New Year, New You: Jump Start Your Style with These Five Lip Looks

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Lips, Makeup

This post is part of a series sponsored by Walgreens.

Don’t you just love fresh starts and clean slates? I do! — and that’s what Januarys (and sometimes Februarys) are all about. New year, new excuse/opportunity to try something new, like perhaps pink streaks in your hair. πŸ™‚


But say you’re not quite ready for a full-on commitment to a funky hair color. No problem. You can still freshen up your look, starting with your lips (and you don’t have to spend a small fortune).

Thanks to drugstore beauty aisles and brands like Revlon, Rimmel, Covergirl, Jordana and Maybelline, your new lip look could be less than $10 away.

Here are five affordable lip looks to give you some ideas…

1. A bright reddish pink

Nothing says “new start” like a bright reddish pink, unless you apply Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry ($7.79) atop Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 12 ($5.99), in which case it says it in all caps, with an exclamation mark, like this: “NEW START!”

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry on the left and Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 12 on the right

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Strawberry on the left and Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 12 on the right

2. A shimmery golden pink

How about a tender touch? Something soft and romantic, like a shimmery rosy peach? Here, I mixed both of the colors from Covergirl’s new Blast Flipstick in Snap ($9.79) and topped them with Jordana’s Lip Out Loud Super Shiny Gloss in TTYL ($1.99).

Jordana Lip Out Loud Super Shiny Gloss in TTYL on the top and Covergirl Blast Flipstick in Snap on the bottom

The two colors from the Covergirl Blast Flipstick in Snap (far left and center) and Jordana Lip Out Loud Super Shiny Gloss in TTYL (far right)

3. A shimmery violet

Fear not the purple! — for it can be flattering, especially when partnered with pink. Right now I’m crushing on this purple/pink duo from Revlon, Colorburst Lip Butter in Cotton Candy ($7.49), which I’m wearing here with Colorburst Lipgloss in Hot Pink ($7.79).

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cotton Candy on the top and Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Hot Pink on the bottom

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cotton Candy on the left and Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Hot Pink on the right

4. A peachy nude sheen

Do you need a break from your regular rotation of brights? Undress with a peachy balm like Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss ($3.99) atop a nude lip liner like Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Tawny ($1.99).

Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss on the top and Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Tawny on the bottom

Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Tawny on the left and Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss on the right

5. A vibrant reddish coral

Have you been neutralized by neutrals? A vibrant reddish coral like Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Keep Me Coral ($8.99) can help. It lasts for hours (realistically, on me, between 4-6), and I love the way it looks beneath Jordana InColor Squeeze N’ Shine Lip Gloss in Clear ($1.99).


Jordana InColor Squeeze N’ Shine Lip Gloss in Clear on the left and Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Keep Me Coral on the right

Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Keep Me Coral on the left and Jordana InColor Squeeze N’ Shine Lip Gloss in Clear on the right

The year has only just begun, and there’s a world of affordable lip looks out there just waiting to be discovered. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Fieran says:

    You look gorgeous. Love your drugstore picks for lip products. Revlon’s colorbust range seems to be getting rave reviews..I shall have to check it out πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      The Lip Butters are really nice! They feel very expensive, and the packaging’s cute too.

      How’s your day going so far? It’s just before sunrise here in Northern California… gonna be another sunny day!

  2. Vonvon says:

    The Rimmel Kate lipstick is only $5.99???

    Here I am paying £5.49 for the same lipstick! Do the maths and conversion! UK is such a rip-off! I thought of getting more colors from this lipstick range, but not anymore!

    Hope someone from Rimmel UK is reading my comment!
    Vonvon recently posted … My Top 10 Beauties Of 2011

    • Brandy says:

      I hear ya, Vonvon! I’m currently in Australia and it’s the same thing. I just had to replace my MAC Studio Fix powder and it was shocking. It’s $32 in Canada and $49 here! (The AUS and CDN currencies are pretty well on par.) The mark up on cosmetics is just silly!

  3. Vonvon says:

    Yes, Brandy! My friend in New Zealand also complained about the high prices of cosmetics there. And I know about Australia as well.

    The brand I am talking about is a British brand. Rimmel is a British brand, but the prices locally are more expensive than in the USA? This is just absurd. Another British brand that is overpriced here compared to the US is Boots No7. *shakes head
    Vonvon recently posted … My Top 10 Beauties Of 2011

  4. Callie says:

    Thanks for the affordable drugstore picks!!!!!! I love being able to try new things without breaking the bank!

  5. Nina says:

    i picked those maybelline baby lips @ walgreens over the wkend and id have to say im very impressed!!!

  6. Ruchita says:

    Thanks for sharing the different looks! I’m digging the shimmery golden pink and peachy nude sheen colors.

    I like checking out the lip products and the drugstore b/c it’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to try different colors.

  7. Sunny says:

    Ahhh Karen you have yet again managed to put 100 more products on my wish list! Great news these are so affordable though haha. I really need to get it together and start doing my lips properly. I have been wearing nothing but my lip balm (not even tinted lol) for 2 FOTDs already and that’s just a bit… sad.
    Sunny recently posted … Swatch & Review: Cargo Blush in Rome

  8. Ines, Cha Cha & LeRoux says:

    One of my drugstore favorites is Revlon Colorburst Lipstick (the original) in Soft Rose, paired with Chanel Glossimer in Wild Rose (a beautiful rose-mauve-pink combo for those of us working as office drones) and Joe Fresh Lipstick in Strawberry paired with the above-mentioned Revlon Colorburst Gloss in Strawberry (a bright but wearable warm-red-coral-pink for casual days).

