Katie Frazier: When to splurge or save for kissable lips

August 2, 2018

Did you know that the average woman in the United States will spend around $1,780 on lipstick in her lifetime? This makeup addict is probably about halfway there.

Last time I counted my collection of lipsticks and glosses, I had right at 200 (whoa, I know).

I’ve had my fair share of high end and affordable lippies, and I love finding dupes. Sometimes it shocks me how extreme the similarities are in these lipsticks, and the amount of money I could have saved by buying the cheaper one.

But, instead, I will use my knowledge for good and let you know which is the better option.

Red lips

Mac Ruby Woo ($18.50) vs. Colourpop “Trust Me” ($5.50)

Verdict: Save.

Mac “Ruby Woo” is hands down an iconic, classic red lip - but Colourpop’s Lippie Stix in “Trust Me” is almost the exact same shade. Trust me, and that pun is intended.

The only huge difference is the packaging, and the amount of product in the tubes. In Colourpop’s you get 1 gram, and in Mac’s you get 3 grams - but, if you bought three tubes of “Trust Me,” you’d still be saving money. So I say, grab one of Colourpop’s - or three - you’re still saving for the same look.

Berry lips

Kylie Cosmetics “Vixen” Lip Kit ($29) vs. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip”Hutch” ($6.50)

Verdict: Save.

Vampy shades are probably one of my favorite shades to wear on my lips, and Kylie is always so spot on with her colors. But I have always hated spending that much on a deep, vampy color that I’m probably only going to wear in the fall season. That’s where dupes always come in handy.

Not only does this dupe match Kylie’s “Vixen” almost perfectly, but it’s actually a more comfortable formula. I say save your dollars, and try this Colourpop dupe.

Nude lips

Anastasia Beverly Hills “Dusty Rose” ($20) vs. Wet n Wild “Rebel Rose” ($5)

Verdict: Save.

I remember when I first noticed this dupe being posted. I was so excited because I had been wanting ABH “Dusty Rose” for so long, but didn’t want to pay the $20 for it.

So I bought Wet n Wild’s “Rebel Rose” at my local Walmart, swatched the shade on my hand, and then went to my local Sephora to swatch ABH “Dusty Rose” - low and behold - they were extremely similar.

Enough so that I didn’t want to purchase the ABH one (shocker for this makeup addict). I was so excited this dupe was discovered. I definitely say you should save here, and go with the cheaper Wet n Wild dupe.

Pink lips

Mac “Candy Yum Yum” ($18.50) vs. Maybelline Color Sensational “Fushia Flash” ($7)

Verdict: Save.

There is hardly ever going to be a time when I tell you to pass up a Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick, because they have one of my favorite formulas.

These two lipstick shades are exactly the same on my lips and have pretty much the same longevity. I do feel that Maybelline’s is a more comfortable formula and the price is more comfortable for your wallet, so I am, again, telling you to save your money, and try the Maybelline instead.

Guess what? I saved you $62 this week on every staple lip shade you could possibly need.

Hopefully, I also helped you keep the average of $1,780 worth of lipsticks a little lower for your lifetime.

Katie Frazier is a freelance makeup artist from Genoa, W.Va. She operates a social media account for both her makeup looks “Katelynne Frazier MUA” and a group called “Vanity Insanity.”

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