I’ve noticed that out of the countless blogs I’ve read on this topic, not many of them target the Australian audience. This is really frustrating because I find myself getting distracted by how much cheaper the products are in the US instead of actually reading about the products, haha. So I decided to just write my own list of my favourite drugstore lip products, Australian style. These are all products that have worked really well for me, and I hope I can help some of you find some new favourites from this list. They are in no particular order… Here it goes!
I’m just going to start off with my favourite drugstore lipsticks of all time, the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks. I have three of these in the colours 111 Kiss of Life (matte red), 19 (dark musky pink) and 07 (natural, my-lips-but-better colour). I have one of each of the Kate Moss collections, and all three of them are equally as good as each other. Their lasting power is amazing, they have a very feint, pleasant smell, and they are really moisturising. I can honestly say that I reach for these a lot more often than my MAC lipsticks. If you haven’t tried these and are looking for a good everyday lipstick that won’t flake and has amazing colour pay off, I suggest you go try these asap! They retail for around $10 to $13 depending on the collection, which is less than half of what we pay for a MAC lipstick here.
My next favourite drugstore lip product is the Revlon Colorburst lipstick in 096 Petal. It is such a pretty pink colour and lasts nicely on the lips for around 4 hours. It smells like vanilla, but again the smell is not overpowering. It’s just a super pretty colour and I love how it is sheer yet very buildable. I got mine on sale at Cosmetics Fragrance direct for $7, but I know they retail here for around $20. I wouldn’t buy this one full priced over the Rimmel Kate, because I feel that they’re the same quality. Revlon is just hideously expensive in Australia for some reason.
The next product is the Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish lipstick. This is the newest addition to my makeup collection and I absolutely love it. It comes in the form of a lip crayon, and the packaging is almost identical to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. It twists up at the bottom so there is no sharpening required! I got the colour Fuchsia Libre, it’s a really pretty intense fuchsia colour that I adore. It looks so pretty next to pale skin because it’s bright but without being in your face. It claims that it lasts on the lips for 10 hours, which is true to some extent. By the 5th hour or so there is only a hint of colour left on the lips, but this hint of colour does last almost, if not 10 hours, almost like a stain. It has a really nice, barely-there smell and no taste at all unlike the Revlon Balm Stains, so if you were bothered by the smell or taste of the Revlon ones but like the concept of a long lasting lip crayon I highly recommend trying these out. They retail for $15.95, which is also $2 cheaper than the Revlon Balm Stains. Their only downfall in my opinion is their colour range, only available in four colours.
My next favourite drugstore lip product is another from Rimmel, it’s the Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in 330 Snog. I just love how natural this gloss looks and feels on the lips. It’s a gorgeous, sheer, medium pink colour that would go perfectly with any skin tone. The shine lasts about two hours, which is pretty good for a non-sticky lip gloss. I found that it can get a bit sticky if a lot is applied, but no where near as sticky as my Calvin Klein gloss. It’s perfect if you want naturally voluptuous looking lips. I’ve also found that once the gloss wears off, the lips are left super soft and moisturised. This would be a result of the shea butter, ginseng extract and grapeseed oil that’s in the gloss to keep your lips happy! The Rimmel Vinyl lip gloss retails for around $13.
While we’re on the topic of Rimmel… The next drugstore lip product I’ve chosen for this list is the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer. I’d never tried a lip lacquer before this one, so this product opened my eyes to the wonderful world of light, extremely pigmented colour! Mine is in the colour Celestial which is a gorgeous dark pink with the perfect amount of shine. It is not sticky at all and goes on completely opaque with only one layer. A little goes a long way with these as well. They have an interesting scent, nothing too invasive, and I just love the packaging. They go on really wet and do dry to an extent; however they transfer like crazy. They last really well but do need to be reapplied after eating. I love the colour Celestial because it’s bright and fun but can also be worn in Winter because it’s quite a dark pink and makes your complexion look rosy and healthy. If you’re really sensitive to smell the Rimmel Apocalips may not be right for you, it’s a smell I still can’t pin point, but luckily it dissipates after a while. I would definitely recommend them nonetheless! They retail for about $15 each but I got mine on sale for $11, so keep your eye out for sales!
I know this is getting really long, but there are only two more! I just had to put this one on this list – Maybelline Baby Lips lip glow lip balm in Mixed Berry. I’m sure you’ve all heard of them already so I’m not going to go into detail. Think tinted lip balm that stains your lips better than a lip stain. I wear this every single day, either by itself or under my lipstick. It goes on almost clear and adapts depending on the colour of your lips, giving you the perfect pink glow. I’m sure that once it’s finished I’ll be going back and getting another one. The best thing about them is that they retail for around $4!
The last but definitely not least is a lipstick that I’ve had for a looong time, the Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in the colour Fervor 235. This is the perfect lipstick for all seasons, I like to dab it onto my lips for a soft red stain in summer and spring, and in Autumn and Winter or just when I feel like wearing a darker colour I find myself constantly reaching for it. It is so moisturising and the colour leaves the perfect amount of stain. I find that despite its darkness I can still wear it without a lip liner. Another reason why I am in love with this lipstick is the fact that I can wear it despite my pale skin. It’s the perfect dark rosy plum colour but not too dark. I never hear about this lipstick on youtube or anything and I don’t understand why it isn’t raved about. It’s definitely an underdog product that deserves more recognition. If you want the perfect dark plummy/pink lip colour that is ultra moisturising and leaves a pretty rosy stain, this is for you. It retails for around $13 and I would, again, go for this instead of my MAC lipsticks more often than not.
So that’s it guys, my favourite drugstore lip products of all time. I hope you enjoyed reading and have found some products you’d like to try. I’m sorry for the lack of photos in this post, I’ve just moved and don’t have a camera at the moment. If you google image the name of the product I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for
Lots of Love,
Tamara. Joy xo