Your Best and Brightest Budget Lipsticks


In some aspects of life, the ultimate aim is to find your soulmate, your one-and-only, your perfect pairing. So finding a beauty product which is your ultimate favorite and knowing that that part of your life, at least, is sorted, can give great satisfaction.

But when it comes to lipsticks, monogamy is not for me. Why have one when you can have 60?

When you’re as much of a lipstick floozy as I am, then it’s good to know that you can amass an impressive collection built primarily of the cheap and the cheerful.

Here are my top budget lipstick ranges for those of you who like options, but don’t want to sacrifice on quality.

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stains are a pretty clever product (as clever as a lipstick can reasonably be called, anyway).

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They apply as a peppermint-scented, waxy balm and dry down leaving a pretty stain – pretty self-explanatory, but you can never be too careful. They come in some nice, interesting colors, too. Rendezvous is a great long-lasting orange option, Romantic is a bright tomato-ish red, and Cherish is a cool bubble-gummy lavender. If you want to apply lipstick only once and enjoy a day of natural and unproblematic fading down, these are for you. I have woken up in the morning with these still on from the night before.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks are unbelievably great for the price.

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They come in a broad and well-thought-out range of colors, from nudest nude to dark, blackberry purple. My favorites are Spiked With Rum, a brownish nude, and Pinkerbell, a warm, bright coral – but there is almost no color in the extensive range I wouldn’t wear. They are all matte, but not too drying, and last well without awkward fading. The packaging is pretty messy, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make – and it’s what’s inside that counts, right?

For neon brights, I don’t think the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids can really be beaten.

Maybelline Color Sensational vivids best budget brightest drugstore lipstick

Not only do they come in unusual colors not often seen at their low price point, but the formulas are impeccable, too. They are beautifully, evenly pigmented but still apply smoothly and last a really long time – and the darker colors leave behind a nice stained effect, too. Even if you don’t like daring (silly) lipstick colors, the range has a solid quality classic red (On Fire Red) and surprisingly wearable deep pink (Vivid Rose) - of course, I lean more toward the Electric Orange and Pink Punches of the group. It’s nice to try something a bit more “out there” without such a monetary commitment.

Finally, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets.

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These are opaque, matte lip paints which last beautifully (I wore Hot Pepper through Christmas Dinner last year while my family looked on in awe). Unlike other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, these don’t dry out and crack off, instead gracefully (and very, very slowly) fading away into stains. The color range is also really gorgeous, including possibly my favorite bright pink ever (and I am a self-appointed bright-pink connoisseur), Pink Pong. They’re a little more pricey for a drugstore item, but well worth it for the longevity and powerful pigment.

So there you have it. A personal edit of lip options which you can collect and collect like the dirty hoarder you are.

These lipsticks speak to a higher quality than their meagre price tags, and prove that skimping on money does not have to mean skimping on anything else.