Best Liquid Lipsticks (Under $15) | 2018

Between ColourPop Ultra Satin / Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks and Sephora Cream Lip Stains, we have ourselves a top 12!  When Sephora re-did the shade range on their Cream Lip Stains, I picked up several to review, and I can see why it has been a popular, more budget-friendly formula for those who like their matte liquid lipsticks.

Best of 2018

Best Liquid Lipsticks (Under $15)

I am more partial to liquid lipsticks with less of a dry down myself (so all the more matte ones I’ve listed here are more flexible/comfortable to wear), which seemed to be a product type that didn’t get much love this year by brands at this price point from what I’ve tried, so I’ll be on the lookout for more options in 2019 (if you have suggestions, let me know)!

What more affordable liquid lipsticks did you reach for this year?

P.S. — You can view swatches of my favorites here.

P.P.S. — If you enjoy reading/viewing my favorites, make sure you check out my all-time favorites here, products I’m thankful for (2018 series), and all of my editor’s recommended products here.


Top Liquid Lipsticks (Under $15) of 2018

01.

01. Canoodle Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.50/0.11 oz.

A

Colour Pop Canoodle Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had...

Colour Pop Canoodle Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had...

02.

02. She Said Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.50/0.11 oz.

A

Colour Pop She Said Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely...

Colour Pop She Said Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely...

03.

03. English Rose (86) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $14.00/0.169 oz.

A

Sephora English Rose (86) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. ...

Sephora English Rose (86) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a flat, matte finish. ...

04.

04. Mija Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $6.50/0.11 oz.

A

Colour Pop Mija Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color...

Colour Pop Mija Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color...

05.

05. Warm Kiss (82) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $14.00/0.169 oz.

A

Sephora Warm Kiss (82) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It...

Sephora Warm Kiss (82) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It...

06.

06. Season 10 Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $6.50/0.11 oz.

A

Season 10 is a rich red with subtle, cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied...

Season 10 is a rich red with subtle, cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, which applied...

07.

07. Chance Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $6.50/0.11 oz.

A

Colour Pop Chance Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle, war m undertones and a satin finish. ...

Colour Pop Chance Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle, war m undertones and a satin finish. ...

08.

08. Morning Glory Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $6.00

A

Colour Pop Morning Glory Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic...

Colour Pop Morning Glory Ultra Metallic Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for oz.) is a rich, medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic...

09.

09. Metallic Cherry (64) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $14.00/0.169 oz.

A-

Sephora Metallic Cherry (64) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It...

Sephora Metallic Cherry (64) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It...

10.

10. Cherry Moon (94) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $14.00/0.169 oz.

A-

Sephora Cherry Moon (94) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a rich, deep red with strong, cool blue undertones and a soft matte finish. I loved...

Sephora Cherry Moon (94) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a rich, deep red with strong, cool blue undertones and a soft matte finish. I loved...

11.

11. Make Believe Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $6.50/0.11 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Make Believe Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a bright, periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. The...

Colour Pop Make Believe Ultra Satin Liquid Lipstick ($6.50 for 0.11 oz.) is a bright, periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. The...

12.

12. Smoky Quartz (111) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $14.00/0.169 oz.

B+

Sephora Smoky Quartz (111) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had...

Sephora Smoky Quartz (111) Cream Lip Stain ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep plum with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had...

Glossover Breakdown

94%

Average Score
A
10
B
2
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
10
application
5
Total
94%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
10
application
5
Total
94%
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4 on my WL, goose eggs in my stash out of the above! The 2 I really do love and want, CP USLS in Chola and Mija worry me a bit that I actually may have similar enough shades within all my tube lipstick hoard. And since I really have a commitment to put to good use what I have and get back to creatively enjoying using them, I have made a conscious decision not to purchase any color cosmetic products that don’t fill a gap.

Plenty of CP, and now Nyx cream suede. Ordered 2 more from Nyx, in looking for the machinist lavender HL that Ulta left out of my order, then did not restock.

I prefer Sephora’s formula overall to Colourpop’s Satin, as most dry down to minimal, if any transfer, while CP’s still seems to slide about….on *me* anyway. Sephora’s Always Red is a staple when I travel and the metallic red on your list is a holiday need.

I think they’re the only two liquid lipstick formulas under $15 I’ve tried and liked. Milani and Wet n’ Wild both have suuuuper drying formulas (on me).

I always hated the feel of Colorpops ultra satin and ultra mattes until I got my mitts on ELF’s lip primer pencil. It made the ultra mattes comfortable, didn’t affect the no-transfer and it still lasted for like seven hours.

I only use matte lipsticks and love the Sephora Lip Stains. However my favourite is BH Cosmetics Liquid Linen Lipsticks. They aren’t as drying and seem to last longer too.

I got Morning Glory and Make Believe from this list, and I love them.

Other favorites from 2018: ColourPop Ultra Satin in Wig, Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Lavender Crown; Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Sleepy Hallow and Tangerine; Darling Girl Cosmetics Pucker Paint in Mon Cher and Fire It Up, and Apocalyptic Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Fresh Kill.

I am not a fan of CP Ultra Satin, but I love the Ultra Glossy and the metallics. Nice list!

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