Now we all love a good red lipstick, and for Christmas last year I wanted to wear some but didn't own any. Luckily, an early Christmas present arrived for me and it was a beautiful scarlet red lipstick by Lipstick Queen. I had not heard of the brand before but the packaging was beautiful, eye catching and when I inspected the lipstick it looked perfect. The lipstick I have is part of the Sinners range and is 'Scarlet Red'. I have not seen this in any stores but it is available to buy online for around £18.00 which is very expensive and something I would not usually pick up as it wouldn't be within my budget, however after using this product I can really see myself happily spending 18 pounds of my own money on it as it is one of my favourite lipsticks. There is a wide variety of colours to choose from in the Sinners range, so you should be able to find one which you like. The lipstick comes in a small sturdy black tube with gold writing on, it is really simple but quite sophisticated. To use, you simply remove the lid and twist up to reveal the lipstick. * What Lipstick Queen say about the Sinner range: "Poppy designed Sinners to be the ultimate full-coverage matte lipsticks with 90% pigment. The Sinner formula takes creaminess to a whole new level. The formulation glides on, lasts beautifully and feels great on the lips. Each shade has been meticulously designed to be the ultimate in its category - lighting up your face and your mood!" * I adore this lipstick, it really delivers great results and there is nothing bad I could say about it. The lipstick colour is so vibrant, its one of the prettiest shades of red I have ever seen, it is beautiful. It is so rich and bold and the quality is out of this world, it is very pigmented and opaque. The lipstick applies like a dream, its creamy and smooth and lightweight. It feels so comfortable on my lips and leaves my lips looking healthy, it has a slight sheen which gives a glossy look to your lips. The lipstick has no scent or taste. I find the lipstick is really long lasting, it doesn't tend to transfer easily and will stay on your lips for a good few hours before needing a top up. I would highly recommend this lipstick, its one of the best I have ever used and has lasted me 5 months and it still looks as impressive as when I first received it. I hope my review was of help, a similar review by me may also be found on my Boots account BeautyAdoration or on my blog BeautyAdoration.wordpress.com
I have cool colouring, with very dark hair and hazel eyes, and am very into the vintage look. I have the perfect Hollywood matte red (Ruby Woo by Mac - is there any other?), but I really struggled to find a proper Rose pink lipstick. Most rose shades are dusky rose, so fine for warm skin tones, but not great for me, or a violent fuchsia colour, which is much too 80's! Then I found lipstick queen. It's called, simply, Rose. I initially tried it in the Saint formula, the sheer version, which is nice, but not spectacular, so moved over to sinner. Divine. A perfect retro matte, and a proper, proper pink. Not red-pink, not fuchsia, not baby pink, not dusty pink, but a deep, classic mid pink, equally good for day and evening. The formula is surprisingly light on your lip, and not at all drying (that's where the Mac occasionally falls down), which is unusual in a matte lipstick. It is definitely advisable to apply this with a brush, as it's a think formula, and the matching lip liner might be the way to go, although I use it without. As the other review said, it is best applied over lip-balmed lips, then blot and recoat. I don't think you need a sealer over the top, as it lasts and lasts on it's own. The only strange thing about it is that the lipstick has odd little bumps in it, again mentioned in the other review. This doesn't affect the application, but does feel a bit strange at first. The packaging is subtle and good quality, but not amazing. However, it is a superb lipstick and well worth the price.
Lipstick Queen is quite a niche brand. It sells only lip products (although not just lipsticks, but glosses and liners too.) It is sold in SpaceNK in the UK and some Barney's in the US, along with some independent stores. They're stocked in various other countries too, and you can always buy off their website. www.lipstickqueen.com The main range of lipsticks they sell are the Saints and the Sinners, two different formulas that come in the same colours. There are ten shades, ranging from Nude, Coral, Berry, Rouge to Wine. There's something to suit any skin tone. A Saint colour has only 10% pigment, it is very sheer. A Sinner colour has 90% pigment, but it still has great slip, meaning it glides on well. It is completely matte, no shimmer whatsoever, but is still silky to touch.(If you want shimmery lipsticks, Lipstick Queen sells a range called Butterfly Ball.) If you like a colour in one of the formulas, try it in the other! Price and packaging: This is £16.50 (from SpaceNK) as of January 2010. The packaging is a postcard size piece of card with a vaguely Art Deco design on it. A piece of plastic holds the lipstick to the card. It is very attractive in my view, and just a bit different from run of the mill packaging. The lipstick case is just inspired. Made of heavy (good-quality heavy) matte metal, it feels satisfyingly solid to hold. The brand name is printed on the lid in gold writing, and on the inside there's the logo 'By Poppy' (Poppy King, founder of the brand.) In the bottom there is a sticker giving the brand name, the shade and what I presume is an unique number, which is stamped in. It is definitely a look that will get people asking where it came from! Scent and appearance: This has no scent, which I think is great! If you like the scent of a particular lipstick, awesome, but there'll always be some who don't. No scent is much better in my opinion. As to appearance, it is a standard bullet, but it does have tiny little bumps on the surace. This is the shea butter that makes it so creamy, it in no way affects how it applies. How to use and my opinion: I use this as I do with all lipstick. 1) Apply lipbalm. (Lush Lipservice) 2)Apply one coat of lipstick. Blot with cotton pad. 3) Apply another coat, and blot with cotton pad. 4) Apply coating of Lipcote,which keeps lipstick on. And done! I really really love this lipstick! It is a great evening look (I find it a little bit too much for day) and really adds light and warmth to my face. (I have brunette hair, very pale skin and green eyes.) It doesn't come off, and I cannot think of a single thing wrong with it! Well, the price perhaps, but I reckon it's well worth it.