Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick





Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick

The geisha's timeless vermillion lip remastered for the modern woman. Rooted in a shade that is one of the most distinctive, symbolic colors in Japan.


Size:  3.7 g | 0.1 oz.

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Why It Works

This feather-light formula combines brilliant pigments with pure silk and botanical extracts for a long-wearing matte finish that keeps lips hydrated. A universal shade that flatters all skin tones.


Ideal for all skin tones.
Formulated without:
Mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, pthalates, urea, DEA or TEA.

How To Use

Suggested Usage

Apply directly on lips, beginning in the middle and sweeping outwards. The edges of the facets on the lipstick can be used as a lip liner to help guide your application.

Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 61.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful Wow this is a wonderfully made lipstick. I'm one of those people who, if I apply a stronger lipstick in the morning, invariably forget to apply it during the day as it takes too much time. But the beveling on this product really does help, much more so than other beveled lipsticks I've tried. It also lasted well and left a lovely softer red colour after my many cups of tea. I can definitely feel that it's more matte than the Plum Blossom and my preference is a more moisturizing feel, but I wouldn't say it is a drying lipstick at all. Expensive, but really lovely. For reference, I have medium ash blonde hair, a light neutral skin tone and this stayed a true red on me. Some reds do go pink, almost fuschia for me, but this didn't.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very different red! I have read reviews where people did not like this due to color: one said it was "orange-red", another said "cherry-red". Opposite ends of the spectrum. As someone who has probably 40 different red lipsticks, I can say this is a standout. I was at first concerned that it may be too warm. Those concerns were unfounded. This lipstick changes base color based on skin tone AND other shades of makeup you may be wearing. I find it works with EVERYTHING! It has a wonderful smooth non-dry texture, and out of all my reds, this is the one I use most. (I bought backups for fear it would be out of stock when I needed a new one.). I really can't imagine this shade looking bad on anyone. Perhaps those who had negative experiences are not used to bold reds. That can be a bit shocking for those who have worn neutrals all their lives. As someone who has worn just about every color under the rainbow, and countless reds, this is a winner!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling so beautiful! This is the only red lipstick I own! It’s my go-to and probably the only one I’ll ever use. I get so many compliments when I wear this lipstick! It’s absolutely beautiful!
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lipstick I've Ever Used I don't think I have ever used a lipstick that has had this much staying power! It lasted all day for me, even through eating and drinking. The best part is it is universally flattering. I have always had problems finding the perfect red, and this is it. My lips stayed bright and moisturized all day long. Even after I took it off, I could clearly see a difference in my lips - the moisture lasted even after I cleaned it off for the night. It's simple and I think something that has a place in everyone's makeup arsenal.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful true and pure red, easy to apply The color is beautiful on the lipstick, but even better on my lips. It is matte, but still softly glowing. The shape of the stick makes application easy: precisely draw the top line, then the bottom line, then add more color inside the shape that you just defined, and you’re done. Perfect result. Even better than I thought it would be. And just handling the case is a treat in itself, as was unpacking this treasure (I kept all of the packaging, as an additional treasure to play with when I need a bit of uplifting :-) ).
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's ok, but also dissapointing I bought this last year at Barney's NYC. I was really thrilled to get it but the color has this "cool cherry" nuance going on so it looks a little weird agains my super pale warm complexion. Every time I use this my dad asks me if I'm sick :( . Plus, check out the ingredient list, I thought Tatcha used "cleaner" ingredients... And (almost forgot) with this lipstick you might end up with a red-ring-of-doom after a drink or eat. Yeah. That's my experience. I rather buy one from another brand I like. Better performance, quality and also cheaper.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m so shocked I could cry! A good cry though! I have NEVER been able to pull off a red lip! I always thought red didn’t go well with my face for some reason and never had any luck. Even my close friends have mentioned that I’m not a red lipstick kind of gal. I purchased the Cherry Blossom and the Plum Blossom and each time I was nervous because it is pricey but each time they have truly been flattering on me. I decided to take a shot on the Kyoto Red since the rest were genuinely universal. I’m so glad that I took the chance! This shade is different! They truly aren’t lying about it being universally flattering. This is AMAZING. I’m in SHOCK right now. Forever my red lip go too! It’s a gorgeous red. Bright but not too bright. Sensual and sexy but amazing for every day wear. I don’t know how they came up with it but it’s a real winner. You will love it
