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December 04, 2020 6 min read

We polled our GILTY community to find out what lip colours they wear and made this list of the best red lipsticks for badass women. Soul-aligned, of course.

But first...

Imagine walking into a room, feeling unshakable self-belief and confidence to achieve or do anything you want. It’s exactly why red lipstick was invented!

It turns out, you’re not alone.

Back in ancient Egypt red lipstick was seen as a status symbol. Not surprising because the colour was achieved by crushing crystals like ruby or red tourmaline to put on their lips. Later, during the Dark Ages women who wore red lipstick were seen as outcasts who dealt with magic, so you know you’re in good company!

Fortunately things took a turn for the better when Queen Elizabeth began believing in the healing and protective properties of red lipstick. During the Suffrage movement, women wore red lips on marches as a sign of rebellion and during World War II women wore red lipstick as a sign against the far right.

So now when you walk into that room wearing red lips you can feel the power of all those women going back 5000 years who stood up and changed the world.

Here’s our breakdown of the best red lipsticks for badass women on a mission.

Is your lipstick in the list below?

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G - Love Bite

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick Love Bite

Charlotte Tilbury says “Darlings, get Hollywood glamour instantly! My K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Love Bite has everything you need for perfect, full, kissable lips. This moisturising bright warm red lipstick is perfect for making a statement, by itself or amped up for a night out.”

Tone: Warm red

Finish: Gloss

Price: £25

Good for: No bleeding. Vibrant colour.

Reviews: 4.7/5 from 28 reviews on the Charlotte Tilbury website.

Chanel Rouge Allure VELVET - 56 Rouge Charnel

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 56 Rouge Charnel

Chanel says “A lipstick as soft and comfortable as velvet. An alternative to shine that dresses lips in deep colour. A real second-skin effect. Result: a matte yet luminous finish from the very first stroke.”

Tone: Warm red

Finish: Matte

Price: £31

Good for: Comfort. Luminosity.

Reviews: 4.6/5 from 266 reviews on Google.

MAC Matte Lipstick - Lady Danger

MAC Matte Lipstick shade Lady Danger

MAC says “A creamy rich Lipstick formula with high colour payoff in a no-shine matte finish.”

Tone: Orange-red

Finish: Matte

Price: £17.50

Good for: Long-wearing. Bold colour.

Reviews: 4.5/5 from 268 reviews on the MAC website.


Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick shade Obsessed

Pat McGrath says “A revolutionary lipstick so luxurious and richly pigmented, it drenches lips in a lightweight veil of opaque colour while delivering a mesmerisingly modern matte finish. Sensually creamy and brilliant in texture, this collection evokes the femme fatale siren with every application. Colour and finish so sinful, your pout will speak volumes without ever whispering a word.”

Tone: Orange-red

Finish: Matte

Good for: Creamy, soft formula. Smooth colour appearance.

Price: £36

Reviews: 4.5/5 from 1721 reviews on Google.

MAC Matte Lipstick - Red Rock

MAC Matte Lipstick shade Red Rock

MAC says “A creamy rich Lipstick formula with high colour payoff in a no-shine matte finish.”

Tone: Warm red

Finish: Matte

Price: £17.50

Good for: Lightweight feel. Moisturising.

Reviews: 4.5/5 from 269 reviews on the MAC website.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture - 87 Red dominance

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick shade 87 Red Dominance

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty says “This iconic satin lipstick delivers rich and luxurious colour. In just one stroke, luxurious and highly pigmented colour dresses the lips with a radiant satin finish. A stay-true colour and medium-to-full coverage for up to 6 hours. In a signature couture jewel-like packaging, adorned with the YSL logo.”

Tone: Pure red

Finish: Satin

Price: £30

Good for: Highly pigmented. SPF15.

Reviews: 4.7/5 from 453 reviews on the Yves Saint Laurent Beauty website.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme shade Oh Miley 200

Marc Jacobs says “One-Swipe Color. Ten Luxurious Hours. Iconic Style. Indulge your pout with Marc’s new revolutionary 10-hour lipstick that covers your lips with buttery, creamy vibrant pigment with one pigment-saturated swipe. Experience unprecedented colour payoff from concentrated colour-boost pigments that are triple-milled and steeped in hydrating ingredients, so your lips experience ultimate long-lasting colour and moisture.

