Friday, September 28th, 2012

Choose or Lose


Have you found your perfect red lipstick?

  • Nope, still looking! (63%, 1,313 Votes)
  • Yes! (You better share what it is in the comments!) (37%, 770 Votes)

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245 thoughts on “Have you found your perfect red lipstick?

  1. YellowLantern

    I haven’t found the perfect one for me yet. I like Russian Red. It does look pretty good on me, but I always think when I wear it that it would look even better if it was darker and less blue based.

    I like matte (I mean like really matte, not semi-matte) burnt, almost blackened reds that are not blue based and don’t come out looking too influenced by berry or brown tones which is usually the case. Isn’t there a red lipstick in Chanel’s winter collection with the description “blackened red”? If it’s true to their description I’m keen to see a swatch of it.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

      YellowLantern, have you ever looked at Lipstick Queen? She specializes in full-on retro mattes, and red shades in particular. If I remember correctly, Lipstick Queen’s Sinner line has the highest level of pigmentation out of all the ones out there. The Sinner line is pure matte and some find it drying and opt for a lip balm underneath. But she has the exact same shades in a creamy line called the Saints. She has one red one that is considered a true red — no blue or orange undertones, but I can’t recall the precise name right now. It’s either her “Rouge” or her “Red.” Here are some swatches that hopefully will include one that is appealing to you: http://karlasugar.net/2009/04/lipstick-queen-sinner-lipstick-2/

  2. Hanna

    Loooove Dior New Look! =D <3

  3. Anu

    Mac ruby woo is super duper for any skin tone, another good one is nars shanghai express

  4. Rouge d’Armani #400!!!!!

    in a very close 2nd place, comes Guerlain Luxure and Nars Jungle Red

  5. Lisa

    Right now I’m in love with MAC Runaway Red. I still haven’t found the perfect red lip liner to go with it though. Too many of them are either too bright or too dark and thus alter the color of the lipstick.

    • Jessi

      I adore Runaway Red and for me, MAC Nightmoth lip pencil is the perfect match! Try it out – it’s also really nice with dark vampy colors!

  6. Leah

    Mac Ruby Woo :) Favorite lipstick ever.

  7. Kina

    Mac’s Russian Red~

  8. Roxie

    Ummm…I have two! Don’t make me choose:P

    The first is Nyx Indie Flick (a perfect matte bright orange red shade). The second is ultra creamy bright red called Estee Lauder Spanish Red. Neither is for the faint of heart!

  9. Nicole

    Guerlain garçonne! LOVE it.

  10. Pia

    Nars Cruella and Chanel Rouge Byzantine (LE)

  11. Kate A @persistentfantasy

    It’s technically not even “red” – it’s Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet #32. Looks perfect with my skin tone, while normal reds look too harsh on me.

  12. krelsk

    So far my very favorite for this aging pale blonde is Laura Mercier’s Red Amour. Perfect neutral red with fantastic texture.

  13. Alyssa

    NARS Jungle Red! The only orange-red I can wear.

  14. KF

    MAC Viva Glam I! It’s the first lipstick I ever bought, it’s perfect, and it’s for charity so I never feel bad re-purchasing.

  15. jess

    I love Clinique Red-y to wear, Clinique Parisian Red, MAC Red she said.
    For gloss MAC Cult of cherry.

  16. Geneva

    Tarte lip stain in Fiery

  17. Sheryl

    Nars Cruella!

  18. Mac Chili. I have a pale warm complexion with a few freckles and very dark eyes and dark hair and Chili really compliments my coloring. Girls, if you have coloring similar to mine and think that ruby woo or even russian red lean a little cool on you should definitely try Chili. looks like a warmer version of russian red for me…

  19. Hannah

    Illamasqua Maneater!

  20. Kate

    Love all these reds! I wish I could see everyone wearing their favorite red! I personally love red and have many different shades that I enjoy wearing. My two fav and the two that I think look the best on me are NARS Shanghai Express (a brick red, semi-matte) and MAC Ladybug (a sheer pinkish red).

  21. Huyen Chau

    Mine is Revlon Matte in Really Red

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marian Marian

    After trying hundreds….many $30+, I found my perfect red this year. It is Rimmel Alarm. Cost: $3

  23. Oh lordy, I love a red lip. My tops are Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (so, so amazing) and Guerlain’s Rouge G in Gala. MAC’s Russian Red is a close runner-up.

  24. Jessi

    I’m really picky about reds and I hadn’t owned any for years, after my favorite from Hourglass was discontinued.