  9. corallista says:

    Lovely post! Loved the first and fifth look on you. I have Revlon Colorburst lip gloss in Strawberry Fraise and I love it!
    corallista recently posted … Revlon Expressionists collection by Gucci Westman now on

  10. Swathi says:

    I l ove your 5th look Karen ! A recent ahppy purchase of mine has been Clinique long lasy/high impact lipsticks in Rose Spectrum and Berry Freeze ! So right for winter ! I am sure you’ll like them too ! πŸ™‚

  11. Chris25 says:

    I’m starting to really love Jordana products. That Lip Out Loud gloss looks super!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris,

      Yes! They have some really great budget makeup. Have you tried their Lip Liner yet? So good.

      How’s the new kitty doing? I hope the fur fam is getting along.

  12. Ahh, layering! I’m such a sucker for a lip comb πŸ˜‰ Love the shimmery violet lip you created – I can’t believe how much pigment is in that gloss!
    Rae // theNotice recently posted … Rebottling an icon | ck one Eau de Toilette review

  13. Meredith says:

    I really love the first two lip looks. Personally, I find that the more expensive makeup brands have better lip glosses – Dior has amazing creamy gloss colors and my favorite is Laura Mercier lip glace because it’s a shiny gloss but really packs a punch with color! Have you tried her lip glace? ‘Rose’ would look great on you!

  14. Courtney says:

    The color of that Kate Moss lip is really pretty. How is the texture? Does it wear well? It looks fantastic, I may have to head out to the drugstore…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Courtney,

      It has a medium weight texture that’s pretty smooth, and it stays on if I’m sipping on tea. I do have to reapply after meals.

      How do you feel about taste and scent? This one happens to be very strong on both fronts (like Hawaiian Punch!).

      • Courtney says:

        Thank you so much for being so good about answering our questions Karen!

        I actually like my lipsticks to smell/taste, as long as it is pleasing to me. Hawaiian punch? Hmmm. I think I will just have to give it a try.


  15. Anna says:

    Loving the Revlon lip butters! They’re pricey up here in Canada ($10.49) but that it didn’t stop me from buying one πŸ™‚ I plan to grab more colors on my next trip down to Target!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna,

      I plan on getting a few more, too. What are your favorite shades?

      • Anna says:

        Right now I’m using Berry Smoothie which is totally MLBB for me. I would probably want to try one of the reds from the line (Red Velvet, I’m thinking)… Raspberry Pie… Pink Truffle… I’m gonna be standing at that display for a while, I think.

  16. AnieJ. says:

    Although I loathe the idea of wearing something called Hot Pink, I love the #3 look (violet) which would be a new look for me. Thanks, Karen, always giving me ideas…
    AnieJ. recently posted … MAC Sweet Sunrise Lustre Lipstick from Naturally Collection

  17. You pull all these colours off so well. Out of all the looks, I’m most comfortable sporting a golden pink or a nude.

    Thanks for giving us these wonderful layering ideas!
    Swatch And Learn recently posted … Sally Hansen Project Runway Swatches & Review

  18. Eileen says:

    What lip color are you wearing in the very top picture, where the title appears?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eileen,

      That’s Jordana InColor Squeeze NÒ€ℒ Shine Lip Gloss in Clear and Maybelline Super Stay 14HR Lipstick in Keep Me Coral. πŸ™‚

  19. Chelsea says:

    That Coral Maybelline lipstick looks great!

    I go to the Walgreens down the street way too often! The cashiers all know me, my chocolate eating habits, and my school life. I have no occasion to wear bright lip color, but I might have to pick that up!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Hmm, how about getting it for your next big test? There’s nothing like a powerful, bright lipstick to set the tone. πŸ™‚

      When I worked in SF my office had three Walgreens stores within striking distance! I went there all the time to buy makeup, snacks, etc. It was like my refuge from the work storm, haha.

      What are you studying in school right now? Are you enjoying your subjects?

      • Chelsea says:

        I’m working on my Master’s in Business Administration, I’m in my second semester of the program. I love it! I’ll have to pick this lipstick up to brighten my day for big exams!

  20. Hyzenthlay says:

    Gahh, I want all of those – they’re beautiful looks!

  21. Eileen says:

    I really appreciate the recommendations of moderately-priced products. BTW, you have beautiful teeth!

  22. Hyzenthlay says:

    I did! Although I didn’t get to visit my parents at all (Mom’s health is an issue again and she needed to rest), so I spent Christmas Eve, Day, and NYE with my boyfriend’s families. It was the first time I met his mom’s side of the family (his dad and step-mom had actually approved of me before we were set up), so that was a nice “hurdle” to jump πŸ™‚ Now I’m approved of by all!

  23. Eileen says:

    Tabs wears a lot of eyeliner, doesn’t he?

  24. Jen says:

    Is there a lip color you don’t wear well? Seriously! You look great!

    I think I need to stop by Walgreens tomorrow… πŸ™‚
    Jen recently posted … Imported bubbly!

  25. Joey says:

    Love the review, think I will be checking out the Revlon Colorburst glosses! I have a question though; quite often when I put colour on my lips, it makes them seem smaller, I have tried shades of red and nude and nothing seems to make them look plumper. I dont have thin lips naturally and wonder why this is?

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