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Drugstore Red Lipstick Swatches – Sheers, Stains, and Liquid Lipsticks

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Drugstore Sheer Liquid Stain Red Lipsticks

As regular readers know, I have WAY too many red lipsticks. Or maybe I don’t have enough – either way you look at it, I have a lot of them.  And, I’ve been working on swatching all of them for you.  You can see previous red lipstick swatch posts here:

And you can find all of my red lipstick swatches, reviews, and comparison posts here.

Today, I have six drugstore red lip products, though none are actually traditional lipsticks – I’ll get into the details later, but all are some kind of combination of sheer lipstick, tinted lip balm, lip stain, lip gloss, or liquid lipstick.

Drugstore Sheer Liquid Stain Red Lipstick Swatches

Adore // Romantic // Sweet Strawberry // Candy Apple // Endless Red // PF Red

The full names of the products are (left to right): Revlon Adore Kissable Balm Stain, Revlon Romantic Kissable Balm Stain, Jordana Sweet Strawberry Easyshine Glossy Lip Color, Revlon Candy Apple Lip Butter, L’oreal Endless Red Caresse Wet Shine Stain, Physician’s Formula Red Sexy Booster Glossy Stain.

Revlon Adore Swatch

Revlon Adore Kissable Balm Stain is a brick red with a very subtle shimmer; I can barely see the shimmer when applied, and in fact didn’t even realize it had any shimmer until recently.  It’s marked as a tinted balm / stain hybrid, and I think that’s accurate enough; it definitely leaves a persistent stain for me.

Revlon Romantic Swatch

Revlon Romantic Kissable Balm stain is my favorite of the balm stains, and I still wear it regularly, especially during summer.  I love the color – a warm strawberry red. It also leaves a persistent stain.

Jordana Easyshine Sweet Strawberry Swatch

Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color in Sweet Strawberry is a really lovely product – it’s a hybrid between a tinted balm and a sheer lipstick, and somewhat similar to the Revlon Lip Butters in texture, though a bit softer. When I first tried it, I didn’t like how glossy it was, but my preferences have changed and I really like it now; I’m thinking of picking up more colors (there are lots of swatches around if you google for them to help select).  Note that the Easyshines are scented like the fruit in their name – I find the strawberry scent of this one inoffensive and not too artificial or strong.

Revlon Candy Apple Swatch

Revlon Candy Apple Lip Butter is a warm red; it is very similar to Revlon Romantic Balm stain in color, but it does not stain.  There’s not much to say about these that hasn’t been said already, they’ve been reviewed so many times at this point!

Loreal Endless Red Swatch

L’oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red is a glossy neutral red.  Although it’s very glossy, it doesn’t transfer much at all, and it leaves a VERY persistent stain. I like that it stains, and  I love that it doesn’t transfer much – that’s why the L’oreal (and YSL Glossy Stains) are my very favorite options for glossy lips.

Physicians Formula Glossy Stain Red Swatch

Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Glossy Stain may be marketed as a glossy stain, but it’s not particularly glossy and doesn’t really stain; it is, however, a fabulous red liquid lipstick. I would definitely recommend it, as long as you know what you’re buying!

 

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Mid/High End Red Lipstick Swatches & Comparisons

high end red lipstick

I’ve swatched many of my drugstore red lipsticks – this post has swatches of $2 and under drugstore red lipsticks – but I haven’t swatched all of my many, many red lipsticks. I’ve decided to change that! I’m starting with my mid/high end red lipsticks in this post.

The hardest part was actually deciding what qualified as red.  I picked out the lipsticks that look red to my eye, and included a couple sheer reds, and lipsticks that others says are sheer red on them (even though they aren’t very red on me). I excluded anything I would categorize as a vampy shade or as predominantly berry, pink, or coral, even if it has red tones.  I included liquid lipsticks, but excluded glosses – I’ll swatch my red glosses in a separate post. This left me with eleven shades.

