The 8 Best Drugstore Lipsticks
We rounded up the best budget-friendly lipsticks—from liquid to matte—all available at Canadian drugstores, all under $20.
We can all probably agree that lipstick has the power to complete your look and even change your mood. Now, if you think there’s a need to overspend on it, we’re here to prove you wrong. These days, drugstore lipsticks are wide-ranging, coming in an impressive assortment of shades and textures. “There’s so much variety,” says makeup artist and beauty consultant Michelle Jones. “You can find almost any shade, any coverage, at any price point.”
The type of lipstick you choose—matte or glossy, liquid or cream, regular or longwear—is a personal preference. And you probably won’t know what you like until you try different shades and formulas. So, we rounded up eight of the best drugstore lipsticks, all under $18, to help you find your perfect budget-friendly match.
Best Overall: Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick
Revlon’s best-selling formula is infused with avocado oil and vitamin E for a buttery-soft feel that won’t dry out lips. It has the most impressive range of colours, with 91 (!!) shades to choose from.
Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick, $12, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Best Hydrating: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour
Have dry lips? You’ll want to choose a hydrating lipstick like L’Oréal’s Colour Riche, which is made with argan oil and vitamin E for intense hydration. It’s creamy and light, with medium pigmentation, and comes in 60 shades.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour, $13, londondrugs.com
Best Value: Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick
You cannot find a better bargain than this creamy, hydrating lipstick. The formula contains both aloe vera and macadamia nut oils, as well as vitamins A and E. It goes on smooth and offers a solid choice of colours (23 to be exact) for all skin tones.
Wet n Wild Satin Lipstick, $2.50, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Best Matte Finish: NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lipstick
This vegan lipstick by NYX was made to match the brand’s best-selling Suede Matte lip liner, and it’s just as popular. It feels smooth and silky out of the tube, but the finish is powdery without being dry or cakey. What’s more: The colour seriously lasts—many reviewers said they didn’t need to re-apply it for hours. Comes in 24 shades.
NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lipstick, $11, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Best Long Wear: Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink™
If you prefer not to reapply your lipstick and want a shade that sticks, this best-seller by Maybelline tops lists for its long-lasting, deep pigment that doesn’t budge or fade for up to 16 hours. The arrow-shaped applicator places colour exactly where you want it, with no feathering or smugding. It goes on liquid and dries matte, and comes in 40 shades.
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink™, $12, walmart.ca
Best Liquid Shine: Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Hi-Shine Lipstick
This lipstick goes on with a high shine that’s long-lasting. Plus, it contains vitamin E and plant-based oils and butters like argan and shea to keep lips hydrated. It’s highly pigmented with a mirror-like gloss finish, but not too sticky, perfect for a glamorous look that will last all night. Comes in 13 shades.
Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Hi-Shine Lipstick, $8, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Best for Dark Skin Tones: Maybelline Color Sensational® Made For All
The pigments in Maybelline’s Made For All line are tested on 50 skintones to ensure they flatter a wider variety of people—impressive! It’s a game-changer for those with dark skin tones who don’t have as many options in the drugstore market. Comes in seven shades in a satin or matte finish.
Maybelline Color Sensational® Made For All, $13, shoppersdrugmart.ca
Best for Aging Skin: L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydrating Core Lipstick
As we get older, our lips become dryer and fine lines form, which can make lipstick look uneven or cause feathering. L’Oreal’s Age Perfect formula comes with a moisturising base infused with nourishing ingredients, leaving lips feeling full and supple and looking silky smooth. Comes in 10 shades.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydrating Core Lipstick, $17, shoppersdrugmart.ca