Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Hit List

Best Red Lipstick…

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

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78 thoughts on “The Hit List: Best Red Lipstick

  1. The one perfect red for me was Browned Down Red by Jane. Its been years since Ive seen it, though. It may not exist anymore.

  2. rashmi

    hello dear,

    my fav is MACs russian red … not too dark not too light perfect for every skin tone i apply little bit cover girls red riot lip gloss in middle of the lips so no drying as such …
    i have so many of reds estee lauders classic red , revlons in the red and so many other
    but RUSSIAN RED is THE best…

  3. Val

    Kat Von D painted love lipstick in Underage Red. Beautiful red color, I always get compliments whenever I wear it.

  4. Carol

    Mac Dubonnet..Hands down the best.

  5. Macaddict

    I have tons of reds!!! Blue based reds, orangy reds, yellow-based reds, plummy reds, brownish reds, mattes, sheer, amplified, lustre, you name it, I probably have it…
    I think MAC, NARS, AVEDA, and Chanel do the best reds! I don’t have a fave color though. Lately, since the beginning of fall, I have been doing a lot of red lips and have been using Chanel lip lacquer in Dragon, MAC Rose Go Around from the Color Forms collection, and NARS Manhunt as well as 2 AVEDA lipglosses Poppy & Jamberry.

  6. Angela

    I really love MACs O red lipstick. Its not to dark or light. Its just right for my skintone.

  7. Emm

    Honestly red lipstick is dependent on skin tone. Because all reds have undertones of pink, blue, gold, etc. Since I have a light olive complection my fave reds are MAC Ruby Woo and Rimmel Alarm. I tend to like bluish undertones because supposedly it makes my teeth look whiter!

  8. Inky

    Mac’s Russian Red. Stays on like iron.

  9. Cathy

    I have to agree with Kat Von D lipstick in Underage Red. I usually dont wear reds but i love this color <3!

  10. Diabla

    I can’t decide. I love all of those:
    – MAC “Russian Red”
    – Chanel “Barcelona Red” (or Chanel “Russet Moon” which is a dupe)
    – MAC Mattene “Rougette”

  11. Naomi

    BY far thee best for every skintone would have to be MAC’s Port red.
    I have 48 tubes of red lipstick, all different except for backups- and the backups that I have are of Port Red and The ORIGINAL UD Gash. I also love Russian Red as mentioned above, and Too Faced’s Drop dead red is literally to die for (for a bloody sexy lip! Pun intended đŸ˜‰

    • Stephanie

      Agree!!!! Totally love Port Red! MAC best red yet for lipstick. Lip glass was New Years Eves going back like almost ten years ago for their Holiday collection!

  12. shontay

    Mac’s brave red. It’s gorgeous, creamy and opaque. It brightens your face. Awesome.

    • Rainbow

      I second MAC Brave Red! It was a recent purchase for me, and I love it. I also use L’Oreal True Red, a long-time fave.

  13. Katie

    MAC’s Dubonnet or Viva Glam 1. You CAN actually leave home without them, because they will -not- wear off! It’s a beautiful thing.

  14. deniz

    Mine’s MAC Lady Bug. It complements my NC20 skin and looks alluring without creating too much drama.

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  16. angie

    best brick: NARS rouge d’enfer
    best blue based: UD Gash
    best orange based: NARS jungle red

  17. Ruth

    Okay, I can’t narrow this down to one, I love red lipstick so much !
    Nars Rouge D’Enfer
    Nars Flaming Dust
    Nars Flamenco
    Lancome Ruby Silk
    Calvin Klein Cosmopolitan
    Guerlain Rouge G De Guerlain 20 Gina
    Guerlain KissKiss Red Booster
    Chanel Aqualumiere Tahiti
    MAC Hot Tahiti
    Clarins Joli Rouge Hibiscus

  18. Urban Decay’s Gash.

    I can’t usually pull off red, but I can pull off that lippie when paired with the liner and some gloss lol

