Lipsticks: The Drugstore Brights


Drugstore lipsticks and bright lipsticks; two categories that I’ve really been digging recently. So why not lump them together in one post? I don’t know why it’s taken me this long. The aisles of Boots are surprisingly brimming with opaque, in yer face formulas you’re spoilt for choice. Though it’s taken me a while to wade through the funky Grandma (or even worse plastic-y) scented ones, the ones with shimmer, the ones that pop open in your bag and act as a magnet for all the popcorn dust that settles at the bottom and the ones that are just aren’t my cup of tea; but there are four that evade all those tick boxes and are well worth a look-in. Here are the deats:

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine in 14 – the sheerest of quad so it goes without saying that it’s one of the easiest to wear, but also one of the brightest. A purple-toned pink, it looks terrifying but is surprisingly wearable, crack out a mascara/concealer/tidied brows face and be done.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love with Ginger – for me this is a classic red. With just the right levels of rouge and orange it’s warming tone does that whole ‘eyes brighter, teeth whiter, general all-round J.Lo glowiness’ thing. Have a quick google of swatches to see how amazing this looks on everyone. You’ll be sold.

Maybelline Coloursensational Vivid Lipstick in Shocking Coral – now boy have I stumbled across some good’uns in this range. Everytime I revisit Boots (a more often occurrence that I’m willing to admit to), I’m tempted to pick up another. This shade is unlike any other I own – a salmon, warm pinky coral – and I have no complaints about the formula. It’s creamy enough not to leave your pout looking like a prune, but dry enough to pack in some serious longevity.

Maybelline Coloursensational Vivid Lipstick in Electric Orange – my second ‘Vivid’ from Maybelline and perhaps my favourite of the four. Don’t be fooled by the orangeness in the picture as it’s actually very red looking in the flesh. It’s like if a classic red and a neon orange had a lipstick baby and I love it.

Of course there’s not just four in the whole of the highsteet, but I’m just working with the one set of lips I’ve got here. So feel to free to leave your tried and tested suggestions for loud, proud and most importantly bargain bold lip loves.

P.S) Apologies if this piece was a little off, but there have been two men arguing in the street right outside my window about ‘Bev’ throughout the entirity of me writing this and I’ve been desperately trying to fight my nosey neighbour tendencies. WHO’S BEV?!


  • Anna – you should have filmed the argument and put it in your weekly vlog!!!

  • I love ‘In Love With Ginger’ – such a great lipstick! Have to pick up ‘Electric Orange’ too, really loving bright orange lips right now 🙂

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • the shocking coral one.. LOVE THIS 🙂
    x Victoria

  • Anna

    I’ve already got 3 Coloursensational, but I HAVE to get the coral now. #enabler

  • Benn

    I love bright lipsticks and Maybelline does a great range of them, including their vivid line. (:

    -BENNevolent |

  • Beccy

    Gorgeous! I might need to try the body shop one – it looks lovely for summer

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • Love these bright shades! The Maybelline Vivids range looks incredible!

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  • I have heard you rave about the Rimmel one so much I am curious now! I usually not end up liking drugstore lipsticks because of the smell.. but Rimmel is an exception!

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  • Daniella




  • Shocking Coral is so pretty, it’s one of my favourite bright lipsticks for the summer time ♡

    Eila | theblushingbrunettes

  • All these colours are perfect! They all seem like the quintessential purple/pink/orange/red! Great choices

  • I really love the bright colors 🙂


  • Bought maybelline color sensational in
    shocking coral, and love it! My lips becomes so soft, and the color
    will stay nice the WHOLE day! Worth every penny!

  • Louise Smith

    So much added to my ‘to buy’ list!

  • paulina

    Hahaha, my neighbors are so loud too! Thanks for the lipstick recommendations. I love Maybelline above any other lipsticks! They last longer.

  • beautyandthegeekery

    I think the Body Shop one will be going on my shopping list for next pay day. what a beautiful colour!


  • ania

    have u tried topshop rio rio its the one alexa and liv tyler wear

  • LOVING that Maybelline!

  • Carrie Ward

    oOoooOohh some more to chuck in the boots basket. Who is Bev? Did you find out 🙂

  • That Maybelline shade looks gorgeous! I’m also intrigued as to who Bev is as well now?! I hope you found out!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • I would love to try a bold orange lip, but I am too much of a wuss to wear one!

  • Evelien

    Do you have any full face pictures? I would love to see these colours on the lips!

  • The Maybelline Coloursensational lipsticks are the bomb!

  • Joycelyn Steib

    I’ve been looking about for a really good lipstick….thanks for the post dearie!!!

  • Elena

    I have the shocking coral a fuchsia flash and I love them! really creamy and last quite long!

  • I love the Rimmer Moisture Renew colours, especially In Love With Ginger! It’s my fave for summer hahaha x

  • Samantha

    A trip to the drugstore is now in order… 🙂

  • I am desperate to try The Body Shop colour! Oh the excitement.

    I love the Rimmel Renew Colours also!

  • The lipsticks are gorgeous but…. tell us more about Bev!!

    Shel x

  • all these shades are gorgeous, i’m tempted to do an Amelia and go all #feelingspendy !

