The Battle of the Red Lipsticks (Drugstore Edition)

Hey everyone!

Today I’ll be comparing a couple red lipsticks and lip liners that I’ve tried in the past in order to determine the best festive red lip. Although a red lip is a staple in many peoples glam routines throughout the year, it becomes an even more prominent aspect during the festive season.

To make it a little easier, I’ll be separating the red lips into both matte and non-mattes (eg satins, creams etc) and will be rating each lipstick out of 5.


1 – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – £6.00
Shades: madrid, monte carlo and amsterdam


From left to right: amsterdam, madrid, monte carlo – below is the finish of monte carlo.

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Now I personally love the NYX lip creams, the formula feels really smooth and velvety on your lips yet dries down fairly quickly and tends to last all night. For the tiny price of £6 you really can’t go wrong!

Negatives: not completely transfer proof, doesn’t dry immediately.

Rating: ★★★★

2 – NYX Soft Metallic Lip Cream – £6.00
Shades: monte carlo and madrid

I actually discovered this liquid lip by accident when I went to buy a soft matte lip cream and picked the wrong formula up without knowing as the packaging is almost identical.

madrid – left and monte carlo – right – below is the finish of monte carlo.

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For me, these metallic lipsticks are far more drying than the soft mattes shown above and the formula is not anywhere near as long-lasting either. However, the finish of these lips are very festive and perfect for the holiday season!

Rating: ★★

3 – CYO Line ‘Em Up Liner – £3.50
Shade: firestarter

More often than not, I’ll use a lip liner to fully fill in my lips rather than using a lipstick. For me, this is easier and more precise. I recently used the CYO liner and absolutely loved it!

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This liner has a really creamy formula and lasted the whole night for my staff party! Definitely worth the small £3.50 pricetag.

Rating: ★★★

4 – Revolution Pro Supreme Matte Lip Pigment – £4.00
Shade: inconspicuous

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This matte liquid lip is fine for those of you who aren’t out for long or who don’t mind re-applying their lipstick a few times. The formula for this lip is fairly drying after a couple hours / after use although the pigment is lovely!

Rating: ★★★

5 – Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid – £9.99
Shades: pioneer and heroine

left – heroine, right – pioneer.

One thing to note with this lipstick is that it’s fairly messy, you’ll most likely need to apply a lip liner as a base before even considering applying this. However, this liquid lip is extremely long lasting and has an amazing texture. It is the most expensive lipstick on this list but for under £10 it’s a good bargain!

Rating: ★★★★

Non-mattes (satins, velvets – everything else).

1 – Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets – £8.49
Shades: personne ne rouge, poppy days, it’s redding men and hot pepper

Left – poppy days, right – it’s redding men

These lipsticks are a semi-matte and come in a relatively small size – however, they are gorgeously creamy and one of my favourite velvet lipsticks in the world. Of course, these don’t fully dry down so will transfer so it’s important to take note of that if you’re looking for something kiss proof!

Rating: ★★★★★

2 – Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss – £5 approx.
Shade: 37

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This is a very creamy, pigmented satin finish lipstick. It doesn’t dry down at all and will require you to blot your lips to prevent huge amounts of transfer but is a staple in my lipstick collection in many colours! They also smell great.

Rating: ★★★★

3 – NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick – £7.00 but currently £3.00
Shade: blood love

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While this lipstick says its a velvet matte, I’d have to disagree. This lipstick leaves a much glossier, patchy residue and doesn’t last long at all.

Review: ★★


Hopefully this review will help one of you who needs a hand choosing the best red lip! I would advise the NYX soft matte or Bourjois velvet lips due to their large choice in colours and tones to suit every skintone.

Happy holidays and for those of you who are going out – drink responsibly!

-Shannon x

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