5 Great Red Lipsticks

The countdown to Christmas is on!  This is the time of year that I rock my red lips and nails!  I’ve gathered up five of my favorite red lipsticks to share and hopefully get you in a festive mood!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella” $27- The NARS lip pencils are awesome because you have a liner and lipstick all in one.  And, with red, staying neat around the edges of your lips can be a challenge, and with a bold color like this, it has to look right!  This is a deeper red, with more brown/burgundy in it.  NARS describes it as a scarlet red.  It has a matte finish and is long-wearing, which is a plus.  I don’t find this formula to be drying, as can happen with some matte shades.  If you really like this formula, they do have some other shades in the red family to choose from as well.

red lipstick swatches
It’s raining red! Colors from top to bottom: Tarte Pride, Maybelline Crimson Crush, Colorur Pop Trust Me, Bite Beauty Gazpacho and NARS Cruella.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in “Gazpacho” $26- Bite Beauty is a brand known for using natural, edible ingredients in their products, so I feel good putting their lipsticks and balms on my lips.  The Amuse Bouche line is very popular and has tons of different shades but the Gazpacho is a beautiful bright bluish red.  This lipstick will absolutely light up your face and give you a festive look.  The formula is extremely moisturizing and has a slight sheen to it.

Colour Pop Lippie Stix in “Trust Me” $5- If you’ve read my other posts, then you know I love the Colour Pop brand!  It’s priced along a drug store brand but available online.  Hey for $5, this is actually a better price than some drugstore lipsticks!  Recently Sephora has started carrying their line as well, but this shade is not available there.  The lippie stix are small, longer shaped lipsticks that look like a fat pencil, which I like for throwing in my bag.  Also, the small tip allows for more control when applying, because, as I mentioned earlier, red is a color that needs to be applied precisely to your lips to look its best.  Of all the reds, I think this shade is the truest red – again this is a VERY matte formula, so if you don’t care for matte formulas, that’s ok, the next two I am sharing are very shiny!

Maybelline “Crimson Rush” $5.59- I love this formula and you can get this right in the drugstore.  It has a satin finish but does wear well.  The red shade has a slight pink undertone.  This exact shade was a limited edition but there are a couple of new red shades in this collection that are worth checking out!

Tarte Lip Sculptor in “Pride” (set $34)- This was part of a lip sculptor gift set I bought from tarte and I was so pleasantly surprised that such a gorgeous holiday red was included!  If you aren’t familiar with the lip sculptor, it is a dual -sided lipstick – one side the lipstick, the other a colored gloss.  This color is gorgeous with just the lipstick side, but when you add the gloss – BAMM!  Your lips are so plump and shiny looking you will be party-ready in a snap.  Plus the packaging on this (a Moroccan-themed pattern is on the lipstick) is so beautiful!  Unfortunately this shade is not sold individually, but I can tell you the set has four other shades that are beautiful and wearable.

What kind of makeup/ red lipsticks do you like to wear around the holidays?  I would love to read your comments!  Happy Holidays everyone.