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The Pigmented Lip Color That Doesn’t Require a Primer

When it comes to lip color, I’m an all-or-nothing girl. In fact, I’ve pretty much used only two products on my mouth my whole life: a moisturizing balm, which I pile on before bed when my lips dry and cracked, and a statement lipstick (aka the only thing that differentiates my usual minimalistic makeup look from a night out on the town). I was never convinced I needed anything for the grey area in between these two extremes until I stumbled upon Manna Kadar’s Lip Locked.

For starters, it’s a triple-duty product that works as a long-lasting primer, lip stain, and gloss—because if you’re going to add a step to your morning routine, it may as well be a product that will last for hours. Plus, its promise of rich color with softening vitamins A and E appealed to my inner lip balm addict.

After deciding my work look was the most lacking, I applied a swipe of All of Me, a nude rose-pink, before heading into the office one Monday morning. Right off the bat, I noticed the formula’s creamy, nourishing texture—it wasn’t sticky at all. Next, I noticed the opaque lipstick-like finish. And though the color eventually did fade, it did so gracefully, without requiring immediate attention when I had to run to a meeting and couldn’t stop for a mirror break.

By the end of the day (after just one post-lunchtime reapplication) my lips still had a subtle pink hue—and I realized that carving out room for one more lip product in my makeup bag wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

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