The £10 spring makeup challenge: Part 4

The £10 spring makeup challenge continues – can you put together a collection of great-looking colour cosmetics for just a tenner? Today it’s time to look at a few bargain lip glosses and lipsticks in spring colours.

Best budget lip gloss

Many of the cheaper lip glosses are less highly pigmented than their expensive counterparts, but that can lend itself well to more subtle spring colours.

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If you only have £1 to spend, E.L.F.’s Luscious Liquid Lipstick (1) is really well made, it’s on sale right now, and there’s a flattering range of colours. Slightly minty flavour though, in case that’s not something you like. It’s a gloss, in spite of the name, and although there’s not a huge amount of product in each one it’s still great value for money.

While you’re at E.L.F., look in their sale for any of the following lip glosses: Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF15 (£1, flavoured), Hypershine lip gloss (£1), Mineral lip gloss (2) (£2) – all nicely formulated. Look online for swatches done by beauty bloggers to get the best idea of how the colours turn out.

On the high street, there are loads of cheap lip glosses, but it’s all about finding the right texture, and avoiding chunks of glitter. NYC Kiss Gloss (3) is pretty good for the £1.59 price point, and comes in colours such as pink and melon.

Some of the best affordable glosses are made by Rimmel, including their Royal Gloss (£3.99), Vinyl Gloss (4) (£4.99), Apocalips (£5.99) and Stay Glossy (£6.29) ranges.

At £4.49, the Barry M Lip Gloss Wands (5) are worth a look, and shade 11 (Strawberry Milkshake) is similar to more expensive products such as Turkish Delight by Nars. They also have a nice coral shade, and a neutral toffee shade.

For more pigmentation, try Sleek’s Pout polish (£4.49) or Pout Paint (£4.99) (6).

If you have extra cash to splash, Revlon’s Super Lustrous lip gloss is £6.99, and L’Oreal’s Glam Shine 6 hour gloss is £8.69 – both are regularly on offer, such as 3 for the price of 2 deals.

Best budget lipsticks

If your budget is just £1, head straight for MUA. Their lipstick range (7) is incredible quality for the money, and they even have a few dead ringers for more expensive products from Mac. There’s loads of pigment, and shades can be softened by dabbing them over lip balm if you like.

Boots 17’s lipstick ranges are value for money, including Lasting Fix (£4.29), Mirror Shine (8) (£4.79) and Supreme Shine (£4.99). Barry M Lip Paint lipsticks (9), £4.49, have a good range of colours too, mostly in a semi-matte finish.

However, the king of high street lipstick has to be Rimmel. Their lippies perform as well as many products several times the price, and there’s something for just about everyone. The Lasting Finish range (10) costs £4.99 to £5.49, and the Moisture Renew range is £6.29.

Honourable mentions also go to Sleek True Colour lipsticks, Avon’s various lipsticks and M&S Limited Collection. It’s worth trying all the big discount cosmetics websites for cut-price designer lipwear too.

So our cheapest featured products were just £1.00, and the most expensive were £6.29.

Do you have a favourite reasonably-priced lip gloss or lipstick that isn’t mentioned here? Please let us know.


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