Fall Lipstick Review: The Red Lip Edition


The weather is cooling, hot coffee is becoming standard, and bolder lipsticks are coming out! Welcome to fall, everybody. Today I’m recapping the fall red lip colors I happen to own and reveal each tube’s pro and con.


1. MAC: Russian Red

This lipstick was my first high end purchase I’d ever made concerning makeup. It’s a real treat, and with a matte finish, it lasts for quite some time. I love how pigmented it is and definitely has a decidedly deep, red finish.
  • PROS: Lovely red color, matte finish, richly pigmented
  • CONS: dries a bit splotchy after a few hours without reapplication

2. NYX: Eden 

I heard about this lipstick thanks to one of my favorite bloggers, Lauren, who is an absolute beauty maven when it comes to rocking lipstick colors of all kinds! “Eden” is an affordable red lipstick from NYX that is a more pink toned red than “Russian Red.” I’d recommend this color if you’re curious about trying a red lipstick but don’t want to splurge the $16 that a MAC lipstick costs. These matte lipsticks from NYX last fairly well throughout the day, and even after sipping down a cup of coffee, it didn’t budge! Not bad for a $6 lipstick.
  • PROS: Affordable, pigmented, matte finish
  • CONS: More of a cherry-pink color than a deep red

3. NARS: Cruella

This is the holy grail red lip product. The NARS velvet matte lip pencils are a glorious creation that combine the exactness of a pencil with the application of a lipstick. Also, did you catch that? Velvet matte lip pencil. That’s right, it has a matte, creamy finish that I have yet to find in any other product (in my limited makeup experience at least, so don’t get too excited).

  • PROS: It’s a richly pigmented dark red hue, lasts a long time, and is super convenient to toss in your bag and go.
  • CONS: I can’t find any besides the price tag ($26), and it’s worth every penny!


And that wraps up my personal review of the red lipsticks I’ve encountered. What’s your favorite product? Would you try any of these?


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Linda B
Well hello there! My name is Linda (let me guess, you've got a grandma named that, don't you?), and I am a Graphic Design major and Marketing minor here at Boise State University. If I'm not locked in an art lab somewhere, you can usually find me cruising through local cafes, drinking inordinate amounts of caffeine, getting lost downtown, or unable to remove my nose from a really good book. I happen to run my own personal style blog too, so if you're curious, feel free to check out The Dragonfruit Diaries (http://www.thedragonfruitdiaries.blogspot.com/) too! Shoot me any article suggestions or ideas @The_Dragonfruit!