Review: Elizabeth Arden 100th Anniversary “Red Door Red” Lipstick

By Voxy  

Elizabeth Arden is truly one of the grande dames of cosmetic lines, and when I say “dames” I don’t mean like Dame Edna. (Perish the thought! The Arden people are squirming right now just because I linked those two together in the same sentence.)

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the line, Elizabeth Arden is releasing a limited edition lipstick in the Color Intrigue Effects formula called “Red Door Red,” a nod to the company’s iconic Red Door spas.

The color is described on EA’s website as “a universal shade of sheer red.” Well, that sounded like a winner, and I have another EA lipstick in this formula that I like, so I thought I’d pick up the anniversary edition.

The color out of the tube is quite bright, very pigmented, and with a tiny bit of shimmer. (Tiny.) It’s smooth and creamy, and like the other lipsticks in the Color Intrigue formula, it has a very nice lipfeel. If you really want a “sheer” application, I think you’ll have to use a lip brush, because one light swipe of the tube across my lips gave me more color than I’d expected. (I used two swipes in the swatch below, just so you know.) It’s very pretty, but it’s definitely a cool-toned red — in natural light it’s more of a cerise than an actual red, really. I don’t know how “universal” it will really be, but I like it quite a bit. It’s bright enough that I’ll save it for evenings out rather than work wear (or I’ll tone it down with another lipstick or stain), but I’ll definitely be wearing it.

These aren’t the longest-wear lipsticks I’ve ever tried, especially if you plan to talk, or eat, or move your lips at all. But they reapply easily and don’t get crusty, which helps. The brighter and more pigmented colors do leave a stain, although in my experience they fade pretty evenly and don’t feather. My one complaint is that the packaging feels a little cheap; the metal of the lipstick cap is awfully thinly pressed and I think I could probably crush it just by looking at it too hard. It is old-style glam, though, and definitely has a vintage feel.

Proceeds from the sale of these lipsticks go to “Look Good, Feel Better,” a non-profit organization which the Arden company describes as “a global charitable organization designed to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and thereby manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence.”


Today’s nude lip, and today’s lip with Elizabeth Arden Red Door Red:


Elizabeth Arden 100th Anniversary Lipstick (“Red Door Red”): $20 at and at counters. Limited edition; not sold at other Elizabeth Arden resellers (ULTA, etc.)

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good.

Purchase again? Well, I probably won’t go through it that quickly, and since it’s LE, it won’t be around for repurchasing. How about we say N/A?

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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