If you're anything like me, the word "holidays" is practically synonymous with lipstick. You don't care whether it's a festive red, a sexy nude, or a blushed pink, any and every occasion you find fit, you're gonna slap it on.
Now, let's be honest. No matter how much high-end makeup costs, you're most likely still going to buy it. Because what beats the feeling of running a silky smooth lipstick over the curves of your lips as you hold on to a weighty and luxurious lipstick bullet? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
At the same time, high-end makeup can be rather burdening on the wallet (at least for my own). So my suggestion is that one should only splurge on a few classics, and for all the other lipsticks, look for dupes! There are tons of affordable, quality makeup brands that create lipsticks almost identical to the shades of luxury brands like Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Pat McGrath, even Christian Louboutin.
So if you've been lusting for luxury lipstick, check out some of the dupes first! Here are 12 totally affordable lipstick shades that are exactly the same as some of the trendiest high-end lipsticks you've been wanting to buy.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria ($39)
Dupe: Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Parker ($5.16 on sale)
Made popular by your soon-to-be Highness, Very Victoria by Charlotte Tilbury is Meghan Markle's rumoured go-to nude shade with a beautiful matte-satin finish. Colour Pop's Lippi Stix in Parker is a very close dupe that's perhaps even more pigmented and more matte than Very Victoria.
Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick in Deep Void ($52)
Dupe: Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip in Hutch ($6.20)
Pat McGrath's lipsticks have been literally named some of the best lipsticks in the world. From its quality, the pigment, shade range, the formula, to the design of the bullet, there's nothing that can compare. But if you're looking for the same shade as one of it's deepest, most sumptuous shades, Deep Void, Colour Pop has it. With a similar satin finish, but slightly lighter, is Colour Pop's Hutch.
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($22)
MAC's cult-favourite red lipstick Ruby Woo is a cool tone red with a beautiful matte finish that looks stunning on cooler skin tones, while Maybelline's Very Cherry is an incredibly close dupe but with a slightly glossier finish and brighter pigment.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K W ($39)
Dupe: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in French Kiss ($7.38)
Charlotte Tilbury's sultry pink beige nude lipstick, Kim K W, is just glossy enough so that your lips look plump but just matte enough so that the finish is elegant and natural. Similarly to NYX's French Kiss, the shade is a soft pink beige but at a fraction of the cost.
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored ($30)
Dupe: Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip in Ambush ($6.19 on sale)
Pretty much everything RiRi touches turns to gold, or well, liquid gold in this case. Her Fenty Beauty line set the trend for inclusivity like no other in the beauty industry and her Uncensored Stunna Lip Paint is no exception. While it can be a bit costly, Colour Pop's Ultra Satin Lip in the shade Ambush is a gorgeous satin finish dupe for the one shade fits all Stunna lip paint and it's just as stunning.
MAC Nicki Minaj Lipstick in Nicki's Nude ($22)
Though the image above doesn't do it much justice, the two shades are actually incredibly alike under the same lighting. Nicki's Nude is a top-selling limited edition MAC lipstick that looks incredible on many skin tones. If you're looking for a much more affordable option, Maybelline's Honey Pink is just as beautiful. Though slightly less glossy, you can add a bit of gloss on top to truly dupe Nicki's Nude.
MAC Patrick Starrr Lipstick in MamaStarrr ($22)
Dupe: Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip in Reign ($6.20 on sale)
I can personally say that I own Patrick Starrr's new MAC Collection and oh my gowd, I adore it. But I can also say that Colour Pop's Ultra Satin Lip in Reign is pretty much the same as the beautiful deep beige nude, MamaStarrr. Though the formula is more satin than MamaStarr, which is matte, the finish really compliments the shade.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Plum Rose ($49.93)
Dupe: Coloured Rain Satin Finish Lipstick in Foxy Lady ($21.92)
Bobbi Brown's sexy and sultry deep plum shade, Plum Rose, from the Luxe Lip Colour line has been the talk of the town. Though absolutely stunning, Coloured Rain's Foxy Lady lipstick is just as beautiful with just a slightly darker tinge and a true satin finish with less shine.
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Lipstick in Red Velvet ($34.82)
If you couldn't get your hands on Kylie's Red Velvet Liquid Lipstick from her holiday collection, have no fear because Wet n Wild's got your back. Their MegaLast Matte Lipstick in Missy and Fierce is a bright and warm red that matches the Kylie lipstick almost exactly. Plus, it's a hell of a lot cheaper too.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow ($24)
Dupe: Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper ($6.20)
Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are the real deal - highly pigmented and super long-lasting with a lightweight finish. Bow N Arrow is definitely a beauty community favourite. If you want to opt for a more affordable option with the same shade and finish, Colour Pop's Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper is the one.
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Lady Balls ($25)
Though I understand that the Sephora Collection isn't "drugstore", it's definitely a cheaper alternative to Too Faced's gorgeous Melted Matte Lipstick in Lad Balls. Don't overlook this Sephora item because the pigment is just as high and the shade is essentially the same
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer ($23)
Dupe: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Rosy Future ($7.67)
Though tons of ladies swear by Fenty's Gloss Bomb, I can't help but to think that there are so many similar lipglosses on the market that are pretty much the same thing at less than half the cost. One that comes to mind is Revlon's Rosy Future lipgloss. With similar shade, shine, finish, and a super affordable price, Revlon definitely get the stars in my books.