    THEN, MAC came out with Runaway Red last year and I fell in love. I also love MAC Scarlet Ibis and those two are my ultimate favorites. The new Marilyn Monroe reds are really nice, but they still don’t look as amazing on me as Runaway Red and Scarlet Ibis. It’s nice feeling like I don’t need to keep looking – my red needs are totally satisfied!

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Valeria Valeria

    Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Underage Red

  26. Lesley

    MAC Cockney- fantastic red, sheer enough to be built up to an intense lip or sheered down.

  27. Jaime

    Chanel Lune Rousse – I can wear red clothing like nobody’s business, but red lipstick has been one frustration after another for years. This is the only shade that seems to work well on me.

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alice Alice

    I know that temptalia gets a lot of brazilian readers (as myself) and my tip for very, very fair and neutral complexions is eudora true red. It’s a brazilian brand, and the colour is a perfect combination of mac Diva and russian red. It’s still a little dark, but really wonderful. It’s like US$12, and the colour pay off is awesome!

  29. ROSIE

    Every red lipstick has looked good on me, they just vary in effects. What can I say? Red looks great one me!
    (I’m NW20/25 or Chanel VAqua B30)

    These are all fantastic reds:
    Elizabeth Arden “Poppy Cream”
    NARS semi-matte “Red Lizard”
    MAC matte “Lady Danger”
    Joe Fresh matte “Ruby”

  30. Melissa

    Guerlain Greta! It’s the perfect slightly dark blue red. Guerlain Garçonne is lovely when I want something a bit brighter. Unfortunately Chanel’s reds, although lovely, don’t agree with my lips.

  31. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jennifer SuperJenny

    Bite Beauty Pomegranate

    The Bite Beauty matte pigment stick is my holy grail of lipsticks. I couldn’t live without the line. Every single time I wear their bold colored lipsticks I receive a compliment.

  32. CMC

    Shiseido’s RD 415
    Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Really (Matte) Red
    Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries In The Snow
    MAC’s Russian Red
    NYC Sheer Red (For just a dollar!!!)
    OPI Red
    NYX Eros
    OPI I’m not really a waitress

    I’m kind of a red lipstick junkie…

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel rachel

    i shop at sephora constantly and am obsessed. however, the best red lipstick i’ve found comes from the drugstore. it’s revlon’s super lustrous creme lipstick in 640/blackberry.

  34. Angla

    My all time favorite red is Guerlain Garconne next is hourglass in raven ( orange red) and last is apricot by bite beauty.

  35. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura TygerKitty

    I use NYX jumbo lip pencil in plush red and top it with buxom lip gloss in cherry. It’s my perfect combo!

    Although, I just received a sample of a red MUFE lipstick that looks promising!

  36. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    I don’t believe in the The Perfect Red. One can never have enough. ;)

    Right now, though, I am quite fond of Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Grenadine and Revlon’s Lip Butter in Red Velvet.

  37. Olga

    Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne hands down.

  38. Besame’s Red Hot Red! Just enough blue pull for my complexion, which is fair with a yellowish undertone. It’s not too drying, either–that was a problem that I had with some of the MAC reds.

  39. Em

    My perfect red is Tarte’s LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery. I have fair, neutral skin and I love this product because I can control the amount depth of the color I want from a subtle tint of color to full on red lips. I also love that it’s matte so I can rock the matte red lip, or add a clear gloss on top and now I have glossy red lips. Awesome, awesome product!

  40. Alex

    Red Revival by Maybelline. I love it!

  41. Zulaikha

    Estee Lauder “Spanish red”

  42. aurora

    I am still looking for a perfect shade of red for me. I don’t like strong and loud red colors. So, I am still looking.

  43. Emily

    MAC Eden Rouge! Perfect for my complexion.

  44. Mamma

    My perfect red is the ns Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate

  45. Kim

    Illamasqua drench and box!

  46. found a few that came close. but im quite neutral.. fair, but not very pink.. slightly beige in some areas, yellow in others, pink in others.. also i have very bright red hair.. some hues are fierce others just flop but i think its more my skin than anything.. also i think the fact that i have green eyes throws me a bit. its colour thats always there!

  47. anybody else wear red that has smallish lips? like not thin thin thin thin lips, but not super full? im always worried.

    i must add that MAC’S mac red is very underrated.

  48. Anna

    I think it’s perfect ENOUGH for me right now : MAC Runaway Red the first release! I don’t have a back up of it though, since the second release was different I didn’t bother.
    I’m always up for suggestions though – NC25, yellowtoned skin and VERY pigmented lips! I turned MAC Russian Red fuchsia!

  49. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Malia Malia

    Cle de Peau – its not in front of me now but I think the name is extra riche #2!!

