Lip for Less

Oh, how we love a colored lip! Want to go from “0 to 60 in 3.5”? Lipstick can do just that. It’s no wonder why so many women have a lust for lipstick. The right shade exudes instant sex appeal and it’s quite possibly the quickest way to transition from day to night. This little known beauty fact is the primary reason why an overwhelming array of colors await you at makeup counters and drugstores. What commercial brands are worth your buck? What colors are trendy?

I visited Sephora on 7th Ave. to get answers. I tracked down a Sephora associate who goes by “The Emily” so not to confuse her with another employee with her namesake. The Emily was stationed right at the lipstick section so it was the perfect moment to pick her brain in regards to this matter.
Q: What are the most sought after lip colors this season? And what brand?
 A: Burgundy, wines, and brick reds from NARS, Makeup Forever, and cream lip stains from Sephora.
Q: From your own observation, what lipstick texture do ladies prefer?
A: Everyone wants matte.
Q: How much influence would you say celebrities and their collaborations with makeup lines have had on lipstick?
A: A huge influence. Lately though it’s been Beyonce’ videos. People are obsessed with her lips right now.
Q: What brands cheaper in price would you say are similar in color, staying power and just as effective as their pricier counterparts?
A:  NYX is consistent. They make good creamy glosses and really good mattes. Black Radiance is another one found at drug stores. They have great pigments that are very similar to the ones we carry at Sephora.
I thanked The Emily for her time and went off to do a bit of research of my own. Walgreens was my next stop and I and brought along my MAC dupe list that I discovered on Tumblr. A list of popular MAC shades paired with lipsticks that were almost identical yet, less costly.
I found three on the MAC list that I was familiar with and tested its duplicate at the store. They were so accurate in shade! My favorite from the list were “Pinkerberry” by Revlon and “Spellbound” by Covergirl. Give it a try and see what works for you. Now you can achieve the perfect pout without breaking the piggy bank!
Check Out The Full Run Down On The Dupes Here!!
Check Out The Full Run Down On The Dupes Here!!

~Shann C.


About the Author

Since A+J keep their readers abreast on lifestyle, travel, and food/culture, it’s only right that I offer style how to’s, fashion news, current trends and beauty tips. I am currently working as a freelance Showroom Assistant for one of the leading fashion/marketing brands in the Big Apple. I stand by the notion that fashion isn’t intimidating; whether you identify yourself as a fashionista, or a fashion victim, we all could do our very best to look and feel fabulous!

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