I wonder if a good drug store version is Revlon's Lip Butter? I love both shades I have and will probably pick up more when they're on sale. Not great staying power, but it fades evenly and still leaves a slight hue.
After trying plenty of mascaras the last year, I've fallen head over heels for one I received free with an eye shadow stick:Almay Intense i-Colour I'm beyond surprised at how great it is-- I haven't had an expensive mascara come this close to perfect since Buxom Lash.
Next, I try to track down Essence's lash powder, which looks like a super-cheap, much more low-rent version of Too Faced's Better Than False Lashes mascara set. I'm just not in a position to spend upwards of $50 (Cdn) on mascara.