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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 By 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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This Moisturizing Sheen
Sheer Lip Color in Bare Lips
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Laura Mercier nordstrom.com
$22.10

THE DETAILS: 

This is a sheer shade, which means you don't have to fully commit to the color if you don't want to. Honestly though, you'll want to go all-in on this rosy-neutral because it's gorgeous. It leaves a soft wash of color on your lips with the most moisturizing finish. Your lips will feel moist and have a subtle sheen—a fall 2019 aesthetic we should all get behind. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

Ever have one of those days when you want to wear lipstick but you don't have the time to think about it? Same. I just survived New York Fashion Week, which is one of the busiest weeks of the year for editors, and I relied on this rosy hue to hold me down most of the time. I didn't have time or energy to tend to my lipstick every other hour, but still wanted to look cute, ya know? What I love most about this shade is it enhances the shade of my natural lip color. Plus the formula is extremely hydrating so I don't have to worry about lip balm. 

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This A+ Formula
Optimist Lipstick
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W3LL PEOPLE target.com
$16.99

THE DETAILS: 

W3ll People managed to meld together a plant-based, long-wearing, satin matte lipstick line of stunning neutrals that costs just $17. To get a formula, finish, and shade range right is not easy. This nutrient-rich lipstick is made with organic shea butter, jojoba oil, and silk so your lips have all the omega oils and vitamins necessary to look healthy and pretty. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

Being more conscious about the ingredients in my beauty products is something that I'm taking one day at a time. I love a high-performing lip product, and it's tough to find an awesome color pay-off with a completely clean formula. But this satin matte lipstick has made me a believer. The yummy texture feels so hydrating on my lips. Plus, the peachy hue is happy-looking, and makes me want to hold on to summer a little longer. 

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This Game-Changing Gloss
Gloss Luxe Moisturizing Lipgloss
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Tom Ford nordstrom.com
$55.00

THE DETAILS: 

I'm sure you're not the least bit surprised that Tom Ford makes one of the most perfect lip glosses I've ever tried. After trying this game-changing gloss, those other sticky, tacky, hair-catching glosses will never get the best of me again. The formula is filled with hollow powders, which makes the wear 10 times more comfortable than a normal gloss.  

WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

At first glance, a purple gloss looks intimidating. But I gladly accepted the challenge, and I'm here to encourage you to do the same. You won't regret it—it's a super-saturated shade, so you'll get a burst of color in one glide onto your lips. It also passed the ultimate gloss test: After an hour, it wasn't smeared all over my coffee straw. Yes, this purple shade is daring, but makeup is more fun when you take chances!

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