Instantly, lips feel plumped and nourished from powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Never before has a hydrating lipstick provided such highly pigmented, long-lasting colour. All luxury. All day. No compromise.”

Tone: Pure red

Finish: Satin

Price: £27

Good for: Plump lips. 10 hour wear.

Reviews: 4.7/5 from 83 reviews on the Marc Jacobs Beauty website.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution - Red Carpet Red

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Shade Red Carpet Red

Charlotte Tilbury says “Darlings, are you ready to get the WOW factor? My Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red is a red matte lipstick featuring ingredients for plump-looking, hydrated lips in a long-lasting, kissable formula. This true ruby red shade is perfect for amping up the glamour for that classic old Hollywood effect.”

Tone: Deep red

Finish: Matte

Price: £25

Good for: 10 hour wear. Glowing colour.

Reviews: 4.7/5 from 107 reviews on the Charlotte Tilbury website.

Estee Lauder - 332 Boldface

Estee Lauder Lipstick Shade 332 Boldface

Estee Lauder says “Colour with the power to transform your lips, your look, your attitude.

Sculpts: Multi-faceted pigments create definition. Lips look beautifully shaped, sculpted, curvaceous. Hydrates: Time-released Moisture Complex helps capture and seal in hydration. Lips feel continuously moisturised throughout the day. Intensifies: Saturates lips with high-intensity colour - in one stroke. Super creamy, glides on effortlessly, covers evenly. Sensually soft and smooth, luxuriously comfortable. Up to 8 hour wear.”

Tone: Blue-red

Finish: Creme

Price: £27.50

Good for: Hydrating. Sculpting.

Reviews: 4.6/5 from 143 reviews on the Estee Lauder website.

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick - Ruby Woo

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Shade Ruby Woo

MAC says “A long-wearing Lipstick formula with intense colour payoff and a completely matte finish.”

Tone: Blue-red

Finish: Matte

Price: £17.50

Good for: Fade-proof. No bleeding.

Reviews: 4.2/5 from 116 reviews on the MAC website.


Chanel Rouge Coco Flash Amour Shade 92 Amour

Chanel says “ In the blink of an eye, ROUGE COCO FLASH shows its true colours through its transparent cap. In a stroke, it applies easily over the lips and transforms into a shiny oil for a sensation of absolute comfort. In a flash, it offers an intense high-shine result, owing to an ultra-hydrating texture and glossy oil finish, selected for its ability to reflect the light.”

Tone: Blue-red

Finish: Gloss

Price: £31

Good for: Intense, high shine. Ultra hydrating.

Reviews: 4.8/5 from 44 reviews on the Bloomingdales website.

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Kosas Weightless Lipstick Shade Warm Fiery Red

Kosas says “A game-changing clean lipstick made with active botanical oils and butters to hydrate and nourish. Comfiest feel, lasts all day”. Perfect coverage, very moisturising.

Tone: Deep red

Finish: Gloss

Good for: Lightweight. Perfect coverage.

Price: £27

Reviews: 4.7/5 from 1115 reviews on Google.


Vapour High Voltage Lipstick Shade Legend

Vapour says “Intense, full coverage, high-pigment lipstick. Formulated without petroleum, polybutene, silicone, dimethicone or polyacrylamide. Always cruelty free and consciously made for you + the planet”

Tone: Tomato red

Finish: Satin

Good for: Nourishing. Intense colour.

Price: £33

Reviews: 4.5/5 from 30 reviews on the Vapour Beauty website.


Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick Shade Written In Blood

Rituel de Fille says “A vibrant, universally flattering deep blood red lipstick made with carmine pigment from the cochineal insect. Carmine has been worn by women for centuries and imparts a stunning red unmatched by other dyes. This is the very first shade we created, and truly the most perfect blood red lipstick we've ever found”

Tone: Blood red

Finish: Semi-matte

Good for: Intensely saturated. Lasting moisture.

Price: £21

Reviews: 4.6/5 from 84 reviews on Google.


These are the red lipsticks our GILTY community of soul-aligned badass women love. Obviously it’s best to try colour in person as skin tone is not only unique to every person but also changes through the month, but hopefully this list helps you narrow down your search.


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