First, skin swatches:

Nars Cruella Shisedo Nocturne Chanel Dragon Rouge d'Armani 400 swatches, comparison

Nars Cruella // Shisedo Nocturne // Chanel Dragon // Rouge d’Armani 400

Illamasqua Encounter MAC Deeply Adored NARS Vesuvio MAC Unknown Pleasures swatches, comparison

Illamasqua Encounter // MAC Deeply Adored // NARS Vesuvio // MAC Unknown Pleasures

Poppy King Medieval MAC Viva Glam Cyndi NARS Gipsy comparison swatches

Poppy King Medieval // MAC Viva Glam Cyndi // NARS Gipsy

 

And lip swatches:

nars cruella velvet matte lip swatch

Nars Cruella // review

Someday I will re-review this; I link to it frequently, and it’s such an old review! I still love it just as much I did when I first bought it. This is my pick for a matte red.

Shisedo Nocturne lip swatch

Shisedo Nocturne // review

chanel dragon

Chanel Dragon (discontinued) // review

rouge d'armani 400 lip swatch

Rouge d’Armani 400 // review

I still adore this one too – it’s my pick for a non-matte bright red.

Illamasqua Encounter lip swatch

Illamasqua Encounter (discontinued) // review

mac deeply adored MAC Deeply Adored (limited edition & no longer available) // review

It’s a pity that this was limited edition – it’s really a great color. If MAC brings it back and you’re looking for a deep red, I would recommend it without hesitation.

nars vesuvio

NARS Vesuvio // review

MAC Unknown Pleasures Mattene lip swatch

MAC Unknown Pleasures (LE & no longer available)

I picked this up a CCO (a makeup outlet store that sells Estee Lauder brands), and I love both the color and the texture. Again, wish this were permanent! This shade bridges the divide between red and vampy.

lipstick queen medieval lip swatch Lipstick Queen Medieval // review

This is a very sheer red; the swatch is several layers.  Very easy to wear!

MAC viva glam cyndi lip swatch Mac Viva Glam Cyndi (LE & no longer available)

I’ve heard this described many times as a sheer red, but it looks more pink on me; still, I thought I’d include it for completeness’s sake.

red lipstick lip swatches-2 NARS Gipsy

This is another (supposed) sheer red that doesn’t look red at all on me, though I do see sheer red in the skin swatch.  I do love it though; it’s very flattering and goes with almost anything.

Still to come: red lipgloss swatches, and more (many more!) drugstore red lipstick swatches.

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Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Lip Treatment Review & Swatches

I had been wanting Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Lip Treatment, a sheer lipstick, for quite a while when I spotted it in a blog sale – you better believe I snapped it right up! If you are not lucky enough to find it on a blogsale, it’s available for $20 at Beauty.com (by the way, this gift with purchase from Beauty.com is kind of amazing; I’m tempted make an order just to get it!).

I really like Medieval’s packaging; it’s brushed metal, and is light but substantial.  Due to the color, it’s also quite easy to spot among my other lipsticks.  It does not hold fingerprints.

Poppy King Medieval - swatch

multiple swipes // one swipe

Medieval is definitely sheer – I’m glad that it’s marketed as a tinted lip treatment rather than a lipstick, as that’s much more accurate. Above, the left swatch is about 4-5 swipes, and the right swatch is one swipe.  The color is definitely buildable, but only to a certain extent – it’s never going to be opaque, or even close.

I would describe the color as a sheer red.  It does look a bit pink on my lips, but many (if not most!) reds do pull pink on me; additionally, the photo makes it look a touch more pink that in looks in person.  I think this would be more of a true red on almost anyone.

The texture is very nice – it’s sheer and glossy, and makes my lips look full and healthy.  The effect reminds me of the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments; however, bullet of Medieval is firmer (and more lipstick like) than the Fresh Sugar balms, which are much softer (and more balm like).  Medieval is not particularly similar to any of the Fresh Sugar colors – it is much more of a true red.

Overall, I would recommend Medieval Tinted Lip Treatment if you’re looking for a good quality sheer lipstick; it’s excellent quality for what it is.  If you’re looking for something more opaque, or something more balmy, however, look elsewhere – that’s just not what this product is meant to do.