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Best Lipsticks (Under $15) | 2017

Best of 2017

Best Lipsticks (Under $15)

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the products I’ve reviewed during the past year and share with you my personal favorites. It wasn’t a particularly outstanding year for traditional lipsticks under $15–at least from what I reviewed–and I noted that over the year, a lot of my “under $15” testing for lip colors went to liquid lipsticks (which I’ll have a list for later!). I’d love to hear if you discovered any new favorite, budget-friendly lipsticks this year! Share yours in the comments 🙂

P.S. — View swatches of my favorites here!

Maybelline Molten Bronze

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Maybelline Molten Bronze Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a duochrome finish that shifted from gold to green. Read full review.

Colour Pop Faded

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ColourPop Faded Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.352 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark rosy plum with strong, warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

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NYX Street Cred

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NYX Street Cred Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, medium pink coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented... Read full review.

NYX Eden

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NYX Eden Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky red with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a... Read full review.

Colour Pop Bee's Knees

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ColourPop Bee's Knees Blotted Lips ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a medium-dark raspberry pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

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Maybelline Almond Rose

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Maybelline Almond Rose Color Sensational Inti-Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly brighter, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

Maybelline Toasted Truffle

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Maybelline Toasted Truffle Color Sensational Inti-Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, dark plummy brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

NYX Siren

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NYX Siren Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a deep, reddened berry with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly... Read full review.

Maybelline Brown Blush

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Maybelline Brown Blush Color Sensational Inti-Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

Maybelline Gunmetal

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Maybelline Gunmetal Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, bluish black with cool undertones and flecks of teal pearl and larger shimmer. Read full review.

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Brown Blush and Bee’s Knee’s are gorgeous! The both look a lot like more expensive products I’ve had my eye on, actually. Haha.

I have more expensive taste in lipsticks and tend to eventually destash any that I buy at the drugstore (NY’s resolution: no more drugstore lipstick!). However, the one I do love and keep is Revlon Black Cherry.

Gorgeous picks. These three brands do the best DS lipsticks, IMHO. E.l.f. does great ones, too, but nothing from them really was outstanding to be, aside from maybe Beautifully Bare Satin Lipstick in Touch of Berry. I ended up loving that one.

I love the Maybelline Molten Bronze shade, but for under $15 I still think the Milani Colour Statement lipsticks are the best value – particularly the shades of Candied Toffee, Bronze Beauty and Cinnamon Spice.

I have 3 cheapo favorites. Wet and Wild Liquid Catsuit is amazing. L’Oréal Balmain Paris is also really nice. I think it’s actually a 2018 color but Ulta released it online a couple months ago. I only have Legend, a really deep, matte taupe but they have a lot of interesting shades. Last but not least, another new one that just dropped last week, Sephora #LIPSTORIES. For $8, you can’t go wrong, They have 3 formulations, creamy, matte and metallic. I have 2 colors so far, 1 matte nude, Love Love, and the very gorgeous metallic red, Hong Kong at night. I’m probably going to pick up 1 more matte in hot pink. The reviews give them almost a solid 5, not bad at all!

Are the #LIPSTORIES good? I’ve been interested in them for the price and shade range but wanted to hear some reviews! Is the matte one you have drying?

Actually the matte one feel very silky and smooth. They are not uber matte, though, more like a suede or velvet formula. The matte one has better staying power than the metallic, too. It’s not completely transfer proof like a liquid matte SHOULD be but I touched up after lunch when I wore it to work. It was mostly still on. It’s better than a lot of high end lipsticks IMO. Love Love does have gray undertones like many of the reviews say, and is pretty light but I like pale lip products as much as I like deep and in your face colors.

Longtime lurker, first time commenter (awesome blog and job you’re doing Christine!).

Favorite drugstore lipsticks I’ve found this year have been the Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lip Color (basically your standard bullet). Bought one on a whim for 0.99 in a burgundy color I’ve always wanted to try, and figured if it didn’t work at least I wouldn’t break the bank. The color (Cinnamon Spice) ended up being the perfect red for me! Get a ton of compliments on it, and no one can tell the difference between it and some of my more expensive lipsticks. Now it’s the first brand I check out when I’m in the mood to test new colors (picked up an orange that looks great!). They are a little drying, and typically last 4 hours before you need to reapply, but again for the price I think those are two minor quibbles for a great product =)

I’m going to give props to the ColourPop Blotted lipsticks (in the tube) just for being so unique. I love the way they look, I love the sheerness. I just wish they were a little more hydrating but I’ll live with that for the cool matte finish.

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers MegaLast Lip Colors were actually a huge hit for me this year! I even wore Galaxy Blue into a Sephora and all the employees there were complimenting it, having no idea it cost less than $2. lol

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