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The Best Drugstore Red Lipsticks in 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Nov 30, 2020
The Best Drugstore Red Lipsticks in 2020

Matte, liquid, and everything in between: meet the top community picks

It's no secret, that red lipstick knows how to make its mark - it is one of the most traditional makeup products...ever. Whether you wear it to a Zoom meeting to flex a power pout, pop it on to add a little flair to your denim and T-shirt look at your kid's soccer game, or go all-out pinup glam gal - a red lip has been a style staple for as long as anyone can remember.

Just think back to when you were a little kid, secretly experimenting with your mom's makeup - because that surely just wasn't us! (In fact, some of us even recall the floral design on our mom's green satin makeup bag with the gold zipper, just saying.) Bottom line: Everyone needs a red lipstick. And everyone has one.

What we love about a timeless red shade is that you can spend $38 on a fabulous designer lippie from Chanel, or just five bucks on NYX Butter Gloss at the drugstore - and guess what, you will stun either way. Why? Because red lipstick is a classic makeup move, that wears well on every skin tone. Red lipstick is a mood all in itself.

Since drugstore makeup is so darn affordable, luckily we can all easily experiment with different shades and formulas. Keep reading, because we found the best drugstore red lipsticks on MIRA for you to try. Your pout will thank us.

e.l.f., Liquid Matte Lipstick, $6

Liquid Matte Lipstick
Source: e.l.f.


This deep red matte liquid lipstick is spirited and fierce, just like its name, er, "Vixen." The sultry red color begs to be in your collection of fiery shades - and for 6 bucks, it can be. We are obsessed with the teardrop applicator, because you can also use the tip to precisely line your lips, nixing the need for a lip liner, thus saving a little time. (We like the sound of a multitasking product, here at MIRA). Shop for more e.l.f. Cosmetics.

Maybelline, Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Dancer, $9.49

Liquid Lipstick in Dancer Maybelline
Source: Maybelline


"Dancer" is an ultra-saturated red that leans on the orange side. This matte ink liquid lipstick gives you a bold payoff in just one swipe, but we won't blame you, if you dab on more for an extra kick. The unique arrow applicator demands precise application that lasts up to 16 hours. Seriously, this cult fave stays on forever. We dare you to apply it at nighttime, and wake up with a perfect red pout. No regrets. None.

Rimmel X Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 01 Red, $6.49

Rimmel X Kate in 01 red
Source: Rimmel

Supermodel Kate Moss, created this red lipstick herself, and it captures the personal flair, edge, and timelessness of her unique high street fashion V. right off the runway look. Face it, Kate Moss has always been the epitome of red lipstick-envy,  so follow her lead, and glide on Rimmel's long-lasting finish lipstick. This lippie boasts light-reflecting technology and has a slanted tip for easy, precise application we heart (kind of like the heart under Kate's signature on the tube). The deep red color wears bold, plus the comfortable, balmy texture promises to stay all day. For lovers of classic reds, an option with cooler undertones such as this deep red will get the job done.We have to add Rimmel X Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 01 is a close dupe for Pat McGrath Labs, MatteTrance Lipstick, Obsessed, $38. You know, the shade Lily Collins wore in Netflix's Emily in Paris.

Revlon, Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow, $8.49

Cherries in the snow Revlon
Source: Revlon


Does this red shade sound like Wintertime and the holidays, or is it just us? The drugstore cult fave has long been touted as the #1 lip brand in America. This red shade, "Cherries in the Snow," sounds as pretty and crisp - as it will look on your lips. This sweet hue packs deep rosy pinks for a more youthful, radiant red that is ideal for daytime wear, because it's on the softer side of the red family. It's also the perfect combo of high-impact color and moisturizer. The creamy formula by Revlon blends nourishing agave and moringa oils, plus cupuacu butter, so this one glides flawlessly on your lips to reveal a matte finish.

