12 Highly Rated Lipsticks That Won't Cost You More Than $15

When it comes to my makeup routine, I'm not really one to deviate from the norm. I mean, I am the person who has been using the same BB cream for almost 10 years! But while I stick to my usual products and looks for most of my face, there's one part that I don't mind experimenting on: my lips.

There are a couple of reasons why, but most of it has to do with how it's pretty low-lift and doesn't really require much technical skill. Trying out a new way to line my eyes or do my eye shadow will most likely take me a very long time and a lot of trial and error, but testing out a new lip color is pretty simple. And if I mess up or it doesn't look super flattering, I don't have to redo my whole makeup look. I can just swipe the color off and add a new one. Plus, when I don't feel like putting on a full face of makeup but need to look a little bit more polished, I rely on a bold lip color to really carry the weight for me.


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A classic lipstick style that I'll never say no to is a matte lip. For me, it just looks so sophisticated and can be as dramatic or subtle as you want it to be, based on the color and saturation. You do have to be careful, though, because some formulations can be drying. If you already have chapped lips, it could really emphasize them, so you'll want to make sure your lips are hydrated before applying.

With that in mind, there are a lot of really great options when shopping for a matte lipstick, from high-end ones to more affordable options. In fact, a lot of them can be found at your local drugstore—who doesn't love saving some bucks? Plus, if you want to try out different matte colors, you can add a bunch to your cart without feeling guilty about the price.

If you're looking to hop on the matte lipstick train or want to try a new color or product, I've done the research and found some highly rated drugstore matte lipsticks for you.


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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.