I’m a big believer in the power of a good red lipstick (and if you’re a long time reader or follow me over on Instagram you’ll have heard me say words to that effect many times).
The festive season is my favourite time of year when it comes to the beauty industry because it’s just so extra! Red lips and sparkly eyes everywhere and I’m living for it.
So with that in mind (as well as the ever expanding list of people I have to buy for!) I thought now would be a good time to recommend some of my favourite red lipstick for when you’re on a budget (or like me believe that quality does not always have to cost the Earth).
Shade – Aristocrat £5.95
PROFOUND is a stunning collection of luxurious, high-pigmented, creamy matte, long-lasting lipsticks, infused with a beautiful vanilla fragrance.londoncopyright.com
Aristocrat is a creamy, full coverage, no holds barred classic red. A vegan, cruelty and paraben free staple in my collection
Shade – Stiletto £6
Introducing the Revolution Pro New Neutral Satin Matte lipsticks, our best-selling lipstick formula – with an upgrade!
The new and improved collection features the same incredible highly pigmented lipstick formula; just one swipe across the lips will leave you with full coverage and comfortable colour – that lasts.
Housed in a new leopard print bullet for ultimate glamour, it features a magnetic soft-close clasp for sheer luxury.
The silky-smooth satin-matte formula has gentle moisturising properties which help to keep lips soft and luscious all day.
No bleeding, no drying, no cracking, whether it’s day or night, achieve a seamless finish and a perfect pout.
Available in an edit of universally flattering shades from nudes to pinks to brights; find a colour perfect for any skin tone, any age, and any occasion.revolutionbeauty.com
Stick with the general theme of a classic red but, make it vampy!
The slightly darker tone of ‘Stiletto’ will have you feeling like the main character on your Christmas night out. The ultimate goal right?
Cruelty free and vegan as always.
Shade – Sauce £7
Let your lips do the talking with By BEAUTY BAY’s range of gorgeous matte lipsticks. With an ultra-creamy, intensely pigmented formula, the lipsticks are here to add the finishing touch to all your makeup looks. With eight shades to collect, the lipsticks have a comfortable wearing, extremely long-lasting and a smudge proof finish to last you from day to night, and sweet vanilla scent for that little extra oomph. You’re going to be obsessed.beautybay.com
If you’re after a true red to take you from day to night without feeling unnecessarily self conscious then ‘Sauce’ is your girl! Such an easy transitional shade for all year round (which is great if you don’t want to invest in a huge collection!). Vegan and cruelty free of course.
Shade – Sidecar £8
Treat your lips to the By BEAUTY BAY Crème Lipstick. With an ultra-creamy, ultra-pigmented new formula, guaranteed to take your lips to new levels of glamour, these lipsticks deliver nothing but pure colour and a luminous finish in just one stroke. With a limited-edition glitter finish on bullet (that doesn’t transfer onto the lips), it’s time to pick your shade or collect them all, for a buildable lip look that will last all day and night.beautybay.com
Besides anything else I am utterly obsessed with this packaging. Gatsby vibes all round ladies!
Beauty Bay can honestly do no wrong in my eyes but this is just on another level of sultry, decadent goodness.
Sidecar is your Christmas Day red. You heard it here first. She is THAT BITCH. As above this babe is both vegan and cruelty free.
Shade – Bey €6.95
Named after 20 strong women who have inspired Founder Marissa Carter, Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter Word of Mouth Matte Lipstick has been formulated to offer stay all day pout perfection.carterbeautycosmetics.com
Probably the most used red within my vast (VAST) collection. She’s a comfortable matte with a long lasting and durable formula guaranteed to impress.
Easily paired with the matching CB Free Speech Lip Tint if a glossy finish is more your style. Cruelty free guys, you know the drill.
The Wild Card…
Arttitude Cosmetics|Ultimate Red Lip Set
Shades – Inferno, Legacy and Conquer £24.99
Find your perfect red with our ultimate red lip kit – from the Born From The Ashes collection. Includes creamy satin finish lip bullets in 3 different shades of red, so you can find a classic red lip for every mood. Wear them on their own, or mix them together for the perfect ombre red lip.
We all have a phoenix inside of us – waiting to be reborn.arttitudecosmetics.com
Ok, ok I know this is technically cheating as I’ve already given you 5 strong contenders and this set is over £10 but if you price it up per lipstick they’re actually only £8.33 each sooo…
They’re just so lush.
I hope you’ve found you’re perfect red somewhere amongst my favourites!