Drugstore lipstick isn’t something I’ve always gravitated towards. Lipstick in general isn’t priced as highly as other items like foundations or eye shadow palettes so I typically don’t mind buying higher end. Also, my personal experience with drugstore lipstick is that the longevity just isn’t the same as, for example, a MAC lipstick which is only a few dollars more. My mind changed when I was browsing Instagram at night (per usual) and kept seeing high IG influencers like @iluvsarahii swatch the product and I was totally sold. When I looked up swatches on Google images (because research is key), I came across a story from Elle.com. After falling down the lipstick rabbit hole, I found out that Maybelline tested out their new Color Sensational ‘Made For All’ lipsticks on over 50 skin tones. That comes on the heels of their recent foundation and concealer launches which offer a wide range of colors. Growing up, shopping drugstore foundation and concealer was an absolute ‘no’. In fact, my first foundation was ‘Clinique’ simply due to the fact that lower-end makeup didn’t offer my tones. Now, with lipstick, although we don’t always think about it lacking inclusivity, I totally appreciate the fact that the brand went above and beyond to carefully curate the delicate balance of the red and yellow undertones in their lipsticks. In terms of high end vs. drugstore lipsticks, the color payoff and pigmentation could honestly give high end cosmetics companies a tip or two.
The shade of lipstick I picked up from Ulta was ‘Red For Me’ and I immediately fell in love with the color. If I had to liken it to something high-end, I would compare it most to ‘MAC Red’ satin lipstick. When it comes to high end vs. drugstore or ‘cheaper’ makeup, this lipstick can truly compete. It has a nice blue base, hydrating formulation and the packaging is beautifully matte. I plan on going back to repurchase more shades as well but in the meantime, enjoy this wonderfully inclusive swatch photo from Elle.com.