Lupita Nyong’o’s Lip Balm Sells Out After Grabbing Social Media Fame

The $24 lip balm from French cosmetics brand Clarins almost sold out overnight across the U.S.

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Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres and Lupita Nyong'o during the Oscars, March 2, 2014

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Who needs expensive marketing strategies when you've got Lupita Nyong’o as a customer?

As it turns out, French cosmetics brand Clarins struck luck on Sunday when Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o jokingly pulled out one of their lip balms to offer host Ellen DeGeneres as a tip for the pizza guy, the New York Daily News reports.

"Lupita's lip balm! That's worth something!" DeGeneres said amid laughter.

And it was certainly worth something—to Clarins.

With a speed that can only be witnessed on Twitter, #LupitasLipBalm was created and trending, with the exchange turned into a gif. It also didn't take long for fans to figure out exactly what type of lip balm had been offered: Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm.

And so it "almost sold out across the country over night," the company said in a release, according to the Daily News.

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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