Favourite High-End and Drug Store Lipsticks!

One of our wonderful followers (hey Nance!) wanted to see some lip products reviews and swatches! I decided to take a twist on this one and choose my favourite lipsticks. But it was very hard to choose only one! So below, I put honourable mentions. I am fair skinned therefore there are some bold lips that I avoid or some neutrals because they make me look flushed out. Of course the lipsticks mentioned below are from my collection and I do own them. So these are my picks based on my selection at home.

Here are the categories I decided to highlight in this post. I decided to stick to only lipsticks in this post, I will do lip glosses in a separate one.

  • Favourite high-end nude lipstick
  • Favourite drug-store nude lipstick
  • Favourite high-end bold lipstick
  • Favourite drug-store bold lipstick
  • Honourable mentions
  • Prices and where to purchase

Favourite High-End Nude Lipstick

This was the hardest category… I had to put 3 in the honourable mentions section for this one… In the end, I went with NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita (antique rose). For those of you who know me are probably surprised this is not a Bite Beauty Lipstick (see honorable mentions as to why!). But I could not pass this one up… As soon as I swatched it, I fell in love. It is my favourite lipstick colour of all time, it goes with everything. The formula is also super smooth, long-lasting with a satin finish.
NARS - Audacious Lipstick


Favourite Drug Store Nude Lipstick

My pick for drug store nude favourite is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in #235 Warm Me Up. It smells nice, it feels nice on the lips, the colour is a pinky nude and this lipstick certainly lives in my purse! It is similar to the NARS Anita mentioned above but it is not as matte and not as pigmented. Could almost be a dupe though! I will let you judge by the swatches.

Favourite High-End Bold Lipstick

There it is, this favourite is a Bite Beauty lippie in Mulberry. A nice berry colour and it is my go-to when I want a bolder lip. Also, I am in love with the formula of the bite beauty lipsticks. I never feel that I have to apply lip balm at all (and if you know me, you know I am obsessed with lip balm and won’t leave the house without one). Holy Grail for sure.

Bite Beauty - Luminous Crème Lipstick

Favourite Drug Store Bold Lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in #750 Kiss Me Coral. For a good price and a good hold, this colour adds to a nice neutral/bronze look. I wore this at work and it worked great!


Honourable Mentions

High-End Nude Lipstick

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft (matte mauve pink nude).

Kat Von D - Studded Kiss Lipstick

I did not pick this one as the winner because it leaves my lips a little dryer than both the Bite Beauty and NARS Audacious ones. The colour however is a nice mauve nude that is a bit more on the mauve side and the NARS Anita.

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Musk (pink brown) and Shiraz (soft plum)


Bite Beauty - Luminous Crème Lipstick


Bite Beauty - Luminous Crème Lipstick

I am obsessed with Bite Beauty lippies and there are other neutral colours that you may also enjoy (Fig, Date, Lychée). Please check out my Yay or Nay Sunday On the Bite Beauty Mix N’ Mingle set to see many more swatches and lippies! The only reason this one did not win the 1st pick is because the colours I own are not “my-lips-but-better”. The NARS one is just the perfect match for my lips and I haven’t found mine yet in the Bite Beauty line… but I am getting closer 🙂 Otherwise, these lipsticks take the cake. They are SUPER creamy, hydrating, long-lasting, they do not pull on the lips when applying and

High-End Bold Lipstick

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in A-Go-Go (matte neon orange)

Gor-ge-ous. Bold indeed.

Kat Von D - Studded Kiss Lipstick


Drug Store Nude Lipstick

Wet n’ Wild MegaLast Lip Colour in Spiked Rum

I don’t know how Wet n’ Wild gets away with selling these lipsticks so cheap, because the pigment is high (that is one swipe in the swatch below…), their are long lasting and the shades, just gorgeous. You certainly do not buy these for the packaging, that’s probably why they are sold at a fantastic price.



Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in shade 08

These smell sweet, go on smooth and soft. A good buy!

Revlon Lip Butter Lipsticks (well all of them but particularly..) 027 Juicy Papaya and 050 Berry Smoothie

I love these lip butters, they are a sheer colour, but they offer enough pigment to give a nice colour. I love these for work because they are hydrating and easy to apply without a mirror. So before a meeting I can just grab one quickly, apply and leave. I just showed two colours because I reach for these often, but crème brulée is also a good one and well, so many others…


Prices and Where to Purchase

  • NARS Audacious Lipsticks – These are sold at Sephora.com or in the store and they retail for $37 a piece (VERY expensive…). You can also get them off the NARSCosmetics.com website. They are $32 US on the site and you will pay $17 US of shipping. You are much better off to get them at Sephora.
  • Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipsticks – Bite Beauty is a brand exclusively sold at Sephora.com and in stores. They retail for $28.
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks – Kat Von D is a brand exclusively sold at Sephora.com and in stores. They retail for $26.
  • Revlon and Maybelline lipsticks – Can be found at almost any drugstore, their stock and prices varies. I always look for sales and try not to buy them full price. They can retail from anywhere between $6.99-10.99
  • Wet n’ Wild Lipsticks – Again, many drug store sells these but the best prices are at Wal-Mart. They are only $2 – $3.

I hope that you enjoyed this! I can see what kind of shades I go for! Never realized my pattern lol.

– Nat

2 thoughts on “Favourite High-End and Drug Store Lipsticks!

  1. I say, don’t be scared! Try on a bold lip and see how it feels. Maybe before getting into the Mulberry Bite Beauty, try one from the drug store that isn’t too expensive, this way, if you really hate it, you won’t have spent $28 on it. Where I branched out was with the orange. I didn’t think it could work on me but, you know what, I love it and surprisingly so did my husband! So go for it, try it! You can try to balance a neutral eye if you want to go bold lip at 1st! – Nat


  2. Hey thanks for the mention and this great post. I own some of these and love them. I don’t have any bite products in my collection yet. I missed out on the Holiday remix set in the tin. Really wanted that one. Mulberry is to die for but, scares me a bit. Lol You wear it well though. I like W&W spiked with rum and these are the shades that I keep gravitating to. I need to branch out more. I find it hard as a fair skinned redhead. Oh, I’m waiting for NYX Hebe to come from Amazon. Should be interesting. Thanks again.


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