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This Is NOT The Best Red Lipstick Ever Red lipstick has been part of my wardrobe for almost twenty years. I have sought out shade after shade in my attempt to find the "perfect" red lipstick. Sadly, I was suckered in by all of the amazing reviews for this product. I have tried it and frankly I'm not impressed. First of all, it's not really a deep red. It's orange. The promise that it "adapts to everyone's skin tone" is nonsense. It looked orange on me. I even tried it over a blue red lip liner. Same effect. It mutated to a brick red, but that's not what I sought out. I wanted a deep, crimson red. Some how I don't recall Geishas having orange lips... Yes, the shape is a nice idea but after two uses, all of the facets are GONE. So much for that. If you want your lipstick to go on precisely, cut the tip yourself. Whatever shape it has will never last based on the simple face that it melts a little upon application. I didn't find the staying power of this product to be ground-breaking either. I HAVE used lipsticks that endured multiple hours in my studio without so much as a touch up. $55 is way too much for this item. Sorry Tatcha but your product doesn't live up to the hype. I'm just glad that I know someone with the skin tone who CAN use this lipstick. Hopefully she'll like it better.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The last red lipstick I will need. I never thought I could wear red but was so taken by the idea of trying the geisha's red that I had to try and I am so glad that I did. It lights up my skin in a way that lipstick never has. The counter ladies always told me that I should wear a blue red. I have olive skin. This is a truly a vermillion - more of a bright, slightly citrus red than a dark blue red. I never thought I'd be able to pull if off but now that I have, I'm never going back. This is the last red lipstick I'll ever need. I'm going to have to hoard them now. ;-)
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks orange on me. I bought this lipstick thinking it was going to look great but not even close. I put it on my lips and low and behold, it was very orangey! I was soo disappointed because of the hype of perfect red lipstick for all skin tones. I can’t wear this color lipstick. Maybe I got a defective batch? I don’t know what to say. I am sure I can’t use this at all!
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I have very fair skin and was always shy about a red lipstick......never quite right in MY eyes.....THIS RED is stunning -- a little bit blue-red and a little bit warm red! The texture is creamy but "hugs" the lips like no other.....The case is sophistication but what's inside is pure PERFECTION!!!! Thanks TATCHA for the only RED I will wear.....
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bye Bye mixing red lipsticks - Kyoto Red is perfect! Kyoto Red has replaced my MAC collection of Ruby Woo, Russian Red, and Rihanna (all three that I mixed together to get the red I wanted). Now it's just Kyoto Red in my bag - considerably much lighter now, keeping my resolution of streamlining my life, and still giving me the look I love! Big thanks to all the wonderful folks at Tatcha!
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is magic lipstick I never thought that a red lipstick could ever be my every day lipstick until now. I am a very fair blue eyed blonde with freckles. I hate orange and can't stand anything too bright or obvious. This somehow is perfect with jeans AND a formal gown! Perfect in direct sunlight and candlelight. Well done Tatcha!!!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Forever Red I have been using and collecting red lipstick for years. I have loved so many reds, but this one is by far the best. It is very lightweight, matte but in no way dull or flat, and long lasting. The color is so perfect because it's both super elegant and dressy as well as casual when you need it to be. I wear it with jeans or with a dress and it never looks out of place. It's also incredibly flattering on everyone. This is really the only red I need and I am thrilled it's now part of the permanent collection.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from IT'S NOT RED! I have a good eye for color. I'm not sure what these other people are seeing. The color is NOT's ORANGEY RED and mostly ORANGE. Seriously, who of us can wear orange and not look freakish?
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't regret it. When I would wear lipstick it was always a bubble gum pink. I barely ever wore any because most lipsticks and glosses make my lips gummy and gross. But not this one. The description is 100% accurate-a silky matte texture with a bold color that stays. I have gotten so many compliments on it. I never thought I could pull off a red lip but I wear this every day with ease. I am obsessed with Tatcha and only use their product on my face now. I hope they introduce more makeup and hair products!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely but always sold out This and the Sunrise: A Plum Blossom are absolutely incredible but why is it so hard to get or stock this product? Sadly, because it's so hard to obtain, some unscrupulous people are selling it for a higher price online and if we want it, we're forced to pay it. The fact that this lipstick is $55 each already makes it a high end luxury product that not everyone will be able or want to buy so why make it impossible to get for your clients who do want it? It's a little frustrating.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Art Piece I absolutely adore this lipstick. I just received it this week and I am blown away at how beautiful it is--truly an art piece. As a dedicated Tatcha fan, even though I don't wear lipstick all that often, I just had to try this. I have thin lips and never think lipsticks look good on me. I think other ones are either too drying or too shiny and make my thin lips look worse. This is the perfect balance that doesnt make me self conscious about my lips at all! Thank you Tatcha!
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this lipstick! After being on the waiting list for this color for quite a while, I finally received the email that it had arrived. I tried it on immediately when it arrived. I LOVE IT! After reading the description of the color, I was a bit concerned that it might have too much of a yellow/orange undertone. Was I wrong! Somehow it manages to be warm and cool at the same time. The texture and finish are an amazing satin. My mother who doesn't notice my lipsticks one way or another ever, and I wear lots of reds, saw me with it on and commented on what a beautiful color it was and how it looked amazing on me! I think this shade would work for any skin tone . It's my very favorite red, (out of dozens!). You can't go wrong with this color! And it's so moisturizing and comfortsble. So happy I was able to purchase this shade!