  19. Bare Escentual’s Buxom Barcelona!

  20. Clinique Red-y to Wear or Angel Red; MAC Brave Red

    • Gwyneth

      Hey Marley,

      I totally agree with you, Clinique’s got some of the best reds ~ though they’re often overlooked, which is a shame. Oh well, I’m really glad you brought it up. Red-y to wear & Angel Red work so well on everyone ~ gotta love’em :)

  21. Alexis

    For work I like wearing Nars Afghan Red which is more like a brown based wine

    when I wore red for dramatic impact I loved MAC’s Dubonnet and Nars Fire Down Below is another good one. I remember when Russian Red first came out in ’94 – dried the hell out of my lips but it was such a fierce color. I remember wearing that on top of a lipliner called fudge (prescriptives, maybe?) for that trademark 90’s brown red lip!

  22. claudia

    My fave was a YSL one, unfortunately discontinued.
    I like Russian Red, it’s matte, but not as dry as Ruby Woo.
    But I really want to try Viva Glam I and also Dubonnet (as it’s an amplified, my fave finish).

  23. I like MAC Brave Red or MAC Viva Glam 1. For a more casual look, I line with Duwop Reverse Lipliner. For more shine, I add Lipstick Queen Big Bang Gloss in Energy – a shiny chrome red.

  24. would have to be MAC Russian Red <3333333333333333333333

  25. Susie

    Diors Reds or Chanel Reds. Cant miss with those. I love mine

  26. I love reds, particularly blue-based ones; my current favorite is Guerlain’s Exces de Rouge. :)

  27. Mary Thi

    I love Retro Red by NYC. It’s cheap and very forgiving on different skin tones!

  28. I looooove (and cant choose between) MAC RED, Mac Ruby Woo and Gosh Lambada!

  29. MAC Ruby Woo. It works very well with my light skin and brown hair.

  30. Mica

    I love reds! Bright red, dark red, brownish-red, blue-red, you name it. My all time favorite red lipstick though is Lancome’s Sugar Maple. I have seveal tubes of it in various formulation. Unfortunately I just realized last week that they no longer make *any* lipstick in that color:( The reason I like it so much is that even though it’s definitely red (albeit brown-red) it’s still a work-appropriate color.

  31. mlou

    MAC New York Apple l/s for my muted red shade

    MAC MAC Red for a brighter blue-toned red for my NW skin. I’d love to find one in between, still on the search. Have tried many that are a bit warm on my pigm lips..

  32. mlou

    MAC New York Apple l/s for my muted red shade

    MAC MAC Red for a brighter blue-toned red for my NW skin. I’d love to find one in between, still on the search. Have tried many that are a bit warm on my pigm lips.

  33. kikeri

    I like NARS Red Lizard, topped with MAC lipglass in Pure Vanity. A very bold and glossy red lip that stays on forever.

  34. Dana

    Illamasqua Encounter, MAC So Scarlet, NARS Flaming Dust, Kat von D Hellfire, and Lancome Berry Sensual are probably my top reds, but I LOOOOOVE reds and

  35. Dana

    ….can’t pick just one. (sorry, hit reply too soon! ^^J)

  36. Meagan

    Since I can’t do the blue based red lipsticks, I use MACs Brave Red. It’s so smooth and is just the right shade!

  37. Fran

    The best for me would be Chanel Rouge Allure in Lover (NC45). So creamy, slightly shiny, perfect movie star red.

    Other great reds : Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in Barcelona Red, Dior Creme de Gloss in Rouge Nectar.

  38. Rachel

    My current faves are Shu Ueumura RD #165, Lancome Color Design in Berry Sensual, MAC Lady Danger, and Armani Shine #8.

  39. Imelda

    My favorite reds are Vincent Longo’s Cherry, Fore-plush, Lust, Dakota Red and Americana. I swear, that brand make the best lipsticks, any color, hands down.

  40. Jules

    My fave is MAC’s New York Apple, more of a pinky red on my lips.

