There are few things that make me feel as powerful as when I’m wearing a strong red lipstick, but that feeling fades as the day goes by and the product has either disappeared or somehow transferred onto my teeth.
Before finding a product that worked, I’d opt for a lip stain or balm on dates — not wanting a lipstick mark to end up on my wine glass. At the gym, I’d hope to God my lip color wouldn’t run as I worked up a sweat. If I was hanging out with my baby cousins I’d have to pick between smothering them with kisses or wearing lipstick (note — I always chose the former). Basically, I’d have to factor in my lifestyle while choosing a lip product, and it was exhausting.
As a beauty editor, I test out hundreds of products and have tried an endless amount of lipsticks, and in the 6+ years that I’ve worked in the industry, there is one lipstick that I recommend to absolutely everyone: .
I can swipe it on in the morning and know that it will last throughout the day no matter what I do. I’ve worn it to hot yoga, dinner dates, and while babysitting my baby cousins, and it does not budge.
The brand has three collections with 10 shades each, ranging from deep blues to classic reds and universal nudes. Currently, I’m using the shade “Founder,” a dark brick red that’s perfect for colder winter days that turn to romantic nights out — but I’ve tried most of them and switch depending on my mood. As someone who has the hand-eye coordination of a raccoon, the applicator’s tip helps create the perfect cupid’s bow as it is narrow enough to really define your lips and draw on your perfect shape. Also, since they retail for approximately $7 each, you can try out many different colors without any of the spending guilt.
Needless to say, this lipstick will always be my valentine.