Ah, winter. How we’ve missed you. The summer has been too hot and autumn vanished as fast as it came, leaving us with the most wonderful time of the year to look forward to. To be honest, the holiday season is every makeup guru’s favorite excuse to rock those red and plummy lip colors we’ve had stashed in our vanity drawers since last year’s sale at Sephora.

If you’re anything like me, you want reliable lip color for a pretty price. With gift-giving season among us, who wants to be spending $30 or more on one lipstick? Um, not me. So I’ve come up with a list of my four favorite lipsticks for this holiday season that are reliable and won’t give you buyer’s remorse this season.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme

This stuff seriously rocks. It’s a long-lasting lip color that doesn’t dry out your lips or cost an arm and a leg. I’m actually wearing it at this very moment. Their color honey is my absolute fave. It’s subtle yet moody and perfect for this holiday season. Want a color that makes more of a statement? Milani’s Amore Matte Sugar lipstick will give you that bold lip that is all over the runways and magazines this season. Even better? You can get this long-lasting lip color for under $15 each.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Matte

I know, another matte. But Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick is a staple that every woman should have in her makeup bag. This matte lipstick goes on velvety smooth and feels comfortable on your lips for several hours. Honestly, any lipstick that can last through my entire lunch break is worthy of praise. Their Screen Queen Matte is one of the colors that will be everywhere this season! And at under $22, it’s basically a steal.

Lancome L’absolu Rouge Advanced Hydrating Lipcolor Lipstick

This. Stuff. Is. So. Awesome. My color suggestion would be their Caprice, especially if you’re going for that classic red lip that exudes 1950s glam (or, you know, Tay Swift). Lancome’s Advanced Hydrating Lipstick is considered one of the best lipsticks on the market. Infused with moisture-boosting Pro-Xylane™, this lipstick will keep your lips popping with color and super moisturized for up to eight hours. This lipstick is just above $30, an incredible price for color so vibrant and reliable.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick

L’Oreal has been offering women great makeup for a great price for a long time now. L’Oreal’s Infallible lipstick is one of my favorite beauty buys. For under $12 in most drugstores, I have slowly collected almost every infallible color they offer! My favorite for this winter is their Resilient Raisin, a particularly plummy color enriched with Vitamin E, keeping your lips soft and colorful for up to ten hours!