Lipstick is one makeup staple that I rarely leave out of my rotation. My current makeup routine is pretty basic, starting with primer, then moving on to foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, highlighter, brows, and mascara - in that order. ;) It may sound like a lot to some, but it's pretty simple. Basically my routine is a natural “no makeup” makeup look, evening out my skintone and highlighting features like eyes, brows, and cheekbones. Using lipstick makes my routine a little less basic and more exciting; plus it allows me to be able to change up my natural look depending on the lipstick I use.
Lipstick can be pricey, especially if you want to build a large collection. I love having tons of options on hand that can match any mood I'm in or outfit I'm feeling. Because of this, I tend to lean more towards affordable lipstick options, with many coming from local drugstores like Walgreens or CVS. Just because they're inexpensive doesn't mean they aren't great. I've tested so many products out and because of this I've been able to narrow my product list down to a few tried & true shades. My favorites are pictured above, and listed in the order in which they appear in the photograph. :)
One | Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Balm // Chunkiest Chili ($17)
This is the perfect moisturizing red. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other options but is still under twenty bucks so it can’t be beat. It has a tiny amount of sparkle which I love, and is a little bit darker than the Revlon Really Red stick listed a couple of points down. This isn’t a matte but it’s super comfortable and goes on so well. I’m a huge fan of Clinique and almost all of my “face makeup” comes from them. It lasts all day and after daubing the excess off, it makes the perfect shade of dark red. I wear this color to be a little more dramatic for a night out or nice dinner.
Two | Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor // Seduction ($9.49)
I bought this color when I was looking for something that was somewhat bright, but wasn’t bold and could be worn as an everyday color. This matte gloss fits the bill. It goes on really smooth as a gloss, which actually worried me the first time I wore it (I am 100% anti-gloss, hair in the lips is never fun). After a little bit of time it dries into a comfortable matte and will last all day. This color gets me through the entire workday, including endless cups of coffee, lunch, and snacks. PS, this is what I'm wearing in yesterday's Instagram post.
Three | Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick // Really Red Matte ($8.49)
This is my absolute favorite lipstick that I own. It’s the perfect affordable true red color, and it doesn’t make your lips feel dry like a lot of mattes can. I normally apply it liberally and then daub off the excess for a natural & comfortable feel. I wear this red with more neutral colors to play up a classic look. Bonus: this matte will last all day, even through eating, with limited light reapplications.
Four | Maybelline Color Sensational // Daringly Nude Matte ($7.49)
This is my favorite nude, and believe me, I’ve tried a ton of them. I wanted a nude that finished off my look in a polished and complete way, but I didn't want it to look like I wasn’t wearing anything at all. I was pretty picky. But this one is great. It’s also a matte and lasts for quite some time during the day. It’s perfectly understated and a little more natural than a mauve or pink.
Five | Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick // Pinkberry ($28)
This lipstick is the most expensive on this list and isn’t a matte (which is kind of disappointing) but it’s still a great option because of its quality. It is so moisturizing and comfortable while also being longlasting. The pinkberry color is more like a mauve and is a great everyday option. I love wearing this color because it goes with everything. I normally do the same with this color as I do with the red: apply it and then daub it off a little with a piece of tissue.
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