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7 Criminally Underrated Lip Products You Have To Try

Pucker up! 


Izabela Habur
By Nikki Brown · March 16, 2017

We’re not sure who’s responsible for creating Lips Appreciation Day (March 16), but who can complain about a day dedicated to our kissers?

The lips are hardly a forgotten part of one’s beauty routine, but the amount of lipsticks, lip balms and even lip masks make it easy to fall in line with a redundant routine.

Today is the perfect day to switch up your beauty game and get familiar with the underdogs worthy of your obsession. From nourishing scrubs to Black-owned paints and a clothing store aisle gem, we guarantee at least one of these criminally underrated products will end up on your vanity.

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As someone who is notorious for snacking, perhaps more than she should, a sturdy lipstick is absolutely necessary. The sponge applicator on these smudge-resistant lippies glide like no other and p.s., the entire "What A Spice" line is a makeup minimalist's dream. The entire range includes a range of romantic colors, but I'm particularly enamored with #36 because it's literally the perfect neutral for brown skin. 

$22 available at Inglot Cosmetics

You'll be hard pressed to find a bad review of the brand's magical Bum Bum Cream, but do not sleep on this lip balm. Besides the fact that it tastes good enough to eat (seriously), the caramel-scented formula won't dry out quickly and it can be worn alone or on top of color. Trust me--bae will love this one. Pucker up! 

$18 available at Sephora

They say "one size fits all" makeup products don't exist, but I beg to differ. I've seen countless women in our office rock this single digit lippie and not only does it look like matte perfection; everyone's obsessed with the lasting power, too! There's an entire range of colors to choose from, but this purple hue really pops against all shades of brown. 

$7 available at Target

This brand, founded by breast cancer survivor Cashmere Nicole, has been on my radar for quite some time, thanks in part to the insane popularity of this highly pigmented lippie. Go bold or go home with this electric blue hue or shop other options, including the just released collaboration with Gabby Douglas

$20 available at Beauty Bakerie

I've always been skeptical while purchasing lip scrubs, simply because I feel it's the type of product you should really feel working. There are a wide range of exfoliators on the market, ranging from "barely there" to "wow, this feels like sandpaper," but Kaplan's duo is the perfect medium. I'm obsessed with the combo of the tingly mask and cooling balm. But, tread carefully: this formula does include a plumper that will add a little volume to your pout. 

$24 available at Sephora

Why spend your time pressing play and pause on an ombre lip tutorial when you can simply use a two-in-one lippie? Next time you're waiting in line at Forever 21, throw this two-toned option in your bag and say goodbye to a complicated makeup routine.  

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$8 available at Forever 21

Noreasters: I know we're still braving subzero temperatures, but sun protection is still a priority! SPF-infused beauty products are never in short supply and Bite Beauty is definitely ahead of the pack. These all-in-one formulas, available in a wide range of shades, can be used practically anywhere on the face, making your routine the easiest it's ever been. 

$24 available at Sephora