  50. Seagulls

    I loved the color of Estée Lauder Very Red in the Futurist formula, but it made my lips’ texture kind of icky. It’s discontinued, natch. Shiseido Dragon (RD514) looks promising, but I haven’t bought it yet.

  51. i love love loveeeee reds :D :D my fav. are :
    MAC :
    russian red
    ruby woo
    Heartless
    Red Racer
    Diva
    Red
    Cherry lip pencil
    Redd lip pencil
    if i say just oneeeeeee then it would be Russian Red however I have some of the best shades across brands .
    Revlon – really red , cherries in the glow , fire and ice are one of the best drustore shades
    MUFE aqua lip 8 c and # 21 are again great shades … ahhhhhh
    CHANEL – DRAGON RAL is again one of the best luxury brand red lipstick/stain and so is CHANEL CAMBON Lipstick … how beautiful is the shade on my NC 40 skin tone
    I am sucker for reds and adds new shades every now and then :D
    after reading all the reccos here now i want NARS Scarlete Empress so badlyyyyyyy I have NARS Manhunt which is sheer but i love their semi matte finish :D

  52. Eva

    I’ve found three very different but perfect reds:

    Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque Dragon
    L’oréal Shine Caresse Juliet
    Mac Cyndi

  53. I am LOVING Rouge d’Armani 400. Gorgeous red, lasts forever. And NARS Cruella is my favorite darker red :)

  54. nars dragon girl…its the colour i’m wearing in my twitter photo(shameless), i’m a little more in love with the shade than is probably healthy… <3

  55. lily

    Dior Addict Lipstick in New Look

  56. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Chelle daheep

    There should totally be a Wear Your Red Lipstick Day, just like Talk Like A Pirate Day. It could be a charity/remembrance thing, like wearing a pink ribbon on breast cancer awareness day & it would give us all an excuse to wear our boldest red lips in public at the same time.

  57. I don’t think I can choose just one! Dragon was such perfection, but at the same time, I also love the (likewise limited) Armani 404. Mac’s Gesina was a great shade of pink-red, which you don’t see as often. Too Faced Drop Dead Red is my absolute favourite pin-up cherry red. Seriously, I can do this all day…

  58. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Bobbie Bobbie Cole

    I am a MAC NC50 and my perfect red is mac eden rouge mattene…its beautiful and perfect on my lips. Plus I love the finish of mattenes.

  59. Dexie

    For me it’s Urban Decay’s Gash lipstick. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’ve added it into their lipstick pencil range so I don’t know what I’m going to do. :<

  60. Chasity

    For reference my color in mac is nc50 in the winter and nc55 in the summer. When i want matte i go for revlon really red, for gloss i go for nyx perfect red and for more of a creme formula i go for rimmel lasting finish by Kate 01, i’ve tried many others but these are 3 are my no fails

  61. Jane L

    Loreal Colour Riche in British Red! It looks great on my beige-y skin, and it super cheap!

  62. Karin

    Viva Glam I is one of the best reds I own. Giorgio Armani 401, MAC Lady Danger and MAC Lady Danger are fantastic as well. (Can you tell I love orange reds? LOL)

  63. Khalilah

    Nars Cruella (nc45, mufe mat velvet+ 70)

  64. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lacey Lacey J.

    Nars mascate with nyx hot red lipliner. omg is it beautiful. im nc 30 for reference. i think its vampy without being dark and has the perfect midtone red that in my opinion leans more blue.

  65. TIffany

    MAC Ruby Woo is the perfect red

  66. darkforest

    YES and its Retrofuturist by Lime Crime. Out of all the reds I have it is the brightest and most saturated red with a creamy finish. Perfect.

  67. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Leigh Leigh

    Definitely Bobbi Brown’s burnt red! Adore this colour. Also, it is matte so it stays put! LOVE!!!!

  68. Charmaine

    Mine is MAC Red racer. It’s a yellow undertone red lipstick which perfectly goes with my yellow skin tone.

  69. Simona

    Speak Louder by Maybelline!

  70. Cynthia M

    I haven’t seen much love for MAC Dubonnet but it’s been mine. A MUA from the counter picked it for me a few years back along w/ Half Red l/l. I wasn’t in love at first but for the past year, i’ve been picking it up to wear a lot lately. It’s now my go-to when i want to wear a red for work.

  71. MAC Viva Glam I with Brick Lip Pencil… My favorite combo!

  72. Kym

    It’s not exactly a lipstick (a lip cream) but it has the matte finish of one: NYX Lip Cream in Amsterdam. It’s simply gorgeous, stays on for hours and is a great color for dark skintones.

