The 7 Best Red Lipsticks For Maximum Impact

The 7 Best Red Lipsticks For Maximum Impact

However you slice it, nothing adds wow-factor like a slick of scarlet lippy. It can make you look pulled together in literal seconds, even if you haven’t got a lick of makeup on, but also adds the perfect finishing touch to a full glam look if you need to take your makeup game from a 10 to an 11.

Whatever you need from it, it always delivers – if you’re working with the right formula, that is.

We expect a lot from our lipsticks these days: We want them to be as pigmented as they are comfortable, and as weightless as they are long-wearing. A pretty tall order, really. But hey, some lipsticks do have the chops to live up to our sky-high expectations, and we’ve tracked down the very best.

Here are the seven most gorgeous yet reliable red lipsticks on the scene…

M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo

One of the best-selling and most beloved red lipsticks among the beauty community, this little wonder is the perfect classic red, with blue undertones which make teeth look noticeably whiter (always a welcome plus).

Read M.A.C Lipstick reviews here…

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Vengeful Red

If you’re going to make the red lipstick splurge, then this is where to do it. Not only does it coat lips with a stunning shade of fire engine red, but it feels so creamy and hydrating that the $53 price tag is well justified.

Read Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick reviews here…

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Alarm

A long-wear lippy worthy of ‘one swipe wonder’ status, it’s the kind of Old Hollywood red you’d expect to see gracing a red carpet, and it’ll stay put through all your coffee-drinking and afternoon snacking; an absolute blessing.

Read Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick reviews here…

Mecca Max Pout Pop Lipstick in Freedom Fighter

Any pout-pleasing formula that’s just $20 a pop gets a big tick from us, but here’s the best bit: We promise you’d never guess that this buttery blend was a bargain buy. It’s seriously pigmented and has the staying power to match.


L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick in Scarlet Silhouette

Prefer a matte finish but can’t deal with the dryness? Don’t worry about it; this L’Oreal lippy formula may be matte, but it’s packed with camellia and jojoba oils to make sure the colour is as hydrating as it is striking.

Read L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick reviews here…

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Intense Long-Lasting Matte Lipstick in 403

Take your lipstick game to the next level with this luxe bullet. Created with hydrogenated jojoba oil, it delivers feather-light, non-drying matte colour (we swear), and its deep, rich red shade is definitely worth the extra dollars.


ulta3 Matte Lipstick in Deep Red Rose

A beautifully bright red bound to lift and brighten any complexion, it’s a soft matte formula loaded with pigment. It goes on super smooth, feels like velvet and lasts all day; very impressive considering its $4.95 price tag.

Read ulta3 Matte Lipstick reviews…

LANCÔME L’Absolu Rouge Cream Lipstick

It’s near impossible to upstage Sienna Miller’s creamy blonde locks and dazzling white smile, but Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Cream red lipstick in the shade ‘French Bisou’ ($60, Sephora) seems to have done it. If the BAFTAs were handing out an award for best smile, we think this hydrating, creamy and high-shine lipstick would’ve been a sure thing.

Read more Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Cream reviews here…

*This article has been updated since its original publication.
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Will you be adding any of these gorgeous red lip shades to your wish list? Are there any other red lipsticks you love?

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