Top High-end Red Lipstick Review
Updated: Oct 9, 2018
1. Smashbox Always on liquid lipstick- Bawse
Bawse is Lily Singh's signature color and is a total fan favorite especially in India. It's a deep red with neutral undertone works for every skin-tone.
Packaging: It is a classic Smashbox packaging with the square elongated acrylic tube with a black top. Applicator is a doe foot with a pointed edge which is flexible while applying and applies product evenly without having to dip back again and again.
Formula: It's a light weight formula and highly pigmented, infused with primer which makes the lipstick non-drying and long lasting. It's lightweight on the lips that you don't feel like you are wearing a lipstick. It has a powder matte finish on the lips. Its transfer and budge proof.
Lasts on the lips upto 6 to 7 hours. If you eat something too oily then it disappears from the middle but reapplying is easy and doesn't make it crack or flaky.
Availability: Online as well as offline. Smashbox has a few stores and is also available in Sephora. It's available on Nykaa.com for online shopping and also Sephora.now.
2. Sephora- Cream lip stain-01
It's a bright red shade with warm undertone. Will suit fair to medium skin-tone.
Packaging: Is sleek transparent with black top with glossy finish. It comes with a regular long doe foot applicator which hold enough product that you don't have to dip back more then twice.
Formula: the finish while applying is creamy in texture and looks velvet on the lips after application. It applies evenly without patchiness but using a lip liner is recommended as you can mess it up very easily. The formula is light weight and has vitamin E in it but it does feel drying on the lips. Its transfer proof upto 6 hours, but it will give u a butt hole lip effect if u eat anything oily. Re-application is not the best feeling because it makes the lips look flaky. I would recommend let it fade evenly because it does leave a nice stain behind.
Availability: Online as well as offline. Sephora have few outlets in some cities. It's available on Sephora.nnow.com for online purchase.
3. TheBalm- Meet Matt(e) Hughes- Loyal
Its a true red with neutral undertones which will suit every skin tone, especially dusky skin-tone. I own the mini set so my lipstick packaging is small and contains 1.2 ml and the original contains 7.2 g.
Packaging: It comes in a transparent tube with silver cap. TheBalm is known for its fun and unique packaging. The applicator is regular like any other liquid lipstick which applies the product evenly.
Formula: The formula is pretty opaque and has no patchiness. It dries pretty quickly so work fast if you want to mix colors. Dries to a complete matte finish which doesn't transfer. It lasts upto 6 hours without making your lips dry or flaky. It has a peppermint scent and feel when you apply it, but it fades away in a while. Reapplying is easy and doesn't cause problems. But one layer is recommended, don't go too heavy with application.
Availability: Its available only offline at Nykaa,com
4. MAC Retro Matte- Ruby Woo
Its a true blue toned red which looks amazing on every skin tone and upgrades your look to level 100. It's a cult favorite shade and the perfect red to give a try if you want to own only one red lipstick. I own the mini size so the packaging looks small in the picture.
Packaging: A classic black bullet with silver lining. Its sturdy and travel friendly as long as you close the cap properly. You can't see the color outside but the name is written on the bottom.
Formula: Ruby woo is Retro Matte which is much dryer then their regular matte finish. It looks like velvet matte on the lips. It's not completely transfer proof. It transfers when you eat or drink anything, but it fades evenly and can be reapplied easily. It's pigmented enough that one swipe is enough. It does drag on your lips when you first apply it, as the formula is a little dry but once it warms up on your lips, it gets easier to apply.
Availability: MAC stores are everywhere for offline purchase and for online its available on Nykaa.com
Price: Full Size: 1500/- and Mini size: 900/-
P.S All photos are taken in natural light with no editing and no effects so you can see the true color. Application of lip balm before going with the actual lipstick helps with the dryness especially if you are gonna wear it for a long period of time.
**All opinions are my own and honest. All the above products mentioned are brought by me.
Maybe what works for me won't work for you. i would always recommend try before buying and check a few more reviews till you are satisfied.