The Best Coral-Red Lipsticks

The Best Coral-Red Lipstick Colors and brands
Lately, I’ve been extremely into the coral-y, warmer-toned lipsticks I like to call “nearly reds”. Like a tomato that is on its way to ripe but has been picked before its time, this is not quite coral, yet not quite the blue-toned deep red we all know and love. This is a special breed. It’s hard to get these right, but man, oh man–when they get it right, they get it so right. And the end result is a gorgeous, summery, coral-red color that is at once chic and summery. Wear it to the office, or the beach–it doesn’t care. It works wherever. It is my summer lip color.

Interestingly, my favorite formulation for this color is a creamy matte. I like to give my lips a good scrub on a flakey day with LUSH lip scrub, but ordinary granulated sugar in a teaspoon of food-grade (olive, vegetable) oil will do the trick for pennies.



NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, $$

NYX Matte lipstick in Indie Flick

NYX Matte lipstick in Indie Flick

NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick, $5.99

Flower Beauty velvet lipstick in Get To The Poinsettia

Flower Beauty velvet lipstick in Get To The Poinsettia

Flower Kiss Stick Velvet Matte Lip Color in Get To The Poinsettia, $6.98

Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in #110

Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in #110

Rimmel x Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in #110, $5.79

Palladio Herbal LIpstick in Coral Punch

Palladio Herbal LIpstick in Coral Punch

Palladio Herbal Lipstick in Coral Punch, $5.99

Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse

Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse

Hourglass Opaque Rouge lipstick in Muse, $28


Have you ever sported a warm, coral-red lip before?

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  1. 07.12.2013 / 12:25 am

    They all look pretty much the same in color. How do you feel the less expensive ones wear though? Longevity? Feel on the lips? Thanks!

    • 07.16.2013 / 1:23 am

      The less expensive ones wear really great, actually — especially the Palladio Herbal lipstick. The Rimmel is about average for a drugstore lipstick. The matte texture really helps with longevity. I’d say the smoothest of the drugstore ones is the rimmel though. Definitely creamiest.

  2. Kise
    07.12.2013 / 5:38 am

    Love these colors on you! So pretty!

  3. 07.12.2013 / 8:21 am

    Oh my goodness, thanks for this post! I love reds but sometimes it’s a little TOO much for day time/ certain places, so I’ve been using corals a lot but I have not just found the perfect one. I think I’m gonna ask my BFF from London to send over the Rimmel one, it looks amazing! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
    x Renee

  4. 07.12.2013 / 10:23 am

    Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks are the best. I own so many I don’t even want to count.

  5. 07.12.2013 / 1:59 pm

    This is one of my most favorite lip colors!! I’m obsessed 🙂

  6. 07.12.2013 / 2:08 pm

    Gorgeous color on you, I’m inspired to try a coral lip now!

  7. 07.12.2013 / 3:36 pm

    i have & loved it for about an hour, then it got on my teeth and came off when i would eat or drink 🙁 i’m not very good at lipsticks, more of a chapstick girl. but it looks amazing on you! i especially love Nars Red Square on you!!!

  8. 07.12.2013 / 6:47 pm

    Great color!! And such reasonable prices!! Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of the making of a fantastic anesthesiologist =)

  9. 07.12.2013 / 8:07 pm

    I love matte lipsticks and I love how matte lips look like! Great selection xx
    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  10. 07.12.2013 / 8:35 pm

    Coral punch looks gorgeous on you! xx

    • 07.16.2013 / 1:24 am

      Thanks – and great name! 😉

  11. 07.12.2013 / 10:12 pm

    I’m a sucker for most reds though I normally tend to stay with blue toned; however, I’m really liking the look of the Nars lip pencil!Amber
    Lovely Notions

  12. 07.13.2013 / 4:21 am

    This may sound weird but I can’t tell the difference between them! I do, however, love Hourglass products. If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY recommend their eyebrow pencil. Amazing!
    XO Alex

    • 07.16.2013 / 1:20 am

      I’m definitely intrigued! I’ve become a huge fan of the brand so I probably will cave and try out the eyebrow pencil. 😉

  13. 07.13.2013 / 3:39 pm

    I may or may not have purchased Red Square after watching your Rainbow Tag video — I’d been meaning to try out the NARS lip pencils and that color is just too good! But I totally found out what you mean about the pressure inside the cap — makes me nervous to keep it in my purse!-Kodi
    grey et al

    • 07.16.2013 / 1:21 am

      I’m so glad you purchased Red Square and love it – and yes, those little popper tops are dangerous!! Wish they would do something about them…no other chunky pencils do that to me except Nars, for some reason.

  14. 07.17.2013 / 3:21 am

    I really love how all of these look, stunning on you – you rock a coral-red lip well girl! I have the NARS lip pencil and love it, I find NARS lip pencils really hydrating too so I love em!

  15. 07.17.2013 / 3:50 am

    Wonderful color on you! I love NYX lipsticks great prices and fantastic pigment. When it comes to NARS another one to add to your list is “Heat Wave”….. I’m addicted, I wear it almost every day.
    ~ Nnene

  16. 07.17.2013 / 10:38 am

    thanks for this post! I love reds but sometimes it’s a little TOO much for me… Anyhow i love all your tips…

  17. 07.18.2013 / 12:44 am

    They’re all so pretty! I’m loving coral everything Latelu – especially lips and nails! The Palladio Coral Punch lipstick is my favorite – I’ve got to pick that one up!

  18. 07.18.2013 / 7:28 pm

    Love your tip about the lip scrub. Definitely going to have to try that!

  19. 07.19.2013 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks for this post. Coral reds are the only reds that work for me.

  20. 07.19.2013 / 7:56 pm

    These are all great choices, I must go & pick up one or two of these right now. I’ve been wanting to try some coral shades but didn’t know where to start!

  21. 07.28.2013 / 10:15 pm

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  22. 08.11.2013 / 9:15 pm

    Snap on the 110, beyond beautiful and none quite like it, it is sitting on my desk ready to feature in a favorites post! Another favorite of mine is MACs SoChaud, an almost-red as you say with very orange undertones in a matte finish.

  23. Christina
    09.27.2013 / 6:27 pm

    I went to buy the Rimmel 110 @ my local CVS drugstore and they don’t carry it. They don’t even have a slot for it, only the 109 which seemed to be straight coral. Coral tinted reds are the only ones I can pull off as a natural red head. Anyone have any tips on where to find 110 ?

  24. starr404
    05.16.2014 / 1:56 am

    Estee Lauder had it right, pure color electric lip creme in hot hot 725. But alas, discontinued!

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