NYX Professional Makeup, Butter Gloss in Red Velvet, $5

Butter Gloss NYX
Source: NYX

We love NYX products because they are rooted in professional artistry, continuously stay on top of the latest beauty trends, and the accessible price point is ultra-attractive. Rumor has it, Butter Gloss sells every 15 seconds, (Every. 15. Seconds!) and we're not surprised in the least. This drugstore must-have is not sticky, which is always touch and go with lip glosses, ya know? No worries, here. While liquid lipsticks seem to always be having their moment - this soft matte lip cream from NYX proves it. They didn't achieve cult-favorite status for nothing. The Red Velvet color shows off high-impact, gleaming shine, with a non-drying formula and long lasting color, so your lips will definitely have a radiant, wet look.

L'Oreal, Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in Empowered, $11.99

Lip Stain Empowered L'Oreal
Source: L'Oreal


This red stain by L'Oreal looks stunning on any skin tone. The lightweight formula stays put on your pout for hours, minus that all-too common sticky-rubbery finish like other liquid lipsticks leave behind. MIRA community users say, "I’ve never had it crack on my lips, it’s very pigmented, but feels like you have nothing on when it drys!" The tailored precision applicator shapes and lines lips with a makeup artist's magic touch. The end result: Screen siren glamour.

Neutrogena, Moisturesmooth Color Stick in Classic Red, $6.89

Moisturesmooth Color Stick Classic Red Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena 


We adore a chubby lip crayon and the natural, blurred finish it leaves behind on our lips. This "Classic Red" color is an absolute staple for your makeup bag. The formula produces a bold, balmy finish to instantly perk up your pout, just in a more subtle way. It's not glassy or shimmery and has a more out-of-focus vibe we love. You can wear it on a Sunday morning coffee run, to look like you tried to get it together, and you won't come off like an 8 a.m. Glaminator who tried too hard. Seriously, it will go great with your chic, messy bun and tie-dye sweats. On the flip side, this crayon swipes on seamless color for any occasion - it's a good one to keep in your car for a quickie touch up, because the twist up package nixes the need for a sharpener (winning). On to the health benefits: MoistureSmooth Color Stick from Neutrogena quenches thirsty lips thanks to ingredients including fruit extracts, mango and shea butter.

Almay, Lip Vibes Lipstick in Treat Yourself, $5.59

Almay Lip Vibes Treat Yourself
Source: Almay


Almay is all about effortless, clean, hypoallergenic makeup with nothing to hide. So it's fitting one of our favorite reds is named,"Treat Yourself." This one offers rich color impact with a non-sticky, non-drying formula. It's also formulated with vitamins E & C and Shea Butter to pamper your pout. And don't just take our word for it - happy customers say: "OMG! This lipstick was amazing! The color was fantastic. The feel and texture was super smooth. My lips never dried, or felt cakey. I didn’t have to reapply often, especially after drinking or eating. This is my new go to lipstick." Seriously, if you're like us and crave serious color payoff, then try #LipVibes. The pigments are so rich and the silky formula feels luxurious. We also love the bold tropical packaging and hashtag logo.

Maybelline, Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Rich Ruby, $6.60

Color Sensational Creamy Matte Rich Ruby
Source: Maybelline


This go-to drugstore red lipstick has bluish undertones that give off a polished look instantly. Seriously, this is your classic bullet lipstick. The formula is on the satiny side of matte and contains shea butter, which creates smooth, supple lips that look and feel healthy. Whether you're donning denim during the day, or demand a power pout for an important zoom meeting, this luxe lippie is a smart pick. The highly pigmented hue packs your pout with deep rose petal color. Bonus: This lipstick blends honey nectar, which leaves your lips with a smooth and supple feel.

Covergirl, Exhibitionist Demi Matte Lipstick in The Real Thing, $8

Source: CoverGirl
CoverGirl Exhibitionist Demi Matte The Real Thing

Get noticed. This yummy, rich lipstick by CoverGirl is infused with shea butter for lasting color. It doesn’t bleed into the fine lines around your lips, either. The demi-matte finish has a pleasant light-weight feel we def vibe with. Don't just take our word for it. Happy customers say, "It's hard to find a long-lasting, truly pigmented pop of color that's comfortable on lips and doesn't give you any of that dried out weirdness. COVERGIRL has nailed it with this formula." In case, you didn't notice, the packaging boasts 24 Hour Matte wear, because who has time to reapply makeup when they are taking on the world? Not us.

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