The Story Behind the Crystal Lipsticks That Set the Internet on Fire

More twists and turns than an Agatha Christie.

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Usually, the stages of a Mega! Crazy! New! Beauty! Product! Wow! goes like this:

  1. Discovery
  2. Naming
  3. Everybody Trying to Get a Piece of the Action by Doing Something Similar but Slightly Different or Exactly the Same but Cheaper

But over the weekend, one extraordinary lipstick changed the narrative from "enthusiasm mustered up for objects scary-cleverly designed to trigger chemical reactions in the brain" to "This is a saga. Or performance art."

Though it originally made the rounds in September 2016, this photo of a fistful of diamond lipsticks (HEART PALPITATIONS) recently made waves and raised questions online again. "Are these real?" eager Instagram and Pinterest users gasped, clutching their chests. "WHERE CAN WE BUY THESE CRYSTALS IN TUBES, EVEN THOUGH THE FORMULA IS PROBABLY DISAPPOINTING?"

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. . . Before i say anything the rightful photographer should be liked first she is tagged.. i just wonder where did all the hate come from.... Instagram deleted this picture of mine cause all thanks to a few who couldn't stand my picture being shared ....cause photoshop aint right? Why all the hate? Firstly let me come clear . 1. I am a COLLAGE ARTIST i make art out of art. . 2. I take pictures out of flicker, tumbler & pinterest i google them up and sadly most of them dont show the real owners therefore i sadly make an art and wait for the rightful owner. Till than i make sure that people know i am a COLLAGE ARTIST. Please google what that means!! If collage art was such a crime... than how many artists would go down..... please get your facts straight. Please 🙏 . 3. Yes i am bad with photoshop... infact i suck at it... happy? I am a dentist by profession , i never took this way of life just because i wanted to be FAMOUS. No i did this because i was going through a lot in life and editing .... cut paste a picture would make me the happiest girl on gods earth....... do you have a problem with me being happy? If i take a picture make something new out of it.... and it makes a few 100 happy too.... do you guys get so unhappy about it? . . 4th... from now onwards i would actually say i am less of a collage artist... more of a CLEVER ARTIST. Yes i have a million dollar idea i make art out of it.... the art sucks ... it has a few glitches but guess what!!! People get the message... they love it.... why would you care if my photoshop was not on point....😐😳😳😳 Some of you guys exhaust me.... dont follow me or like me if you cant appreciate.... or like my work. I was happy with a few 100 followers i swear i was.... i need good vibes in my life... not this... . . All of the pictures that you see is my art. My imagination ... my creativity! Respect it... and ill respect you too. Or please leave.... dont make me unhappy. I beg of you guys 🙏🙏🙏🙏 . . #collage #art #peace #love #happiness #nofame #nolove #simple #creativity #edit #lipsticks #crystal #whyjealous #jealous #nohate #stophate #happiness #collageart #graphic #graphicdesign #digitalpainting

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The real answer, after some sleuthing, is—drum roll—nowhere! (It's a collage by Pakistan-based dentist-turned-artist Sara Shakeel.) But there's more: Instagram removed Shakeel's first version of the image when makeup artist Lalita Coraje, who took the original photo of the MAC lipsticks, found fault with the way she was being credited. For her second go, Shakeel got Jerry Saltz-level real about image manipulation and ownership, which you can read above.

Still bummed? Shop a few faceted lippies below—though you'll have to settle for ones that don't quite meet the four Cs.

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