My 3 Favorite Drugstore Lipsticks {+ why you should buy drugstore lipstick}

Drugstore Lipstick

Confession: I’m a girly girl.  I love cosmetics.  Over the years my collection has generally veered away from the likes of Cover Girl and Maybelline and more toward Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown.

Except for lipsticks.

To be fair, I started to upgrade my lipstick collection too.  Envious of the ethereal pink Duchess Kate (f.k.a. Kate Middleton) nearly always sports (Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink, by most accounts), I trotted off to the Bobbi Brown counter to find my “perfect lip shade” (this post on What Would Kate Do? explains capturing the unicorn of lipsticks).  I happily forked over the $26.00 for a tube of Bobbi’s Creamy Lip Color in “Crystal Pink” (color since discontinued – I am told “Nectar” is the replacement) and I wore it every day.  Every. Single. Day.

Until the day I lost it.

Because the cold, hard truth is that somewhere between my bathroom vanity, the console in my car, my purse, my briefcase, and my diaper bag, there is a black hole.  Like the one that eats socks in the dryer.  Only mine eats lipstick.  And it seems to have a taste for the more expensive ones.

I decided that something needed to give, and set out on a quest to find good-enough lipsticks that I could stash in all of the aforementioned locations without breaking the bank.  If you’ve ever caught yourself buried under the passenger seat of your car or dumping out the contents of every bag you own in an unladylike and desperate attempt to find a prize lipstick, read on for my three favorite drugstore lipsticks.

My first-thing-in-the-morning lipstick

Pixi Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked

My eyeshadow color may change depending on the day, but rather than waste time rummaging through a drawer of lipsticks every morning for something that would wear off with my first cup of coffee, I decided that a solid nude pink would be a smart way to start the day.  I’ve been using Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in “Nearly Naked” for well over a year.  At $14.00 a tube, I would describe it as “upscale drugstore”.  It delivers a shot of moisture and finishes my look without precluding the possibility of a different color later in the day.

My keep-in-the-car lipstick

Revlon Lip Butter – Pink Truffle

I can’t remember why I picked up a Revlon Lip Butter in the first place, but I am SO glad I did.  This line of Revlon lip color includes shea butter and goes on remarkably like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color for between $6.50-$9.00.  Even though the shade “Pink Truffle” is a little pinker than my unicorn lipstick, it is a great every day color.  (Even better – the other colors in this line are fun and fabulous, too, and at a price point that I don’t mind playing around a bit when the mood strikes!)

My but-my-lipstick-melted-in-the-car option

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Ballet

Yes, keeping lipstick in the car during the Georgia summertime is not without its risks, so I like to carry an applicator-based lip color in my purse as well.  My favorite is L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire in “Nude Ballet”, which is astonishingly close to my unicorn lipstick, and widely available at around $8.00.

These are the three lipsticks, swatched top-to-bottom in the order discussed.
These are the three lipsticks, swatched top-to-bottom in the order discussed.

If you do the math, you can very nearly buy all three of these for the cost of one high-end tube.  Not that the luxury lippies don’t have a place in your (and my!) life.  But until they invent Lipstick LoJack, having some low cost backups can keep you looking good without having to hide the credit card bill.

What is your favorite drugstore lipstick?


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