Lipsticks Under $15 | 2019 Editor’s Favorites

How many lipsticks did you wear this year? I might have donned some 750+ lipsticks (across all types, pencil, liquid, traditional) over the last year! Lipstick is the most competitive category; it’s the one that I feel like I’ll never, ever cover well because there are so many formulas that exist–new and long existing–with tons of shades.

This year, I reviewed more of Revlon’s long-standing Super Lustrous range (and plenty more to come in 2020, I imagine).  There was also new shades in the Sephora #Lipstories range along with the release of their Rouge Lacquer, which is a nice option for anyone who loves super glossy, opaque color.  One of my favorite new formulas was definitely ColourPop’s Just a Tint pencils!

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2019, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Lipsticks Under $15 | 2019

01.

01. But First Coffee (58) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $8.00/0.14 oz.

A+
02.

02. Million Dollar Baby Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.12 oz.

A

Million Dollar Baby is a medium-dark red with cooler undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which...

Million Dollar Baby is a medium-dark red with cooler undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which...

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07.

07. Stronger (19) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $13.00/0.1 oz.

A

Sephora Stronger (19) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had...

Sephora Stronger (19) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy, cream finish. It had...

08.

08. Chimichanga Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

A

Colour Pop Chimichanga Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark coral-red with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous...

Colour Pop Chimichanga Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark coral-red with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous...

09.

09. Berry Me in Lipsticks Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.12 oz.

A

Colour Pop Berry Me in Lipsticks Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a lightly shiny, cream...

Colour Pop Berry Me in Lipsticks Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a lightly shiny, cream...

10.

10. Going North Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.12 oz.

A

Colour Pop Going North Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color...

Colour Pop Going North Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color...

11.

11. Bling Ring Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.12 oz.

A

Bling Ring is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick had opaque color coverage that applied fluidly...

Bling Ring is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The lipstick had opaque color coverage that applied fluidly...

15.

15. Spring Roll Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.12 oz.

A

Colour Pop Spring Roll Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color coverage...

Colour Pop Spring Roll Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color coverage...

16.

16. Spiked (65) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $8.00/0.14 oz.

A

Sephora Spiked (65) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had...

Sephora Spiked (65) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had...

17.

17. Love Letter (11) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $13.00/0.1 oz.

A-

Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. The...

Sephora Love Letter (11) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy, cream finish. The...

18.

18. Offshore (66) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $8.00/0.14 oz.

A-

Sephora Offshore (66) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had a smooth, creamy...

Sephora Offshore (66) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had a smooth, creamy...

19.

19. Margs (70) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $8.00/0.14 oz.

A-

Sephora Margs (70) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium sage green with subtle,w arm undertones and a cream finish. It had...

Sephora Margs (70) Lipstories Lipstick ($8.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium sage green with subtle,w arm undertones and a cream finish. It had...

20.

20. Little Snow Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.12 oz.

A-

Colour Pop Little Snow Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque...

Colour Pop Little Snow Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque...

21.

21. Squad Goals (20) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $13.00/0.1 oz.

A-

Sephora Squad Goals (20) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly...

Sephora Squad Goals (20) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly...

22.

22. A Go Go Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

A-

Colour Pop A Go Go Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had...

Colour Pop A Go Go Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had...

23.

23. Brucie Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.12 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Brucie Matte Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, muted bluish-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The...

Colour Pop Brucie Matte Lux Lipstick ($7.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, muted bluish-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The...

24.

24. Cutie Fruity Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Cutie Fruity Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium plum with strong, warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had...

Colour Pop Cutie Fruity Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium plum with strong, warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had...

25.

25. Maui Wowie Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Maui Wowie Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. ...

Colour Pop Maui Wowie Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. ...

26.

26. Waikiki Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.07 oz.

B+

Waikiki is a muted, medium peachy coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to...

Waikiki is a muted, medium peachy coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had medium coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to...

27.

27. Nude Beach Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.07 oz.

B+

Nude Beach is a muted, medium-dark coppery brown with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. The color coverage was nearly opaque in a single...

Nude Beach is a muted, medium-dark coppery brown with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. The color coverage was nearly opaque in a single...

28.

28. Rise Up (03) Sephora

Sephora

PPermanent. $13.00/0.1 oz.

B+

Sephora Rise Up (03) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color...

Sephora Rise Up (03) Rouge Lacquer ($13.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had good color...

29.

29. Treasure Island Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Treasure Island Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. The...

Colour Pop Treasure Island Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. The...

30.

30. City of Stars Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

B

Colour Pop City of Stars Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It...

Colour Pop City of Stars Just a Tint Lippie Tint ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It...

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Glossover Breakdown

92%

Average Score
A
22
B
8
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
Total
92%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
Total
92%

Your Year in Review: Lipstick Edition — Part 1

I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!

  • What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year?
  • What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year?
  • Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020?
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What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year? The Sephora Rouge Lacquer lipsticks are probably my favourite “under $15/budget” lipsticks. I have 2 of them and really like them; they’re like the YSL “oil-in-stick” lipsticks at a fraction of the price.
What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year? I always reach for creamy finishes – MAC’s Amplified Cream is a good example of the texture I like – pigmented and reasonably long wearing but hydrating and creamy rather than matte, dry and desiccating.
Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020? Probably about the same, and mostly repurchasing my holy grail lipsticks.

What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year? Definitely ColourPop!

What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year? Satins, creams and luminous finishes.

Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020? Way less. I’m drowning in lipsticks and don’t want them to go rancid before I get a lot more usage out of what I already have.

What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year? As I survey my collection, I am realizing that I didn’t use very many budget-friendly lipsticks this past year. When I had colds, I used NYX Butter Glosses so I wouldn’t get germs on my better lipsticks. That’s about it, I think.

What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year? Creams and satins

Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020? Less. A lot less.

What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year?
CP’s Tea Thyme, LA Lady, Gallop, Foolish and Brick.
Maybelline’s Spice for Me
EA’s Perfect Bronze, Perfect Cocoa, Goldmine.
Sephora’s lipstories in Hong Kong by Night and Festival Lights.

What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year?
Always the same – creamy, satiny lipsticks that hydrate the lips.

Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020?
I will most likely purchase pretty much the same amount of lipsticks this year as I have done in the past. As the lipsticks I purchase are not expensive, I can easily indulge in my favourites without breaking the bank. And many of them are just as good as the high end versions too.

What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year? The Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lipsticks were my favorite affordable bullet lipsticks this year!

What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year? Satin to cream finish mostly.

Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020? Hopefully less!

What were your more used budget-friendly lipsticks this year? Milani Dulce Color Statement Lipstick in Caramelo; ColourPop Lux, Blur Lux, and Matte Lux Lipsticks; NYX Pin-Up Pout Lipsticks.

What type of lipstick finish did you reach for most this year? Creams, sheer & glossy, metallics, and glittters. I am so glad to see finishes other than matte on the market, and I wanted to buy them and wear them!

Do you expect to purchase more or less lipstick in 2020? Less. I have so many.

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