I’m a hard sell when it comes to budget makeup products. If I’m honest, I’m a bit of a beauty snob, so if cheap makeup products can’t measure up to their more exxy contemporaries – both in performance and experience – you best believe I won’t be bothering with them.

That said, I’m more than willing to give credit where credit is due, and there are a number of affordable makeup brands disproving my apparently very dated views on what constitutes effective cosmetics – particularly as they pertain to lipsticks.

As a beauty journalist, I’ve tried hundreds of lipsticks across all price points and recently I’ve realised that a few of my forever favourites are actually found in the pharmacy. So if you’re looking for a cheap thrill ahead of the weekend, read on for the best budget lipsticks you can buy right now.

Mecca Max Pout Pop Lipstick, $20 SHOP NOW

The latest launch from MECCA MAX and – in my humble opinion – one of their best yet. These lipsticks glide on easily, are full of pigment and feel so comfortable to wear. Plus, they come in a number of shades and finishes, meaning you’re bound to find one you love.

Revlon COLOrstay satin ink, $13.47 SHOP NOW

Liquid lipsticks don’t have to be matte or super drying on your lips. This lush formula leaves a smooth satin sheen while also moisturising your pout, thanks to the inclusion of black seed oil. No cracks to be seen!

Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color, $9.99 SHOP NOW

Drew Barrymore‘s beauty line might just be the savvy makeup lover’s best kept secret. These lipsticks come in both matte and cream finishes, last all day and cost less than your lunch.

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Lip Lingerie Lipstick, $14.95 SHOP NOW

Widely considered an affordable dupe for the ever-popular Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks, this Nyx formula doesn’t fail on any counts. It comes in a raft of shades to suit every complexion, and it literally will not budge once you’ve put it on.

L’Oreál Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lipstick, $17.39 SHOP NOW

Rich colour and a flexible matte finish that won’t transfer? It’s a cult product for a reason.

thoughts?