If an LBD is the ultimate wardrobe staple, then a good red lipstick would be the equivalent of the ultimate makeup staple. There is just something so classic about a red lip that no other shade can come close to beating it. Whether you are a serious lip junkie, or just venturing into the world of red lipsticks, there is always something new amidst the sea of varying glossy, cream, matte, and demi-matte finishes. Here are 17 red lipsticks recommendations we have to support you in the quest of achieving the perfect pout.

1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in #01 Le Rouge

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick in Le RougeAn all time favourite, this universally flattering and versatile pure red lipstick from YSL beauty works for both cool and warm skin undertones. This shade suits both special occasions and daily wear for a glamorous pout that brightens up the face wonderfully. Besides the beautiful colour, the packaging itself is a sight to behold. Housed in a luxurious gold case, the lipstick has a good weight to it, which just emphasises how amazing the quality is. With its creamy formula, it goes onto lips with medium to full bold coverage in a matte but not overly drying finish. The colour stays on almost all day long, and even stains your lips as it fades off when the day goes by. This retails at SGD49.

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2. Lancome Juicy Shaker in Cherry Symphony

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This cherry-scented ruby red shade from Lancôme’s new Juicy Shaker range combines the qualities of a lip oil with a non-tacky lip stain and lip gloss properties. Cushions in makeup are all the rage now, and even this has extended to lip products. The Juicy Shaker’s unique cushion applicator delivers a “perfect shot” of shine and colour, leaving lips looking glossy and feeling luxurious with hydrating lipcare effects, all thanks to the bi-phase formula consisting of colour pigments and an oil blend of peach kernel, sweet almond, musk, and cranberry. One thing to note is that while the sheer finish makes it perfect for a no-makeup makeup look, it tend to fade away faster too. But on the upside, your lips are receiving nourishing oils with every reapplication. This retails at SGD36.

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3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love That Red 725

Creamy, pigmented and extremely wearable – this drugstore gem can hold its own, and more, against pricier, high-end brands. Simply put, Love That Red by Revlon is great for everyday occasions. It is almost a true red, with just a slight hint of yellow undertones. Courtesy of the creme formula, Love That Red gives you the choice to go full on red, or to sheer it out to a soft stain. One swipe is enough give enough coverage, and fades well with minimal touchup to a nice tint. This retails at SGD18.90.

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4. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Bad Blood

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Out of the massive Vice 100 new lipstick range by Urban Decay that dropped in Sephora ION on 22 July and island-wide from 4 August, here is one shade to get excited about (not that you need much help to do so, though). Described as a rich, medium-dark red, Bad Blood is not for the fainthearted. This is your go-to statement shade if your dream is to have all eyes on you whenever you step into a room. It comes in the Comfort Matte finish, the creamiest matte out of all the matte finishes by UD Vice. What this means is that the shade glides on smoothly, giving an opaque colour with one swipe. This shade purportedly lasts for five hours, and leaves a stain behind. This retails at SGD29.

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5. Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk Chiffon in RD 314

Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk Chiffon in RD 314

Etude House released some new lip products last month called Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk Chiffon with 12 brand new shades and a new addition of the “Chiffon” formula, a creamy but matte finish that sets this range apart from their normal lip range. RD314 belongs to the red family with an ever slight hint of cherry pink. Thanks to the lightweight creamy texture that still offers strong colour payoff, you can go for the gradient lip look, or opt for full coverage lips to take you from day to night. This retails at SGD17.90.

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6. Burberry Full Kisses in Military Red No. 553

Burberry Full Kisses in Military Red No. 553

Full Kisses, the new range of lip pens to Burberry’s Kisses lip collection comes in a unique flat-top tip for easy and precise application that even helps you perfect your lip lines. Military Red is the brand’s iconic bright red lipstick that is described as the most perfect universal red for all skin tones. The hydrating formula glides on nicely, feels comfortable and hydrates the lips, making it perfect for everyday wear when you want a lightweight finish that does not compromise intensity. They are said to last for eight hours, but on-the-go touch ups will be a breeze given the unique tip shape. This retails at SGD41.

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Burberry Full Kisses in Military Red No. 553 swatch

7. MAC Retro Matte in Ruby Woo

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

No list about red lipsticks would be complete with MAC’s Ruby Woo. This much-loved lipstick is one that rightfully earned its name as a cult favourite amongst makeup aficionados. Described as a matte, vivid blue-red, Ruby Woo is a stunning, universally flattering shade that really stands out to give you a glamorous retro look. This pigmented shade comes in the retro matte finish, making it long-lasting but also a touch drier than usual matte formulas, so do remember to prep and moisturise your lips before application. This retails at SGD31.

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8. MAC Matte in Russian Red

MAC Matte in Russian Red

If you have heard of Ruby Woo, chances are you would have heard of Russian Red too. Both have been compared against each other, but are well-known, hyped-up red shades in the own right. The main difference – apart from colour – is the finish. Russian Red comes in the normal matte finish, making it creamier and less drying than Ruby Woo.

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Shade-wise, Russian Red is a slightly deeper, neutral red. If you are one who absolutely hate drying lipsticks and prefer something less vibrant, pick Russian Red instead. Like Ruby Woo, it retails at SGD31.

