The 7 Absolute Best Red Lipsticks of All Damn Time

All of these have earned a 10/10 awesomeness rating by yours truly.

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As Flannery O'Connor famously once wrote, "A good red lipstick is hard to find." Okay, fine, maybe I took some liberties with that quote, but I'd rather have a perfectly creamy, moisturizing, brilliantly good red lipstick over a good man any day.

Which is why I sifted through virtually every red lipstick on the market to bring you a definitive list of my absolute favorite formulas that I would like to be buried with when I die. These lipsticks are matte when they should be, hydrating when they need to be, and perfectly bright, opaque, and long-lasting when you want them to be (i.e. always). Find your new go-to formula, ahead.

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1 This Cult-Classic True Red
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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Certainly Red, $5

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BEST FOR: A lightly moisturizing, semi-matte, blue-based finish that really, truly looks good on every single skin tone.

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2 This Velvet-y Soft Liquid Lipstick
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Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Magenta No. 33, $34

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BEST FOR: Anyone who wants a longwear formula and hates the super-drying, moisture-sucking nature of typical liquid lipsticks.

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3 This Bright, Red-Orange Lipstick
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NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipstick in Fiery, $6

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BEST FOR: An orange-toned pop of color that won't make your teeth look yellow, as most tangerine-red lipsticks can.

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4 This Ultra-Moisturizing Berry Red
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Make Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry, $25

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BEST FOR: Anyone with naturally flaky lips. This creamy, berry-toned formula is filled with softening rosehip and safflower oils to keep skin from drying out.

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5 This Soft Chubby Crayon
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Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Icon, $32

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BEST FOR: Lipstick newbies who feel more comfortable wielding a creamy, easy-to-draw crayon, rather than a dry, precision-required bullet.

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6 This Stays-on-Forever Liquid Lipstick
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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick, $21

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BEST FOR: A matte, deeply opaque, long-lasting (like, lasts-until-you-wash-it-off long) finish that looks like you literally dipped your lips in pigment.

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7 This Chromatic Rusty Red
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Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip in Brains 'N' Bronze, $24

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BEST FOR: Anyone who thinks, "Red lipstick? Pish posh!" This chrome-y, oil-slick lipstick adds a cool, iridescent twist on a classic color, without looking garish.

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