Monday, 26 March 2012

Top Ten Lipsticks (& Cheaper Alternatives)

I have seen a few top ten lipstick posts recently so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and show you my top ten lipsticks. I want to make my post a little different from the rest so I'm going to include cheaper alternatives.

I'm going to talk about the finish, colour and price of each lipstick. The cheaper alternatives are pretty much exact dupes so I'm not going to repeat myself by saying 'it's exactly the same as blah blah blah' as I'm pretty sure you'll all get bored of me saying it.

My top ten lipsticks are the lipsticks I reach for the most, so without further ado here they are!

1.) MAC 'Mlle' (LE) - £13.50 - Glaze Formula
 Cheaper alternative: Inglot Refill in '07' - £3.50
Price difference: £10.00

Mlle is described as a blue based pale pink. Out of all my lipsticks, this is the one I reach for most. Even though it has a glaze formula, the pigmentation and longevity is amazing.

2.) MAC Pro Longwear in 'Overtime' - £16.50 - Creamy Formula
 Cheaper alternative: Topshop 'Pillow Talk' - £8.00
Price difference: £8.50

Overtime is described as light baby pink. It's a lovely lipstick for wearing both during the day and also at night. I also use this lipstick when sporting a dramatic eye. The pro longwear lipsticks last a lot longer on the lips and have a lovely texture. You would expect them to be quite drying but they're really not. 

3.) MAC Kissable Lip Colour in 'Enchantee' (LE) - £16.50 - Creamy Formula
 Cheaper alternative: MUA Out There Plumping Lip Gloss in 'Candy Pink' - £2.00
Price difference: £14.50

Enchantee is described as a light blue pink. It's a lovely lipstick for wearing during the day and it's also a lovely lipstick for wearing throughout summer. The MAC kissable lip colours have the texture of a lip gloss but the finish of the lipstick. They're perfect for those who have dry lips and also those who detest lip gloss. 

4.) MAC 'Pink Friday' (LE) - £13.50 - Satin Formula
Cheaper alternative: Inglot Lip Paint in '57' - £8.00
Price difference: £5.50

Pink Friday is described as bright creamy pink. It's a lovely lipstick and I must admit I'm pretty gutted that it's limited edition. I guess I'll be sticking to my trusty Inglot lip paint when it runs out as there's no difference between the two. 

5.) YSL Rouge Pur Couture in '22' - £23.50 
Cheaper alternative: MAC 'Saint Germain' - £13.50 - Amplified Formula 
Price difference: £10.00

Shade 22 has to be the ultimate barbie shade. I love pink lipsticks, especially barbie pink lipsticks, so when I saw this it was love at first sight. Shade 22 has amazing pigmentation and longevity despite the uber creamy texture. I also love the gold shiny packaging, it's classy, elegant and looks very expensive. It's most definitely a handbag lipstick.

6.) MAC 'Candy Yum Yum' (LE) - £13.50 - Matte Formula
Cheaper alternative: Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick in 'Shocking Pink' - £2.99 
Price difference: £10.51

Candy Yum Yum is described as a neon magenta pink. It's an insanely bright, bold, beautiful lipstick. I know every man and their wife are after this lovely lippy but you'll be pleased to know that I've found a good dupe...HURRAY. Candy Yum Yum isn't necessarily a lipstick I wear everyday but it's one of my top ten lipsticks of all time, I mean, just look at it!

7.) Nars 'Schiap' - £17.50 - Semi Matte Formula
Cheaper alternative: Inglot Refill in '53' - £3.50
Price difference: £14.00

Schiap is described as a shocking pink. Schiap isn't as shocking as Candy Yum Yum but it's certainly an eye-catcher. Schiap has the best staying power ever, I have worn it for around 15 hours and it did not budge at all, it literally stained my lips. It honestly beats anything else. 

8.) MAC 'Ladydanger' - £13.50 - Matte Formula
Cheaper alternative: MUA 'Shade 13' - £1.00
Price difference: £12.50

Ladydanger is described as a vivid coral-red. It's possibly the brighest red I own and again, it's a bit of an eye-catcher. Ladydanger has a matte finish and I must admit that it's quite drying, but I think the drying properties help this lipstick to last on the lips all day. Another thing I love about this lipstick is that it doesn't bleed meaning you don't have to wear a lip liner underneath it. 

9.) MAC Kissable Lip Colour in 'Strutt Your Stuff' (LE) - £16.50 - Creamy Formula
Cheaper alternative: OCC Lip Tar in 'Harlot' - £6.50
Price difference: £10.00

Strutt Your Stuff is described as an orange toned red. What I love most about this lipstick is that it has a lovely creamy texture. The MAC kissable lip colours have the texture of a lip gloss but the finish of a lipstick. 

10.) MAC 'Diva' - £13.50 - Matte Formula
 Cheaper alternative: Inglot Refill in '86' - £3.50
Price difference: £10.00

Diva is described as intense reddish-burgundy. It is the perfect lipstick for wearing in autumn/winter due to it looking quite vampy. Considering it has a matte formula it actually doesn't feel drying on the lips whatsoever. I also find that it doesn't look patchy unlike some dark toned lipsticks. 

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So what are your favourite lipsticks? 


  1. The Inglot dupes are seriously close matches!


    1. Aren't they just! :) love inglot lippies! xxx

  2. Great idea for a post, I love this! And I will have that Collection 2000 lipstick asap! x

    1. Aww thank you! I'm glad you like my post! :) and it's a fab lippy! xxx

  3. I am going to have to get myself to Inglot, those refil pans look like such a bargin. I love the look of Mlle, so will be picking up the dupe of that. x

    1. They really are a bargain! They're cheaper than Barry M lipsticks! :P Mlle is a gorg colour! :) xxx

  4. northern twins! ;) this is such a good post, loved your video too, would love to see some more posts with cheaper alternatives! :) nicola xx

    1. Northern twins indeed ;) thank you so much! :D I shall certainly be doing more cheaper alternatives! :) xxx

  5. Love how you've offered cheaper alternatives! I really want the NARS and 'Lady Danger' after seeing this! Something about the packaging of high-end brands makes me want them even though you can get almost identical dupes!! Xx.

  6. The Nars and ladydanger are lovely aren't they! and I know what you mean about the packaging, I'm the same! :P I love YSL packaging and have started to grow a bit of an obsession with YSL lipsticks :P I'm going to be doing the same kinda post with eyeshadows too! :D xxx

  7. This is a great post :)
    Love the look of Nars 'Schiap'!

  8. Thanks for posting this, knowing the cheaper alternatives is sooo useful for those of us on a student budget! Really good dupes aswell, they look identical on the lips, brilliant post! :D

  9. Great post! Really enjoyed reading it and the layout of the photos are fab.

    Holli x

  10. GREAT post, you've found some amazing dupes and I can't believe how similar they are for a fraction of the cost. My fave lippies at the moment are Hue & creme cup by MAC and also Pout by avon :) x

  11. Brilliant post! Very detailed and great pics. I only just found your blog now following, kisses xxx

  12. fabulous dupes hun! great colors your have

    my blog: boho vanity

  13. This is a great post, really enjoyed reading. I've never tried anything by inglot but this post has inspired me do so.

  14. This is a lovely blogpost and a great idea, I think you've inspired everyone to buy some inglot :')
    Especially when you've found such close matches, well done <3 xx


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