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9. Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K

Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo KMary Jo K, the brightest of the entire lip kit’s range is an extremely bold and intense red shade that is definitely for people looking for a statement shade. If this is your first time hearing about the youngest Jenner’s lip kit range, do know that they are liquid lipsticks that dry matte in less than 10 seconds upon application, making them ultra long-wearing and transfer-proof. Once they go on your lips, they stay on. It is extremely pigmented, and a single swipe is enough to give full, even coverage. The downside to such liquid lipstick formulas is that they are very, very drying, to the point that you might see cracks towards the end of the day. Combat that by layering lip balm and the accompanying lip liner beneath. It retails at USD43.95 (approx. SGD59, after shipping). For just the liquid lipstick without lipliner, it’s at USD31.95 (approx. SGD42).

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10. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

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Another liquid lipstick with a matte finish, but this time by US indie brand ColourPop. Their rising popularity is putting them on the radar, making ColourPop the brand to watch out for. With affordable prices and a zillion shades and products, what is there not to love? Avenue from the Ultra Matte Lip range is described as a gorgeous, deep yellow-red, perfect for nighttime wear or formal events. Needless to say, it is extremely pigmented with great staying power, offering full coverage with just one light layer. As with all liquid lipsticks with matte finishes, proper prepping is a must as they can be drying. It retails at USD6 (approx. SGD8, before shipping fees).

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11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

Neither a gloss nor lipstick, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream has more of a creamy-mousse consistency. Amsterdam, one of the best sellers of the SMLC range, is a bright matte red shade with a slight hint of orange. It is described as a lipstick cream that goes on thick and creamy with zero patchiness. Unlike typical matte lipsticks, this is a slightly more moisturising, comfortable matte that sets to a velvety finish with decent wear time of five hours. Amsterdam fades beautifully without touchups, making it perfect for lazy days when you only want to spend minimal effort on makeup but still look put together. This retails at SGD13.

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12. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw

You might have heard of Kat Von D and her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick range that has finally launched in Sephora Singapore in July. This best-selling lipstick line in USA’s Sephora certainly did not earn its name in vain, as the formula goes on smoothly, and promises to prevent lips from drying out with natural moisturisers like Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. Outlaw is a brick red, flat matte shade with slightly warm undertones that applies opaque with one swipe. The hue imparts a perfect pop of colour to the face, brightening up gloomy days. Outlaw is long-wearing, but the centre of the lips is prone to fading after oily meals in particular, so be prepared to make the necessary touchups. This retails at SGD31.

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13. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in #33 Bourgogne Artistique

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in #33 Bourgogne Artistique

If you are intimidated by heavy duty red lipsticks, YSL Glossy Stains might be a better alternative. They apply with the consistency of typical glosses, but combines that shine with properties of a long-lasting stain that stays on long after the gloss has worn off. Bourgogne Artistique is a beautiful wine red shade with aubergine undertones that looks a tad vampy on fair to medium skin. This unique texture results in high colour payoff and yet still allow room for mistakes to be corrected with its forgiving texture, making it ideal for those hesitant to commit to high impact red lips that show every little application mistake made. These non sticky and non drying glossy stains are good for everyday wear given how comfortable they feel on the lips. This retails at SGD48.

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14. Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in #400 The Red

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in #400 The Red

With a name like that, The Red has a lot to live up to. Creamy, pigmented and smooth, this blue-based deep-red is a universally flattering and brightening shade. It settles in a velvety matte finish that does not accentuate fine lines or drys lips out. This colour is long lasting, but the formula is a little tricky as it does not set completely. It applies soft with mousse-like texture, but the velvety finish starts to show some wear around the edges after several hours and might cause blotchiness due to the intensity of the colour, so only wear it if you are confident in keeping an eye on it, and not on low maintenance makeup days. It retails at SGD45 at DFS Galleria.

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15. Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate

Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate

Chanel is as classic as any red lipstick can get, and Pirate reflects that sentiment with its cool-toned red hue and sleek packaging. It delivers full coverage with intense pigmentation, and feels creamy and soft on the lips. Paired with a little black dress, you will have everything at your disposal to be a head-turner on a date night. This retails at SGD48.

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16. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

Described as a vivid siren red, Dragon Girl, an almost neon matte shade with a hint of fuchsia is said to be Taylor Swift’s go-to red lipstick. Although it comes in the form of a jumbo lip pencil (which requires sharpening, fyi), it does not compromise on pigmentation. One to two swipes is enough to cover the lips smoothly and is said to stay on for six hours perfectly, making this a wonderful choice for days you want to make a bold statement without maintenance. This retails at SGD37.

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17. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain would be your best bet if you are not a fan of drying matte formulas. In fact, it has been touted to be a dupe of the pricier Clinique Chubby Sticks. Both come in chunky crayon-shaped forms in convenient twist-up applicators, but Revlon provides more pigmentation and staying power. Romantic is an extremely wearable cherry red shade that provides a nice, soft sheen and kissable look to the lips. Application isn’t scary at all, given that the coverage is easy to control from a full-on red to a tinted look, which is ideal for those who usually shy away from overly bold red shades. This retails at SGD20.90.

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