The 13 Best Red Lipsticks You Can Find At The Drugstore

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Red lipstick is the classic of all classic beauty looks, and it also happens to be accessible at every price point. While a bold lip might not be your vibe if you're wearing a face mask, there are still plenty of occasions to rock one this season: Work meetings, Zoom holiday parties, or my personal favorite, just for fun if you're staying at home with no plans at all.


We combed the internet for the most beloved red lipsticks with real-person reviews to back them up. From velvety matte to mirror-like gloss, you'll find every finish and texture to live out your red lip fantasy for under $15, ahead.

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NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 11,488 reviews on Ulta Beauty

Red Lip Stans Say: "The formula is like a mousse at first but eventually dries down to a comfortable matte. Lasts for a long time. The colors are so pretty and there are so many to choose from!" — Rose, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
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L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 439 reviews on Amazon

Red Lip Stans Say: "Love this color. It's not an orange-red but a true Christmas cherry red. I had been searching at three or four different stores and they all were out of this fabulous color! Thanks Amazon prime - I'll be ready for the mistletoe (big LOL!)" — Debbie S., Amazon Reviewer
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The Lip Bar Vegan Matte Liquid Lipstick

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 229 reviews on Target

Red Lip Stans Say: "Love love love the lip bar! I'm so obsessed with Bawse lady, Rebel, and Savage! Plus, TLB is Black-owned which is a huge plus. Will be buying again!!" — Amochi, Target Reviewer
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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 5,038 reviews on Ulta Beauty

Red Lip Stans Say: "This is SUCH a good find. I have tried on probably 20 different liquid lipsticks ranging from $9-35, and THIS is the one I didn't return. I'm talking KVD, Anastasia, Too Faced, Mac... Don't get me wrong, they were all great in their own ways, but always had something missing (either smudged or didn't last or couldn't find my shade). These LAST through eating, drinking, and wearing masks!" — TyTy, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
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Milani Color Statement Lipstick

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 949 reviews on Target

Red Lip Stans Say: "This is one of my favorite products. The color is amazing, and gets tons of compliments. The lipstick is thick and creamy and the color is true." — Spring, Target Reviewer
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Morphe Liquid Lipstick

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars and 669 reviews on Ulta Beauty

Red Lip Stans Say: "For the price, it's absolutely awesome. Morphe has always made me fall in love with their products and this liquid lipstick is no different. Glides on, super pigmented, and dries down before your eyes. And my favorite part, little to no transfer. Perfect for kisses and coffee. Would recommend if you haven't tried them yet, and I'm going to repurchase in different colors." — Ms.Baker, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
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Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 613 reviews on Ulta Beauty

Red Lip Stans Say: "The colors are beautiful and the finish is so smooth, non-drying, and truly lasts all day. It's also perfect if you are looking for a great lip product that can survive and not smudge under a mask!" — Sarah967, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
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Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 88 reviews on Colourpop

Red Lip Stans Say: "As an older lady with drier lips, I found this lipstick to be rejuvenating. The color is rich and vibrant, the formula glides on easily and fills in a multitude of tiny wrinkles, smoothing out the texture of my lips. This tube of On Display is going to be my signature red." — Dawn, Colourpop Reviewer
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Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kiss Proof Liquid Lip Lipstick

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 4,066 reviews on Amazon

Red Lip Stans Say: "For those who still enjoy wearing a complete face underneath your mask, liquid lipsticks have become the go-to because of its staying power. The colors are beautiful and pigmented, Brown-girl friendly and not as drying as some liquid lipsticks. I will be repurchasing." — nitabk1, Amazon Reviewer
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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 3,978 reviews on Ulta Beauty

Red Lip Stans Say: "I love this lipstick. It's my go-to. I have warm-toned skin, and Cherries In The Snow has become my can't-leave-the-house-without-it lipstick color. It lasts a long time and brightens my day. Love this shade and so thankful Revlon has kept it around." — CW2020, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
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Winky Lux Lip Velour Demi Matte Lipstick

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 183 reviews on Target

Red Lip Stans Say: "Wonderful, creamy formula and beautiful colors (plus cute packaging!). The quality is comparable to high-end lipsticks twice the price. SO HAPPY to see the brand at Target!" — Sarar, Target Reviewer
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BLK/OPL COLORSPLURGE Risqué Matte Lipstick

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 1 review on BLK/OPL

Red Lip Stans Say: "This new matte is ALL THAT! Moisturizing, full pigment color but matte. It applies very easily, and one application gives full color. I love the way it looks on my lips. Well done!" — Brownie, BLK/OPL Reviewer
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Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color 

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 232 reviews on Amazon

Red Lip Stans Say: "Game changer! Love the color — it's very red. The color goes on and dries very quickly and the top coat keeps your lips from drying. I did have to reapply the gloss, but the color lasted super long. Will buy again!" — Shannon, Amazon Reviewer
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