‘Your Lips But Better’: The Budget Edit

‘Your Lips But Better’ is a phrase used by many that can be oh so annoying but oh so descriptive. Finding that perfect colour can also be pretty tricky. Considering we all have different coloured lips, it’s rather unlikely that all of us will manage to find a shade that replicates our lip colour perfectly (rather like finding a foundation that is identical to your skin tone). I’m still on the hunt for my lips’ identical match but these are a few colours that are getting there. Take this post on board as a suggestion of where to go hunting for these colours; it’s likely that a line that does my perfect ‘your lips but better’ colour will also do yours. So, without any further ado, let me serve up my little trio to you.
For the first course on today’s menu, let’s take a look at the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. I think we’re all very well aware of how the Revlon lip butters work; a perfect blend of a moisturising tinted lip balm and a pigmented lipstick. This blend of fabulosity (that’s a technical term) is my favourite pick for days like school or when I’m simply around the house to make my lips look a healthier colour and to keep them hydrated throughout the day. It also works very well as a balm worn under a more pigmented lipstick.
The second serving on today’s menu doesn’t have a very exciting name. A reasonably new addition to the trio (and by reasonably new, I mean about a month old) is a Kiko Smart Lipstick in 917. I fell in love with Kiko Cosmetics last January when one of the first UK stores opened it’s doors at Westfield White City. Almost a year on and this is my second Kiko purchase which is pretty lame on my part. Nevertheless, this lipstick does Kiko justice. Not only is the colour a great match for my lips (possibly the nearest to my lip colour out of the three) but the formula can only be described as ‘creamy’… and it’s a matte lipstick!

Even though those two sticks are impressive, there is one ‘your lips but better’ lipstick that still reigns supreme in my collection. The Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede in Socialite is the daddy. It manages to keep my lips hydrated and smooth whilst making my lips look fuller, healthier and only requiring one (maximum two) touch-ups throughout the day. A lipstick that manages to do all of that, match my lip colour well and be a drugstore product?! Madness.

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