My faves are Nars Funny Face, Revlon's Love That Pink, Wet N' Wild Hot Paris Pink, Chanel's Paris Pink & Coco Pink. I have to be careful about the amount of blue in the pink as my skin is pale, eyes are blue, & hair is blue/black. Sometimes a pink with too much orange or coral can drain the complexion, so I usually anchor the lipstick with a berry, fuschia or light plum liner.
You're right about expensive lipsticks being on the dry side. The Chanels tend to be that way. The old Max Factor lipsticks in the navy blue tube were perfect - just the right amount of pigment, long lasting, and boy did they hold the moisture onto your lips. My favorite Max Factor pink used to be Rosewood. It truly matched the natural shade of one's own lips.