From The Straits Times    |

Every now and then, it’s inevitable that we feel the need to shake things up. Whether it’s our workout routine, the regular spot you go for your lunch break or even your beauty routine, it can be easy to get comfortable and stick to the familiar.

But like how we should always step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves to new things, the same goes for our beauty regime. And while it’s tricky to switch your skincare products frequently — if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it — makeup colours are a great way to experiment with new colours and textures that only require minimal effort.

So the next time you feel like injecting something new and fun into your life, try sporting a brand new lipstick shade. Not only is it a great way to alternate between several colours, you can take it all off at any time of the day, depending on your mood.

Plus, there is no shortage of options available in the market that won’t break your bank. From glossy lip lacquers, matte lipsticks to tinted lip stains, here are 10 bold lip colours you can try that are under $30:


L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Color Ink in 119 Dream, $21.90

With a super fine texture, this fluid lip colour glides on lips to deliver a warm, orangey red shade and sets into a matte finish that feels like you aren’t wearing any lip colour at all.

Its non-drying texture also stays put for hours so you don’t have to worry about touching up.


Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes in Daringly Nude, $14.90

If you think that you had to shell out big money for a creamy matte lipstick, think again. Combining all the benefits of a luxury brand creamy matte lipstick, you can get similar results with this budget-friendly option from Maybelline.

With a buttery texture that ensures even coverage in just one slick, you get a velvety pinkish-nude finish that lasts long at just a fraction of the price.


Pony Effect Favorite Fluid Lip Tint in Cherish Values, $27.90

When it comes to fun lip colours, coral is bold without being too “out there”. Plus, it consists of pink and orange undertones so it’s relatively easy to pull off, regardless of what your skin tone is.

Try this glossy lip tint from Pony Effect, which coats lips in a vibrant coral hue and forms a hydrating hyaluronic acid veil over your lips to keep them smooth and plump.


Silkygirl MLBB Lip Tint in 03 Orchid, $7.90

Berry is a great choice if you want to try a darker shade. Think of it as a deepened pink, which makes your lips pop and flatters most skin tones.

This one from Silkygirl goes on like a cream, dressing your lips in saturated pigments. Don’t worry about the colour sinking into your lip wrinkles as it plumps fine lines.

Even after it fades over the course of the day, it leaves a beautiful, just-bitten stain on your lips.


Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Berry Recognise, $12.90 

Feeling adventurous? Try this matte liquid lipstick from Wet N Wild. Packed with vibrant colour pigments, this formula goes on glossy at first but eventually sets into a high-impact matte finish. Long-lasting and budge-proof, it stays on comfortably for hours on end.


Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor in 725 HD Sunrise, $21.90

Made of vibrant pigments suspended in a clear gel base, it melts onto lips to intensely nourish chapped lips thanks to its hyaluronic acid-infused formula.

This flamingo pink shade instantly lights up your complexion and leaves lips soft and smooth so you can even skip your lip balm.


NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Madrid, $16

With a lightweight, whipped cream texture, this liquid lip colour forms a pigment-packed veil over the lips for a smooth and supple effect.

Plus, this lovely burgundy hue is a great alternative to red and works perfectly for all skin tones.


Nakeup Face One Day Water Volume Lip Ink in No. 7, $26.90

For those with warmer undertones, you can even try out a coral shade like this that’s slightly on the orangey side. Made with a host of moisturising ingredients, this lip tattoo forms a dewy finish over lips and stains them in a vibrant coral shade.


Innisfree Vivid Oil Tint in No. 2, $16

A great alternative to lip balms for those who are often prone to dry, chapped lips, tinted lip oils also provide the same nourishing and softening benefits.

We like this tinted lip oil from Innisfree which is made with five botanical oils to condition chapped lips over time while imparting a subtle pink shade.


Zoeva Pure Lacquer Lips in Strong Career, $26

If you favour an understated look, try this brown-beige shade from Zoeva. As part of its Pure Lacquer Lips range, it forms a weightless film over lips to keep them hydrated and gives a lacquer-like finish.

You can either apply multiple layers of this versatile lip colour for a high-impact, high-shine finish, or dab on lightly for a sheer wash of colour.