7 Vampy & Bold Drugstore Lipstick Picks

This fall, it was all about the oxblood lip. The trend of dark, bold lipstick is following into winter, and I’m all about it! I’m only starting to dabble in the world of vampy lips, so contributer Katie is going to school us on some great affordable finds. Keep reading for her list of her favorite vampy drugstore lipsticks!


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NYC UltraMoist Lip Wear, Mahogany

mahoganyFor 99 cents, this is one hell of a lipstick. As the name suggests, it’s a gorgeous mahogany shade that I only remembered I had after Miranda bought it a few days ago! It’s fairly opaque and doesn’t dry my lips out whatsoever. This one’s a good buy if you’ve never worn dark lipstick before and just want to try it out, since it’s only 99 centsThis line has been discontinued, but you can still purchase it inexpensively online.


Wet n Wild (Fergie Line), Ferguson Crest Cabernet

Ferguson Crest CabernetThis is another good starter vampy lip. It’s a beautiful berry-fuschia shade that can be built up to be fairly dark, but on first application will be quite sheer. It’s pretty comfortable to wear on the lips and I get a good three hours if I’m not eating or drinking. Wet n Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy from their regular range is similar, but is matte. ($3.49)


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Wine Not

Wine NotI found this little beauty on sale at Big Lots for $2, and will say this is one impulse buy I don’t regret. It’s a berry shade that leans red, and it’s fairly easy to wear for those just starting out with darker colors. It’s also a good starter lipstick if you want to work your way up to a more bold red! It does require a bit of babysitting on my lips, though, and can be a bit drying. ($6.99)


Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss, Number 11

Rimmel Kate Rimmel’s Kate Moss lipsticks have never disappointed me, and this one’s no exception. This blue-based red is one of my favorite lipsticks that I have ever ever EVER gotten and I plan on wearing the hell out of it this fall and winter. It’s pigmented, creamy, lasts forever, and doesn’t get patchy or settle into my lips… I think I’ve said enough. ($5.49)


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Black Cherry

Black CherryI don’t think I’ve ever instantly loved a lipstick more than this one. I saw it about a year ago and wanted it desperately, but only recently worked up the courage to get it for myself! In a concentrated swatch it can be pretty scary looking, but applies much more sheer at first, and can be built up to whatever intensity you like! I get about two hours of wear before I start to feel like I have to touch up. ($6.99)


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Va Va Violet

Va Va VioletOne day, I wore this to school without any other makeup (except for mascara and blush) and people definitely noticed me. It’s a fairly deep eggplant purple, definitely for those ladies out there with some prior dark lip wearing experience. Be forewarned though, it can be patchy and a bit of a pain to apply at first. ($6.99)


Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color, Vamp It Up

Vamp It UpWARNING: Not for the faint of heart. This lipstick is insanely pigmented and INSANELY bold, which is basically right up my alley. This one’s a rich, dark purple bordering on black that’s going to turn heads. I’m not crazy about the texture of Wet n Wild’s matte lipsticks (they tend to crumble and crack on my super dry lips during the fall and winter), but I think for some people this will work perfectly! ($2.29)


Great picks, Katie!

Have you jumped on the bold lip bandwagon?



  1. The Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Cherry Bomb is almost the exact same shade of the NYC Mahogany, but more matte!

  2. Thank you for these great swatches! I have been on the hunt for a wine lipstick which is not a shade I would usually wear. So I’ve been hesitating, and I don’t want to spend a lot in case it’s a fail. I love the look of the NYC Mahogany and Revlon Black Cherry. Now I know what to look for 🙂


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