    I find Viva Glam I a little bit to strong for my face, I usually need to tone it down with lots of blotting.

    Now I want Russian Red!

  41. Nic

    For a bright red, MAC Russian Red. It’s the perfect red for me – not too pink or too orange. For a darker red, I like the color of Kirsch mattene, though I don’t love the mattene formula.

  42. Cynthia

    one of my all-time fave reds was Club Monaco’s Ruby Slipper which is unfortunately obsolete now. it was the perfect bluish red that totally fit my medium skintone. :(

  43. NARS’ discontinued Transeurope Express.
    Guerlain Kiss Kiss Sexy Tango.
    Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited RD198.

  44. francesca

    Macs Russian Red and Fresh Moroccan!

  45. mahalia

    I am an nw43/45 and I love mac fresh moroccan lipstick

  46. Im scared of bright reds so I opt for MAC house wine. A classic muted red.

  47. Jennifer

    Im a NC20 in Mac and 020 in Dior Nude foundation…

    The best Red on me is Estee Lauders Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Red Apple. I think it works because it has a pink undertone and goes on like a Mac Lustre but is buildable and very soft for the lips.

    I also love:
    Macs : Brick O La , Ruby Woo, Viva Glam I, and Stilas Ava (which is no longer available ugh).

    I guess a red with brown tones or plum tones works, but heck I rock the Ruby Woo anyways!

  48. My fav red lipstick is 535 in Passion Red by maybelline…I love it bc is very moisturizing, shiny and it’s the perfect red for fair skin

  49. For me it is definitely MAC Red lippy. I just find it a more intense red than Russian Red and it doesn’t have the drying effect either. Am wearing it today and it is now 4.50pm…only retouched it twice :)

  50. Jennifer

    Its not a lipstick, its a lip gloss, but I lurve this color-vincent longo costa fiore. Its a great color for women of color such as myself.

  51. Cassie

    MAC Mattene Classic Dame (sadly discontinued…but I bought 4 backups!)
    I am a NW 15 red lipstick fiend and this is the best. *Off to buy Brave Red* :)

  52. Alexis

    My fav red on me is MAC’s Del Rio. I always get compliments on it.

  53. The comments on this post are awesome as Ive actually been LOOKING for a red lately. =) Am making my shortlist now.

    In the meantime, my two reds are Dior Addict HS Gipsy Red and Jane Iredale Catherine. Neither of them really read as REDLIPSTICK on me though.

  54. Jessica

    I am a big red fan as well and have many favs…

    Clinique Red-y to wear is a great true red

    Clinique Party Red is a great orangey red

    MAC Red She Said is a great cherry red

    Avon Cherry Glisten is a nice sheer red that is day friendly

    MAC PRO longwear LE Red flame/Orange Flicker is the best long wear red

    Max Factor Ms. Right Now is my fav bright red

    MAC Cult of Cherry is my fav bright red lip gloss

    Lancome Mercury Rising is my fav sheer/ day friendly red gloss

    I am such a huge fan of red lips but I really want to get some great red wine or burgundy wine shades for fall. Any suggestions?

  55. smut

    I purchased MACs Red She Said last December and thats the best red shade in my opinion. I do love New York Apple though, I get so many compliments when I wear it!

  56. Rose

    My favorite is MAC Kanga-rouge, it’s a perfect bright red for my olive skin. Sexy!!

  57. Taylor

    urban decay revolution

  58. Gabbie

    I really loved MAC powerhouse….discontinued though. :(

  59. Kelly

    I love Lipstick Queen. They have the best reds in saint or sinner. I wear the rouge sinner and i love it. It is the perfect texture!

  60. Maybelline 535 Passion Red and Benefit Frenched are my two favourites although the Maybelline is much easier on my purse.
    I saw MAC Ruby Woo the other day at an airport shop and I think I’ll be hardpressed to resist when I go there again next week..

  61. carolyn

    can anyone suggest a blue toned red shade of lipstick?