In 1910, Elizabeth Arden broke the mold - twice. It was rare for the American woman to wear cosmetics, a practice that most didn't deem "respectable" at the time. It was even more groundbreaking for a woman to open and operate her own business. Elizabeth Arden opened "The Red Door Salon" (the first of what would eventually become many salons) on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Two years later; Suffragettes marched on Fifth Avenue, protesting the illegality of a woman voting in an election. Elizabeth Arden joined the fight outside of her salon - providing fellow suffragettes with a shade of red lipstick to wear as a symbol of power, strength and camaraderie amongst all of the women fighting for the cause. I like to think that if I existed back in 1912, I would have been with Elizabeth; handing out tubes of red lipstick to other women as we demanded what was ours.
Swatch taken in artificial light with a camera flash on bare lips.
I really love the fact that this shade was created as a homage to the shade worn by the women who fought to secure the 19th Amendment into law. Red Door Red has a very glossy, almost jelly-like finish. On my lips, it leans to more of a pinkish red color. It's a very smooth and creamy lipstick. I can't really imagine anybody having any problems with dryness with this lipstick formula. It's so cool to imagine all of the badass women wearing a similar shade; marching together, all the while refusing to relent until they got what they deserved from their country.