I love me a good red lipstick! Red lips make me feel strong, confident, and powerful. There are so many incredible red lipstick shades out there and I’m sharing 20 of my favorites below along with swatches! You’ll find a mix of classic lipsticks and liquid matte lips alongside budget friendly and high end red lipstick shades.

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

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ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Cruella

This vibrant yellow red lipstick is absolutely stunning! Y’all know ColourPop is a favorite of mine and I also have a (non affiliate) code with them: 5PRIYANKA will save you monies at checkout!

LUX it up. Enriched with our LUX Blend of hydrating butters, this creamy, long-wearing lipstick glides on the lips with rich pigmentation in a comfy, lightweight formula.

ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Snow White

Part of their Limited Edition Disney Collection – this apple red lipstick is perfect for your vibrant red needs!

ColourPop Lux Lipstick in Evil Queen

Rich cherry red lipstick in THE HOUSE! I was absolutely obsessed with this Lux Lipstick from ColourPop when they launched their Disney Villains collection! See swatches of my other ColourPop Lux Lipsticks here!

ColourPop Matte X Lipstick in Trust Me

Definitely one of my FAVORITE lipstick formulas! I wish ColourPop made more Matte X lipsticks! This vivid true red lipstick is one I always reach for when looking for a red lippie to wear! The formula feels soft and powdery, not drying at all and very long lasting!

Get one swipe pigmentation in a full-coverage, ultra matte finish in a comfortable formula loaded with skin-loving ingredients like shea butter and Vitamin E.

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink  Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer

If you’re looking for a liquid lipstick that stays on ALL day, then this is the one for you! It’s comfortable and VERY long wearing.

Ink your lips in up to 16 hours of saturated liquid matte. SuperStay Matte Ink features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades.


  • Up to 16 hours of saturated liquid matte
  • Highly-pigmented color
  • Long-lasting, saturated matte
  • Maybelline Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is available in a range of intense saturated shades

Maybelline Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in Red for Me

I have two shades from this line and love them both! The formula for both are extremely pigmented and comfortable. Red for Me is a matte red. This line of lipsticks was created specifically to compliment a diverse range of skin tones! 

Don’t know what shade complements your skin tone? Meet Maybelline’s game-changing lipstick! Created using specially selected pigments and tested on 50 diverse skin tones, Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick features collectible universal shades that look sensational on all, taking the guesswork out of your lipstick shopping experience. Made For All features their trusted satin and matte formulas with honey nectar for a smooth and comfortable feel.


  • Each shade, sensational on all, tested on 50 diverse skin tones
  • Formulated with honey nectar for a smooth, comfortable feel
  • This universal shade collection features your favorite color families, created to complement all skin tones
  • Comes in their trusted satin and matte finishes
20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shadaes

Maybelline Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in Ruby for Me

This red lipstick is from the same line of lipsticks as above. This one is a satin red!

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick Powder Kiss Lipstick in Werk Werk Werk

I’m obsessed with the Powder Kiss Lipstick formula, they’re so soft and silky! This cool tone red lipstick shade is definitely a favorite of mine, especially since it doesn’t dry out my lips.

Matte, meet moisture with M·A·C’s Powder Kiss Lipstick. Get into a totally new lip experience with this matte formula that feels weightless, instantly hydrates and doesn’t dry out lips. Experience a kiss of blurred, soft-focus colour that’s backstage-tested and Artist-approved. The result is the zero-shine look of a matte lipstick with the cushiony, lightweight feel of a balm.

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo

A classic – I absolutely love this vivid blue red, one of my go to’s when searching for a classic red lipstick shade to wear.

The next three are all the same formula so this description applies to all three:

M·A·C Matte Lipstick the iconic product that made M·A·C famous. This long-wearing formula features intense colour payoff and a zero-shine matte finish.

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in Russian Red

Another classic! This intense blue red is another favorite of mine, it’s so stunning and a perfect addition to your beauty collection.

Mac Cosmetics Lipstick in Viva Glam I

An intense brownish blue red. I got mine more on the recent side but wish I purchased it sooner, this brown tones in here make this red lipstick my type of red!

