Do Lip Powder Palettes Actually Work?

These outstanding lip powders are brown girl–approved.

This feature originally appeared in the ESSENCE June 2017 issue.

Finding a hue that complements a range of chocolate complexions can be a huge challenge. Monika Deol saw this hole in the cosmetics industry and founded Stellar Cosmetics to address the problem.

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The line, which launched in Sephora earlier this year, offers items flattering to an array of skin tones and focuses on those in the “medium range,” from Asians to African-Americans. “Our colors are based on real women and real skin tones,” shares Deol, who is of Indian descent.

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Each of her Stardust Lip Powder Palettes gives consumers three creamy metallic shades, and the best part is the way they pop against our melanin-rich skin.

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“People with medium or dark complexions have pigment in their lips, and Stellar products work with all lip colors,” Deol says.

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ESSENCE beauty editors tested these velvety powders and here’s what we found.

Pros: Beyond looking great on a variety of skin tones, they allow for customization.

Cons: The texture can take some getting used to. Try applying a lip balm underneath the color.

Bottom line: The unique powders are so great that they could even replace your traditional lipsticks.

Check back into the Stellar Cosmetics page to snag a powder lippie when it launches this June! 

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