Here is a list of colorful lipstick alternatives so I never have to hear the excuse “but they’re the only colored lipstick on the market” ever fucking again. Also they aren’t the only ones doing matte liquid lipstick but like if that makes you feel better fine just don’t talk to me about them ever. You cannot justify them, research doesn’t shrug off history. Limecrime weren’t the first in the weird lipstick game, they won’t be the last, they aren’t the best, they aren’t the most affordable, they aren’t the most accessible. Here are things I have and love. BUY THESE INSTEAD.
- Portland Black Lipstick Company - cheaper and better formulations to boot. Swatches.
- OCC - more colors and more accessible. Swatches.
- KAOIR - more colors and a nice formulation
- Morgana’s Crypt - I love them, have a bunch. SUPER UNIQUE and also affordable
- Geek Chic Cosmetics - Super affordable, fandom based, good products
- NYX - cheaper and more colors
- FierceMagenta - etsy seller, just look at the swatches, try not 2 die
- INGLOT - i love their blues
- Make Up For Ever - more accessible
- Melt Cosmetics - Probably my obsession right now, so beautiful, so many nice colors, high quality
- The Lip Bar
- Impulse Cosmetics
- Pretty Zombie Cosmetics
- Dose of Colors
- My Beauty Addiction
There. HAVE FUN. And if you have any to add feel free to let me know. There are PLENTY of etsy sellers on the market but etsy is also a scary place full of wholesalers and resellers so I am only recommending places I have thoroughly vetted myself.
Update: added a few to the list.
I’d be happy to compile this into a side by side “dupe” spreadsheet or something similar to the old Doe Deere Lies dupe spreadsheet in the summer or something. Of course Limecrime threatened whoever ran Doe Deere Lies (they have a history of blogger intimidation for bad reviews) so that entire website is gone now. Does anyone have a copy of that around? Sent it to me if you do and I’ll modify it.
In lieu of that spreadsheet being gone, this Pinterest board is super, super helpful.
Here are some more alternatives that I know of:
Limnit Lipsticks - I’ve tried a few of these lipsticks and love them. I think they should be restocking soon.
Little Sparrow Cosmetics - Funky lip colors and blushes. I have a few of the blushes and they’re super pigmented and amazing.
Shiro Cosmetics - You can choose any of their lip safe eyeshadows and have them made into lip gloss with an option of sheer, moderate, or opaque opacity. You can also have custom made gloss. Lots of swatches and reviews here.
Fyrinnae - Their lip lustres come in unique colors, the formula is supposedly similar to NYX matte lip cremes. I love their eyeshadows, but never tried the lip products.
Maybelline - The Color Sensational Vivids line has super bright, pigmented lipsticks and they’re a drugstore brand - inexpensive and easy to find. I have several and love them.
+1 for Melt, expensive but WORTH IT. Also, I’m really excited for the new NYX lipstick line.