February 26, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

Save and Splurge: Our Favorite Lip Colors on Any Budget

We know the feeling of wanting every single lipstick shade … ever. Unfortunately, our piggy bank doesn’t always allow for one in every color, that is, until now! Whether you’re in the mood to save or splurge (or both!) MDC has got you covered with our favorite (and, oh-so-necessary) shades that work on any budget.

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Classic Red
You can never go wrong with red lipstick — that’s a given!

The Save ($6.50): Who says beauty always has to cost a pretty penny? NYX Simply Red Lip Cream in Russian Roulette does the trick while making a big, bold statement. The application is creamy, rich and nothing short of some serious pigment!

The Splurge ($34): A game changer in lippie life, Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in Blood Red is not just any red lipstick, no. It’s an innovate hybrid product that introduces “Color & Care,” with the velvety soft feel of a luxurious lip color and the softness of a balm that repairs and hydrates your pout!

Dark & Daring
For those days (or nights) you want to go bold!

The Save ($12.50): Not every occasion calls for red or pink! When the mood strikes, a deep, berry purple with a matte finish like The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Damson in Distress is our go-to shade.

The Splurge ($36): Contrary to what some men think, we love dark lipstick! Forget borderline bold — go drastic with YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Noir Laque.

True Nude
When in doubt, choose nude!

The Save ($7.49):
Another classic color every girl should have, Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Nude Embrace has a creamy, matte finish with precious oils to keep your pout looking plump and moisturized.

The Splurge ($30.50): Your search for the perfect nude shade is over! Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Coquette contains antioxidant-rich vitamin E, lasts up to eight hours and leaves lips soft and satiny smooth — definitely worth the splurge!

Pretty Pink
Because, who doesn’t love pink?

The Save ($7.99): Land that pretty in pink look without breaking the bank! L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm Pop in Wild Lily adds a serious pop of vibrant color and is infused with nourishing butters that can hydrate your lips for a full eight hours.  

The Splurge ($22):  You (and your pout!) will become obsessed with Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed! This creamy color delivers insane color payoff and shine while making your lips look fuller. Uh, plump lips? We can live with that!

Cute Coral
The perfect accessory equals coral lipstick!

The Save ($6): Coral AND sparkle? Get the best of both worlds for just six bucks with NYX Glam Lipstick Aqua Luxe in Razzle Dazzle. You really can’t beat shimmer, shine…and savings!

The Splurge ($30): High color pay-off and double moisture makes this shu uemura Rouge Unlimited in Light Peachy Coral splurge a steal. Mark this shade as one of your summer essentials!

What’s your fave save and splurge lipstick? Share in the comments below!



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.