Where are you based? In the UK, you can get a nice black lipstick at Superdrug for less than $15 US, I got a tube while I was visiting. But you would be hard pressed to find a good black lipstick in drugstores in person for any price in the US. Off brand dollar store black lipsticks are pretty easy to find but are pretty crap. There are deep, deep purples and reds available by Revon etc but they aren’t black. Most good ones are mid-range or online. Here are some options you might be into, though:
- NYX Round Lipstick in Penelope ($4) - I think NYX makes pretty good lipsticks esp at the pricepoint, they are a lightweight (fragranced) formulation. NYX has a slippery formula, though, so for something so dark, it’s imperative you line your lips with a black eyeliner or something beforehand.
- Portland Black Lipstick Company Black Lipstick ($10) - This is probably your best bet — shipping is super, super reasonable and you’ll come out under budget. I have a few PBCO lipsticks, I really like them, though I hate the packaging. Here is a photo of me wearing this specific lipstick, actually.
Those are my recommendations at your price point. If you want to spend a little more and get your product immediately, MUFE has a nice black lipstick (though I think their Lab Shine Lip Gloss in black is THE BOMB DOT COM) and OCC of course has a perfectly pigmented black — but it is not very practical to carry around in between classes because of how you need to apply it. If it exploded in your backpack (the packaging is just a plastic tube, this is not that uncommon), you’d be totally screwed.
Hope that helps