Red Velvet is my favorite red to wear. It is unique in that it is a yellow-red that actually pulls true red on my lips. One would think that a yellow-red would make orange, but this one doesn't. It's a bright red, but it doesn't turn vampy, and it doesn't turn clownish, and it doesn't turn little-girl-who-got-into-mama's-makeup. Red Velvet is said to be a dupe for MAC's Ruby Woo, but I don't own Ruby Woo, so I can't speak to that from personal experience.
First, bare lips. I prepped them with a thin application of Lansinoh:
Now, a thin layer, applied by gently patting the color to my lip, straight from the tube. This color is so opaque that even using a lip brush to apply a thin layer gets it pretty deep. The result is a light, bright pinky-red. It is not completely opaque yet, so my natural lip color is making it pull more purple. I'm sure you can tell, but yes, I left half of my lips bare for comparison.
Next is one layer, lightly applied straight from the tube, with the lipline cleaned up with my lipbrush:
Next is full lip. I applied directly from the tube to the bare side, and it only needed one coat. I cleaned up the lip line with my lip brush.
Finally, I blotted once with a tissue, then I mashed my lips together:
First, no lipstick: