9 Trendy Lipsticks for Less

Here's how to get the hottest “it” shades for half the price

Here’s how to get the hottest “it” shades for half the price

Walking into a high-end makeup store and having to resist splurging on that super-trendy designer lip colour is something most women can relate to. But imagine all the money you could save (and the more makeup you could buy…) if you found a similar shade that was half the price, or even less.

Whether you’re looking for a vivid gloss, a smooth matte, a vixen red or that perfectly subtle nude, there are lots of affordable steals at your local drugstore or online that look just like their brand-name twin. We’ve rounded up nine of our favourites that will definitely make you, and your wallet happy.

Keep reading for our top 9 lipstick dupes…


1. Kylie Candy K vs. NYX Bedtime Flirt

Kylie Jenner has fans going crazy over her cosmetics, but save yourself some big bucks for this similar lip colour by NYX. Now, the matte formula is a little thinner, but you can’t go wrong for the priceand the bonus nude pencil makes it just like the lip kit!
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick Candy K, $29 USD plus shipping
NYX Lip Lingerie (+ Nude Suede Shoes Lip Pencil) Bedtime Flirt, $15


2. Dose of Colours Hot Fire vs. NYX Morocco

Beauty icons Desi Perkins and Katy DeGroot’s latest collaboration basically broke the Internet with everyone buying their top-notch Dose of Colours products. If you missed out on this tropical orange shade (which has been sold out for days), then NYX has you covered for a much more affordable one.
Dose of Colours Hot Fire, for $18
NYX Soft Lip Matte Cream Morocco, $9


3. Giorgio Armani 302 Gigolo vs. Sam Marcel Roux

Save big money and get a similar look to Giorgio Armani’s pigmented matte red lip. Although the Sam Marcel version is a little more vivid in colour, it delivers a smooth, smudge-proof finish.
Giorgio Armani #302 Gigolo Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick, $45 (click swatch for specific colour)
Sam Marcel Roux for $15


4. Smashbox Mauve Squad vs. NYX Exposed

Metallics have made a huge comeback this year, and look great no matter what time of day. This liquid suede may be a slightly different shade from the Smashbox product, but will give the same subtle and sparkling look to your lips.
Smashbox Liquid Lipstick Mauve Squad, $24
NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Exposed, $7.50 (click swatch for specific colour)



5. Huda Beauty Material Girl vs. Maybelline Believer

Get beauty mogul Huda Kattan’s deep purple matte look with this dupe that has a similar formula. Wear it on a night out and everyone will be asking where you got this shade from!
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Material Girl, $20
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Believer for $11.99


6. Mac Saint Germain vs. Wet n Wild Dollhouse Pink

No doubt we all love MAC Cosmetics, but this sultry pink colour by Wet ‘n Wild is a huge steal. It’s semi-matte, long-lasting, has hydrating ingredients and it only costs $2.49!
MAC Saint Germain, $22
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Colour Dollhouse Pink, $2.49


7. Kylie So Cute vs. CoverGirl Honeyed Kiss

If you’re looking for Kylie’s glossy-with-a-hint-of-nude look, then your search ends here. CoverGirl’s formula is just as shiny, silky and rich without leaving behind any stickiness.
Kylie Cosmetics So Cute Lip Gloss, $15 USD plus shipping
CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss Honeyed Kiss for $6.97 (click swatch for specific colour)


8. Kat Von D Beauty A-Go-Go vs. NYX Orange County

Kat Von D Beauty is known for its super-smooth matte lip colours, but you can’t go wrong with this suede formula by NYX. The vibrant sunset orange colour looks great on any skin tone, and of course, we are loving the price.
Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick A-Go-Go, $20
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Orange County, $10


9. Yves Saint Laurent Nude Lavalliere vs. e.l.f. cosmetics Nostalgic

These high-shine lipsticks by YSL Beauty are on everyone’s radar right now, but don’t break the bank to get the same look. A close shade to this designer brand is by e.l.f. Cosmetics for only a dollaryes, a dollar.
Yves Saint Laurent #44 Nude Lavalliere, $42
e.l.f. Cosmetics Nostalgic, $1