Drugstore Lipstick Dupe for a Nude Lip

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I’m very particular when it comes to reviewing drugstore makeup “dupes.” I love drugstore makeup and if life were normal right now, I’d grab a Chick-Fil-A lemonade and take 20 minutes to myself to browse a CVS for nail polish and lip gloss finds. But drugstore dupes aren’t always what they are cracked up to be.

  1. Sometimes you aren’t saving THAT much when it comes to drugstore items, especially in items like lipstick. A MAC lipstick can run you anywhere from $13 to $19 {when you price compare different department stores} and some drugstore lipsticks can be $10.99 for a tube. I want to be very certain of quality when I recommend, because it doesn’t matter if you save $3 if you never touch the lipstick or go back to your original tried and true. To me, it’s all about the hunt! Can you find that designer lipstick on sale? Can you find the drugstore dupe?
  2. Longevity. Longevity. Longevity. While it is well known in the beauty world big drugstore brands have far more money to research formulation than say a newer “luxe” brand, you can’t ignore longevity in a formula. I have some drugstore dry shampoos {Dove is so good!} that work far better than any luxury brand I’ve tried. But other times, you may try a drugstore lipstick or foundation that hardly lasts before your second cup of coffee in the morning. If you are constantly reapplying are you really saving money?

Okay, you see why I’m picky? Because I don’t want you to throw money away on makeup whether it is $10 or $100. I think we can all agree we’ve had plenty of drugstore AND designer makeup flops. But when you find a dupe or a formula that you are in love with, is that just not the most exciting thing?! It makes me want to grab 3 or 4 and never run out of the product.

Today, I’m sharing a fabulous little dupe, but remember when I mentioned the thrill of the hunt? I may have taken my words a little too far there because these shades can be a little tricky to find. I almost contemplated not sharing this post as there aren’t many in stock {theses shades may be discontinuing or maybe it’s due to everything going on and shipping} BUT we can’t forget formulation. You may not gravitate towards my shade, but I want y’all to be able to find your shade in these formulations that you love!

You may remember back in my Sephora Sale blog post all about my love of Charlotte Tilbury lipstick products. The “Iconic Nude” liner and “Kim KW” lipstick is my favorite nude combination. I buckled down to find a drugstore dupe and I have!

So while these shades may be going fast, I’d try the liner or lip cream in whatever colors you love next time you are in need of a lip product. The formula, longevity, and pigmentation power is SO similar to that of the designer brand.

What are your favorite dupes for drugstore beauty?! Any shades we should try? Leave in the comments below so we can all go swatch happy!

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  1. Love these options! I love the nude lip look but can’t really afford high end brands at the moment, so this is great! ❤️✨

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    Published 07 May 20Reply
  2. Rosamary wrote:

    Hiii Katey!! One of my favorite nudes is from a new company, it’s a liquid to matte formula that is so comfortable and not over drying at all, it’s AIM Cosmetics liquid to matte lipsticks. The combo I’ve used that I love is their Ritzy lipstick shade with their lip gloss in the shade Champagne. I highly recommend their shades Bombshell and Flirt. The prettiest pink and mauveyshade. The lip liner I use that I really like is Colourpop’s BFF. Ohhh and the Revlon lip liners are also sooo good!! They are so long wearing! And my lipsticks don’t feather out.

    Published 07 May 20Reply
  3. Lisa Moore wrote:

    Please tell me where you got the dress you are wearing. I see something linked but its a different dress? Its beautiful !!!!

    Published 07 May 20Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Lisa! So sorrythis dress is sold out so it can’t be directly linked. I wish! 🙁 But the brand of dresses is tagged under “The details” where it says caftan if that helps! It is La Vie Stylehouse! I hope that helps! Xx, Katey

      Published 07 May 20Reply
  4. laura wrote:

    I’ve been a big fan of the Maybelline lip liner for a while and have it in lot’s of colors, so I’m glad you included it this post! I’ve never tried the NYX lip cream, so I’ll have to give it a try! Thank you!

    Published 12 May 20Reply
  5. I also love maybelline lipsticks! Have 5or 7 different shades and adore them all 🙂 But after reading your post, now want to try NYX as much!

    Published 06 Feb 21Reply