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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

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

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

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

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.


Avon True Color Perfect Reds Lipstick in Perfect Red, £4 at

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

Fiona McKim

As woman&home's Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant beauty find on or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair dye experiments and cute shih-tzus)

Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know about the industry (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). 

In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a magazine features writer, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz gossip pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine if it’s all the rage in Japan, loves fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.

When not slathering herself in self tan or squinting at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.