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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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Such a great selection! I love the look of Maybelline’s On Fire red. Also a massive fan of Mac’s Russian Red. I’ll also be sporting a red lip throughout the month of April in support of Red My Lips and sexual assual/ rape awareness 🙂

The drugstore brands (Maybelline, Milani, NYX) have really stepped up their lipstick game and some of their lippies rival HE brands for pigment, color, and formula. Jordana, Wet N Wild, Rimmel, Essence have also launched some new lines this spring that are getting great reviews. It’s great for the consumer!

Hi Christine, this is such a strange/potentially TMI question to ask, but I noticed in the 4th lipstick image (Maybelline Very Cherry?), the bullet seems to look like there are little fuzzy dots on it; would you happen to know what it was? A couple of my lipsticks from a different brand have clusters of spots all over the bullet, and I can’t tell if it’s something sketchy, or “wax bloom”? Thanks in advance!

Great list! I have to try some of these. Right now, my favorite affordable red lipstick is Snow White by nyx. It’s a nice medium-dark, slightly cool toned red which is surprisingly rare to find at the drugstore. 🙂

I really like all of them. Wish we had Milani here. I don’t have any of these, I will keep a look out for the Maybelline ones.

Hehe, On Fire Red is just as gorgeous and bright and juicy as Garconne in the swatches…also I still totally want to eat the bullets of those vivids lipsticks. I don’t know what it is. Maybe the jelly/candy shine on the bullet surface in your photos? 😀

That’s such a fabulous list , So glad to have two of these …. worth a try I would say 🙂
I’m absolutely in love with On Fire Red 🙂
My favorite Budget RED is ONLY and ONLYYYY
REVLON’s Fire and Ice …
a classic RED which is a must have shade for anybody n everybody 🙂
who loves makeup …. 🙂

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