By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
When money is tight, try focusing on the little things that make a big difference in attitude but have only a small impact on the pocketbook. A new shade or type of lipstick, for example, can cost only a few dollars but add a new option to every morning routine and evening outing. Bright orange lips are just one possibility that's been appearing in fashion shows in London, New York, and Milan, and consumers can skirt couture prices if they know where to look. It's easy to forego $50 designer tubes when trusted brands supply long-lasting lip color and luscious texture for $6 or less. Here are the top picks from Cheapism.com:
Revlon Super Lustrous (starting at $4.74): The Revlon Super Lustrous line has been appraised by consumer and expert reviewers as a great buy. Available in dozens of different hues, this classic cream (or crème) lipstick features a smooth texture that walks the line between lasting color and a glossy finish.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids (starting at $5.50): Available in 10 bold shades (On Fire Red and Electric Orange, for example), these tubes make lips pop. Online reviews highlight the fact that even without lip liner the bright color doesn't bleed. The "honey nectar" formula touted in marketing materials makes for a creamy texture.
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Revlon Super Lustrous (starting at $4.97): The matte lipstick in Revlon's Super Lustrous line comes in only seven different colors but stands up just as well as the cream version in reviews. Matte lipstick may be a bit more challenging to apply than other types, but the strong color lasts longer. For women worried about drying out their lips, a clear gloss or lip balm on top of the lipstick provides an easy solution.
Nyx (starting at $5.99): Nyx matte lipstick proves more effective at maintaining moisture than some other lines -- including expensive, premium options, according to reviews. With 22 shades available and a texture that wearers seem to enjoy, this is another solid budget choice for rich, long-lasting color.
CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers (starting at $3): Women looking for just a light tint for their lips, along with added moisture, have 12 different shades (and flavors) to choose from. While some other cheap glosses leave lips feeling sticky, that's not the case here, reviewers say -- even with the Caramel Apple option.
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Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20 (starting at $5.97): Extra moisture, protection from harmful ultraviolet rays, and a choice of nine different tints makes for happy lips. Reviews indicate that this lip gloss goes on smoothly and lasts for a long time, making it a smart choice on its own or as a topcoat over a more colorful matte lipstick.
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Stick (starting at $4.99): This natural lipstick is composed of beeswax, vitamin E, and antioxidant-filled oils. Reviewers say a peppermint flavor makes lips gently tingle and there's no need for frequent reapplication. The only negative feedback seems to come from fans of colors that have been discontinued; 12 other shades are available.
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