick I would have responded with a loud, resounding no. I am Chinese with an olive skin tone (3.5 in Bobbi Brown foundation) and I always thought that nudes and corals would be better for me than red.
However, now I know that reds can work for ANYONE. Literally, anyone (even for redheads or people of ethnicity like me)! The key is to match it to your skin tone. I researched online and brown-based reds are better for people like me. On the other hand, blue-based reds are better for people with cool toned skin.
Anyway, I didn't want to drop a lot of money on an item I wouldn't be wearing everyday (this would be for parties, formal events, or for a fun night out), so I wanted something affordable but good quality. Loreal Color Riche just got a 2010 Glammy Award from Glamour Magazine. The lipstick is known for its smoothness and rich color.
So I went to my local drugstore and browsed the reds. I almost got another shade but am SO relieved I ended up picking this one! This lipstick was on sale for $6, they are normally $8-9 now (I see they have upped the price since a few years ago).
I went home, tried it on, and was amazed at how well this meshed with my skin tone. Now, like I mentioned before I've never tried on red lipstick so this is my first time, but I truly do not have any complaints with this one! I've heard of people saying that reds can be too orange (esp. warm reds), but this one is a very solid red on my lips. It's always hard buying drugstore makeup (IMO) because you can't try it on and the colors on the label are almost always misleading (esp. for lipsticks and lip glosses). This was true for Sunset Red. The label's color does not exactly match the color on my lips (thank god). I wanted a solid "red", not plum, not brown red. RED. The label on Sunset Red looks kind of like a brownish red, but I was able to see the actual color of the lipstick in the store (I was able to open the tube to look at the color) and it was a "brighter" red than the label, which was good for me.
The lipstick also leaves an excellent stain, which isn't too "loud" yet still leaves a natural looking color on my lips.
Anyway, I am super happy with this purchase.