Lipstick Queen is a brand of cruelty and gluten free lipsticks created by Poppy King. Poppy, who first started wearing lipsticks around 1989, says, “For me, nothing is as glamorous or as empowering as lipstick” (Lipstick Queen). Lipsticks not only brighten up the face, it also instills confidence. Poppy is dedicated in finding the perfect textures and shades to express every women’s personality.
Each lipstick suits every complexion and contains no harmful ingredients- only mixtures of waxes (especially beeswax), oils, and pigments. Before I review some of Poppy’s lipsticks, let me give you a brief bio of Poppy found on intothegloss.com.
At 18, Poppy began her first lipstick brand named Poppy with matte shades of reds, browns, and burgundies. These lipsticks were trying to mimic the 1940’s-esque. In 1992, her first set of lipsticks called the Seven Deadly Sins came out. A year later, Barneys at Madison Avenue started carrying them in stock. Although these lipsticks never reached their full potential, they quickly became a cult.
Sometime later, Poppy worked for Estee Lauder’s Prescriptive Brand. While working with Estee, Poppy wrote her first book on entrepreneurship, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen.
She then started her lipstick company- Lipstick Queen. They have been selling lipsticks for about five years now. Some of her best sellers are:
Medieval- a sheer red lipstick designed to bring out your natural red lips.
Frog Prince- pinkish shade designed to bring out your natural pinkish lips with the help of your lips pH.
Hello Sailor- just like Frog Prince, this blue shade of lipstick is designed to bring out your lips natural berry tones with the help of your lips pH.
During the Medieval times, it was a sin to wear lipsticks. Therefore, in order for women to have a nice blood stain tint, they used the acidity in lemons. Poppy created Medieval for women who want a sheer, natural nice blood stain tint to their lips.
On Into The Gloss site, Poppy says she realized she had a “vintage” face. That is why she started wearing lipsticks in 1989. She tried to look like an ’89 ideal, but felt she look more like a TMC movie.
Rather changing and looking more ’89, Poppy decided to embrace her TMC movie vibe. She states that she doesn’t feel beautiful. She feels more exuberant and glamorous.
What exactly does exuberant mean? Google searching, exuberant means filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement.
What’s the difference between beauty and glamour?
Beauty is defined as a “combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” Beauty has its own set of standards, both structural and physical. Unlike glamour, beauties rules are more stricter.
Glamour, on the other hand, is described more as an inclusive and an embracing thing. Glamour is defined as “an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem more appealing or special.” How you put yourself together by showing little signs of exuberance is glamour. Also, glamour doesn’t rely on whether your budget is big or small. Therefore, between beauty and glamour- embrace your glamour!
Ok, now onto the nitty gritty. Poppy has a numerous amount of lipstick collections in her line. Out of all of them, I own four- Medieval, Jean Queen, Eden, and Hello Sailor. These are the lipsticks I will describe more in detail. The rest you can find on her website lipstickqueen.com.
$24 USD 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “a magical red apple”
Inspired by the mystical garden of Eden.
Although it’s not the red lips of Snow White, this luscious, tempting, vibrant, and juicy, semi-sheer red that makes you look like you’ve taken a bite from the most beautiful apple in the world. It’s easy-to-wear and flatters all skin tones, bringing out a rosy blush on the cheeks and a twinkle in the eyes. This lasting glossy formula holds a magical apple green holographic shimmer. It is deliciously hydrating with Olive and Sunflower Seed oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E.
Eden is very moisturizing. The holographic shimmer is not too intense- just right! At first, I didn’t like Eden on me. Above picture is the first time I wore it. I thought it was a bit too much red. It’s described as a sheer color, only I find the pigment a bit more than sheer on me. I have started liking this one, though not a daily wear, it can be great for special occasions. I don’t wear reds often, therefore, this shade wasn’t something I was used to wearing. I think that’s why my first instinct was to remove it. After trying again, I give it a thumbs up. It is long lasting. Today, I applied it on around 10am. This picture was taken around 12:30pm and it is now 2:06pm. I still feel the moisture from the lipstick and the color payoff isn’t bad as well.
$22 (USD) 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “Nourishing nectar, honey shimmer”
With a delicious
honey fragrance, Queen Bee is full of nourishing ingredients to soothe, repair, and hydrate your pout. It is a lip treatment with glamorous bronze gold finish. It is made with Royal Jelly, which keeps your lips remaining soft and plump. Other ingredients: chamomile and sunflower extracts to help soothe sore, chapped lips.
My View: Dazzling with bronze-gold honey color shimmer, Queen Bee is supposed to treat and nourish lips. However, it didn’t
feel moisturizing. I feel the gold shimmer is too much worn alone. But paired underneath Medieval (a sheer, natural blood-stain red lipstick) it gives a soft, subtle shimmer that brightens my face. This lipstick does have a nice
honey scent. But Queen Bee is not my go to honey.
$25 USD 0.12oz/3.5g
Described as: “Sheer blackberry”
This ultramodern, navy blue sheer lipstick tints lips to a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. With pure Vitamin E, this lipstick ultra moisturizes lips turning them a sheer plum. Teeth appear whiter due to the blue tones.
