Alright, we’ll say it: lip tints are to 2018 as liquid lipsticks were to 2017. Translation: trusty tints absolutely owned this year. Not totally surprising, as lightweight lip tints do give our pouts a reprieve from the thicker formulas we swiped on in the era of Kylie. We especially love gel formulations, as they come with a barely there hint of shine and are so easy to swipe on. Plus, they tend to stay on the lips much longer than their thinner, more watery counterparts.

If you’ve been scouting for gel stains but can’t seem to find one you want to spring for, we’ve pulled out 2 of our fail-safe faves. Their price points may be worlds apart, but we love ‘em just the same. Scroll to see why!

SPLURGE: Banila Co. B. by Banila Liplike Dual Tint in 02 Red Queen, P745
This super popular dual-tint is one of the most wishlisted Banila Co. products on BeautyMNL ever. It doesn’t take much to see why: it’s ultra pigmented, buildable, and fades without settling into texture. Technically, you get two products for the price of one: a gel on one end and an emulsion on the other. Handy for gradient lip loyalists (a K-idol signature!), but the beauty of this is either end can be worn on their own, too. Our holiday-happy pick? The shade Red Queen—a scene-stealing pop of red you can leave alone or layer to opaqueness. You’ll be falling fast for it, either way!

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SAVE: Vice Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Tint (3.5ml) in Sisterette, P145
This gandang fresh find may land on the more affordable end of the spectrum, but we promise you won’t love it any less. Water-based, long-lasting, and sheer but buildable, it’s one of the easiest tints you’ll ever work with. It feels like barely anything on your lips, making it the ideal everyday lippie, no matter how bright you go. We went with Sisterette for this round, a subdued pink with warm undertones that make it almost-red. P.S. If anyone catches you under the mistletoe with this on, don’t worry. It’s kiss-proof!

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So, what’ll it be: Banila Co.’s lip-plumping pick or Vice Cosmetics’ funds-friendly find?

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