List of Best Red Lipsticks…

Hi Ladies

I am sure all of us are aware of the saying that, “Red Lipstick Is To Women What Sports Cars Are For Men”.


A bold red lipstick is the ultimate piece of beauty iconography. Red lipstick has earned its place in the makeup hall of fame, and rightfully so. while other lipstick shades have managed to capture our interest nude, purple, pink but RED will always have our hearts. Every woman (must) have a red lipstick in her stash. It has the power to glam up any look and instantly brightens up the face like anything. It adds a sophisticated touch to every look and the beauty of it is undeniable. It has the panache and classiness of a confident woman and bold and fierceness to rule the world. From Hollywood to Bollywood, we have seen and admired the Divas sporting the dashing and gorgeous red lips all you have to do is choose the right kind of ‘red’ and see how it rocks your world. Finding the perfect red may seem the impossible task as red lipstick has many shades, Blue undertones, brown undertones, classic red, coral, mulberry, and cherry… the color options are endless. Not to forget the finish… between the glosses, mattes, satins, creams and stains our heads are literally spinning with a merry-go-round of gorgeous red lippies, yet a lineup of flawless options does exist, So, to lessen down the burden of hunting the best ‘RED’ for those sexy pouts, here’s the list of 8 red lipstick for Indian skin tones.

M.A.C. Ruby Woo tops my list, Priced at INR 1499/- is by far the best red lipstick you can gift yourself. You don’t even need me to say anything about this product, you already probably have one in your beauty box. This single shade of red can look ‘drop-dead’ gorgeous irrespective of every skin tone and complexion. When in doubt, choose Ruby Woo because it can never disappoint you. It has a rich and intense matte texture but glides on the lips like velvet. This shade is the shade that almost every girl or lady should have in their makeup collection because it adds so much brightness to the face. It can glam up any dull or boring day. It appears to be a bit dark in the bullet but once it is applied it turns out to be a very bright red.  This lipstick has a staying power of 6-8 hours and there are days when I apply in the morning and it lasts 2 meals. With this lipstick, you need no blush, no heavy eye makeup, no contouring because Ruby Woo does it all, it looks different in all sorts of lighting, in natural day light it looks like a bright red lipstick, at night it looks more of a deep red, in indoor light it looks like an orangey red. The price might haunt you for some time but once you wear it, you can never go back to any other Red.

NYX Monte Carlo, Priced at INR 600/-  This one is Neither lipstick nor lip gloss this is a matte lip cream. A new kind of pout paint that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is durable and very moisturizing. The color lasts easily for 4 – 6 hours. This shade Monte Carlo is more of a dressier and evening look color. The color is intense, rich and pigmented and the texture is thin and doesn’t feel dry at all, nor does it leave a sticky film behind. It feels comfortable throughout the wear and my lips are soft and smooth.

Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick Drop Dead Red, Priced at INR 499/- This one is a must try if you are a matte lipstick lover or a red lipstick lover. A gorgeous red lipstick with an amazing pigmentation and superb wear time. The formula is lightweight and doesn’t accentuate the fine lines on the lips despite being 100% matte, it allows you to get a full-blooded burst of pigment with just a single swipe. This lipstick stays the day and right up till the night! Wine, coffee & date-proof – this is a matte lipstick that is guaranteed to last longer that your longest day. This is a gorgeous-looking brick red shade an apt for a date night. This shade looks pretty. On Indian skin, it has a slight orangey tint under sunlight, but will look a darker brownish-red shade if multiple coats are applied. It is an absolute matte shade with no glitter or glossiness at all.

Lakme 9 To 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color – Crimson Silk, Priced at INR 575/- The must have red shade of every lipstick range is a neutral Red shade and Crimson silk is just the one in this range. I like how Lakme is keeping up with the matte lip cream craze and yet staying true to the “weightless mousse” formula that they like to tag their products with. This is a pure bright red with orange tones to it. The lipstick is thick and glides very well, it coats the lips and feels plush, it is smudge-resistant and very matte. It hardly transfers and even survives many meals. I can wear it at stretch of 10 hours without touch ups! I know, insane!

Maybelline Sensational Lip Color – Fatal Red, Priced at INR 475/- is a perfect shade of red that is all RED, not blue based, not coral based…. just RED. Warm and bright, suits the Indian skin tones perfectly. The thing I like most about this shade is the versatility it comes with. With a lip balm under, a single swipe gives a beautiful hue of pink to the lips which is easily wearable in broad day light and with multiple swipes it shows its true color which is a very beautiful red. Just a swipe and it totally brightens up your face even without any make up on. The texture is creamy and keeps your lips moisturized. It doesn’t have a great staying power, it stays maximum up to 3 hours and then starts fading but leaves a faint tint on your lips which give a natural healthy lips kind of feel to it. This is a perfect shade to wear for a wedding, family gathering or to achieve a perfect festive look.

Lakme 9 To 5 Flaming Function- CR1, Priced at INR 400/-  Makes an impeccable impact with a single stroke of confidence! the color is a berry red, a nice warm fuchsia- red so perfect for day outings and a perfect work shade. This lipstick is not only long lasting but also totally crease-less! Its ultra-creamy texture glides smoothly, and hides lines in one stroke, and the plus point is it is SPF 15, vitamin E, olive oil and jojoba oil which keeps your lips nourished and healthy all day long. This lipstick stays on for 4-5 hours and can survive a meal. This lipstick has no shimmer in it and gives a soft not too bright matt look.

Wet And Wild Red Velvet/ Velours Rouge bought from New York for USD 2.99, This is a bright red lipstick with pink under tones, which leaves a semi-matte, crème finish in one stroke. Glides on easily with rich, velvety color that doesn’t cake, feather, or bleed. The Pigmentation is simply fabulous. Just one swipe and you are good to go.  It stays for 3-4 hours leaving a light pinkish tint behind. If I have a meal in between then the tint still survives for a while. The shade is bright but not a striking red something which one is comfortable wearing. The only negative is its only available on Amazon if you wish to buy this shade.

 NYC – 441 Traffic Jam, this too was bought from New York for USD 2.00. This Lipstick is moisturizing, comfortable and longwearing, it stays on up to 6 hours. This is a classic red shade and goes on very smooth and creamy on the lips. The Formula is very moisturizing. It feels almost like it’s a matte formula when worn on lips, but it’s not matte at all. I couldn’t see the availability on any Indian sites or shops which is a major disappointment.

Do let us know which is your favorite shade of RED… And keep reading as we have dedicated this week to red… Stay tuned for more posts on RED.

Loads of Love

Praghti Malhotra

21 thoughts on “List of Best Red Lipsticks…

    1. I love Red too.. this whole week is dedicated to red… we will be doing different looks in red…

      You should definitely add a red lippie in your kitty… do let us know if any doubts or help needed :*


  1. These are some nice lipsticks you have found. I agree it’s really hard to find a great red shade. I know it took me a few tries to find the right red shade for me. My go to red lipstick is Mac Lustre Cockney. It’s just a great red for my lips. I don’t wear red a lot but when I do I really like this one.

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  2. All of these shades of red look fabulous on you! I have the NYX Monte Carlo but I haven’t opened it yet. I think I want to go more blonde before I try it…though it looks amazing with your dark hair!

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  3. Very informative post…when the market is flooded with options to confuse us ur post is a relief…now I know which red I should buy…


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