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally!!! Yes, yes, yes, I have been waiting to receive this lipstick for ages, and I just love it! You did not disappoint, Tatcha! The texture is perfect. I base my lip with a neutral liner I have, then apply this red and go. It stays on so well, I only touched up once after lunch. The texture and color are like everything you make, ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! ... And the packaging is pure class. It makes me wish it would wear off quicker so I had an excuse to take it out in public!
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft and long lasting The angled tip is great for application without lip liner. The formula goes on very smooth and the matte effect gives me a lasting look. I have never worn red before but now that I am its very empowering. With my lip color and skin tone the color appears to be brighter and can be viewed as a brighter red then deep maroon red. But I received so many compliments when I wore it and there is something special about wearing the same color of a geisha thousands of years ago.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Signature Red! I consider myself a connoisseur of lipsticks, especially red, as it has become my signature. As I've gotten older, I find my bold eyeglasses and perfect shade of lipstick are all I need to feel my best. When my favorite skincare line decided to launch a red lipstick I thought to myself, this is kismet! I anxiously awaited it's arrival, and I am not disappointed. I love the packaging first of all. The weight of the tube in your hand, and the faceted tip all makes a luxurous presentation. The color looks gorgeous on. When I layer it, it gives me a fire engine red pop of color. Or if I sheer it out, I get a softer true red. The staying power is also unsurpassed. Usually, you have to pick comfort or staying power, but this has both. I hope Tatcha decides to make more colors in the future because I will line up for each and every one!
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTE BEST FEATURE! After trying for many years to find the perfect red - this is it! And while it's a beautiful colour, exquisite texture and the most elegant lipstick tube ever the absolute best feature is the fact that it stays where you put it. No feathering into the lines around this 66 year old mouth. I've tried multiple liners with little success but this needs nothing to keep it in line. Thank you, Tatcha! Please keep this treasure available.
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Red This is my everyday red. The satiny matte finish makes it so wearable. Just wearing the lipstick alone makes me look more sophisticated right away. It's the only red lipstick I can apply straight from the tube. The shape of the bullet also makes it easy to create a precise shape without using a lip brush. I'm so obsessed, I only use one side of the bullet so the other side can stay looking perfect like a jewel!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegance and luxury..... My order was placed as soon as I received the e-mail on a was on Monday. Exceptional shipping and packaging as usual from Tatcha. Now for the lipstick. It is like nothing I have witnessed before. The elegance of the tube itself was enchanting with the weight and precision of the locking clasp. The color of the lipstick is overwhelming beautiful. I had just begun to try red in a lipstick so with this opportunity and the Tatcha name behind it, my curiosity was peaked. Applied to the lips, your face comes alive! The color is sensual and long wearing....even after eating. It lasts all day. The application is smooth and calming. I use either a clear lipliner or a sheer neutral to give the lipline dimension. Knowing that this lipstick was coming soon, I saved and could not be happier to finally own it. It is stunning and captures the true essence of being a woman.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint! The main reason I love this lipstick is for its staying power. I wear braces (Invisalign braces) and the lip stick does not rub on to the plastic braces at all, where as other lipsticks all rub on to my braces. However, the lipstick does not feel light on the lips compared to my other lip sticks. The shade is more of a deep red, rather than a bright orange kind of red. Overall I am happy with it.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GORGEOUS Lipstick I was hesitant about purchasing "another red lipstick". I have shied away from "red" because I found it hard to wear. Thus my apprehensiveness. I decided to try it based on all of the other GLOWING reviews. THANK YOU TATCHA TOMODACHI TACHI for your honest descriptive reviews!! I LOVE this lipstick! Translation: Tomodachi TACHI means friends in Japanese
Date published: 2016-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bold, very bold I'm light-medium tone with yellow undertones. It's a very bold red. On me it's got an orangey-red tone on my lips. I still like it very much. I got it when it first came out, sign up for email notification and you should be able to snatch one. I don't use it on a regular basis, and use a lip brush to apply. If you like a solid red bold lip, try out this red.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophisticated and elegant! I love the color of this red. It is completely indescribable, and I have had a couple of my girlfriends try it on, all with different skin tones. It looks completely different on all of us, but gorgeous. I apply it with neutral liner, blot, then reapply it. It stays on all day long! Highly recommend it if you are looking for a signature red.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silhouette red lips If you are looking for a "turns heads" vivid red lipstick with a unique formula, healthy green tea and algae, then this is the one here. It is matte but moisturizes your lips all day, easy to apply without bleeding, you don't even need to put on lip liner... the silhouette of the red lip stands out. "Gorgeous! "
Date published: 2015-12-28
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How did TATCHA develop this lipstick?

