Saturday, November 24th, 2012

5 Decadent Bright Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

If there was ever a time to break out the red lipstick, it’s during the winter holidays.   I love red lipstick year-round, and I most definitely have a weakness for a really fantastic red so narrowing them down to five was hard… which is why this list is just bright reds.

What’s your favorite bright holiday red lipstick?

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33 thoughts on “5 Decadent Bright Red Lipsticks for the Holidays

  1. Omg all are amazing and gorgeous. All are truly Holiday Colours… I like the OCC Super NSFW though…Cheers!

  2. Christine! Have you tried the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in #8!? It’s a life-changing product and shade! :) Happy Saturday!

  3. Danielle

    My favorite bright red for Christmas is Lancome’s Rogue in Love 170. It’s the perfect true, bright red that isn’t too blue based. But I do like to break it up sometimes during the holidays. I will probably also wear a more orangey-red like Mac’s Lady Danger or hot pinks, like Nars Schiap. Depends on my mood.

  4. That photo is so pretty, it’s awesome when you put them all together :-) My favorite red lipstick is probably Lush’s Emotional Brilliance lipstick in Power.

  5. I’m lost for a lovely red ever since I misplaced my trusty old MAC Merry Mistress. It’s been on my mind a lot lately with the holidays coming.

  6. chris

    You can’t go wrong with MAC Red and Queen’s Sin (a discontinued color). I also like MAC Mattene in Classic Dane.

  7. Jess

    Love this post! I actually have 3/5 of these because of your reviews, Christine!

  8. Chanterais

    My favourite extroverted, take-no-prisoners bright red is YSL’s Vernis a Levres in Rouge Gouache. It’s got a distinct cool-toned pull to it, but don’t let that fool you, because it’s BIGHT. Bright enough that I’d feel out of place wearing it during the day; it’s made for parties and nights out doing scandalous things. It’s opaque, long-lasting and super shiny, which is essentially everything I want in a lip colour.

    I am, by nature, quite shy, but when the Rouge Gouache goes on, it makes me feel like a vivacious chatty Cathy. Does that kind of personality reboot happen to anyone else when they wear a bright red? Or am I just a multiple lipstick personality weirdo? Oh my god, I am. Forget I said anything.

    Christine: if you’ve the time, I’d love to see your recommendations for darker reds too!

  9. Jen

    I’ve never found a true “bright red” that didn’t look strange on me – I’ll definitely check these out, though. In the meantime, I’m loving Dior Lady, which as you know is a lighter, coral red – a definite but not “bright” red that I get compliments.

  10. ms

    you have to try maybelline red revival. it’s pretty awesome. although i dislike the smell. reminds me of chanel dragon.

  11. Christina

    I can’t live without MAC’s Scarlet Ibis!

  12. Dominique

    Maybe Dior ” Diva ” or ” Diorling “. Today I wore Diva and everybody stared, well I’ve grown accustomed to it !

  13. Stacey

    Though I wear it anytime, those reds by Dolce N Gabbana and YSL are great…and on a cheaper budget, then try Loreal….smells devine also.

  14. Elle Jaye

    I love NYX Monte Carlo!

  15. Kirsten

    UD’s Revolution RED. It took me forever to find her and then of course they discontinued this color. Luckily I found one…ONE gaaah…on Amazon, so I have a backup.phew…Why do they do this to us, *banging my head on the wall* She’s a blue red med to dark and bright, saturated, moisturizing & wears fairly long! I Love her.

    I have to give a shout out to Butter Londons venture into lippies too. They hooked me in this past szummer with Snog-a bright fuschia pink! Come to Bed Red is true to the polish color. Another blue red, saturated, moisturizing, wears fairly long and glossy. They’ve done well with this and I love the formula. I’m getting the Charger set next. A blue red with a lot of sparklies. 😉

  16. Andrea

    I wear a LOT of red lipstick…at least every other day I think LOL For me, it’s always MAC Russian Red. There’s no better!

  17. Dior Diorling and Guerlain Garconne are my favorites–they just look so rich and bold and juicy!! 😀

  18. Cait

    I am totally going to wear the Kat Von D lipstick in Adora, it is this gorgeous coraly red with a metallic sheen.

  19. Melissa

    Guerlain Garconne was my intro to high-end luxury lipstick. Boy oh boy did I fall in love.

  20. Carol Rutz

    I tried to order Diorling today, and it sold out at Saks, Nordstrom, and the Dior website. Blast!

  21. Rebecca -Kristi

    MAC Ruby Woo, Sephora Hot Tango or The Red, YSL Le Rouge, and NYX Absolute Red Lip Cream.

  22. Jenn

    I was 100% team Ruby Woo until I received a sample of Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in RD607/Nocturne. <3 it!

  23. Trudy

    Lancome Red Stiletto and Red Haute!!

  24. Lisa G

    Kat von D’s Adora is my fave “holiday” red.

  25. Kafka

    My favorite bright red, and one of my 2 HG lipsticks, is NARS Vesuvio (pure matte). Honorable mention goes to NARS Jungle Red and the legendary but, alas, discontinued Paloma Picasso “The Red.” I hoard that one carefully. Oh, a Pupa red too.

  26. I LOVE the look of both NARS Dragon Girl and Guerlain Garconne! I love how matte Dragon Girl is, and Garconne just looks SO colour saturated it’s ridiculous. I really want both!! I already have a red lipstick (MAC Ladybug) which I wear infrequently, though I love it, because my skin is often a bit irritated and red. Foundation/concealer covers it well, but I still avoid bright lip colours on those days.

  27. Annabelle

    No Chanel RAL in dragon? I’m surprised!

    • I try to keep these posted limited to permanent products, and in the rare instance something LE is in it, it is only because it was recently released and/or still widely available. Even then, I avoid LEs generally!

  28. viv

    I love MAC Russian Red or Ruby Woo but I have to tone it down with a dark lip pencil. Reds always look too orange on me.

  29. Xero

    My favorite red ever is Revlon Hot Coral from their Moon Drops line. It’s such a bright, fun color with a great formula. Unfortunately, its perfumey taste keeps me from wearing it more often.

    For special occasions, though, I think I’d go with Revlon Fire and Ice from the Super Lustrous line. It’s a warm, nearly neutral red, which is super-saturated and slightly dark…it’s a lovely color and it looks great on, but it’s the only red I own and like that I’d be intimidated to wear during the day.