After posting the first part of my red lipstick collection last week, I am bringing you part 2 today. You can read the first post, containing my high end red lipsticks, by clicking here. This second half consists of budgetproof drugstore options. So if you are looking for a cheap to mid range priced red lipstick, then this post gives you 11 options including swatches to feast your eyes on. Some may be more widely available than others, but these can generally be picked up everywhere.
Again: I didn’t purchase these in one go, and I will point out my favorites and say a bit about each lipstick as we go along. Enjoy! Oh and do leave a comment below telling me what your favorite lipstick is! I’m always looking to try more.
Max Factor lipstick in 685 Mulberry
Berry red color with a slightly metallic shine. Stays on for an okay amount of time but not too much. I’m not a big fan of shiny lipstick which is why I don’t wear this color all that much, but with the right outfit this can look great on. Max Factor doesn’t come cheap though. For the price I think you can find better lipsticks in a similar color without the shine that last longer too.
E.L.F. Mineral lipstick Barely Bitten
My favorite subtle red lipstick. Who knew there was such a thing as a subtle red lip. The name is very apt: this lipstick gives your lips just the right amount of color, as if flushed by a fresh kiss or biting down on them. Very creamy texture so it doesn’t last long, but it’s not very expensive either. If you are looking for a red lipstick that allows you to ease your way into wearing reds, I can highly recommend this one.
Maybelline 14 hour Super Stay longlasting lipstick in 510 Non Stop Red
Long lasting lipstick with a pinky red color. It’s the only pink undertoned red in my collection. Because of the 14 hour formula this thing won’t budge and will last you all day. For those of you who may have seen my current Facebook profile picture, I’m wearing it in that picture. That day I attended my family’s annual family reunion and this thing was on my lips from early afternoon till I got home 12 hours later. And that’s after plenty of drinks and food. Not very cheap, but Maybelline is on offer plenty of times.
Bourjois Rouge Casual no. 77 Sweet Kiss
One of the oldest red lipsticks in my collection and one I’d have to say I had quite forgotten about until I made this post. I should wear this again soon. I do remember this not lasting very long as it’s very creamy. It’s probably why I don’t wear it a lot. The color is pretty though. It reminds me of a very juicy, over ripe raspberries. Yum!
Catrice Feathers & Pearls (Limited Edition) Roaring Lipstick in CO3 Josephine’s Joy
This LE lipstick from Catrice came with their Great Gatsby themed holiday collection and if you look at this picture and the one above, you can see that these lipsticks are almost identical. I’d say the Catrice lipstick is a tad brighter and has more pink in it though. Like all Catrice lipsticks, this lipstick wears beautifully and works like a charm. Catrice really does some of the best budget lipsticks out there.
Topshop lipstick in Rio Rio
Excuse the blurriness, but light is sparse this time of year, so I hope you can still make this out. If not, then simply search this lipstick on my blog, because this isn’t the first time it’s featured on here. It’s been in my favorites for September last year as well as the rainbow tag. A great, wallet friendly orange-toned red at only 8 pounds, that is matte and lasts all day. My favorite lipstick hands down.
Topshop lipstick in Wicked
And because that orange-toned red was such a success, I also bought this wine colored one when I was in London in October. Same texture and lasting power as the one above. Just a different color: red with a purple undertone. When I swatched this next to my Illamasqua lipstick in Shard, I found that to be a tad more purple (and too purple to count as a red), but if you are looking for a more budget friendly version of that, which is also available year round, I suggest this one. In other words: A + Amazing.
Essence Longlasting lipstick in no. 03 Dare to Wear
On to the king of budget proof make up when we only account price: Essence (not a big fan of Essence overall, I’m afraid). With introducing these longwear lipstick one of their semi-annual collection changeovers they definitely got something right. Great pigmentation, nice lasting power, good texture and an array of pretty colors. Another raspberry red, but again a bit brighter and more pink than the other lipsticks featured in this post.
Essence Stay Matte lip cream in 04 Silky Red
Talking about changeovers: soon enough Essence will change their offerings again and this beauty will then unfortunately bite the bullit. This is one of those lipsticks formulated as a lipgloss type products. I find them a tad messy to work with, but can you say: OMG pigmentation and OMG matte! And for only a few euros at that. So sad to see these go!
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate matte lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life
Saving the best for last! Matte lipsticks look ages to make their entry in drugstores, and Rimmel was one of the first ones to make them available at an affordable price. Their red-packaging Kate Moss line is an absolute hit and features this amazing classic red lip. It does dry your lips out a bit when you wear them all day, but once this thing is dry it won’t budge. Lasts a bit less long than the Topshop one, but still good enough for an entire work day.
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate matte lipstick in 107
Finally, one thing on my wishlist had been a matte berry colored lipstick. And I found it in this one. Same texture and staying power as the brighter red and I always receive tons of compliments when I wear this. It’s a dark berry color that really suits me: it has enough purple to make it dark, a hint of pink to brighten it up and enough red to make this one stellar color.
What’s your favorite lipstick in the world?