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Top 10 of 2013: Best Drugstore/Budget Lipsticks and Lipglosses

Here is a compilation of my favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses that I’ve tested over the past year! I’m really excited to have found an affordable, high-quality lip scrub this year. Bonus points for being an indie brand to boot! It does seem like 2013 was the year of bright lipstick–fuchsia, red, and orange!

What were your favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses from the past year?

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5 Metallic Silvers for the Holidays

If gold isn’t quite your style when it comes to the holidays, how about silver? I personally love wearing silver as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow base for a smoky eye.

  1. Lit Tinsel Town — a glittering, holographic silver perfect for adding sparkle and dazzle to any look
  2. Maybelline Silver Strike — a bright, metallic silver that’s easy to use as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow
  3. Urban Decay Cuff — a bright, silver eyeliner with a soft metallic sheen
  4. NYX Ice Glitter — silver and holographic glitter top coat to add just that touch of wintry dazzle to your nails
  5. Inglot #447 — a bright, light metallic silver powder eyeshadow that opens and brightens the eye

What are your favorite silver-hued beauty products?

NYX Cosmo & Sunrise Mega Shine Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss
NYX Cosmo Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a shimmering rose gold–a lovely mix of pale pink, copper, and light copper. Applied, it looked lighter, softer, and not as warm-toned–more pink than copper came through. The finish was nearly metallic; incredibly sparkling and reflective.  It had semi-sheer coverage in terms of color, but there was so much shimmer in it, that the end result was more semi-opaque. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.  As this one is so shimmer-packed, I do feel little bits of shimmer towards the end of wear.  Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more coral, darker. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is more pearly, less shimmery, pinker. (P, $19.00) MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sunrise Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a medium, warm-toned red with coppery gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it adds plenty of color to lips, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color comes through. I had some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but in general, it’s not easily noticed. It lasted well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is sheerer, less shimmery. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is also sheerer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

The Mega Shine Lip Gloss formula is supposed to “[deliver] shine, moisture and softness and [envelop] lips with glistening color.” It has a light-medium-weighted consistency that spreads evenly and easily across the lips. The texture is mostly non-sticky with some very light tackiness developing over time. I find that the scent of the formula varies from tube to tube, as some arrive with no scent, some smell almost like plastic, and then some smell like cherry cough syrup.  I didn’t notice the scent once the gloss is applied, only when I smelled the applicator or the product in the tube, and there wasn’t any noticeable taste.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Cosmo
Cosmo
Cosmo
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Sunrise
Sunrise
Sunrise
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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NYX Chic & Paparazzi Round Lipsticks

NYX Chic Round Lipstick
NYX Chic Round Lipstick

NYX Chic Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly yellow-toned pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a light translucency that enabled some of the natural lip color to come through. This shade wore three hours on me, which is shy of average. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker, less frosted. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is a bit lighter, less frosted. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is less frosted, warmer. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

NYX Paparazzi Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a creamy, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it wore well for three and a half hours. The consistency of this was quite creamy, and I found if you pressed your lips together, light lines would show. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Chic
Chic
Chic
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Paparazzi
Paparazzi
Paparazzi
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

NYX Blush & Castle Round Lipsticks

NYX Blush Round Lipstick
NYX Blush Round Lipstick

NYX Blush Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warm yellow undertones and a light shine. It’s almost so warm-toned that it gets into a pink-coral range, but I think it leans just pink enough to still be a pink hue overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy consistency that easily glided onto lips. It had a fair amount of slip, which was great for application, but it did seem like it wore off a bit faster as a result–though it was lightly hydrating while it lasted (three and a half hours). Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is warmer, a touch lighter. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX Castle Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-shimmered, medium purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It applied evenly for the most part, though it wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of any previously reviewed shades quite like this. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $15.00) is matte, no frost, so it appears darker and brighter. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker, less frosted. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX’s Round Lipstick formula is a nice, budget-friendly formula that offers a bajillion colors (real number), so it’s always been a go-to recommendation from me when there’s a color someone wants to try but may not want to splash out a lot for.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Blush
Blush
Blush
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Castle
Castle
Castle
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, neon pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, bluer-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter, bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

It’s richly pigmented with full color coverage in nearly one swipe. It applies evenly, and it dries down to a satin-matte finish in about thirty seconds. After two to three hours of wear, it is fully matte. The texture is thin, and it almost feels dry when applied, but it’s not drying while worn at all. It’s actually slightly hydrating overall. Addis Ababa wears really well and lasts a long time–a solid six and a half hours plus a stain that lingers for a few more hours. It’s not a particularly original color, but it is a fantastic version of it–and for under $10.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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