The Best Lips Products: Cheap and High-End

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If you’re like me, a lip product is what ties everything together whether you’re going for a full-face glam or a no-makeup day. I always have something on my lips! Some people feel a bit lost when it comes to what exactly is best to put on their lips, so I hope my suggestions help! 


On a budget: NYX Butter Gloss. These adorable little $5 glosses are easy to pop in your purse and use on any occasion. They’re silky smooth and give a great shine. I have one in my purse at all times!
My favorite shade is “Creme Brulee.”
Splurge: Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you want the most EXTRA glossy shine you’ve ever seen, ABH will give it to you. At only $16, these glosses have the most opaque pigments with an ultra shine that isn’t super sticky.
My favorite shade is “Rio.”


On a budget: Maybelline. I am obsessed with Maybelline’s nude lipsticks. They have great opacity and texture, and you can’t go wrong with any shade at that price point! They also have several finishes, from a sparkly sheen to several mattes.
My favorite shade is “Nude Lust”.
Splurge: NARS or MAC. These are my go-to lipsticks when I want to make a statement, need a pop of color in an outfit, or am just feeling sassy. At $17.50, MAC is not suuuuper pricey, and has an unreal amount of shades. NARS tends to be more expensive ($20-30), but a good statement color is worth every penny! They are thick and creamy and make me feel like a BOSS.
My favorite shade is “Vera” or “Anita” (NARS).

Liquid Lipsticks:

On a budget: ColorPop or Morphe. The color payoff for the price of these liquid lipsticks is amazing! With or without a lip liner, these give a great matte finish with a dramatic look.
My favorite shade is “Morphe” (from Morphe).
Splurge: Dose of Colors. I cannot say enough how much I LOVE this formula! It dries quickly with a beautiful matte finish, but doesn’t leave your lips feeling crusty and dry! It also lasts all day. To use it I first put on a THIN layer of lip balm (I use eos but any will work) and then apply one layer and that’s all I need! 
My favorite shade is “Stone.”

Lip Liners:

On a budget: NYX Slim Lip Pencil. These are an extremely cheap dupe for a lot of the Mac lip liners.
My favorite shade is “Mauve.”
Splurge: MAC. These are the ultimate go to for most beauty gurus. You just can’t go wrong! But they are a bit pricey, so I’d grab one or two colors that you use the most (I’d recommend a good nude).
My favorite shade is “Soar” and “Whirl.”

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