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June 17, 2013

The Budget Buy: Five Lipsticks Under £2

Over indulged lately but still craving a beauty treat? Sometimes the budget options aren't as "budget" in quality. I've hunted the internet and shops and found five lipsticks which feel and look good on the lips and not one of them comes in at over £1.99. Intrigued? Below I'll show you what, where and how to get your hands on some seriously affordable treats!

(Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Sweetheart Tulips, Une Sheer Lips Balm in Shade 03, Astor Shine Delux Lipstick in Shade 013 Rich, NYC Expert Last Lip Colour in Creamy Caramel)

If you don't like the swatches don't be put off. On the lips these offer up an array of colours and textures that I promise won't disappoint! Let's start with the purple bullets (you can't go wrong with purple).

Rimmel's Lasting Finish Lipsticks
(shown here in Notting Hill Nude and Sweetheart Tulips) 

You can find these lipsticks on Fragrance Direct for £0.99. Yes, you read that correctly- 99p. I bought my two lipsticks from Fragrance Direct and would recommend both, on the lips they both look gorgeous and have a lasting time of 3-4 hours (no eating, sipping water) which for 99p is pretty darn good! Other shades I'd suggest giving a try are Berry Queen and Sloane's Plum (both of which I've seen in stores and swatched and the colours look really nice).

And if the colours you see don't tickle your fancy then head on over to Xtras for a slightly different selection all at the tantalizing price of £1.99 (including postage). Over on Xtras you can find Oxford Street Fuschia, another beautiful pink shade that I've swatched in store and it looks lovely (it's still being sold in Superdrug and Boots stores for £6.49).

Une Sheer Lips Balm
(shown here in shade S03)

Until recently Une were sold in Superdrug stores and now that the line is being pulled all of the products are being discounted. On Fragrance Direct you can find their lipsticks and these Sheer Lips Balms (which swatch as being pretty similar in texture and look to the Revlon Lip Butters) for £1.99. They come in natural, your lips but better, shades which all seem very similar. Shade S03 is my perfect MLBB colour so if you are darker in complexion or have darker lips look at higher shade numbers eg. S05 or S07.

Astor Shine Delux Lipstick
(shown here in shade 013, Rich)

This is the only one that isn't completely up my street. It's a glittery, high shine lipstick that instantly makes the lips look super glossy with a light pink tint. I like the colour and effect for a more fun sort of look (something I'd wear in the evening or on holiday) but it isn't an everyday product for me. You can find these on Fragrance Direct for £1.25 (currently in three different shades).

NYC Expert Last Lip Color
(shown here in the shade Creamy Caramel)

I picked this lipstick up in Superdrug for £1.99 and I love the colour, it's a dark nude, a really lovely sophisticated colour. A few of the lipsticks are glitter city and I wouldn't touch with a barge pole, but a few (this one included) are shimmer free, creamy in texture and last about 3-4 hours. I like how they feel on the lips and I think the shade range is pretty good, if you prefer buying your lispticks in a shop but still want a budget buy then these are worth a swatch!

There you have it. Five lipsticks (with alternative shades available if you don't like the ones that I chose) that at under £2 a piece are total bargains! I'd love to know if you decide to pick any of these up or if you own any already :)  Happy shopping!



  1. Sweetheart Tulips looks lovely!
    I have a Collection lippie that I think was either £1.99 or £2.99 and I love it :)

    Jess xo

  2. Complete bargains! The NYC one looks lovely. I also like MUA lippies which are £1!

  3. Complete bargains! The NYC one looks lovely, i also like MUA lippies which are just £1!

  4. Love Fragrance Direct and love the look of Sweetheart!

  5. Great bargain and although I don't think I'd wear the actual colour, I love that yellow packaging :) so fun!

  6. I actually like all of those xx

  7. You've found some wonderful bargains and I love the look of sweetheart tulips! Such a lovely colour.

    Kathryn x

  8. I have notting hill nude, you have good taste ;) I need to resist placing another FD order now! x

    Amy /

  9. I have Notting Hill Nude too! It's so pretty, I got mine from Poundworld :) x great post, these lipsticks are beautiful xx

  10. I freaking love Fragrance Direct too :D currently contemplating the Une sheer lips balm, thanks for the great post!

    Izzi x
    A beauty, food and life blog by Izzi

  11. I am surprised that you didn't include any MUA lipsticks, I love shade 11 I think it is and there only £1! Bargin xx

  12. Also try W7 lipsticks, most are £1.99 and they are deeply pigmented


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