Do you have an unwieldy addiction to lipstick? Do you only see the world in matte, crème and gloss? Have you driven yourself into debt for every new to-die-for number on the shelf? Well, consider this your pout-ervention. We’ve rounded up the best budget lipsticks buys for every preference, so you never again pay a pretty penny for the perfect pout. Check out our under-Rs. 500 favorites and kiss us later!
SOFT & SIREN REDS
A solid, trustworthy red lipstick is an essential in any girl’s vanity, because god knows it never goes out of style. Whether you’re looking for an everyday matte to wear to work, or a creamy, high-shine formula, there’s plenty of options that offer you that red-hot bang without having to shell out the big bucks. At only Rs. 450, Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color in LC R1 Red Coat or Freedom Pro Lipstick - Red 106 Fever offers a pout-perfect finish that will have you going ‘Ruby Who?’ Upgrade to crème de la crème for only Rs. 25 more, with Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color in Fatal Red.
BABY & BOMBSHELL PINKS
If you’re less femme fatale, and more femme flirtatious, you needn’t go penniless to get in the pink – hot, candied, matte or glossy. If you'd prefer wearing your lipstick in a subtle but frosted finish circa the '90s, use L.A. Colors Pout Super Shine Lipgloss – Sweet (Rs. 325), a gloss with shimmery pigment, or Blue Heaven Glittering Lip Gloss - 05 Trendy Pop(Pink) at a mere Rs. 105. For Jacqueline’s fiery pink, a great option for day or night, try Avon Ultra Color Ignite Lipstick - Hot Pink, a glide-on, SPF-infused steal at Rs. 245.
DARK BERRIES & WINE
A rich, decadent glass of wine might be good for the spirits, but it’s all the better for your smile. Here’s a great color family for both pale and dusky skin tones, with variations of plum, berry, burgundy or violet to add a touch of gothic drama to your grin. At Rs. 225, Coloressence Liquid Lip Color LLP-2 (Vibrant Violet) offers glossy, buildable and budget-friendly color. For a matte formulation, try Nykaa So Matte Lipstick - Mulled Wine 13 M (Rs. 299) or go for a deeper, darker hue with Nicka K True Matte Lip Color - Wine Berry.
EARTHY NUDES & BROWNS
No need to scour back alleyways for bad knock-offs of the Kylie lip kit – there are plenty of affordable options for those who love their earthy hues. For J LO’s sheer, fleshy pout, try Rimmel’s lipstick-cum-liquid formulation, Apocalips Lip Laquer in 600 Nude Eclipse. If you’re looking for a saturated matte, Lakme Enrich Lip Crayon - Cinnamon Brown offers a bold, beautiful brown at a giveaway price of Rs. 185, while Colorbar’s Diamond Shine in Copper Citrine gives you a burnished bronze a la Priyanka. Talk about down-to-earth beauties!
CRUSH-WORTHY CORALS
If you’re looking to switch up your regular reds and pinks, treat yourself to sunny-side-up servings of coral, tangerine or peach. We absolutely swear by NYX Professional Makeup’s Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler. It's a sheer, versatile formula that glides on like actual butter. Not orange enough? Amp up your daytime look with a NELF USA’s Velvet Touch lipstick in Stay With Me Coral or Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick – Luscious, both creamy coral treats under Rs. 300. Nothing like a citrusy, wallet-saving punch to reenergize your day!