Pucker up, ladies. Lipsticks, lip stains, lip balms, the list goes on… choosing the perfect little tube to prep your irresistible smooch is not as easy as it seems. And what better way to update your outfit than with a pop of red? We’ve rounded up our top 10 lipstick picks for a classic red lip, mwah!
YSL’s signature gold packaging is eye-catching, luxurious and straight up to-die-for. Their Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Rouge Helios gives you hydrating bright colour, and the sparkles embedded in the pigment delivers a glossy sheen. It’s got the colour of a lipstick with the finish of a lip gloss – one tube to fit perfectly in your date-night Kotur clutch (check out Kotur in our 50 local brands you need to know list!).
Available here for $232.61-$263.62.
M.A.C’s deep, red Russian Red lipstick shot to bestselling status in the 80s as soon as Madonna put her stamp of approval on it. Since the Queen of Pop rocked this bold lipstick on her Like A Virgin tour, it has been a must-have lipstick in makeup bags everywhere. If it’s good enough for Madonna, it’s good enough for us!
Sultry and bold, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist in Moulin Rouge delivers a daring red hue with a satin finish. One application at the beginning of the night gives you a long-lasting feminine pucker that won’t match up against your wine glass. Sassy tip: give this creamy formula time to dry to prolong the colour threefold.
Pin-up girl sexy comes in the form of NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red – a semi-matte finish that delivers a full-bodied fire engine pucker. The formula is also enriched with vitamin E to promote longevity in color and hydration. Finish off with a liquid liner cat-eye for a 40s-inspired look.
It’s safe to say that Bite Beauty holds good authority on lip products, with their very own NYC Lip Lab for a custom lipstick experience you won’t forget. It’s no surprise that their Cashmere Lip Cream in Rioja is a lip all-star. It’s a brush-on formula that delivers the opaque colour of a lipstick with the hydration of a lip balm. Don’t get it twisted: this is a liquid lipstick, not a lip gloss (it’s neither sticky nor shiny!).
Available here for $479.87.
Our go-to pick for subtle daytime colour comes in this unassuming red tube. Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational delivers, well, a whisper of colour. It’s affordable, long-lasting, and comes in 20 girly shades. Sassy’s shade of choice: Who Wore It Red-er.
Available here for $58.07.
We’re not surprised that Tom Ford’s Cherry Lush Lipstick from his highly anticipated 2013 beauty collection was a sell-out as soon as it hit counters. The gorgeous packaging catches our eyes first, but the monogrammed rich red pigment is a close second. The best part? This beautiful lipstick doubles as its own fashion accessory.
Available here for $379.93.
Fresh makes the most luxurious, ultra-nourishing tinted lip balms: they smell great, offer SPF protection, and gives you build-able colour. The coverage of Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Cherry isn’t nearly as bold as a lipstick, but you get a subtle hint of colour for kissable lips (it won’t smudge!). Sassy approved.
Add a touch of elegance to your look with an easy application of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Fascinante. Velvety soft with the quintessential powdery fragrance of Chanel beauty, this classic bordeaux will transform your look from desk to date in no time.
Available here for $271.38. See all Hong Kong store locations here.
In the humid summer heat, nothing beats a hydrating lip crayon. Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato offers an understated sheer red lip appropriate for daytime, and the easy application makes this a no brainer summer solution. For bolder colour, opt for a stick from Clinique’s Chubby Intense line.
Available here for $131.81.