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#BigLipstickEnergy: The 3 Lip Products I'm Obsessed With Right Now

"What lip is that?" A professional lipstick critic reveals all.

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Design: Morgan McMullen

I'm a serial lipstick dater. So many lip products slide onto my desk. Some I double-tap and have all the heart eyes for. Others I ghost and leave on seen. This is #BigLipstickEnergy, an honest breakdown of how I feel about the latest lip launches. Read on for the three lipstick flings I'm keeping in rotation for now. Next week, I'll have a new roster.

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Unapologetically Bold
Powerlips Fluid Liquid Lipstick in Roar
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I know what you're thinking: a matte red lipstick is a gamble. What if it's drying, blotchy, sticky, and spotty after approximately one sip of your coffee? Trust, this blend features what the brand calls a "cushion complex," which essentially acts as a down comforter for your lips. Instead of sucking the life out of them, the nourishing beeswax, vitamin E, and avocado oil formula hugs your lips in hydration for ultimate comfort.


I was drawn to this poppy shade at first glance. Blue-based, bold reds have a tendency to magically complement all skin tones. But for me, it's not just about looking great; red lipstick is my equivalent of a power suit—it makes me feel large-and-in-charge and fiercely confident. (I wore a similar shade to my job interview at MC, which earned me major compliments and sparked a future story idea.) Any liquid lipstick that takes multiple coats loses my attention fast, but this vibrant hue paints my lips in a opaque wash of red in just one swipe. More importantly the formula is foolproof, and my teeth were free from feathering the whole day. A++. 

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Necessary Neutral
Sir John X Luminess Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick in Trouble
Luminess luminessbeauty.com


Yes, you can achieve fuller-looking lips without lip liner. This product's pointed applicator allows you to line your lips as you swipe it on to create the shape you want without that extra step. (Who has time for that anyways?) And the long-lasting formula has a featherlight feel that doesn't budge at all. 


I had the honor of meeting with the one-and-only Sir John to preview this limited-edition line. And the man himself showed me the power of this do-it-all neutral—which gives off '90s vibes in the best way possible—when he applied this single shade on my lips, cheeks, and eyes. I'm not even exaggerating: It looked gorgeous on my entire face. He literally only used the warmth of his ring finger to blend, no brushes or makeup sponges were needed. I haven't stopped wearing this versatile neutral since, taking it on trips to Italy and Switzerland—it's the perfect brown for my dark skin tone. 

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A Sultry Shade
Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in 505 Janet Rust
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Oftentimes, satin lipsticks get a bad rep for being too sheer—fine if you're into that barely-there look, but if you're chasing color, you may have sworn of satin. Well, when it comes to a strong color pay-off, this soft, satin texture does not disappoint. This gold-sketched tube carries the combined moisturizing benefits of a balm and the long-lasting wear of a bold lipstick. Not only will this bullet look beautiful in your bag (can you get over the packaging because I can't?), it also has a fresh and fruity floral scent. 


This rusty red shade is honestly the sh*t—there's no other way to put it. Imagine if a bold burgundy and rich brown had a baby. That would be this sultry shade. It's a subdued red, perfect for when you don't feel like committing to a bright color but you're still in need of some oomph. It's ideal for a low-lit, boozy dinner  because the shade will still look good even if it's diffused after a couple of drinks. Time to make Friday night plans. 


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