The Best (and Worst) Drugstore Lipstick #doyourmakeup PART 1
Posted Apr 07 2014 5:50am
Because I care so much about humanity, I am continuing in my quest to test ALL THE DRUGSTORE MAKEUP THINGS so I can tell you which ones are hot and which ones are not! If you’ve missed my previous reviews, you might want to check out my best and worst drugstore mascaras part 1 and part 2 , and my best and worst drugstore eye shadows, too! Those were great fun, but today, today, I conquer LIPSTICK. It’s either a girl’s best friend or a girl’s biggest pain! I’ve tried about 50 bajillion types, so read on to find out which drugstore lipsticks are worth your hard-earned money and which are a waste of cash. Once again, I will use my grading scale of A to F, but I also want to let you know that with lipsticks, I am definitely factoring PRICE into the grading criteria. There seems to be a much bigger price spectrum for lipsticks than for other cosmetics. Also, because I have tried so very many lipsticks, I am going to break this up in to a two-parter to make it possible to read it in one sitting. Are you ready? Here we go! I’m going to start with the cheapies because I am sure many of you have wondered how good these bargain-basement lipsticks are.
Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color
I made all kinds of Ferga-licious jokes when I bought this, but the truth is: Big Girls Don’t Cry about Fergie lipstick because it’s pretty great! At only $3.49, it gives a nice long-lasting matte color without being too dry. I give it a B+, it’s definitely worth trying if you like matte and you are searching for a new lipstick (and especially if there’s a SALE).
Wet ‘n Wild MegaShield™ Lipstick SPF 15
I really like this lipstick, so much so that I bought it in three colors, and I may buy more! They all seem to be shimmer instead of matte, which I prefer overall (though it’s good to have options). I love the colors, the shine, and they aren’t the longest-wearing lipstick but they’re really good for $2.99, especially if you wear lip liner on your entire lips underneath (which you should be doing anyway). I would definitely recommend these, Wet ‘n Wild goes on BOGO 50% off at the drugstores often, so pick a couple up when they do! These also get a B+.
This is otherwise known as the 99 cent lipstick. I must admit I was skeptical of this baby, buuut…once again I was impressed. I also have three of these. At 99 cents you need a couple of neutral shades of these to keep in your purse to have handy at the very least. They really stay on quite well, have a nice shine, and I honestly couldn’t ask for more in a 99-cent lipstick. They get a B+ as well.
Now, lest you think the folks at Wet ‘n Wild have me on their payroll (seriously, though, call me Wet ‘n Wild!), I totally hate this lipstick. I mean, maybe I just got a lemon, but when I put it on, my lips instantly froze as if encased in cement. It was dry, hard, and gross. I could barely crack a smile. I couldn’t get it off my face fast enough! I feel like maybe I should buy another one just to make sure I didn’t get one that was freakishly messed up, but I can’t bring myself to spend $2.99 on it again. So, I must give it an F.Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast® Lip Color (not liquid, don’t get confused)
This lipstick is much more tolerable that it’s liquid counterpart. It really stays on really well, but it’s a bit too dry for me, so I am always compelled to add some gloss to help it feel tolerable. It goes the distance for a long-wearing lipstick at a $2.99 price, and I like it better than most of the more expensive lipsticks that are marketed as long-wearing. So, I give it a solid B.
Ok, now on to some lipsticks in a more traditional drugstore price range.
Weeellll, I like this lipstick ok, I but I don’t know about “perfection”. It’s in the $5-$6 range, and I do like the way it feels so smooth on. And the color is great. But whatever makes it so moisturizing also apparently makes it not stay on too terribly long and not exactly stay where it’s supposed to be. It’s not the worst lipstick ever, but since CoverGirl makes the best mascaras, I expect more from them. I give it a B-.
Depending on where you buy this, it can be anywhere from $6-$9. And I really think it’s worth every penny. I’ve tried many, and this wins the coveted title of my Favorite Drugstore Lipstick. It stays on wonderfully without being try, it feels smooth and has plenty of moisture, and the color is fabulous, PLUS there are a million color choices. I only have two of these which is a darn shame, I need to get more as soon as possible! This lipstick gets an A+ from me!
I really like this lipstick a lot, and I want to like it even more than I do. It’s shiny, smooth, feels amazing on, I like the pencil-without-sharpening form it comes in, and it even smells good (although I am not sure that’s on purpose.) The only problem with it is it is not especially ling-wearing and at $8-$9 a pop, I want it to stay on longer. But if you like moisturizing lipsticks and don’t mind reapplying often, you might really love this. I give it a B.
I only recently discovered these “lacquer balms” and I looooove them. I love the pencil design, it makes it quite easy to apply. The color is vivid and fabulous, and it really does have a fabulous shine – no gloss needed. Plus, it stays on really well. I gotta give it an A. I have two of these and I’d like a few more! They can be pricey, though, depending on where you buy them.
Well, that’s all I’ve got in me for now…but stay tuned to drugstore lipsticks part 2, coming soon! And leave me a comment if there are any you think I should check out! (Or if you have opinions about the ones I’ve reviewed here.)
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