  73. Meena

    Guerlain Garconne

  74. Brittany

    MAC Russian Red, Chanel Triomphal

  75. Mahima

    I LOVE MAC’s ‘Brave Red’ I’m Indian, about an NC40 with pigmented lips, and this color is such a versatile true red. It can be sheered out or built up, it’s very comfortable, even moisturizing, on the lips, and it wears a long time. I actually received this shade by accident (I ordered ‘Brave’) but decided to keep it after some debate (and purchasing brick liner).

  76. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Syarifah Syarifah

    MAC Russian Red and Lush Decisive.

  77. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shayna Shayna

    I didn’t think I did, but one day when I was out wearing Russian Red a woman complimented me and told me it’s ‘my’ red. I still feel confident wearing it because of a stranger’s compliment.

  78. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ivana Ivana

    For my every day use, I like to put on On Hold by MAC (which is pretty similar to Viva Glam Cyndi) and Fire Sign (Heavenly Creatures LE).

    When I go out, I like to use Russian Red by MAC because it´s perfect in my opinion. I love the matte finish which makes the lipstick last for hours without bleeding and smudging. The blue based red shade is really flatering for my teeth and complexion.

  79. Anastasia

    oh yes! revlon – real red

  80. trilo

    occ lip tar in nsfw. the only issue i have with it is that it feathers. any suggestions?

    the color is perfection though.

  81. AmyJ

    MAC’s VG Cyndi is personal favorite for high end—for low Revlon lip butter in Cherry Tart is also very wearable

  82. Silvia

    MAC’s Ladybug!

  83. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alison Alison

    My perfect red is MUFE’s Rouge Artist Natural in N47 with lips lined and filled with MUFE Aqua Lip liner in 8C underneath. I have a fair skin tone. For reference, I wear Revlon Colorstay in Buff, MUFE HD Foundation in 117, and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude.

  84. jody

    russian red!! love it :)

  85. Amanda K.

    Mac Red Hot is my perfect red. It’s discontinued, its the only back up I have, I don’t usually get backups.

  86. Mia

    My favorite red lipsticks are: Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Coco Orchidee and MAC Cyndi. :-)

  87. MAC Dubonnet and Dior Addict #811 Smoky

  88. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of aak3 aak3

    Because I can’t go to stores that carry Tom Ford, Dior, CHANEL, Guerlain, etc, I have to rely on Temptalia’s Reviews which by the way are fantastic, to find cosmetics that would work for me. I’ve tried contacting stores, but not finding the sales clerks very willing to oblige.
    Back to red lipstick: looking forever for a hydrating with or without stain lipstick in a warm color or (best desire) with gold color in it or with gold shimmer. If anyone can answer, I would be ever so grateful! Thank you

    • Angla

      Guerlain Garconne is warm and sparkly. I would assume there is some percentage of gold or yellow in it because I gravitate to warm based makeup. While cool tones make your teeth look white if it is not in your coloring , the rest of your face could look dead. And then there is YSL’s golden gloss in number 37 which is a slightly opaque red gloss with gold flecks which you could layer on top of the Garconne or wear alone.

  89. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sarah Sarah

    Revlon Really Red Matte. Perfect everyday red. Love the slightly darker, more blue-based In The Red Matte for nighttime. Hope they keep the line going…MAC may make a slightly better product, but I cannot afford to waste that much on lipstick…(thank you, Revlon!).

  90. Mac Ruby Woo, it looks absolutely fabulous on my caramel skin tone.

  91. Marcela

    NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream – Amsterdam. I love the texture!

  92. _MujerMaravilla

    For me it would have to be Nars Jungle Red… OR MAC Driven By Love…

  93. Jenny Roth

    Scarlet Ibis! I’ve chased that color TWICE now! I neeeed it!

  94. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jane Jane

    MAC Russian Red!

  95. maja

    shiseido RD516. The cool undertone matches my skin, and it really brightens the smile!

  96. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth Elizabeth Cunningham

    BITE beaty, for now found only @ Sephora: matte lip crayon in POMEGRANATE. or else, Bobbi Brown’s regular wonderful lip color in HOLLYWOOD RED. But this year I dyed my hair blackened purple, I am wearing stuff like MAC CYBER and loving it!

  97. Christina

    I was in love with SCARLET IBIS when it was first released. Then last week I picked up REDD liner at the Mac launch party for the MM collection. Together… THEY CREATE MAGIC! Well, for me at least ;-)

  98. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kiwiyo Kiwi

    Mary Kay Signature lipstick in Redwood

  99. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy Amy

    Deeply Adored, from MAC’s Marilyn Monroe collection. In love!

  100. RoseEllina

    Rimmel Kate Moss “01” is THE MOST perfect red ever.