Saturday, July 5, 2014

Wallet-Friendly Lip Products | My Picks For Summer

A few of my favorite, affordable sheer lip colors that won't break the bank!

Essence Lipstick in Miss Peach ($2.99; is a peachy coral with very fine shimmer. I love the color and the formula of this one and the Essence lipsticks in general. Its creamy, light and a nice coral for any skintone. The shimmer does tend to get left behind, which is my only qualm, but I can't complain too much for the price!

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color ($9.99; is a slightly thicker lipgloss with a smooth, non-sticky formula. Nude Ballet is a rather pale nude for my skintone and looks better layered. It borders on washing me out a little, but the formula is nice and the range has some nice pinks and reds too.

Maybelline Color Elixirs ($8.99; are one of the best lip glosses at the drugstore for me. Caramel Infused in particular is a really nice, my lips but better shade for most medium/dark skin tones. Its non-sticky and slightly thinner than the L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Colors. The color range is pretty too!

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($7; is probably my favorite tinted balm in one of the most moisturizing formulas I've tried. They feel like a cheaper version of the new BITE Beauty BB for lips with a tad less pigment. I have here Caramel Daisy, which is almost clear and Hibiscus which is a sheer berry, both great for light washes of color and lots of moisture, just like the rest of them from this range.

L-R : Caramel Daisy, Hibiscus

NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait ($4.99;  NYX is a brand I've stopped venturing into completely after a few bad experiences with their products and also because how I can never, ever find even a single product that hasn't already been opened or swatched at the store. I picked this up to see what the hype is all about after a few raves reviews here and there, since my CVS had a brand new NYX display where everything was untouched. Its a really nice gloss that goes on super smooth and leaves lips looking shiny. It does feel a lot like the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors which I quite like too!

Korres Lip Butters ($12;, while not a drugstore product, is still quite affordable and good value considering the quality and the amount of product. Wild Rose is what I'm loving currently, but I've tried quite a few of these, with Quince being my favorite so far. The colors are sheer and the formula feels great on dry lips.

*Some products featured in this post are press samples.


  1. Ooo...I still don't have any of the maybelline elixirs but plan to get one eventually! Totally need some burts bees products too!

    1. I love the Maybelline Elixirs! Will definitely pick up more!!

  2. I like the NYX lipgloss.