Asked by: TATCHA
We worked with makeup artists and chemists from the Tatcha Institute in Japan to create a texture and color that would truly become a go-to classic for modern women everywhere.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

I have this lipstick (it’s the best ever - really). However, I was just diagnosed with celiac disease. Is this product gluten free?

Asked by: KAGs
Thank you for your question! Unfortunately, this treasure is not among our gluten-free options. For a list of gluten-free items within our collection, kindly reach out to and our team will provide one for you. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-10-01

Is this lipstick scented, or does it have a fragrance?

Asked by: TATCHA
The Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick is unscented and fragrance-free.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-04-02

What makes this lipstick different from other red lipsticks?

Asked by: TATCHA
This lipstick combines luxuious ingredients like pure silk and nourishing botanical oils to provide anti-aging benefits while instantly illuminating the face. This unique formula is long-lasting, yet leaves lips hydrated.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

How will I know if this looks good on my skin tone?

Asked by: TATCHA
Warm and cool-toned red pigments create a red shade that looks beautiful on all complexions. As always, we stand behind our Happiness Guarantee and invite you to contact one of our Skincare Specialists by emailing or calling (888) 739-2932 ext 1. to easily resolve any concerns with your purchase.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-04-02

What type of finish does this lipstick have?

Asked by: TATCHA
This lipstick has a matte finish.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15
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Purity Promise

We promise our formulas will always be free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA and many other ingredients. The collection is non-irritating, non-sensitizing and dermatologist tested.