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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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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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The Coolest Citrus
True Gloss
EM Cosmetics emcosmetics.com


With lip gloss, you want the shine without the sticky. It's not too much to ask, and yet, many formulas miss the mark. This gel-based gloss got the memo, though, and delivers a juicy, wet shine that lasts. Made with vitamins C and E and emollients, it conditions the lips with nourishment and hydration. And its plumping peptide complex will make your lips look so full. 


It might seem a bit strange to wear a clementine-inspired color on your lips, but trust, it's such a vibe. And, have you seen the stunning campaign images? The shade looks stunning on every skin tone. Recently, I added a gold highlighter on my cheeks while wearing this shade, and I love how golden and sun-kissed my makeup looked. 

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The Head-Turner
IL MAKIAGE X Carli Bybel Dirty Talk Lipstick in Venus
IL Makiage ilmakiage.com


This cruelty-free matte lipstick was inspired by mega-influencer Carli Bybel's love for the moon, stars, and space. The constellation-printed bullet is fun to gaze at, but this fire-red color will look even better on your lips. The emollient blend of silicone powder makes for a smooth and creamy texture that won't dry your lips out. 


In the name of testing, I swiped on this bright red lipstick in the middle of a work day. Then, I went down to my company's cafeteria for lunch. I ran into a former coworker who complimented my lipstick and said she could spot the shade from the escalators. That's how eye-catching this crimson red is. My favorite way to test the staying power of bold colors is after a big meal. This texture didn't transfer at all. So, no, you don't have to ask anyone Do I have lipstick on my teeth? again.

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The Necessary Nude
Lip Lingerie Push-Up Long-Lasting Lipstick
NYX Professional Makeup nyxcosmetics.com


It's rare to find a matte lip plumping formula. Usually, lip plumpers come in the form of glosses or balms. But this soft matte stick, which features a super-precise bullet to line and coat your lips, has gentle plumping properties that will give you the volume you're looking for. Arguably, its coolest feature is the built-in cap sharpener allowing you to re-perfect the precise tip when it gets rounded after a few applications. 


You can never have enough my-lips-but-better shades on your vanity. This soft nude matches my skin tone but with just enough to give my lips an extra oomph when I don't feel like doing the most. The whipped velvety texture feels so weightless that I literally forget I have it on. So ideal. 


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