Swatchmas Day 13: My Top 5 Holiday Red Lips

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On the thirteenth day of Swatchmas, I give you my five favorite red lips for the holidays, or for anytime, really! These are all bold, bright reds that will really make your look stand out in the best kind of way. There are both liquid lipsticks and typical bullet lipsticks in this post, and from several different brands, so there’s bound to be a little something for everyone.



1)   MAC’s Viva Glam I Lipstick: 

This bullet style, creamy matte, blue based red lipstick is the first shade of Viva Glam lipsticks that MAC ever created, and every penny of the $18.50 this lipstick costs goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. It contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product, just like MAC’s other lipsticks, and can be purchased at any MAC counter (including the ones in Ulta stores), MAC freestanding store, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

2)   TIME Los Angeles Crimson Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick: 

This gorgeous, deep vampy red liquid lipstick has a very lightweight consistency that dries down completely matte. It’s comfortable to wear and wears for a long time, too! TIME’s Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks contain 6.3 g / 0.22 fl. oz of product and sell for $16 individually, or you can get this liquid lipstick in their Festive Bundle (which is perfect for Fall/Winter) with 5 other Luxe Matte Liquid Lipsticks for only $60. You can get Crimson directly from TIME Los Angeles is a cruelty-free company.

3) Anastasia Beverly Hilly Ruby Matte Lipstick: 

Ruby is a true red, comfortable matte formula, bullet style lipstick that’s creamy to apply but dries down to a somewhat long wearing, soft matte texture. ABH’s Matte Lipsticks contain 3.5 g / .12 oz of product and sell for $18 from the ABH Website, Ulta, Sephora, and several other major retailers. Anastasia Beverly Hills is a cruelty-free brand.

4) Melt Cosmetics Immoral Liquid Set Lipstick:

Melt’s liquid lipstick formula is thin, but not watery, and it’s incredibly pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. It applies easily, then sets down to a long wearing, matte finish. Immoral is a bright red that’s perfect for a classic, but bold holiday look. This liquid lipstick contains 3.12 ml / 0.106 oz of product and sells for $19 from the Melt Cosmetics website. Melt is a cruelty-free brand and Immoral is vegan.

5) MAC Russian Red Lipstick:

Russian Red is one of MAC’s best selling red lipsticks ever, and for a good reason! It’s flattering on absolutely everyone since it’s a blue based red, and is a little brighter than Viva Glam I. However, like Viva Glam I, it has the same matte finish with a creamy, long wearing formula. This lipstick contains 3 g / 0.1 oz of product and sells for $18.50 from MAC counters (including the ones inside Ulta stores), MAC freestanding stores, online from MAC’s website, or online from most stores that sell MAC products.

Photo taken outdoors in natural, direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on MAC NC15 skin.


These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

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