5 Drugstore Lipsticks For Perfect Summertime Brights

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As summer fast approaches, it's time to start shelving those boring nudes, autumnal berries, and spring pastels to make way for brights! It doesn't matter what kind — coral, hot pink, fuchsia, orange (I've spent the last few weeks stocking up on all four, like a squirrel hoarding nuts for winter) — just as long as it packs a summer punch.

While unique brights were once relegated to brands like MAC (can you say "Candy Yum Yum?") and NARS, these days, you can find editorial-worthy brights from the comfort of your local beauty aisle. Sure, you can still indulge in the occasional splurge for the hottest new shade right off the runways, but chances are you'll be able to find yourself a dupe for a fraction of the price. And even if you do happen to sacrifice a little in terms of quality (I tried a Chanel lipstick for the first time the other day, and I might just be a convert), it's a great way to get your feet wet. You don't want to pay $20+ for a product that might get worn once before getting forever lost at the bottom of your makeup bag (which is sadly something that sometimes happens when experimenting with neons), and trying out a shade on the cheap is a great way to avoid that. Even these cheap-o versions have great formulas, some are long-lasting, some are glossy and moisturizing, and all are highly pigmented delights. Here are some of my top picks!

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