Swatch Watch: Best Red Lipsticks For Medium-Fair Indian Skin Tone

Top 12 Red Lipsticks For Medium-Fair Indian Skin Tone

Time for red lipstick swatches and I have to mention here, though I love to sport red lipsticks a lot, I haven’t been adding much of them to my collection now. The reason of course is Ruby Woo, cause I don’t crave for different red lipsticks as much as I used to. 🙂 I could still find around 15 of them in my stash and here I have 12 of them that I think would suit most Indian skin tones really well. Off to the swatches now.

12 Red Lipstick Swatches for Indian Skin Tone:

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Red Lipsticks for Medium-Fair Indian Skintone

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All swatches and recommendations on the basis of my complexion medium-fair with neutral undertones (MAC NC35)

Lets move on to the lipsticks: (individual reviews linked to the titles wherever applicable)

A. Inglot Freedom System Lipstick Refill # 37: 

Inglot Freedom System Lipstick Refill 37 Swatch

Inglot Freedom System Lipstick Refill 37 Swatch

Color Description: Inglot refill #37  is a red-orange .

Price: 300/- for 1.2 gm

Though it looks more orange in pictures, in real it comes out more as a red with strong orange undertones and this is what makes this shade unique. The finish is amazingly creamy and it stays on for around 5 hours with light snacks and meals. A must have for bold lipstick lovers. Also great for those who are bored of the regular red lipsticks. The subtle red undertone and strong orange makes it a must have for warm Indian skin tones. 🙂

Its very similar to MAC So Chaud and Scarlet Ibis as well.

Ratings: 4.5/5

B. Colorbar True Gloss Lip Gloss “Pink Stain”

Colorbar True Gloss Lip Gloss "Pink Stain" Swatch

Colorbar True Gloss Lip Gloss “Pink Stain” Swatch

Color Description: Pink stain is a coral-pink with strong red tinge on swatch, but on me it is more of a coral red.

Price: 495/- for 3.8 ml

This one is a chameleon in true sense. It is MAC impassioned in a lipstick form when you swatch it, but in warm day light it looks almost like a red with coral undertones on me(refer review to know what I mean). The formula is amazingly creamy and insanely pigmented, the reason I call it a liquid lipstick. 😉 Pink Stain is definitely the longest staying lip gloss I have ever worn. It leaves behind a stron pink tint and doesn’t leave your lips even after the 8th hour. Again a must have for those who love sporting bold and bright lip colors.

Ratings: 4.25/5

C. Avon Simply Pretty Colorbliss Lipstick “Deep Garnet” :

Avon Simply Pretty Colorbliss Lipstick "Deep Garnet" Swatch

Avon Simply Pretty Colorbliss Lipstick “Deep Garnet” Swatch

Color Description: Deep Garnet is a burnt orange red

Price: 169/- for 4 gm

I consider Avon simply pretty colorbliss range as the best lipstick range for those who have a budget constraint. The finish is creamy, the pigmentation superb and it stays on for a decent 3-4 hours with light munching. “Deep Garnet” is again a pretty burnt-orange red. those who do not like in-your-face reds should start with something like this , as it does not come out too stark or bold on our warm Indian skin tone.

Ratings: 4 /5

D. Avon Ultra Color Rich Vitaluscious Lipstick “Reviving Red” :

Avon Ultra Color Rich Vitaluscious Lipstick "Reviving Red" Swatch

Avon Ultra Color Rich Vitaluscious Lipstick “Reviving Red” Swatch

Color Description: Reviving red is a pink based almost opaque red

Price: INR 339/- for 3.8 gms

I said almost opaque for a reason. It is not completely opaque, but it can not be classified as a sheer lipstick too. The pigmentation is great and it has the right mixture of pink and red to make it very wearable. Also the texture is very light, so it feels great on lips. However the formula stains badly and you have to use an oil based remover to get rid of it completely. Staying power is impressing with food and drink i.e 4-5 hours and then the stain stays on.

Ratings: 4.25 /5

E. Avon Ultra Color rich Lipstick “Vino Royale”: 

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick "Vino Royale" Swatch

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick “Vino Royale” Swatch

Color Description: A deep maroon red

Price: INR 339/- for 3.8 gms

Not my favorite at all and mainly because of the color which makes me look old but not wise. 😛  This however looks great when you are in your traditional avatar with a lot of bling going on everywhere. A perfect lipstick for middle-aged ladies who are fond of maroons in any form. 🙂

Ratings: 4.25 /5

F. Lakme Gloss Addict Lipstick “Red Delight”: 

 

Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict Lipstick "Red Delight" Swatch

Lakme Absolute Gloss Addict Lipstick “Red Delight” Swatch

Color Description: A juicy glossy pink based semi sheer red

Price: INR 800/- for 4 gms

I am not a fan of glossy red lipcolors, but the formula of this gloss addict lipstick is so good that I have started liking it a lot. The juicy glossy pout makes it a perfect lipstick for those with dry lips. Also the semi-sheer color is good for day outings when you don’t want to wear a high maintenance red lipstick. The easy to apply and remove  trait makes it a perfect companion while travelling. The staying is power is a decent 3 hour which goes down to 2 if you go through a heavy meal.

