Mark your calendar, Chinese New Year is on 25 & 26 January 2020! Now, who’s excited?! We certainly are! The year of the rat is a year of new beginnings and renewals. So, go to all those CNY gatherings and dinners with a banging bold red lip. It is the start of a new decade, so why not?!
Red lipsticks can elevate your overall look from basic to chic instantly. It has that elusive quality that makes you look complete though you aren’t wearing much makeup! Also, no one wants to mess with a girl with red lips! While the right red can be an instant look-changer but the wrong red can be a disaster.
Finding the best red shade is nearly impossible so we decided to put the impossible to the test! We’ve rounded up a selection of 15 iconic red mattes, glossy, deep and bright shades that you need to complete your Chinese New Year look.
- 1. Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin
- 2. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 99 Pirate Red
- 3. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999
- 4. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge
- 5. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge
- 6. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Devil
- 7. Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo
- 8. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in N14
- 9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red
- 10. Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red
- 11. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge
- 12. Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All in 382 Red For Me
- 13. Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Exotic Red 516
- 14. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick in Rouge Kiss
- 15. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice
1. Christian Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin
Yeap, ladies Christian Louboutin has released his own lipstick line and it is to die for! The whole collection has a total of 28 shades and the design are inspired by Babylonian architecture which explains the royal-like packaging. Tbh, the lipstick feels more like a precious piece of jewellery than lipstick. The Louboutin Rouge Silky Satin Lipstick carries the same classy red look like their shoes. The pigmentation provides almost opaque coverage and the lipstick texture is really smooth so it sorts of moisturizes your lips. Despite being not smudge-proof, the shade could last up to at least five hours without having to touch up. All Christian Louboutin Lipsticks are really costly but this one is worth the investment.
2. Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 99 Pirate Red
Chanel describes Rouge Allure Pirate Lipstick as a true red and it indeed is. It is a classic lipstick that even many celebrities use it to complete their iconic red carpet look. It comes in Chanel’s classic bullet tube and we love it! Chanel said the lipstick is highly pigmented and it does live up to the words. It is intense and delivers full coverage with just two swipes that would last up to five hours. On lips, the Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate is very hydrating and act as a lip balm so you don’t need to apply one. Overall, the lipstick gives a bright red finish with a gorgeous shine and luminosity as promised. If you are planning to get a Chanel lipstick, we highly recommend this one!
3. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999
A cult classic, The Rouge Dior 999 is encased in a metallic couture case, Dior’s extravagantly sexy signature. This is the iconic red shade that supposed to be the right kind of shade for every woman and it indeed does look good on all skin tones! Don’t believe us, well seven New York magazine writers tried this lipstick on and it suited all of em! It is also hands-down the longest-lasting lipstick ever as Dior swear it would last up to 12 hours! It is also smudge-proof so apply it once and you don’t have to reapply again. Plus, the lipstick has a pleasant smell. Despite the thick red matte finish, the lipstick is very comfortable to wear without any dryness or clinginess on the lips. We can assure you, the is sophisticated red lipstick is the MVP of red lipsticks.
4. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge
The YSL Le Rouge Lipstick is an edgy and bold red lipstick that gives an alluring satiny matte finish. The packaging is the classic YSL’s gold bullet tube and it is absolutely gorgeous It has a creamy consistency that just sits on your lips for hours without staining. The texture is very lightweight, so it does that few layers to get the ultimate dark red look but if you love super bright red lips as opposed to the stained red lip look then this lipstick is for you. The lipstick also carries a mild a fruity, floral scent, (let us know if you felt it too) Overall. The YSL Le Rouge is a luxurious lipstick and YSL’s the best selling shade should be in your vanity. It is the ultimate weapon for uncompromising seduction this Chinese New Year.
5. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge
Lancome has had a great reputation for coming up with great lipsticks and the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge is no different. The lipstick comes in a beautiful sleek black packing.and also has a pleasant sweet smell which lasts for some time even after application. The red shade is just thick, classic bold, red with a subtle gold shimmer finish. Just gorgeous! The lipstick is very hydrating so it won’t dry your lips out, It also has a long-lasting power so don’t worry about having to find a find mirror to reapply your lipstick. You can also use the lipstick to outline your lips and using it as a lip liner. It will make your lips look fuller and puffer. Overall, this Lancome masterpiece is simply divine and a must-have for any lipstick junkie.
6. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Devil
The Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Devil is medium-dark, warm-toned red with orange shade. It is perfect for those looking for a more settled red than a daring red. It is lightweight and has a creamy consistency. The lipstick is highly pigmented so just a single swipe would give a full lip with a more satiny finish rather than matte. The lipstick does stain but it doesn’t fade away complete and can last up to five hours before having to retouch it. Now, embrace the spirit of Chinese New Year with this very feminine vibrant red lipstick by Dolce & Gabbana.
7. Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo
The dazzling Ruby Woo from M.A.C. Cosmetics is an iconic and classic matte red lipstick that truly is a staple when comes to getting a glamorous red lip look. No wonder, Taylor Swift loves this timeless Mac lipstick so much! But is T.Swift favourite red lipstick worth the hype? Yes! The award-winning red lipstick that has been continuously praised for its universally flattering finish thanks to the warm blue undertone of this shade, that has the power to bring out the best of all skin tones.The deep red pigmentation is so gorgeous and opaque on lips and instantly will brighten up your face and your mood. If you haven’t yet found your perfect red for Chinese New Year then, give Ruby Woo a chance!
8. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in N14
The Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in N14 comes in a black tube with a black ribbon on the bottom to pull the lipstick out, how cool is that?The shade is thick and leans towards a more maroonish satin red than the usual bright satin red and it is just so sexy in the classiest way. The lipstick infused with black rose oil, which instantly softens and nourishes the lips. Like some lipsticks in the list, the Rouge Interdit Lipstick has a sweet, slightly floral scent. The lipstick has a lasting effect but does smudge and need re-application but because it is highly pigmented so just one or two swaps is enough. Overall, the Rouge Interdit Lipstick is definitely a statement item every glam girl needs.
9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Bar Red has a sexy cherry-red matte finish. The packaging is undeniably sophisticated with the exquisite gold. Not just the packaging, the formula is also very luxurious whereupon applying it will make your lips look plumed and keep it hydrated all day. Despite being a matte lipstick shade does have a velvety feel and some shimmer. The best part of this Estee Lauder lipstick is most probably the fine light-reflecting particles that make the lip lines disappear. It just falls smoothly and evenly on the lips and It last pretty long. If you are looking for a glamorous red lip that will make stand out from the rest, this one is the winner.
10. Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red
Nars always makes the best matte lipsticks and the Jungle Red lipstick is no difference. The lipstick comes in the classic Nars packaging, the cute rubbery black square that has NARS written on it. Nars said the ‘Jungle Red’ shade was inspired by the movie stars from the 50s and it indeed does give you the old Hollywood glam finish.The pigmentation of the lipstick is quite strong and just one swipe is enough for full coverage. Though this is a matte shade, it has a slight sheen which adds more volume to the lips. If you are looking for a red lipstick that justifies your star-like personality, then the bright, velvety Nars Jungle Red should be your best friend.
11. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge
The Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge is a beautiful, bold, warm red lipstick that would just ooze your confidence the moment you put it on. Like all Tom Ford makeup, this lipstick too is synonymous to timeless, sexy and luxurious. The packaging is the coveted Tom Ford glossy white lacquer with polished gold lining.The texture of the lipstick is quite creamy but does not smudge or make the lips dry. It can last up to at least five hours and leaves a lovely red stain behind as it fades evenly. It is a matte lipstick but has a more velvety finish and just smoothly fall onto the lips comfortably. If you just want to look and feel expensive, The Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge is a home run.
12. Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All in 382 Red For Me
As the name suggests, Maybelline Color Sensational Made For All in 382 Red For Me is made to flatter every complexion. The lipstick comes in a simple and sleek reflective silver plastic packaging and the cap of the lipstick is coloured to match the shade inside.The shade inside is a classic maroonish red matte shade with an impressive formula. The pigmentation is deep and lasts up to 12 hours, no joke! The texture is thick but goes smooth on the skin. It does dry up the lip a little so coat it over your lip balm for a glossier and softer finish. Honestly, this drugstore lipstick is a diamond in the rough. So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly matte red, this one is 100% worth a go!
13. Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Exotic Red 516
This particular Shiseido lipstick is actually an Allure Best of Beauty Winner this year! The Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in Exotic Red is a super lightweight comfortable lipstick with a true matte finish.The red is really subtle and will give a very feminine elegant finish. It is creamy and it glides effortlessly on the lips without feathering. The packaging is a simple matte black and magnetic. The shade is well-pigmented but does stain so you may need to retouch a tiny bit after eating but still, the colour won’t completely fade away.Overall, we think this lipstick deserves a 5-star rating and a space in your makeup bag.
14. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick in Rouge Kiss
Dressed in a black lacquered packaging, the Kiss Kiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick in Rouge Kiss is creamy, intense and full of shine. The shade is a bright, medium-dark coral red with a luminous glossy finish. It is not that deeply pigmented but nevertheless, we absolutely love the understated coral red outcome. The lipstick lasts about 4-5 hours and it is not drying nor hydrating so better to coat it over a lip balm. This Kiss Kiss Satin Red lipstick will brighten your face and make your lips appear more plumped and youthful. If you’re eyeing for something classical with a touch of elegance, this lipstick is perfect for you.
15. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice is a vintage masterpiece that has been around since 1952! Just being in production for more than 70 years, speaks of the popularity and the beauty of the shade.The shade lies more towards a coral-pinkish red like a tomato red. It is definitely like a chameleon and will look different based on your undertones but overall will brightens your face and add more classiness to your overall look. It is a matte lip with a slight shine and glides easily and on the lips. It stays on for long and will just elevate your look from basic to chic is just one swipe.