Beauty junkies on a budget, you can still have it all, right here, right now. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best look-alikes for super-buzzy lipsticks that just might fall outside your price range. Contrary to their luxury counterparts, our picks all go for less than P500. Attack!
If you like Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Bordeaux… TRY: City Color Creamy Lip Stain in Hibiscus Martini, P270
Finish aside, it’s hard to spot the difference between Hibiscus Martini and Bordeaux. These liquid lipsticks share a near-identical brick red hue, except ABH’s formula has a lustrous shine, while City Color’s dries down to a creamy matte.
If you like Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Potion… TRY: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania, P390
A slick of Transylvania will awaken your inner femme fatale. Similar to Potion, it’s a gorgeous blackberry hue with warm undertones. If you want to try a dramatic purply lipstick, this is it.
If you like Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey… TRY: Wet N’ Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Rico Mauve, P299
Both these lipsticks boast of a sheer formula—only thing is, Rico Mauve’s half the price of Black Honey. Color-wise, Rico Mauve is a mid-tone, neutral brown, while Black Honey is an adaptable flesh-toned MLBB. Luckily, the difference is only noticeable when the two are side-by-side.
If you like MAC Heroine… TRY: Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Vibrant Violet, P299
If love a vampy lip but can’t splurge on Heroine, Vibrant Violet is the best dupe. Both lipsticks deliver a punch of purple and a silken matte formula with serious staying power. If anything, the MAC lipstick is more moisturizing—but it’s nothing a little lip balm can’t fix.
If you like MAC Ruby Woo… TRY: Wet N’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Stoplight Red, P299
In the tube, there is no telling Stoplight Red and Ruby Woo apart. On your lips, there will be a slight difference—the WNW lipstick contains a stronger hint of pink. But just add an extra layer and you’ll easily mistake it for the iconic Ruby Woo red that flatters the entire world.
If you like MAC Whirl… TRY: Wet N’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Mocha-Licious, P299
At first glance, Mocha-Licious appears as a predominately brown lipstick—but it has strong dusty rose undertones that make it quite similar to Whirl. Having said that, it is slightly more mauve than the MAC shade, which shouldn’t really bother you if you’re into rich, beautiful neutrals.
If you like Candy K by Kylie Lip Kit… TRY: Pink Sugar Creamy Matte Lipstick in XOXO, P349
If you can’t seem to get your hands on Candy K, XOXO is the next best thing. The Pink Sugar formula has a stay-all-day matte finish that isn’t quite as “flat” as Kylie’s. But that’s just because it’s made with Vitamin E and shea butter to keep your kisser moisturized. Besides, these pale pinkish-mauves are totally twinning!
If you like Posie K by Kylie Lip Kit… TRY: City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Mauve, P225
City Color’s Mauve is much more affordable than the perpetually sold-out Posie K. Mauve is slightly brighter than the dusty-rose Kylie color, but it’s still very flattering. On top of that, it’ll give you just as much intensity in color payoff and staying power alike.
If you like Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Hangry… TRY: City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Francesca, P225
Francesca is a cheaper alternative to Hangry, which we would describe as a dark plum with warm undertones. If anything, Francesca verges on wine red, while Hangry is more of a berry shade. Having said that, both tubes will command a room and are still difficult to tell apart on different skin tones.
If you like Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Manbun… TRY: City Color Creamy Lip Stain in Chocolate Merlot, P270
Chocolate Merlot is a deep brownish-burgundy with a shine-free finish. Pit it against Manbun, and you’ll probably have to do a double-take. The subtle difference lies in the undertones: Chocolate Merlot’s are red, while Manbun’s are more purple.
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