The final part of Budget Beauty Week is here for 2016! With the 40% off sale starting very soon, I hope you’ve got your wishlist at the ready! For the final part of BBW, I’m talking all things lip products. Lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, glosses and even liners. I love so many lip formulas from the drugstore and truly think that’s it’s one of the areas where budget beauty really challenges some of the higher end formulas. Rimmel dominates each category, which is no surprise, they make a lot of my favourite drugstore formulas and take up most of my drugstore lip product drawers.
A recent love and one that I’ve chatted about before, I’ve been so pleasantly surprised with this formula – it feels more like a lip balm, comfortable and hydrating, but has the pigmentation of a lipstick. I pretty much always have one or two shades hanging out in my handbag. Some of my favourite shades from the range include Blush Basin*, Suede Splash* & Lily Lake*.
Probably my favourite drugstore lipstick formula of all. It’s so creamy, intensely pigmented and feels so comfortable and moisturising on the lips all day long. The shade range has a beautiful collection of neutrals and bold options, too – there’s something for everyone, I’m sure. My all-time favourites are 700 Naughty Nude & 200 It’s A Keeper*.
Another Rimmel formula that hits the mark is the Lasting Finish range. The range has some matte shades and some more glossy shades in the mix but the formula never ceases to amaze me. A little more lightweight than the Only 1 formula but it still has that hint of glossiness that I tend to prefer in my lipsticks. I love the Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Nude Lipstick in 45* and the Lasting Finish Kate Anniversary Lipstick in 55 My Nude*. But have loved so many shades from the different ranges in the past.
Although neither of these formulas actually dry to the classic matte finish, expected from liquid lipsticks, they’re both intensely pigmented and are still some of my favourites from the drugstore. The Maybelline formula is a little more mousse-y and incredibly vivid, as the name suggests. My favourites from the range include 05 Nude Flush*, 50 Nude Thrill* & 30 Fuchsia Ecstasy*. The Revlon formula is slightly more lightweight but tends to be a little more overtly glossy on the lips. My pick is 600 HD Devotion.
My number one recommendation for long-wearing lip colour will always be these lightweight liquid lipsticks from Rimmel. Once you’ve applied them, they will not budge no matter what. The formula is quite thin but pigmented enough that one layer is enough. The second end of the tube has a hydrating gloss that revives the lips if they ever start feeling too dry. I love the shades 200 I’ll Call You* & 310 Little Minx*.
I don’t actually have any of these ones at the moment but in the past, I’ve loved these mousse-y matte liquid lipsticks from Bourjois, so they’re worth checking out too. I might even see if I can pick one up in the sale…
I love drugstore glosses so it’s no surprise that I have an entire drawer full of them. My three favourite formulas come from Rimmel, L’Oreal and Maybelline. Rimmel’s formula is intensely pigmented, I often use my favourite shade 330 Snog* on it’s own. L’Oreal’s formula is a little sheerer but super glossy – my favourite shades are 109 Fight For It* & 110 I Got The Power*. Maybelline’s formula has been my favourite one for years now – glossy, lightweight but still with a serious dose of pigment. Caramel Infused, Mauve Mystique & Rose Redefined are always in rotation.
Another recommendation that I don’t actually have on hand, at the moment. It’s a similar deal to the glosses I’ve already mentioned – intensely pigmented and the shade range is so stunning.
I’m a huge fan of Essence’s cheap thrills, particularly when 40% off, and these lip liners are perhaps the best finds from the brand (the blushes might just beat them, though, in my opinion). These classic pencils come in a whole range of useful shades and work brilliantly. I don’t bother to line my lips a lot, so for someone like me it’s awesome to find a cheap option that works well, when I need it. Satin Mauve, In The Nude & Cute Pink are all awesome shades.
My other drugstore liner recommendation comes, yet again, from Rimmel. This retractable crayon pencil is precise, pigmented and just waxy enough that it works without feeling uncomfortable or dehydrating on the lips. Eastend Snob is awesome for my pinky-mauve lipsticks that I always love to wear.
I hope you’ve loved Budget Beauty Week and that I’ve enabled just a couple of purchases in the upcoming Priceline sale. Make sure to let me know what you pick up! Stay tuned to see my inevitable haul…
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!
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