You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:
- Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
- Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
- Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
- Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
- NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had great color payoff both dry and damp, and it applied easily without sheering out on the eye. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Colour Pop Play (P, $5.00) is lighter, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is more matte. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is yellower, lighter. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, molten orange gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry, but it was prone to sheering out due to the slightly powdery texture. When I tried it with a dampened brush, the pigmentation was opaque, and the product itself was a lot easier to work with as it applied as a thicker, denser layer. It wore well for eight hours. LORAC Unlimited (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff but was drier to use, while applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.