The Best Lipsticks on a Budget

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Here at TBF, we don’t think you should spend more than $10 on a lipstick (unless, it’s MAC, cause we love MAC). However, not all budget lipsticks are created equal. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite lipsticks all under $10. All of these products have either been featured on our Web site before, rated highly on, or used by TBF staff personally.

Best Lipsticks on a Budget

1. Black Opal Creme Shine Lipstick

Black Opal Lipstick

Why It’s Awesome: This is Kathryn’s favorite brand of lipsticks (hands down, the best). This highly moisturizing lipstick is right up there with the more expensive MAC brand lipsticks in terms of value, offering high pigmentation (necessary for women of color and white sisters with darker skin tones) without the high price.

Where to Get It: $6.50 at your local drugstore or online at Black Opal 

2. Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick

Revlon Lipstick

Why It’s Awesome: Yeah, Revlon has been around FOREVER, but the brand’s had staying power for a reason…their products are that good. What makes Revlon’s Creme Lipsticks so good is that they are scentless (why do they put scents in lipstick?) and come in a wide range of colors.

Where to Get It: $6.39 at local drugstores 

3. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Lipstick

Why It’s Awesome: As if the swanky tube isn’t cool enough, this lipstick comes in a whopping 54 colors. It’s super-moisturizing too, so no more worrying about cracked lips and reapplying it all day.

Where to Get it: $4.97 on or your local drugstore.

4. CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipcolor

Covergirl Queen Lipstick

Why It’s Awesome: Made especially with women of color in mind, this collection has dark, rich tones that also give your lips some shimmer.

Where to Get it: $7.49 at Walgreens or your local drugstore

5. Sonia Kashuk Luxury Lip Color

Sonia Kashuk Lipstick

Why It’s Awesome: Whoa, didn’t think a lipstick with the name “Luxury” could make the under- $10 list, did you? Sonia Kashuk’s creation is a winner because it’s creamy and moisturizing without having a strong scent.

Where to Get it: $8.99 at Target

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  • BellaBlue

    My favorite budget lipstick is anything maybelline and another good one is boots from Target or CVS Pharmacy. I must say I am a diehard Nars fan and when it comes to red lipsticks, look no further!

  • NancyB

    My favorite budget lipstick is MegaColors from Wet n Wild, believe it or not!!  It has a creamy, moisturizing formula with shea butter and vitamin E that feels great and stays on for a surprisingly long time (I’m sure it helps that I use a lipliner, though – but then I use lipliner with ALL of my lipsticks).  I like it every bit as much as the Prescriptives lipstick I used to pay $18 for in the department store.  Plus, it comes in 20 great colors. 

    The best part, though, is the price – I can usually find it for $1.99!!!  Most drugstores have Wet n Wild, so I don’t have to go to the mall if I run out.  🙂

  • sunnygoddes

    I love the Sonia Kushuk lipsticks from Target.  a tip for making them stay is putting a pressed powder over.  or even a shimmery blush lightly dusted over the lipstick then you get even more shimmer!!

  • stroupc

    MaxFactor Lipfinity has been a very successful one for me.  You apply the lip “paint” when you are doing your make-up and then apply the clear gloss stick over it to keep it shiny.  Because all the color has been applied at home in front of a mirror, touch up is really easy.  All you are doing is putting on a clear gloss.

    The down side is that is does get dry if you don’t keep the gloss on.  And at the end of the day, it doesn’t feel as fresh on your lips.  But I have been very happy to be able to eat and drink and still have lip gloss on when everyone else’s has come off.  I also like that I don’t leave lipstick marks everywhere.

    They run about $8.

  • eulalia

    And if you wait until your local drugstore has a sale, you’ll save even more.

  • zarah79

    Maybelline Superstay!  Great color choices, and it lasts a really long time.  But the best thing of all…. the shiny topcoat never leaks in your purse because it’s in a stick, not a gloss.  I think it’s only 8 or 9 bucks.

  • curlytop

    I’ve always had trouble finding a lipstick that won’t chap my lips, make it dry and cracked. But once I tried using Revlon products, my search ended. It’s the one lipstick that keeps my pout in tiptop shape!