It should be no surprise, then, to learn that I consider a red lip the staple of my everyday makeup look. I might occasionally fall for a lovely bronze or neutral, but you'll never find me with pink on my lips. For me, it must be red - whether it's a tomato, fire truck, or berry tone depends on my outfit and the season but red is a staple.
Over the years, I have tried out many, many, MANY red lipsticks. I have endured the ones that look red in the tube but turn out orange or pink on the lips. I have seen the ones that look good when first put on, but bleed messily into the lipline, smear and smudge or simply fade away quickly.
I have searched high and low for a good blue-based-red. Not too pink or orange, a true red that goes on matte, and lasts through a long day.
I am happy to report that my favourite, that's outperformed many expensive brands is a real cheapie. It's from the brand Coral Colours, and it's in many chemists. The colour is called (unimaginatively but accurately) "Scarlet" It retails for well under $10. For my skin tone, it's perfect.
It's well worth remembering that "budget" brands are worth a look!