My Top Five Red Lipstick Picks

Best Red Lipsticks

I’ve been very remiss in not posting this research sooner. As many of you know, I pride myself on being the #lipstickjunkie and red is my all time FAVORITE color to test. Earlier this year, I did a detailed expose of my “all time” favorite red(s), but alas, beauty is a fickle industry. I found five new picks to add to the aforementioned assortment and each captures the glamorous Hollywood matte finish. (As an aside, if you prefer to the perfect nude lipstick instead, we’ve got you covered.)

Enter stage left: My (new) top five red lipstick picks.

A Cheap Date 

I sought out the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection, Exclusive Reds after Allure called it out in their Top 50 Drugstore Picks. The whole collection is killer, but my two faves are Blake’s Red and Frieda’s Red. It’s a tad drier than I prefer, but you can’t beat the price at $8 – $9.

Loreal Red Collection

On the Pricer Side

Hello Gorgeous…here comes Dolce&Gabbana Matte formula. Saks Fifth Avenue carries 13 (!!) fabulous matte red shades. I have two of them: Dolce Blood and Dolce Passion. Worn it, love it, and you gotta have it. It’s worth the splurge.

Dolce&Gabbana Matte Red


NARS Audacious Lipstick in Marlene is next up on the list. I like this formula, but I have to admit…it’s my least favorite of my top five. The shade is a tad too orange for me, and it wore off unevenly. Meaning, the middle of my lip color wore off and then I had the oh-so-pretty red ring around my lip line.
NARS Lip Color
But, then there is the “Gucci” lip. A fabulous, and (yes) audacious lipstick in some kinda wonderful reds. I love Wild Amarena and Imperial Red.
Gucci Red Lip
And, last but not least: my favorite red of the season. Clinique’s POP Lip Colour + Primer in Passion Pop. I know….it’s Clinique…not known for their power colors…but, it is what it is.
Clinique POP Lip + Primer_Passion
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