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#BigLipstickEnergy: The 3 Lipsticks 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 Magic Wand
Dazed & Diffused Blurring Lip Stick in 90s Babe
NYX Professional Makeup ulta.com


Sometimes, you want a full-on bold lip and other times, a more toned-down diffused lip is the look you're going for. Thanks to NYX's new dual-ended liner, the choice is yours. On one end, you get a highly-pigmented velvety matte pencil to fill-in and color your lips; on the other end, you have a lil' diffuser wand that perfectly imparts a hazy, effortless, soft-focus shade.  


I'm always looking for a quick fix when my matte lipstick starts to give up on me—feathering, splotchiness, bleeding outside of lip lines—midday. What I love about this teeny wand is that it blends so much better than my finger can. Rather than using it for a diffused look, I've been using it for touch-ups and to smooth over any mishaps. It turns my lip color du jour into a long-lasting stain I love. 

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This Non-Invasive Lip Filler
So Juicy Plumping Gloss in Beachwood
ColourPop ulta.com


ColourPop is on to something with their latest launch: a plumping gloss packed with peptides that are cooling upon contact. Those compounds mixed with peppermint and vitamin E make this moisturizing formula feel refreshing, rather than irritating like other lip plumpers. Available in 10 neutral-to-sheer shades, you can choose what's best for your complexion. 


Something about this packaging makes me so nostalgic. Middle school memories of hoarding MAC's Lip Glass and Lip Smackers come to mind, and i'm into it. This soft shade is the ideal neutral gloss for my skin tone. And in seconds, it super-sizes my naturally full lips like no other. Bonus points for its non-stingy formula that feels soothing. In short, you should snag this $8 non-invasive lip filler now.  

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This Classic
Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Red Stiletto
Mary Kay marykay.com


Inside this tube is Mary Kay's unique gel microsphere technology, which makes this one-and-done glider a breeze to apply. The plush texture and feather-light formula make this such a comfortable matte you can wear all day and forget about it. Especially since you also get a hint of shine and a huge color pay-off. The brand just extended the collection with new shades. Lucky us! 


I'll never stop collecting blue-based reds. If you're a frequent #BLE reader, you know I'm a red lip enthusiast and proud of it. This new addition to my collection is a classic cherry red that makes me want to put on a ball gown (note the "Stiletto" shade name—it calls for something fancy). It looks so chic, but beyond simply aesthetics, the semi-matte texture wards off any dryness. I'm sold. 


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