Makeup Wars drugstore lipstick finds with Burt’s Bees, CoverGirl, Milani

makeup wars drugstore lipsticks

We’ve been doing Makeup Wars posts for several years now. It’s not always easy for the group to come up with new themes that haven’t been done but I believe we’ve done it this time. I don’t remember writing specifically about lipsticks that you can find at drugstores before so we have something new for you. To be honest I rarely buy lipstick at the drugstore and it’s mainly because they don’t have testers. I like seeing the lipsticks I buy and that’s because it’s not always possible at the drugstore. On to the majority of what I do have ….

BURT’S BEES LIPSTICKS * are the ones I was most excited to try after seeing them on other blogs. They don’t disappoint.  makeup wars burts bees packageThe packaging of these belies the $9 price. With 14 shades to choose from you won’t have trouble picking favorites. Burt’s Bees lipsticks are creamy and hydrating. Just like the lip balms they are so famous for, these are loaded with great ingredients. They are made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to keep the moisture in. While they give you color they are also hydrating and conditioning your lips. I don’t think you can go wrong with these.

Burt's Bees Lipsticks Nile Nude, Tulip Tide, Blush Basin

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Nile Nude, Tulip Tide, Blush Basin

Burt's Bees Lipsticks Blush Basin, Tulip Tide, Nile Nude

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Blush Basin, Tulip Tide, Nile Nude

When I first open them I notice a fragrance but that’s the last time I notice it.  It dissipates instantly.I have 3 shades (Blush Basin, Nile Nude, and Tulip Tide) and am eyeing Iced Iris now that I know how great these are. Blush Basin is a warm mauve, Tulip Tide is a beautiful pink, and Nile Nude is a warm nude and doesn’t have the orange that my picture depicts. These are available at Ulta and and

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

COVERGIRL COLORICIOUS OH SUGAR BALM! * is the newest lip product from Covergirl. These are vitamin enriched tinted lip balms in pretty pastel packaging. The outer packaging doesn’t necessarily give you a hint as to what’s inside. Be sure you check the bottom of the tube for a truer shade.

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

I’m loving these since they give just a hint of color yet are loaded with balmy richness. There is no fragrance but when I lick my lips I notice a slight sweetness to them. If you are looking for deep pigment these may not be for you, but they are perfect for me since I like a sheer lip that is moisturizing.

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

I have Candy Bonbon (aka Candy) which is a light rosy pink on my lips and Taffy Tire, a ‘your lips but better’ shade on me. These are normally $8.99 but are on sale at at the moment.

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani Dulce Caramelo

MILANI COLOR STATEMENT LIPSTICK has become a bloggers delight. If you are a matte lipstick lover then these are for you. How many lipsticks have 45 shades to choose from, in a variety of finishes, and only cost approximately $5.50? After all the hype I had to try one and chose Dulce Caramelo which is a warm nude that’s not too dark (in spite of my swatch).

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks are highly pigmented and contain Vitamins A, C, & E to moisturize and nourish lips. Dolce Caramelo is a cream finish that’s slightly shiny. My only problem with it is that it’s fragranced so I’m not sure I want to continue buying these, although a fabulous pink just might change my mind.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolas

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus

REVLON ULTRA HD LIPSTICK in Gladiolus a real departure for me. It’s red and I really don’t wear red lipstick. But when a friend offered it to me, I took it to test it out. Have I worn it out of the house? Of course not but someday I might get brave enough.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolas

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus

The color is absolutely stunning. It’s the shade of red nail polish I love so much with its pinky undertone. I’m experimenting with it though to see if I’ll find a way to make it work for me. This comes in 20 shades and it’s opaque in one coat. It’s not sticky but it does have a fragrance. Right now Revlon is BOGO 1/2 at Ulta.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

As usual I neglected to put in some of my favorites from PIXI like their lip crayons, Lip Lift Ice (clear plumping gloss), and Shea Butter Lip Balms so forgive me!!

What are your favorite lip products from the drugstore? I’m anxious to know. I’m also anxious to read what my other Makeup Wars Bloggers have chosen.  — Marcia

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  1. I had no idea Burt’s Bees started making lipsticks!! Love those! And that Milani is a gorgeous soft tone. I typically only buy higher end lippies but clearly I’m missing out on some good colors!!!

  2. I love looking at lipsticks – I just wish they lasted longer on me! I’m always drinking something or talking too much lol. My favorite is Revlon, I own several and mix and match them constantly.

  3. I need Tulip Tide immediately! These are all so gorgeous, but that one is just my kind of shade!

  4. I think you can get great lipsticks in the drugstore! The Revlon Ultra HD and the Milani Colour Statement lipsticks are my favorites! I’ve been on the hunt for the new Burt’s Bees but haven’t seen them here yet

  5. great minds!!! Love those!

  6. Kristi V BeginNails says

    I didn’t even know Burt’s Bees had lipstick! I knew it had tinted balms, but maybe I need to reach out and attempt to do my lips more often! 🙂

  7. Tulip Tide looks gorgeous!

  8. I’m loving the Burt’s Bees and Milani lipsticks colors.

  9. Candy Bonbon looks so pretty!

  10. I actually have the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Lily Lake; they were already sold out of Tulip Tide. :|| Nice picks!

  11. Nile Nude and Tulip Tide are pretty!

  12. I love the Burt’s Bee’s packaging. I almost grabbed a couple, but I’m waiting for them to be on sale! <3

  13. There are a couple here I’d like to try, like the Burt’s Bees!

  14. I’ve had my eye on those Burt’s Bees lipsticks for a while, because I love their lipbalm, as well as the lipcolor pencils they released some time ago. I don’t think they make a single thing I hate. Also, Gladiolus made me swoon! I am such a sucker for red lipstick. As for my personal drugstore favorites, Maybelline Touch of Spice is where it’s at.

  15. I love to try Burt’s Bees. I love the lip balms and surprised to see they expanded to lipsticks

  16. Those new Burt’s bees lipsticks look pretty great. I love that packaging!

  17. Milani Color Statement lip sticks are my absolute favorites! I also really like the Burt’s Bees lipsticks 🙂

  18. DS lipsticks are on point lately! Totally comparable with high end ones.

  19. I love the packaging of those Burt’s Bees lipsticks!

  20. I find it odd testers are still not available in American stores. They’re been available in all Canadian drugstores for a couple decades (as long as I’ve been alive) at least.

  21. I love the new Oh Sugar lipbalm/sticks. Perfect for every day wear.

  22. I love Milani and Covergirl lippies from the drugstore

  23. I need some of those Oh Sugar lippies!

  24. I have tried and love all of these except the new Covergirl ones. They are next on my list to pick up! The Revlon HD line really packs a punch.

  25. I don’t think Burt’s bees can make a bad product! All their lipsticks are amazing!

  26. I think I have all of these. Amazing.