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

Lady Burgundy Matte Lip Cream in Rita

If y’all been following me you know I am OBSESSED with Lady Burgundy Matte Lip Creams since day one! The formula is incredibly  comfortable and creamy. Some of the shades are transfer proof while others do have some transfer. I have swatches of all the shades available here and here! Lady Burgundy also has incredible high shine finish lippies, I have swatches of all their Lip Lacquers here!

A classic cherry red shade that would make even Rita Hayworth blush! Inspired by the 40’s icon herself – Rita is the perfect classic bright red shade that will make everyone stop in their tracks

Lady Burgundy Matte Lip Cream in Rekha

Inspired by Indian cinema’s icon Rekha herself. This deep crimson red shade is sure to be a heart stopper! Your search for the perfect blood red shade ends now. One of our most highly anticipated and highly requested shades to date. 

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmable in Portofino

This red lip is on the lightweight side and feels extremely comfortable on the lips. It’s also transfer proof!

The high coverage, long-wear formula dries fast and doesn’t smudge! Formula is feather proof and does not settle into fine lines. Lightweight moisturizing texture feels comfortable on lips. Suede matte finish does not crack or flake on lips.

Elf Cosmetics SRSLY Satin Lipstick in Pepper

This is the newest red lipstick shade in my collection and I am obsessed! It’s a satin formula so it’s not transfer proof. The formula is super creamy and the best $3 you’ll spend! I have swatches of all 10 shades here!

Whether you’re trying to add a little flare to your day or drama to your night, the e.l.f. Cosmetics silky-smooth SRSLY Satin Lipstick will hug the curves of your lips and provide the intense color payoff you need to rock any look. Formulated for comfortable wear so your lips will look as good as they feel.

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Live Tinted Huestick in Origin

This orange red lipstick is formulated to also be used as a blush and can also be used to color correct!

An eye, lip, and cheek multistick that also balances out dark circles and dark spots. Buildable, blendable, weightless demi-matte color. Easy to use, and good for your skin.

Vegan, Non-comedogenic, Hypoallergenic, Ophthalmologist tested, Certified Cruelty-Free.

Packed with Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Vitamins C + E.

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Control

Control is a brick red and is extremely soft and comfortable to wear. This does transfer and move around quite a bit for me so do keep that in mind when trying this red lipstick shade!

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shadaes

A seductive, ultra-matte lipstick that delivers intense, single-stroke coverage and long-lasting, creamy comfort.

The Balm Meet Matte Hughes in Loyal

I love this red lipstick shade because the formula has a slightly minty sensation to it. It’s also creamy and comfortable and does not transfer too much!

This is long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues. These matte vanilla mint liquid lipsticks are stuck on you without feeling clingy.These matte vanilla mint liquid lipsticks are stuck on you without feeling clingy

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

Makeup by DNA in TKO

I LOVE Makeup by DNA, I discovered them years ago when they created dupes for Kylie Cosmetics lippies. This red lipstick is absolutely stunning and the formula is matte and on the thinner side.

Our liquid lipstick delivers rich color that stays put for hours! This product glides on like gloss but dries to a smooth velvet matte finish. Cruelty free, gluten free, and vegan.

NARS PowerMatte Lipstick in Starwoman

NARS PowerMatte Lipsticks are some of my all time favorite liquid lip formulas. They apply silky smooth and are long lasting + transfer proof. This vivid blue red red lipstick is one of my top favorites from this list of 20. 

A breakthrough concentrate of NARS’ most powerful matte yet. Liquefied pigment with a zero-gravity feel, introduces infinite matte color saturation with ultra-flexible long-wear. Dries down to lock in formula for a smudge-resistant, carefree wear while its custom doe-foot applicator provides effortless precision in one swipe. Available in matte empowered shades.

About the formula:

  • Fluid Pigment Complex provides lightweight, flexible color that moves with lips and feels comfortable
  • Smooth liquid texture glides on with ease to give fully saturated opaque coverage
  • Long-wear formula provides lasting, smudge-resistant wear

Do you spot any of your favorite red lipstick shades? Let me know which ones are your favorites!

20 Must Have Red Lipstick Shades

4 Comments on Must Have Red Lipstick Shades in 2020 – Swatches and Review

  1. This post has made me want to go out and buy a red lipstick although I’m not sure I could pull off such a bold colour, I usually stick to pinkish-browns… The MAC Werk Werk Werk sounds amazing!

    Hayley | happilyeverhomebody.com

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