Want to get into the liquid lipstick look without dropping $20 on a color you might not wear every day? Finding budget-friendly alternatives to big names can be tricky, especially cheap liquid lipsticks, since many beauty brands — like the Kylie Lip Kits — are exclusively (or primarily) designing this product. But have no fear: Independent and drugstore brands also have you covered when it comes to the trend. You just have to know the right places to look.
Although I do believe in paying for quality products, it can be costly to purchase a lipstick for every different hue in your wardrobe. I know a lot of folks who revel in constantly matching their lips to their look. So unless you're a red lip only kind of gal like myself, it makes sense to spread your dollars and buy three liquid lipsticks for the price of one high end one.
It's also crucial to remember not to dismiss a brand purely based on its prices. After all, just because something is expensive doesn't mean it's better. I use a $45 foundation but a $6 concealer, for example. It's all about researching products and knowing what you want from them. These 11 inexpensive liquid lipsticks are not only wallet-friendly alternatives to King Kylie's kits, but well-reviewed products that, for all anyone else knows, could've cost you a good chunk of your weekly paycheck.
I've seen about a million tweets praising Colour Pop Cosmetics as of late. This independent brand is cruelty-free and swatches all its colors on different skin tones — which makes me even happier than I was about the price.
Just a warning: NYX Cosmetics is going to make this list three times because its products are as equally awesome as they are cheap. Often featured on dupe lists, this brand is loved by most thrifty beauty bloggers I know.
This liquid lipstick is available in 10 different on-trend colors, meaning you might as well save up and buy them all.
Don't let the word "gloss" fool you. This color promises a "velvet matte finish" that I can definitely attest to.
At only $5, you should totally get two for $10 and be incredibly proud of how well you've stretched that buck.
With 51 five-star reviews on its website, Milani Cosmetics is going to be your new favorite budget-friendly makeup brand. Plus, this lippie promises to be "transfer resistant," which is exactly what you need for a night out of kissing strangers and chugging shots.
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Isn't Lip Lingerie the most gorgeous product name you've ever heard? It costs a dollar more than the suede lip cream, but for that perfect matte finish, the price is no big deal.
For lovers of the classic red pout, Top Tomato will have you covered.
If you're going for a liquid lipstick, you likely want a soft or matte finish. With Colour Pop, you can get them both.
My advice is to go crazy and stock up on every color, because it will probably cost the same as purchasing three high end lippies.
I am wearing this lip color as I write this article and I highly recommend it. It glides on, dries excellently, and leaves your lips feeling soft and gorgeous.
Hopefully these inexpensive recommendations will help you fill the Kylie Lip Kit-shaped hole in your makeup bag, without making you battle with preteens online or forcing you to dip into your rent money. If I've learned anything from admiring beauty bloggers, it's that no matter how expensive the product you want might be, there's a dupe of it somewhere for under $10.
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