My Review: This blue colored lipstick supposed to bring up the natural berry of my lips feels moisturizing and soothing. This along with Medieval, both feel a bit waxy when applying on my lips. However, it’s very hard applying too much on your lips like Fresh’s Sugar and Covergirl’s “Oh, Sugar!” lip balms. Hello Sailor, to me, feels more of a lip balm rather than a lipstick. I love the jelly feel to it; however, a lot of times I can’t get this blackberry to change to a nice sheer plum. This is supposed to work with your lips pH. It doesn’t last long for me. When emailing the company about this lipstick not working much and the length of lasting time, they say to apply a lip balm with it. I feel applying a lip balm would defeat the purpose. Wouldn’t you? After all, the lipstick is supposed to change with your lips pigmentation. If applying a lip balm first, how will it change with your pigmentation? I have also tried exfoliating my lips. Applying this lipstick after exfoliating them, I find has helped sometimes bring out the plummy look. One time when I applied this lipstick before work, after four hours I checked and my lips were a bit dry, flaky, and well, had a pink waxy feeling you could peel off your lips. This is why I no longer use this lipstick during work.
Described as: “Super sheer, JEANious shade!”
Jean Queen are you the queen? Jean Queen is the ultimate shade to wear with denim. It offsets the blue in the fabric and lights up your whole face. This shade is a gentle step up from nude, giving you a restoring natural youthful beauty without overbearing the lips. Jean Queen comes in two formulas- a sheer and moisturizing lipstick and a creamy with absolutely no stickiness gloss. This lipstick contains Vitamin E and Shea Butter along with emollient aloe vera gel.
My View: So, Jean Queen are you the queen? At first, this wasn’t my fave. Medieval won over this when choosing a color to wear. But now I have been choosing this more often. I absolutely love this shade of pink. Normally, I stick with berry colors. I have a very hard time finding a pink that suits me. But thanks to Poppy, I have. I see this lipstick brightening my cheeks a little when applying. For $22, a lipstick that offsets blue jeans, very moisturizing, comfortable, and flattering all complexions, I think its safe to say Jean Queen you are the queen! This does leave a nice stain on my lips.
Described as: “Sheer, sexy hint of flattering red.”
Lipstick was considered a sin during Medieval times. Natural acidity of lemons were used to bring forth a natural blood-red stain on lips. This best-selling tint recreates this flattering look. With only purely Vitamin E and pigments, this silky to wear and divinely transparent lipstick makes your skin look flawless. It is a perfect alternative to lipgloss without being a full-coverage lipstick.
My Review: This shade is one of my favorites. Like Hello Sailor, I feel it more of a lip balm than a lipstick when applying. A nice red sheerness to my lips with a gloss effect without the gloss. Very moisturizing. Not intense and flatters all complexions. I did order another one, but like Hello Sailor, I would prefer not wearing it during work. I have been preferring Jean Queen these days over Medieval for work because it last a bit longer. Unlike Hello Sailor, the Medieval brings out more of my natural lip.
Lipstick Queen’s price ranges from $20-$50 for a lipstick with a weight ranging in oz/g of 0.12oz/3.5g-0/13oz/3.7g. Not only do they sell lipsticks, they also sell lip glosses, lip balms, lip liners, lip treatments, and cheek products.
Currently some of their most popular products are: Frog Prince, Hello Sailor, Jean Queen, Medieval, and Saint and Sinner lipstick collection. Although the price is a bit too high, I still think Lipstick Queen is worth trying, especially Jean Queen and Medieval. Some of her lipsticks, you may find a less expensive dupe. I find I like the texture of these lipsticks and the glossiness it brings when applied.
Out of the five lipsticks, which do I like the best?
5. Queen Bee- I was debating whether or not this should go under 4/5. I like this paired under Medieval and I am sure it will look good paired under other lipsticks I have; but I feel like I can’t wear this as a daily wear or even in a special occasion. It’s just too shimmery and not moisturizing.
4. Hello Sailor- At first I put this at #5 spot. But when I really thought about it, I liked and used this more than Queen Bee. Therefore, it should deserve #4, no matter how much I hated that one gruesome moment of purplish/pink waxy peeling off my lips. Who knows how long my lips looked like that while I was working…. It isn’t long lasting unless the plummy color stain works. That is what I feel. Overall, it isn’t quite that bad. I’d use it at home or during the weekends when I’m not working and can spare a second to reapply as needed.
3. Medieval- If I had thought which would be #1 for me last week, it would definitely been Medieval. Why the big change then? I like it, but it’s not long lasting and so, like Hello Sailor I can’t wear it at work without thinking I’m going to get that purplish/pink waxy look again.
2. Eden- Eden, although I feel like can only be worn on special occasions, I like it more than Medieval. It is long lasting and less waxy feeling. I feel like it brightened my face. The color is interesting due to the green shimmer. The shimmer is not at all intense as the Queen Bee’s. It’s a red I can wear without worrying, Is it too much?
And finally, the #1 spot goes to:
1. Jean Queen! I have been wearing this almost all of this week. I find it flattering on my skin tone and brightening up my cheeks. I like the look a lot. This shade of pink suits me. It does last long and leaves a nice stain.
Have you tried any Lipstick Queen lipsticks? What are your thoughts? Do you like them or not? Yay or nay? Let me know 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog(s). Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s both in heaven and on earth!
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