It's no secret that I don't like to splurge when it comes to lip products; one of the main reasons being that I really don't see why you'd ever have to. Whilst I'm a high end girl when it comes to foundations and mascaras, for lip colour the high street is where it's at, so I figured I'd give a low down on my pick of the budget crop...
Whether you're after a matte or a satin finish, two collections on the high street have you covered. First up is Revlon's Super Lustrous Matte Collection; if you're after a velvety formula that doesn't dry out the lips this could be the one for you. The shade 'Mauve It Over' is one of the most worn lipsticks in my collection as it's so wearable for everyday, although there are bolder options available depending on what you're after. Oh, and Lisa Eldridge is a fan. Need I say more? When I'm after something a little more glossy I tend to reach for anything from the Sleek True Colour range. The variety of shades on offer is pretty spectacular for a high street brand and they're incredibly affordable too. As the name suggests the colour pay off is second to none and the formula really can't be rivalled in my eyes, even with many premium lipstick brands. Pictured above is the shade 'Barely There', a simple, natural pink that's perfect for those with fair complexions like myself.
If you're after a sheerer finish, I'd definitely recommend picking up the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm. Pictured is the shade 'Red Dahlia', a rich burgundy balm that gives the lips a subtle flush of colour when applied. These moisturise my lips brilliantly and are a dream to work with, so the fact that they don't last all that long on the lips isn't much of a problem for me. Shade wise, MUA's Lipstick in 'Shade 10' is strikingly similar in the bullet, although this gives a slightly bolder punch of colour overall. It's still incredibly subtle though, so it's perfect if you're a little nervous about deep shades.
For longevity, I'm forever reaching for the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Lip Colour in 'Rose Dust', a pretty dusky pink that literally doesn't budge from the lips when dried. The colour dries incredibly quickly, so having a precise hand when applying this is key, but for the lasting power it's more than worth it. The glosses also come with a transparent balm to apply over the top, which is crucial to get rid of that dry, tacky feeling that comes with these types of products. I didn't actually realise until now how similar the Rimmel Apocalips in 'Celestial' is in terms of shade, but in my eyes it's just as gorgeous when on the lips. The Apocalips' are slightly glossier and although the colour doesn't last as long as the Maybelline option, they're arguably more comfortable to wear. For extra longevity I pat this down after the first application and then slick another layer on top, which does the job nicely!
Revlon Matte Lipstick in 'Mauve It Over' (£7.49) | Sleek True Colour Lipstick in 'Barely There' (£4.99) | Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in 'Red Dahlia' (£5.99) | MUA Lipstick in 'Shade 10' (£1.00) | Maybelline SuperStay Lip Colour in 'Rose Dust' (£8.99) | Rimmel Apocalips in 'Celestial' (£6.49)