Top Drugstore Lip Dupes

A lipstick is sometimes the best cheap pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. It’s a great snag to keep in your back pocket. Given how many lipsticks we purchase in a year, we don’t feel it’s necessary to spend $20 on a singlie lippie. More savings = more lipsticks! Find the perfect one here 🔽

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Marvelous Mauve vs. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina

*According to Cruelty-Free Kitty, Stila is cruelty-free while Sephora collection is not* Makeup Maven, Kayla, says: Stila in Patina is $22 for 3ml & Sephora in Marvelous Mauve is $14 for 5ml. Both products have a doe foot applicator but Sephora's applicator is much smaller. Both products go on smooth and creamy, dry down matte with very little transfer. Sephora's Marvelous Mauve is a spot-on color dupe for Stila's Patina. Definitely worth picking up to save you some coin AND get more product! Buy Sephora Collection


Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color in Spiced Petal vs. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

*Both brands are certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: There is a lot of hype behind the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, and frankly, I'm not sure why. While the lipstick went on smoothly, was creamy to wear and was generally very fancy feeling, it did not perform well. It is not a long-lasting formula, still has a bit of a sheen even though it is advertised as a matte formula, and sank into any sort of line or dry patch on my lips (even if I exfoliated beforehand). The Flower lipstick performed the same, if not better, in all areas and it was a bit more comfortable to wear, having a thicker, more glossy finish. These two products are also very close in shade, with the Flower Beauty being just a hair darker. In this comparison, there is no reason to splurge - I wholeheartedly recommend the Flower Beauty lipstick. Buy Flower Beauty


Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lip Color in Almond Rose vs. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

*Neither brand is cruelty-free. Kristin says: Going into this comparison, I would have listed the NARS Audacious lipstick formula as one of my favorites, and one I thought was absolutely worth the price tag. However, comparing it to the Maybelline matte lipsticks absolutely shocked me - enough that I actually tested two sets of these lipsticks against each other (NARS Anita vs. Maybelline Almond Rose, and NARS Anna vs. Maybelline Lust for Blush). Results were the same - the finish and the longevity of these two brands were basically indistinguishable. The feel of the lipsticks is slightly different, with the Maybelline perhaps being a bit drier but not enough to be unpleasant to wear. While the NARS lipsticks are lovely to wear, and a fun splurge, there's no need to spend the extra money here, especially as the Maybelline shades are also spot-on color dupes. Buy Maybelline


Colourpop Creme Lux Lipstick in On Display vs. Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ma'Damn

*Colourpop is certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant but Fenty is NOT. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: Both of these matte lipstick formulas impressed me in terms of their lasting power on the lips, although the Colourpop formula is more comfortable to apply and wear. The colors are also close - I wore these lipsticks side by side and couldn't see a difference. It is also important to note that the Fenty lipstick comes with half of the product of a standard lipstick, making it much more expensive than it seems. The Colourpop is the obvious choice here! Buy Colourpop


Ulta Beauty Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Motivation vs. Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in Tipsy

*Kylie Cosmetics is certified cruelty-free according to Ethical Elephant but Ulta is NOT. Makeup Maven, Kristin, says: This is the first product from the Ulta collection that I have tried, and it held right up to the Kylie liquid lipstick! I found this to be a closer comparison in the formula to Kylie's liquid lipstick than Sephora's, although the color isn't a spot on dupe (but was close enough for me to wear side by side). I tested both of these products over a lip liner, and then alone and in both comparisons, they performed similarly. Wear time is good, and both relatively transferred proof - although I recommend applying lightly! Both of these shades are opaque and weren't streaky at all, so it was easy to apply too much and then find yourself with lipstick left everywhere (especially with the applicator on the Ulta lippie). I found that I prefer both formulas over a liner so that they are more comfortable to wear, and don't dry down to a total matte finish. I would definitely recommend trying the Ulta lippies out before investing in the Kylie products (especially if you're ordering from her site - shipping was SLOW). Buy Ulta Beauty

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