Wear more red lipstick for less money with these drugstore picks.
Red lipstick is many women’s secret weapon when they want to feel powerful and confident. But it can also be expensive.
Heavy reapplication can cause you to go through tubes like candy. Fortunately, there are several drugstore brands — all priced $10 or less — that are favorites of our editors.
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Rich Ruby ($8). “This is my go-to drugstore red. It’s a true red with bluish undertones, and I love that one swipe instantly makes me feel more polished. It’s a velvety matte formula that feels hydrating when you apply and doesn’t dry out.” — Faith Xue, editorial director
NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red ($6). “It’s called Perfect Red because, well, it is. It glides on creamy but matte, stays put without drying your lips, and I’d argue the color is absolutely universal — the blue undertones make it such that it can complement so many different skin tones. My friends and I all wear it and joke it’s the ‘traveling pants’ of lip colors.” — Hallie Gould, senior editor
Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick in Scarlet Soaked ($7). “Its formula is not only made with 100 percent natural and cruelty-free ingredients, but it’s also one of the most comfortable and moisturizing lipsticks you’ll find, thanks to the moringa and raspberry seed oils. In terms of look, it’s more of a creamy sheer red, not a high-impact statement red, but it’s definitely buildable and thus versatile for day-to-night.” — Amanda Montell, features editor
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Addiction ($10). “Matte formulas won me over from the jump — there’s something so practical about applying your lipstick once and not having to touch it for hours. It’s even better when the formulation has a smooth, creamy texture like this $10 gem that feels so comfortable on my lips I forget that it’s there. I’m not the easiest to please when it comes to finding the right red. I love blue-based undertones against my dark complexion. And I found my match with this bold red that makes me feel put-together even on my worst days.” — Maya Allen, assistant editor
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red ($7). “I’m over the super-matte lip look. As a result, I’ve been on the hunt for a satin-finished, creamy lipstick that still deposits a ton of color and will last through lunch. This one is a strong contender for a bright, cherry-red lip that doesn’t make me look like the Joker by 3 p.m. I love to pat it in with my finger for more of a stain, and if my lips are dry, I’ll layer lip balm over it.” — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor