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We Finally Found the Perfect Red Lipstick (and It Only Costs $6)

Some of the best beauty discoveries are made by complete accident. This is exactly what happened last week when I found a tube of NYX matte lipstick at the office.

It all started with a sobering moment in the restroom. You know when you’re washing your hands and you look into the mirror and wonder, Have I really been walking around like this all day? Despite the festive sweater I was wearing, I looked pale and tired and not at all ready for the holidays. Or anything for that matter. (Well, except for bed.)

I went back to my desk and came across a slim black tube of lipstick (which is not unusual given my job: professional lipstick hoarder). Holy smokes, this stuff is magic. It goes on so smoothly and the coverage is incredibly rich. Though it says “matte” on the label, it has more of a satin finish—not too shiny, not at all flat, just right. As for the color, “Eden”, it’s this bright cherry red that immediately lights up your face.

Clearly, I was an instant fan, but what really won me over was how it didn’t dry out my lips throughout the rest of the day. (A closer inspection of the ingredients revealed candelilla wax and beeswax can be thanked for that.) And the icing on the cake: It’s only six dollars. I don’t know about you guys, but I have easily spent more on a fancy latte—and now I have a lipstick that’ll actually last beyond a few sips of one.

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