Finding the perfect shade of red lipstick can be a very frustrating task. Not all reds are universally flattering and the range of finishes can be overwhelming. On the bright side, with enough trial and error (and a few tips) you can find the perfect red lipstick for you, whether you’re a low-maintenance girl or a true glam goddess. On the even brighter side, you don’t have to spend a fortune since drugstores have some of the best red lipsticks on the market. We found 10 of the best drugstore red lipsticks that are just as good as their high-end counterparts.
Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color in HD Lava
Not a fan of matte, satin or cream finishes? That's where gel-based lipsticks come to the rescue. This lightweight, silky feel will keep your lips bright, hydrated and plumped thanks to hyaluronic acid.
Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick
This unique color range is customized to fit a variety of skin tones. The red option looks great on anyone and has a smooth buttery finish.
Matt Lip Artist 6Hr in Fashion REDitorial
For those who want their lipstick to last a while, but would rather not struggle taking it off at night, this option is for you. This lip crayon has a matte finish, and is guaranteed to last up to six hours.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in On Fire Red
Maybelline's vivid range is perfect for girls who love vibrant, and bold lip colors. This shade of red has orange undertones, perfect for making a beauty statement. The honey nectar in this lipstick's formula also guarantees a great amount of moisture.
Matte Lip Color in Roudy Rouge
If you prefer lip crayons or lip pencils, then this option from e.l.f. might be the best choice of red for you. Application is smooth and the pigment can last for hours—talk about a bargain.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam
Liquid lipsticks are still having their moment, and NYX's soft matte lip creams were the pioneers in the phenomenon. Although, they've been around for a few years now, they're a cult-favorite due to their non-drying formula and long lasting color. Amsterdam is one of their best-selling shades.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rich Girl Red
If you're someone who's often too shy to wear red, then you'll want to try a sheer formula like Revlon's Super Lustrous range. There's enough pigment to show that you're actually wearing a lip product, but nothing too overwhelming. Plus, its added shine will give your lips a moisture boost.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in 01 Red
Kate Moss has always been the epitome of red lipstick-envy. Thanks to her Rimmel London ambassadorship, we too can have supermodel lips like Kate and at a super affordable price.
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in True Red
For lovers of classic reds, an option with cooler undertones such as this deep red will get the job done. This range of lip colors also features hydrating complexes such as omega 3, vitamin E, and argan oil.
Moisture Luxe Tinted Lip Balm in Hint of Red
This tinted lip balm has a glossy finish, meaning there's no shimmer or sparkle involved if that's what you're looking for. It glides on smoothly to the lips, leaving a subtle stain of color.