5 Beautiful Budget-Friendly Red Lipsticks

You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:

  1. Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
  2. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
  3. Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
  4. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
  5. NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red

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Revlon HD Fire Opal, HD Rose Quartz, HD Strawberry Topaz Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was intensely pigmented with full color coverage that applied beautifully and evenly. This shade wore for almost six hours, but there was very light feathering after four and a half hours of wear (and I am not prone to feathering). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is sheerer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is slightly redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is a smidgen darker, not quite as orange-toned. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer HD Fire Opal (560)
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Revlon HD Citrine, HD Amber, HD Sunstone Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a very pigmented, high-shine formula that tends to be tacky (despite the brand saying it is “never sticky”) with a thicker consistency. There’s a very, very faint sweetness as far as scent goes, but it was hard to detect, even in the tube. The formula isn’t hydrating nor is it drying, so it is fairly comfortable to wear (as long as you don’t mind a thicker, tackier gloss to begin with). They feature a brush-type applicator, which seemed to give a rougher edge due to the thicker nature of the gloss. HD Citrine and HD Sunstone really stood out to me as a more unique shades that also performed well.

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Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer HD Citrine (550)
A
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
94%
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Revlon HD Pink Sapphire, HD Petalite, HD Smoky Topaz Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an richly pigmented, lightweight, “never sticky” gloss with a “high-impact shine.” The best part about the gloss is that it delivers quite well on pigmentation, and they initially feel quite comfortable on with a creamy, almost gel-like quality to them. However, they get very tacky as they wear on, and the gloss itself is thicker. It’s not quite as thick as MAC Lipglass, but it is similarly tacky. I’m not keen on the brush-type applicator and feel like a doe-foot would have been better, as the strands of the brush tend to push the color outside the natural lip line and leave it looking slightly uneven (probably not noticeable from a normal viewing distance). They didn’t seem to have much of a scent, but in the tube, there was a very subtle sweetness. The formula is neither drying nor hydrating on me.

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Revlon HD Pink Sapphire Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer HD Pink Sapphire (520)
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4
Total
71%
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Revlon HD Tourmaline, HD Pink Ruby, HD Carnelian Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to deliver “true color clarity” with “vivid high-impact shine and a “lightweight feel” that is “never sticky.” The gloss has a creamy consistency to it that is a little gel-like, and though it doesn’t feel heavy, it is a thicker consistency. There’s a light tackiness to it initially, which I find develops to a noticeable tackiness after a couple of hours–if you don’t like thicker, tackier glosses, I don’t know that these are for you. The wear of these darker shades ended up being longer than average, which was nice, and I didn’t have issues with the gloss feathering, but I’m not prone to feathering, so your mileage may vary. I think a doe-foot applicator might have made the gloss easier to apply, because around the edges, the brush will splay out and give a more jagged edge, due to the thickness and spreadability of the gloss itself. There is a very subtle sweet scent, but it’s very, very hard to detect except in the tube. They weren’t drying on me, but they weren’t hydrating either.

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Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer HD Tourmaline (510)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Sneak Peek: Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer Photos & Swatches

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new gloss from Revlon HD for spring. There are fifteen shades in total, and I was able to find thirteen of them locally (I’m missing Pink Diamond and Garnet). I’m working my way through testing them, so I hope you enjoy this sneak peek for now :)

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