Happy Canada Day everyone!!!
For those of you who may not know, I am Canadian, born and raised. Neat, eh??? All Canadian jokes aside, I love this country and, not to bore anyone with a whole history lesson, but I think it’s important to understand the importance of holidays.
Canada Day is a Federal statutory holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act, now called the Constitution Act, on July 1st, 1867. This Act united the four British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario (formerly Upper Canada in the Province of Canada), and Québec (formerly Lower Canada in the Province of Canada) into a federation of four provinces comprising a single country within the British Empire. This made The Dominion of Canada a kingdom in its own right, but the British government still kept some rights of political control until 1982.
Across Canada, the holiday is observed through social gatherings like barbeques, parties, and downtown celebrations complete with fireworks at which people typically dress up in red and white attire. So, to celebrate this holiday on my little blog here, I thought I would share with you my top 5 favourite Canada Red lipsticks.
1. Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Crimson $21
This lipstick is formulated to be long-wearing without drying or feathering, so the colour stays on for hours with a soft matte finish. This is ideal for spending the day celebrating downtown with little opportunity for touch-ups.
2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella $33
This is a darker shade of red, and doesn’t last quite as long but is super easy to apply, with or without a mirror, so it is another great choice to wear when out and about on Canada Day.
3. BITE Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Mulled Maple $28
This is the darkest red shade I have worn on Canada Day, but it is particularly close to my heart given BITE Beauty is a Canadian company, and this lipstick was part of their limited edition Canadian-exclusive Maple Collection. This shade is the same as Black Cherry from the US-exclusive Frozen Berries collection. However, this one has a sweet maple scent and a subtle sweet taste, making it extra Canadian. It offers high pigmentation, moisturization, and longwearing colour with a velvet glossy finish. Unlike other BITE Beauty lipsticks, this one does not last quite as long, so this will require the odd touch-up throughout the day.
4. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in La Fascinante $37
This non-drying matte shade is luxurious lipstick at its finest. It glides on during application, boasting sumptuous, highly pigmented colour, and stays on for hours with few to no touch-ups. This is the lipstick I wear if I want to class things up a bit for Canada Day.
5. Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in Kiss of Life $6.98
This is my newest addition to my list of Canada Day lipsticks. I picked this up earlier this month and discussed it in my Drugstore Haul post, but it is a lovely, rich matte red shade that does not smudge or bleed throughout the day. While it does not last as long as the other lipsticks in this list, it is definitely the most affordable and easy to find in any drugstore.