By Fiona McKim
There's something unfailingly cheering about buying a new lipstick. We've all heard the stats about sales of designer lippie booming during times of recession - no surprises there. You may not be in a position to take home that pair of Chanel pumps, but most of us can treat ourselves to a little tube of loveliness with no guilt whatsoever, only the pleasure of making yourself feel a bit special. That's not to say it's only the designer brands that are worth a look. The enduring popularity of lipstick means high street brands have got their formulas down pat, with countless shades and textures to play with so you needn't even wait till payday to indulge your shopping desires. Read on to discover our top six lipsticks under £9, and treat yourself today!
Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick, £8.99
Brand sparkling new for Autumn 2017, this little bargain further proves my theory that Bourjois consistently rival beauty's big designer brands with their product textures and shades. This has tons of pigment and a true matte finish, yet slides onto lips with the ease of a far sheerer formula. The comfort continues when the shade sets down as it refuses to do that annoying drying thing you expect from a matte lipstick, instead feeling soft and stretchable. This colour, Abrico'dabra is my favourite, but there are a dozen to choose from so if easy peachy corals aren't your thing, you'll be sure to find one or two or 12 that are.
The Body Shop Matte Lipstick in Havana Red
Bright, bold and punchy, this matte finish lipstick makes a statement but won't dry your lips to a crisp. Pairs perfectly with a little black dress.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Revlon Red
Revlon are masters of va-va-voom Hollywood glamour, this classic red with cool undertones will suit blondes or fair redheads perfectly.
Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Look Who's Talking
This cool, dusky rose shade will compliment warmer tones, olive or medium-deep skin in particular. The formula is semi-matte with just a touch of sheen so feels truly comfortable all day.
Avon True Color Perfect Reds Lipstick in Perfect Red
The clue's in the name - this really is the perfect red! It's not too pink or orangey, just classic deep crimson that slicks on creamily and stays put for hours longer than you'd expect at this price.
MUA Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Siren
You won't find anything better than this for under £2. It's a nice cherry red in a pigment-packed matte formula. You might need to top up after a couple of hours, but at this price you really can't grumble!
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