My Guide To Matte Lips On a Budget // Review

It’s official, matte lips are officially a thing. When it comes to trying out new beauty things, I’m not the most adventurous, hell I’ve only just started wearing eye shadow and guess what colour it is? NUDE. So I like to start by trying out a budget version, hence the post “matte lips on a budget”.

I’ve spent the past few weeks collecting different shades and brands of matte lips, ok 4, if there’s more than two that’s a collection to me! All for blogging purposes of course, because I just knew you guys would want me to try them all and let you know, and I never like to let people down. Ok, I wanted them.

My guide to matte lips on a budgetMy guide to matte lips on a budget

Matte Lips On A Budget

NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp

So this one’s been judged the most for two reasons. Firstly, I had high expectations. NYX is like a buzzword in make up at the moment and I feel like this matte lip cream is something people are raving about in particular so I had high expectations. Secondly, the colours on Asos were not clear and I ordered what I thought was a pinky nude which came as a pinky red and I ain’t one for bright colours!

It definitely doesn’t go on as smoothly as the other products however, it does smell like butterscotch and if i’m putting something in and around my mouth it better taste/smell nice. Just realised what that sounded like. It is actually a really nice colour though, like I will actually consider wearing this colourful lip cream kind of nice. The colour is really thick? I don’t speak beauty, but basically, it’s vibrant with just one layer.

MUA Luxe – Velvet Laquer in Tranquility

This one smells a bit like hubba bubba’s in a disgustingly sickly kind of way. I went to get this after I went into Space NK looking for a matte lip and the girl suggested trying a cheap one before pointing me in the direction of the nearest Superdrug with the name of this brand. If I’m not mistaken it’s actually Superdrugs own brand but I might be completely wrong!

Anyway, it was only £3.00 and when a tester is still on your hand after numeral scrubs and hand washes a day later, it’s a winner. That is some staying power! I love the pinky brown colour look, just up my street! For the price this one is incredible, the epitome of great matte lips on a budget!

My guide to matte lips on a budget

Bourjois – Rouge Edition Velvet in Don’t Pink of It

This has to be my favourite because the colour is just b-e-a-utiful and it goes on like a dream. It was more than any of the others at £8.99 but totally worth it! I now carry it in my handbag at all times, just in case.

It’s also just got a general nice make up/ lip product smell, you know the one – am I the only one who cares about how their make up smells?

Sleek Makeup – Matte Me in Birthday Suit

For price, colour and staying power this one 100% takes the biscuit. It’s a similar colour to the MUA Luxe one but more natural if that makes any sense at all? (god I’m really bad at describing make up aren’t I?!)

The applicator on this is very odd. It’s literally just like a stick, it’s not shaped and it’s hard . . very odd.

My guide to matte lips on a budget

Since I’m so terrible at describing colour’s I’ve done some swatches above which you can judge for yourself! If I had to pick just one it would probably be the Bourjois but I do love the colour of the Sleek Make up one which would be perfect for a nude, daytime lip! Luckily for me I have them all so I don’t have to pick, over to you!

Make sure you let me know if you’ve tried and know of any great matte lips on a budget!

My guide to matte lips on a budget

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  1. Sharon Reid
    23rd February 2016 / 9:29 am

    I may have to try some of these. Never used Sleek before but going to now. Great post.

    Sharon from

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:24 pm

      I use the sleek contour palette as well and it’s amazing! I would totally recommend it!

  2. 23rd February 2016 / 10:20 am

    Loved this review babe – I haven’t tried any, so I need to give them all a go! xx

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Ah thanks hun! Of all of them I would say try the Bourgois or the Sleek !

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:19 pm

      They go on quite strangely, they don’t glide on so easily as I expected!

  3. 23rd February 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Love this post, was really helpful and the swatches as well! I always go for Mac lipsticks but I need to try the Sleek ones! The Bourjois one is fab!

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:18 pm

      I know I do love mac lipsticks but sometimes you just need a cheap alternative!!!

  4. Lisa Santos
    23rd February 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Never tried any of those lipsticks so it was good to read a review on them! I love a matte lipstick with a great staying power. There is nothing more annoying than having to touch up your lipstick every half an hour. x If I was to buy one of the four you mentioned, it would be either the Bourjois or the Sleek lipstick. I am not the kind of person that really bothers about the smell of the lipstick. Of course I love when it smells lovely but if it is something not very pleasant, I can live with that as long as it lasts for hours!!

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:17 pm

      Its my favourite shade of them all!

  5. RosieCheeks.K
    23rd February 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Love the article I did a similar one and youtube video. You are soooo right about MUA It sticks like a bitch lol. Great for wear but if trying to blend or are trying to do an ombre lip it dries so quickly you need to move like superman?. I love the sleek and bourjois ones. MUA aren’t superdrugs own brand but they are sister brand to makeuprevolution ?☺xx

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:16 pm

      hahah it really does stick like a bitch! haha!

      • RosieCheeks.K
        26th February 2016 / 2:13 pm

        Ha yep 100%

  6. Tweens
    23rd February 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Great post, always love a budget lip! The Sleek one is a great colour, will deffo need to have a look at that one! X

    Tweens |

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:16 pm

      Its got INCREDIBLE staying power too! It was still stuck on my hand a day later! And yes, I did wash! haha!

  7. Alice Beesley
    24th February 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Love this post! The way you write is so funny, I can hear what I imagine your voice to be in my head haha. I definitely will be trying some of these, been desperate to try a matte lip for ages but wanted a cheapo one first! Thanks!

    • 25th February 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Ah I’m so glad my personality and sense of humour comes across in my writing! I do try! Do you subscribe to my youtube hun? It’s a great way of getting to know the personality behind the blog – plus then you can actually imagine me reading it! In a non creepy way!

  8. 25th February 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I know! Some of the applicators are ridiculous! Glad you liked it hun! And NYX, omg yes!

    • 1st March 2016 / 12:21 pm

      Same, only just discovered them and now I’m in love!

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