5 Killer Lipsticks You Can Access Locally #MelaninMonday

I’m a lipstick fanatic and everyone (Including my wallet) knows so. But I’m also a girl on a budget so my love for all things lip related has to also relate to my budget. Of course living in the Caribbean has its disadvantages (overpriced products being a huge one) so I generally look for products which are affordable but still look great. Here are my top five picks so far.


First up is my all time ride or die. If you know me personally you know that Matrix by Nicka K is my go to lippy since discovering it last year. I’ve heard this ridiculous notion that dark-skinned women cannot find a perfect nude color and Matrix quite frankly disputes this. I would rank as one of the best nudes for women of color which also has bonus perks of a matte finish and long wear span. You can get this at Beauty wise (in Roseau) for under $13 dollars.


Up next is another color which is relatively new to my stash but quickly becoming a go too as well. I purchased this lovely nude shade at Diamond Girls (also in Roseau)  called Turkish rose for under $15.  Although not as long lasting the color payoff more than makes up for it as does the velvety smooth application.


As we can tell Nicka K is one of my top affordable brands. I think that browns look amazing on women of color and if you want a gorgeous rich brown look no further than Cocoa bean. This color drys Matte and smells amazing and is also under $15.


Another great affordable and reliable brand for lipstick is Jordana. Jarna Ducreay of www.shebleedsmakeup.com  was the first one to introduce me to Jordana and I  never looked back. Every dark-skinned woman needs a red lip she is in love with and Cranberry by Jordana is it for me. I believe you can purchase this at BeautyWise for under $13. The payoff is amazing and it also has a bit of sparkle..which I love because I’m extra.

rmls18purpleaffairIf you’ve never rocked purple as a woman of color you need to get your life hunny. I discovered this color by chance one day while browsing through…you guessed it BeautyWise. As a steal for under $12  Purple affair quickly became one of my most loved colors.  Not only is it super easy to apply and the color payoff is amazing. Although not matte it is one of my faves and if you really want to, a bit of translucent powder makes all lippes Matte (You’re welcome).

Are there any ride or die lippys that you source locally? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Jarna Hector Ducreay
    May 15, 2017

    I just wore my Jordana Cranberry last week! I’m about to rest ok in Jordana. I looooove. Your picks are beautiful!

  • Jael
    May 15, 2017

    Great read!!
    I am a lippie fan as well .. I own more than 50 different shades… but my favourites for colors and price are LA Girl available at Astaphans for under $11 .. And my all time favourite since I hate reapplying lipsticks would have to be Sachia’s lip velvets… they are stains with great color options and last all day. Available at The Glam for $22.50

    • Kerdisha St. Louis
      May 15, 2017

      I def have to look into La girl Ive been hearing great things…thanks so much <3

  • Kim
    May 15, 2017

    Great read Kerds. I would have to say my fave is the Jordana (red) and I have warmed up to nudes as well …and yes we go crazy at beauty wise..lol There are also nice affordable lippies at Unique Touch. I’m gonna have to try Astaphans too.

  • islandgirlonamission
    June 24, 2017

    Aye!!! I’m gonna be here often. Like you I’m a lipstick fanatic. After reading this I feel like like putting on lipstick even if I’m not leaving the house any time soon.

    • Kerdisha St. Louis
      June 24, 2017

      lol im glad you enjoyed a good lippie can make your day a whole lot better

  • islandgirlonamission
    June 24, 2017

    It sure can. I’ve been using colourpop a lot. I love those hues. Jordana is pretty good as well.

  • katieemmabeauty
    July 7, 2017

    I’ve never heard of any of these brands, but they all sound lovely. Where in the world are you based? I’m in the UK… so I’m just curious if I’ve been walking round with my eyes shut or something 😛

    Katie x

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