#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
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EM Cosmetics emcosmetics.com
$20.00

THE DETAILS: 

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. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

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
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IL Makiage ilmakiage.com
$21.00

THE DETAILS: 

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. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED:

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
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NYX Professional Makeup nyxcosmetics.com
$9.00

THE DETAILS:

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. 

 WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

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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