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.
Since its inception in 1984, MAC has been a brand all about inclusivity. For Pride, the brand dropped these limited edition cases designed by by artist Justin Teodoro to show LGBTQIA+ major love. The intricately-illustrated bullet features a green heart on the cap with an overlay of the word LOVE. These Pride-designed bullets are available in two best-selling shades: Breathing Fire, the bright fuchsia pictured here, and Ruby Woo, one of the most iconic reds in makeup history (which is sold out at the moment).
WHY I'M OBSESSED:
It's no secret: Part of the allure of trying and buying a beauty product is in its packaging. This one wins prettiest case award for Pride 2020, hands down. I treat my MAC lipsticks like collectibles—I've been wearing them since I discovered makeup at 15—and there's a special section on my vanity where all of my shades sit pretty, away from other brands. This bold number is definitely front-and-center now that New York weather has climbed above 80. On weekends, you'll find me wearing the warm fuchsia to get the party started. It's one of those fun colors that can't help but brighten your mood.
Add Milk Makeup to the list of beauty brands that have championed inclusion since the beginning. This rendition of a sparkly balm encased in a sparkly tube is made especially for Pride month. If you're looking for hydration with a side of glitter, this is for you. The balm is made of hemp-derived cannabis seed oil, shea, cocoa and mango butter for maximum moisture. Multidimensional rainbow pearls in the formula give the balm its glimmer. So on theme, right?
WHY I'M OBSESSED:
I confess, I have an absurd amount of lip balm. But lip balm with a shade-shifting rainbow finish made with cannabis oil? This is a first. Not only does this peppermint-scented balm replenish my lips with long-lasting moisture, the added kick of sparkle shows up gorgeously over Zoom and FaceTime. Tip: swipe a bit on your index finger to warm the formula up first, then press it onto your skin to double as highlighter. Now, shine on!
The fabulous Marc Jacobs has always celebrated Pride with his iconic designs and next-level beauty products. His vision this year nods to rainbow-striped packaging featuring five new limited edition gloss shades: Coming Out, Dancing Sheen, Hips Don't Lilac, Pink Kiki and Wet Your Lips, the apricot shown here. The high-shine gloss is made with kahai oil and vitamin E for a melt-on feel. And the shades are super sheer, offering a barely-there tint or a lustrous topper for matte lipstick if you want to take it there.
WHY I'M OBSESSED:
These shades sing the song of summer, and have the level of intensity I'm looking for when it comes to color. Sheer lip gloss on warmer days are easy when you don't want to think too hard about your makeup. This apricot hue gives me a my-lips-but-better effect for my skin tone—although I'm sure it's universally flattering for all complexions since its sheer formula is buildable. I'm a stickler when it comes to sticky glosses, and this gem passes my test with flying colors.
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