Seeing as I mentioned a couple of fantastic cheap lippies in my recent April Fashion Finds, I thought I should show them on my lips. I always find swatches on the back of a hand are nothing like the outcome on your lips! So I thought it might be a good idea for me to put together a list of my 5 top cheap lipsticks for under a fiver. I don't wear lippy daily, but I'm becoming more and more fond of certain ones! I'm not sure that I'll ever spend a colossal £14 on a MAC lippy after finding these babies!
For reference, I generally find lipsticks quite uncomfortable to wear and a bit of a hassle to reapply, plus my beauty knowledge is rather poor, so these are judged mainly on this basis!
17 Supreme Shine in Hot Stuff, £4.99 at Boots - but I've found half price vouchers at the Advantage Card Kiosk! this was actually how I first tried the formula. Although it is called Supreme Shine, I don't really feel that the formula is massively shiny. There's no glitter particles in the formula (I personally dislike that in lipsticks) and it's not too drying. A good in-between for moisturising and mattifying. Hot Stuff is a relatively neutral bright red, I'd say it's slightly blue toned (I'm a bit rubbish with that kind of thing though). Favourite red lippy at the moment!
17 Supreme Shine in Red Devil, £4.99 at Boots - same formula as the former, but a darker shade, more like MAC's Russian Red. This is certainly more blue toned and I think it'd suit almost anyone! Again, pretty comfortable to wear and lasts well for the price!
Maybelline Colour Sensational in 175 Pink Punch, £2.99 at eBay - not entirely sure if this is still in stores seeing as it's selling on eBay for such a cheap price?! But this is a super formula for me, a really bright shade, but not drying. I also really love the packaging! The colour hasn't photographed on my lips too well, it is more like the tube colour in real life! I haven't worn this loads because I do find it makes my teeth look a little yellower, but I just think the formula and price is super - might have to give some other shades a go.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo, £5 at NYX - I seriously love this colour, but the formula is a bit tricky to wear if you have lips that tend to dry out when you use lippy - like mine! I really have to be having a good-lip-day for this one! It shows up every flake of skin, every crevice. This is an extremely matte finish, but is relatively comfortable to wear, although I wouldn't wear it all evening. It doesn't last very long on me either - I have to reapply really regularly. But I also have this Lip Cream in Amsterdam and love that shade. The doe-foot applicator enables precise applications for a clumsy'un like moi. The pink shade of Tokyo is a nice change to my red obsession! Plus, at a fiver it's a really affordable option for something a little different!
Barry M Lip Paint in 129 Palest Lavender, £4.49 at Barry M - this is my current favourite! If Barry M have reformulated all of their Lip Paints to be like this one, I might have to buy some more... It's a light pinky-purple with a blue undertone. I do have two older Lip Paints, but they're really quite drying. Palest Lavender is nothing like these older ones. It's a little less cakey and glides on a lot better. I also really love this shade - it washes me out a little, but it does look better when I have blonde hair! It does need reapplying every hour or so, but I love that Barry M provide more unusual colours in their range at budget prices.
I'd love to know of any of your bargain lipstick finds! I'm loving trying out crazy new shades - so please share your favourites in the comments!