Bright Lips At Budget Prices

Brights open

I love wearing bright lips all the time but I think spring is my favorite time to bust ’em out. I tend to stick to raspberry and fuchsia lips because they look the best with my coloring. I’ll do red too but that’s more classic than bright. I have my eye on a few neutral coral brights for summer but for now I’d like to focus on the shades I have to review. I’ve narrowed my stash down to 3 different types of formulas to show off bright lips at their best.

1. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie is a great balm that can be applied fairly sheer or built up in intensity with another few passes. To apply it sheer, use your finger to gently dab on the color paying extra attention to the lip line so you don’t color outside the lines. With this technique I’d also recommend a clear lip liner. For more coverage, apply straight from the tube. Raspberry Pie lasts on me for 3 -4 hours and stains with both application methods. I’d also recommend this product for mature women because the color isn’t so bright you’ll look like a teen and it’s hydrating enough to fill in lip lines. I’d also recommend this if you’re prone to dry lips.


2. Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain in Smitten is another that can be applied lightly or built up. It’s in a chubby pencil so it’s easy to apply and not prone to melting. It’s a nice satin finish that’s mildly moisturizing. Once you let it dry fully, about 10 minutes on me, it’s on there for 5-7 hours depending on eating and drinking. I find that unless I eat something incredibly oily, it’s not coming off. Period. I also like to use this as a base and then touch up with Raspberry Pie to keep the bright lips look fresh all day.


3. Covergirl Lip Perfection in Eternal has a great cream finish. It’s a true fuchsia and not a raspberry pink. Since this is the full on bright of the bunch, you need to prep by exfoliating first. I’d also suggest a light layer of balm and then blot it off. Then apply this with a lip brush and also consider a clear liner. It doesn’t bleed on me without one though and once it’s on it’s on. There is no getting it off. You’ll need a cleansing oil (I like Nude or Boscia) and a follow up cleanser. I’ve even had to resort to using my Clairsonic on my lips to get this off. It stains too. I’ve had it last up to two days on me as a stain. If you’re serious about bright lips then get this bad boy into your rotation!

Brights Swatched

Left to right: Raspberry Pie, Eternal, and Smitten in full sun

I hope I’ve inspired you to jump on the the bright lips bandwagon! Do you have a favorite bright lippie you’d like to share with us? Please let us know in the comment below!


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    Great selection, Erin! I have a few of the Covergirl Lip Perfection lipsticks but I don’t have Eternal. Great formula and lovely shade selection for a super reasonable price. 😀

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      Erin says

      i can’t believe how pigmented that line is for the price! Between all the pigmented smooth formulas in the drug stores now, I rarely buy HE lippies!

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