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.
Buy Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Abrico'dabra, £8.99 at Superdrug.com (opens in new tab)
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.
Buy The Body Shop Matte Lipstick in Havana Red for £8 at Thebodyshop.com (opens in new tab)
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.
Buy Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Revlon Red for £7.99 at Amazon.co (opens in new tab).u (opens in new tab)k (opens in new tab)
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.
Buy Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Look Who's Talking for £6.99 at Superdrug.co (opens in new tab)m (opens in new tab)
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.
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Avon True Color Perfect Reds Lipstick in Perfect Red, £4 at Avon.uk.com (opens in new tab)
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!
Buy MUA Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Siren for £1.14 at Amazon.co.uk (opens in new tab)
As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about brilliant finds on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus). Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013 under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.
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