Girl wearing that lipstick that’s not quite red and not quite pink and seems permanently bonded to your lips, no matter how many slices of pepperoni pizza you eat, I see you. I see you, and I envy you, because the perfect bright lip makes an adult human woman appear instantly polished and put together. You don’t even need accessories when you wear the right lipstick — it does all the statement-making FOR you. Didn’t wash your hair this morning? Do your eyes seem to say, “help me I didn’t sleep much last night because I needed to finish binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls and now I am a shell of the person I used to be”? Do you hate every piece of godforsaken clothing item in your closet at the moment? Listen. You just need a few swipes of the perfect lipstick to make it all much better.

If you’re in the market for a bright lipstick and aren’t afraid of liquid matte, may I suggest Too Faced’s Melted Matte in Candy Cane? I was initially drawn to it when HG beauty editor Marie Lodi assigned out a story about its release because, guys, it smells like PEPPERMINT MOCHA. And it just looked like a pretty shade of holiday party red — red with a slight pink flirtation. Every part of me needed to own it, so about 2.5 seconds after I read the article, I ordered a tube from Sephora and me and my Too Faced liquid matte have been happy together ever since.

Credit: Too Faced

Other than it smelling and tasting like a novelty latte and possessing a gorgeous shade of red, it will LAST you all day. The color is unshakeable. I’ve eaten a wrap, a Chinese chicken salad, and tacos while wearing Candy Cane, and it barely made a dent in its mightiness. It’s also not too drying (although I always, always, always apply a swipe of Baby Lips before I wear *any* lipstick, because they’re just naturally desertly).

Here’s what it looks like (this is not me, I’m currently on an airplane and not near my ~precious~, but I can include a selfie later if you really want):


You can use it when you decide you want to dress up like a fierce snow queen:

Convinced? Don’t you deny it. Grab a tube for $21, or put in your wish list for Santa. 😉