There’s no doubt been a surge in skincare sales since the world was introduced to social distancing as a result of COVID-19, but color cosmetics aren’t going anywhere fast. Spring and summer beauty trends all point to an uptick in splashy, vibrant hues – and people are happily diving into the spectrum. If you’re digging the idea of a rainbow collection of lipsticks, check out these nine solid buys all priced under $9.
Let’s start this chromatic party off with a classic hue that anyone can pull off: true red. Maybelline’s award-winning Color Sensational Made For All Lipstick in Red for Me offers a matte red that’s flattering across all skin tones and pairs easily with whatever else you’re wearing.
If you’re keen on easing into a splashy lip color, why not dip your toes in the water with a little hot pink? This creamy option from ColourPop offers full coverage and is formulated with moisturizing acai, jojoba, and pomegranate seed butters. Looking for more ways to lean into pink? Check out this guide.
Orange may seem a funny color to swipe, but it’s surprisingly flattering across all complexions. Hard Candy’s Nourishing Lip Crayon in Show Stopper boasts a fiery-warm orange hue that might convert you. It’s formulated with coconut oil and hemp to nourish and moisturize lips.
Dare to go there with this radioactive metallic mint lipstick, courtesy of the Sephora Collection. Not only is it wrapped up in the cutest little bullet, but Ouch! – inspired by desert cacti – boasts impressive color payoff that’s hard to find in any non-traditional lipstick, let alone one that’s less than $10.
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The perfect blue-gray is heading your way a la NYX’s Suede Matte Lipstick in Ace. We love that this neutral, subtle hue still packs a ton of bold momentum, and the lightweight creamy formula is easy to work with, too. Try it with a smoky eye for a monochromatic moment.
Don’t shy away from this vibrant indigo lipstick by Revlon. It’s definitely daring, but that only lends to its power. Try it with an otherwise no makeup-makeup look to keep attention on your lips, or go big with a graphic eye. For more advice on how to incorporate classic blue – Pantone’s color of the year – into your beauty looks, check out this how-to trend report.
Swing on over into the purple lane with this NYX lippie. The satin, pigment-packed formula boasts major color payoff across all skin tones. We also like that it’s formulated with a ton of nourishing, emollient ingredients, including lanolin, sesame seed oil, mango seed butter, and shea butter for a smooth glide and hydrated lip.
If bright purple isn’t your jam (get it?) then maybe a softer lilac hue will appeal to your color senses. Another winner from Sephora’s #Lipstories collection, Trippin’ is a matte finish lipstick in pale purple that’ll add a bit of playful brightness to any look. Wear it with a fox eye and fierce contour, combine it with other pastels, or try it with a vibrant sunset eye.
Who says black always has to read goth? We argue this inky hue can lean way editorial, and you don’t have much to lose at that $7 price point. In addition to bold matte pigment, Milani’s Bold Color Statement lipstick is formulated with hydrating coconut oil, vitamin E, and Tahiti flower.
How are you feeling about this ROYGBIV lipstick bouquet? We want to know which color you think you’ll try next!