Once upon a time, I wrote an exhausting amount of posts about red lipstick. And, you know, that’s cool and all, but a break from it was necessary. Now that it’s getting colder down here in Texas, I find myself turning to red lipstick and nail polish, which has me revisiting my favorite reds. When I sat down to write this post, I initially thought I’d have a long list of favorites, but nope. For me there are only two.
Now, let’s back up and talk about red lipsticks in general so I can better explain why I only have two favorites. Red lipsticks have basically two different undertones. There’s blue red reds and orange red reds. Pick one for whatever mood your in. For me, I like a good orange red if I’m going for a bright pop whereas blue reds work better for a more sultry look. That’s just me. I say, wear what you like.
Given the two main categories of reds, I guess it makes sense that I have two absolute favorites. My go to blue red is MAC’s Russian Red ($17). My favorite orange red is NYX’s Pure Red ($5.99). The things that these two have in common is that they’re both mattes, go on easy and stay on. Which one do I use more? NYX’s Pure Red, hands down. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate Russian Red.
If you’re new to red lipstick, I share some practical tips at the end of this post!