Real talk: we always want what we cannot have, especially when it comes to luxury lipstick. But today, you can have it all—and for only a fraction of the price! We’ve rounded up 10 of the best lipstick look-alikes for the most popular designer rouges ever. Quickly now, before they run out!
If you like MAC Russian Red… TRY: L’Oréal Paris Star Red in Pure Scarleto, P400
Every girl needs a go-to red lip—and Pure Rouge is a bold ruby that looks good (no, gorge) on every skin tone! A single coat will punch up your pout and rival the staying power of Russian Red.
If you like MAC Diva… TRY: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine, P299
Turns out Diva has a doppelgänger: Divine Wine. The tubes are pretty much twins, save for the red undertone running through Maybelline’s formula (MAC’s is more purple). Still, both lipsticks match in terms of pigmentation and staying power.
If you like the MAC All Fired Up… TRY: NYX Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary, P390
Bloody Mary has a subtle sheen to it (you have to get really up close to see)—but it could still pass for All Fired Up. You might need to use an extra coat to match MAC’s pigmentation, but we promise, the NYX version will last you for hours.
If you like Dolce K by Kylie Lip Kit… NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi, P390
TRY: Abu Dhabi is a silky-smooth matte lipstick that wears impressively without drying out your lips. This balmy brown will tide you over until you nab your very own Dolce K—but honestly, you might not feel the need to once you take NYX’s fix for a spin!
If you like Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira… TRY: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, P390
Not only will Copenhagen paint your lips opaque, this beautiful burgundy can outlast almost anything. Color-wise, it’s more purple than Vampira (which is laced with red)—but the difference is only noticeable when the two are side-by-side.
If you like Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Redrum… TRY: OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Atlantic City, P850
Packaging aside, we wouldn’t be able to tell Atlantic City and Redrum apart. Both tubes offer a true red color with a matte finish that refuses to budge. If you’ve been dying to get your hands on Jeffree’s web-famous lippie, this is the best lookalike.
If you like Koko K by Kylie Lip Kit… TRY: Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in Hot Mess, P349
Hot Mess is the bullet equivalent of Koko K, which comes in a liquid formula (but you already knew that). These lipsticks share the same pale pinky-mauve hue, except Pink Sugar’s formula has a semi-matte finish, while Kylie’s is a flat matte.
If you like MAC Velvet Teddy… TRY: Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Bare It All, P299
You will notice a slight difference between these two shades, because Velvet Teddy is more pink, while Bare It All is more brown. Still, there’s no denying the similarities of the two shades: both are perfect do-it-all nudes. If you can set aside the minor difference, you’ll reap the same intense color payoff and lasting power as the MAC bestseller.
If you like Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid… TRY: Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Cherry Bomb, P299
Cherry Bomb is basically Black Orchid: Drugstore Version. Wet n’ Wild’s formula is slightly more red in tone and has a shine-free finish, while Tom Ford’s has a purple base with a satiny sheen. Still, Cherry Bomb makes the same dramatic berry statement, so we’re going to stick by it. Yes, you’ll have to use a balm underneath, but the fact that it stays put until you will it otherwise is just so convenient!
If you like Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita… TRY: Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Liquid Lip Color in High-Pitched Wine, P299
In the tube, Lolita and High-Pitched Wine seem to be a picture-perfect match. But when you apply them on your lips, you’ll notice that the Wet n’ Wild lipstick is slightly on the redder side. If Lolita is a nudey-mauve, High-Pitched Wine is a rosey-mauve. Nonetheless, they’ve got the same warm undertones and potent payoff—and yes, the cool-girl vibe is pretty much identical.
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