Ratings: 3.85 / 5

G. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick “Ruby Woo” : 

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick "Ruby Woo" Swatch

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick “Ruby Woo” Swatch

Color Description: A velvetty matte red

Price: INR 1190/- for 3 gms

My favorite all time red. 😀 Be it day time, evening or night, I can wear it without much thought. The perfect red for almost all Indian skin tone. If this one doesn’t look as good as you expected it to, then try Russian red instead. If you love matte finish in your red lipsticks, then look no further and grab this beauty as soon as possible. I have mentioned it enough times on ETM so you must know Ruby Woo really well. In case you are new, then Ruby Woo stays on for hours on without much bleeding and fading. So this can be your best bet if you have an all night long party to attend. 😉

Ratings: 5 /5

H. Avon Ultra Moisture Rich Gold Shine Lipstick “Golden Wine” :

Avon Ultra Moisture Rich Lipstick "Golden Wine" Swatch

Avon Ultra Moisture Rich Lipstick “Golden Wine” Swatch

Color Description: A deep wine red

Price: INR 399/- for 4 gms (could have changed now)

Though I do not get to wear this shade much, I like how it goes on my complexion. It instantly brightens up my face and the rich wine tone works really well with my sarees and ethenic outfits. The formula is very light on lips and highly moisturising, though it leaves behind a dark wine tint that goes off only with an oil based remover. Surprisingly I find the barely there golden flecks quite nice on this shade. The shade is edgy and can look really bold and vampy on fair complexion. However dusky beauties can rock this shade beautifully when paired with a bare face and a winged liner. It works equally well on both western and Indian outfit on dusky complexion. 🙂

Ratings: 3.5 /5

I. Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick “Berry Berry Nice”:

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick "Berry Berry Nice" Swatch

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick “Berry Berry Nice” Swatch

Color Description: A pin based in-your face red

Price: INR 339/- for 4 gms 

Don’t go by this lip swatch. though the shade is true to what you see in real, it looks way more subtle on camera. this is by far the boldest red color in my kitty and the strong pink base somehow does not work on my complexion really well. Those with a pink undertone to their skin would rock this one like a diva. The formula is creamy like the UCR lipsticks, lasts for 3 hours easily, but bleeds and feathers a lot. Also being too bright, I can not see it working for many of us warm toned beauties. Pick this one at your own risk and don’t blame me cause I warned you already. O:) 😛

Ratings: 3 /5

J. Faces Cosmetics Lipstick “Voula” : 

Faces Rouge A Levres Lapiz Labial "Voula" Swatch

Faces Rouge A Levres Lapiz Labial “Voula” Swatch

Color Description: A warm toned deep red

Price: INR 250/- for 4 gms 

Relaunched as the Faces Glam-On lipsticks for 499/- now

One of my favorites, “Voula” is a beautiful warm red lipstick that has the charms to make it to your HG list. The formula is amazing and reminds me a lot of MAC satin finish but better in terms of feel on lips. Its way lighter on lips and stays on for 5 hrs easily. leves behind a stain, but can be removed with your regular cleansing milk. Highly recommend it to all of you. <3

Ratings: 5 /5

K. Face Cosmetics Lipstick “Charna”: 

Faces Rouge A Levres Lapiz Labial "Charna" Swatch

Faces Rouge A Levres Lapiz Labial “Charna” Swatch

Color Description: A deep  burgundy wine red

Price: INR 250/- for 4 gms 

Relaunched as the Faces Glam-On lipsticks for 499/- now

Again one of my favorites because of the formula and how it hugs the lips. The formula feels really expensive and the best I have come across in drugstore brands. The color when layered heavily reminds me of MAC darkside. The color looks boring on camera, but it is one of the best reds you will find. Not too bold but different and pretty enough to make people notice it. A must have for red lipstick lovers. 🙂

Ratings: 5 /5

L. Faces Cosmtics Creamy Matte Lip Gloss “Fiery Red”: 

Faces Creme Matte Lip Gloss "Fiery Red" Swatch

Faces Creme Matte Lip Gloss “Fiery Red” Swatch

Color Description: A deep pink based matte red

Price: INR 399/- for 4.5 ml 

Love the color and finish, hate the formula. The color is very similar to “Avon berry berry nice”, but the matte finish makes it work for me. 🙂 Totally brightens up my face and I am sure this would look gorgeous on most Indian skin tones. However the formula is tricky. It stays on for the whole day if you don’t eat anything. (a lipstick for karwachowth  😛 ) It gets uneven and patchy even with light snacking and looks ugly. If you are not carrying it with you, then only god can rescue you from those stares you are bound to get from strangers. If not for the color, I wouldn’t really recommend this to any. If you know of anything similar in other brands do let me know. O:)

Ratings: 3 /5

And with that I am done with the red lipstick swatches from my kitty.

My absolute favorite colors that I would recommend to you all would be “MAC Ruby Woo” , Faces “Voula” and “Inglot 37”. If you like your reds to be unique, bolder and brighter then you can try Colorbar Pink Stain too. For those who think Reds are too bright for them, you can start with Avon “Deep Garnet” and Lakme “Red delight”. 🙂

Hope you liked my collection of red lipsticks. I will be back with more swatches next week. Till then lemme know your favorites from the lot. 🙂

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