While I'm always on the look out for a new red lippie that I haven't tried - I don't think there is ever one truly perfect shade - I have a few in my collection that are my favourite go-to choices.
Here are some of the best red lipsticks - all of which are cruelty free - I've tried and tested so you don't have to hunt through every choice on the market to find the right product:
The liquid-to-matte lipstick is probably my favourite invention when it comes to makeup and I spent ages and a fair bit of cash finding the perfect brand.
I've tried numerous makes - I previously thought that Lime Crime was the best but my second order wasn't the same quality and then I found out about some issues with the company - but the best costs £3 from Superdrug.
I only tend to need to reapply the lipstick to the middle of my lips after eating as it tends to stay on all day, which really makes it a great product and an absolute bargain.
This is a relatively new find and one that I absolutely adore. I found this product when visiting Le Keux Vintage Salon in Leeds, as I was instantly attracted to the really pretty packaging and how nice all the products looked together. They really do look like they belong on the perfect vintage dressing table.
One of the best things about Whistle Bait is that you can create numerous different effects depending on your preference or the look you're going for. You can opt for a lip gloss look by applying a light layer, blot the lips for a matte effect or apply, blot and apply again for a high-shine Hollywood lip.You can also team it with a lip liner for a really really vibrant colour.
You can also blend Whistle Bait with other Le Keux lip paints to create custom colours or ombre effects, showing just how versatile these products are.
I've always loved Barry M Lip Paints - the classic Pillar Box Red is the product that started my love affair with red lipsticks - but the Ultra Moisturising range is really something special. Cranberry Red has the same smooth but thick consistency as the classic lip paints, but the extra moisturiser in the formula makes application easier whether you use a brush or just apply it straight.
However, this isn't the case with Barry M, as the thick consistency means you get a great rich shade even without liner - although you can make the colour more dramatic by lining and filling with the brand's lip liner in Wine or Mulberry.
Even though I have these three great red lipsticks in my collection, I can guarantee that I'll still end up buying more just to be sure I'm not missing out on anything, so watch this space for more reviews.