    Lauren x

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  • Shocking Coral is the one for me 😀

  • Madge on Makeup

    You should try the Maybelline Vivids in Vibrant Mandarin. It’s goreous.

  • Manouk

    Soooo I really have to try out the Maybelline Colorsensational lipsticks.. I mean, I’ve got to check if you’re right (just justifying another visit to the drugstore..;))

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • Sandra

    I love Shocking Coral! Another shade from this line that looks fab is Vivid Rose, so pretty!

  • Love the look of Shocking Coral, such a beautiful colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • emiller1233

    Love the body shop color!!


    I didn’t think anything was wrong with your post, informative and amusing as usual, though now I do want to know all about Bev. How did she get two men fighting over her?

  • In Love With Ginger, come to momma. You little beauty. One thing is for sure, this gal’s definitely in love. 😉

  • Sara

    Any tips on how to wear a bright lip, when your top lip barely exists LOL


  • Now I want to know who Bev is too! Maybe you should start a feature called “Things my neighbors did today”. haha, you know we all do it!

  • MaquillageMagic

    I really want an orange lipstick but I don’t know if I am brave enough! Electric orange is stunning though,

    Laura xx

  • Tis I who is Bev……. i kid, i kid!! Really useful post I love the look of the body shop one! xxx

  • I’m such a sucker for vibrant lipsticks and it’s great to hear about new, affordable options! These all look lovely 🙂

  • catarina santos

    I love all of them but my absolute favorite is the last one, the electric orange 🙂

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  • jasmine turner

    Such pretty shades, i love them all!!

    xprincessjas | xx

  • I’m a sucker for orange-reds – I have to try In Love With Ginger one of these days!

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • Samantha Bullock

    The Body Shop shade looks amazing!!! I’m loving a purple toned pink at the moment. Great post as always xxx

  • Love this selection of lipsticks, the Electric Orange has to be my favourite though!

  • I love bright lipsticks, especially ones from the drugstore! I’ll have to take a look at these ones!

    Kendal //

  • Statements lips are amazing,

    thanks for sharing these!


  • Love them all, especially shocking coral.

    Beth @ BethBlogsBeauty

  • Yasmeen MirrorAffects

    I love these bold colours but afraid I can’t pull them off! They’re so perfect for summer, for when the sun is out, I actually have the courage to wear Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Heftiest Hibiscus, it’s a gorgeous fiery orange!
    Yasmeen x

  • Emily Knott

    Bold lips are defiantly taking centre stage right now!

  • Diana Cloudlet

    Dear, randomly found your blog and I’d like to say that you have amazing design, beautiful photos and interesting posts! I’m also impressed by your style! Everything is magnificent!

    will be happy to see you in my blog)

  • I love shocking coral from Maybelline! It’s one of my favorite bright lipsticks.

  • Samantha Calder

    I am loving the pinks, not too sure on the orange though i think that might just be a little too much for me. Red if stunning though but once you have seen one red you have them all!

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  • Chelsea Leigh

    I loveee shocking coral! So pretty!

  • Carolyn Wolfram

    Shocking color looks beautiful! I shall have to find it and pick it up! 🙂

  • True about those Vivid Lipsticks. Maybelline did good on those.

  • Shocking Coral by Maybelline is one of my all-time favourites, I love it! I’m such a pink lipstick gal but I tend to stick to softer pinks and it’s nice to have a bright in my collection. I love the smell, too!

    Meg |

  • amandamichelle

    wow these colors are so beautiful! I definitely have to pick these up!! thanks for this article, was a pleasure to read

  • Christine

    The revlon lip balm stain from their lacquer line in vivacious is LOVE. A bright, pretty wearable pink that can be layered or pared down. Such a pretty pink too! I love the whole Revlon’s lip balm stain line!

  • BigPrimpinBeauty

    Shocking Coral is now on my list!

  • The Body Shop ColourCrush Shines are amaaaazing! Love love love! <3

  • Maybelline has been my favourite brand for brights forever! I will have to try the Body Shop out too, looks nice! 🙂

  • Lilly

    These are some lovely colours! I love a bright lipstick and I don’t really care about it being summer or winter 😉

  • robyn pugh

    Might have to take a trip to town to get some of these!

  • The Body Shop lipsticks are great for moisturisation and a sheer tint. Also love Revlon, possibly the best drugstore lipsticks available.

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  • Zara M

    I love the maybelline lipstick coral tonic, it’s such a beautiful colour and it’s really easy to wear as well xx

    • Fleur Leech

      I love the Maybelline Coral Tonic too! 🙂

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  • Lys

    The coral lipstick by Maybelline looks so cute!

  • The maybelline colorsensational sound great! I am looking for a beautiful and very bright drugstore lipstick, this is a great post!

  • Abby Evans

    I love Shocking Coral and I wonder who Bev is!

  • I vote we start a hashtag to #findbev. Seriously, great post though.

  • Hope you got the goss on Bev 😉

  • i love the orchid colour in the Maybelline Vivids range! It might be called something fuchsia though! love love love it!


  • I prefer lipsticks in crayon form as I know they’ll stay on my lips 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • The Maybelline Vivid’s are my absolute favorite bright lipsticks from the drugstore!

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