Showing posts with label lipstick queen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lipstick queen. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Review & Swatches: Lipstick Queen Liptropolis

Sarah and I were lucky enough to meet Poppy King at a recent Space NK event.  Being a fan of both lipstick in general and the Lipstick Queen herself, I was pretty excited.  My excitement was soon surpassed by the little look I got of Liptropolis, volume one of an unspecified number of lipstick libraries, encased in book-like packaging and containing three shades apiece.

The inside of the book contains a missive from Poppy, and three lipsticks in silver packaging, encased in silver cardboard.  Liptropolis is inspired by New York, and Poppy says she's chosen the three shades included to represent the distinctive areas of the city.

The shades are, from left to right, Soho, described as a fashionable red; Upper East, described as an elegant nude; and Central Park, described as a refined peach.

Soho.  This one looks a little different in the tube than it does on the lips - I thought it'd be a blue toned true red, but it turns out it's a little more pink toned, more of a ruby red.

Upper East.  I was expecting this to be a fairly standard beige tone, but it's actually a slightly peachier shade.  

Central Park.  I'm usually afraid of peach - it tends to clash with my hair.  But this shade reads much more coral on my skin, and is deliciously bright and wearable.

Left to right: Soho, Upper East, Central Park

These lipsticks take a little while to warm up on the lip, much like the regular Sinner line from the main Lipstick Queen collection.  Once warmed up, though, they glide on with only a little dragging, have a medium opacity, and can be easily built up to the full colour shown above, in just a couple of passes over the lips.  They're wonderfully comfortable, combining lightness, moistness, and the feeling that they're there for the duration.

I like these a lot.  I like the shade selection and the fact that the shades themselves surprised me, and I love the collectible, decorate packaging.  I would definitely buy another edition.  Sadly, Poppy wouldn't give us any hints on the theme of the next library - but she did say that it wouldn't be city themed.  

At £40, this certainly isn't a cheap set - but if you've ever tried a Lipstick Queen lipstick before, you'll know that the quality level is high enough to justify around £13 a tube.  Find it at Space NK now.

Disclosure: PR sample

Sunday, 29 April 2012

New and forthcoming at Space NK

We recently got a look at some of Space NK's new and forthcoming releases, and met some of the people who made them. People like, oh, Lipstick Queen Poppy King...

...who has cooked up an achingly collectible Lipstick Library called Liptropolis, containing 3 shades of lipstick named after districts of Manhattan.

L-R Soho, Central Park, Upper East. (Poppy's nail polish is by Rococo.)

This is volume 1 - there will be at least 2 more, Poppy says, and they won't be more cities. Intriguing. Liptropolis will be priced at around £40 - so about £13 per lipstick. Expect it in May.

We also met Carisa Janes (above), founder of Hourglass cosmetics. This brand is new to Space NK but already well known to us for its heavenly bronze packaging and beautiful quality, via existing stockists Zuneta and Liberty.

She showed us the new Serum 28, an oil/serum/primer multi-tasker that smells like a spa in a bottle - deliciously indulgent. But my attention was quickly diverted by the new Opaque Rogue liquid lipsticks...

They're super long-wearing, but Carisa assures us that they're not plasticky or drying on the lips. These aren't out yet, but the orange and coral shades above are going straight in my shopping cart as soon as they go on sale.

Carisa also mentioned that she's working on a new eyeliner formulation at the moment. Something that will be as water-tight as a polymer liner without the flaking or the cracking, and as soft and workable as a pencil but minus the smudging and fading.

Rococo's Jubilee tribute: Rock & Royal. The blue looks amazing.

Here are two new Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadows from By Terry. The green is Fizzy Jade, the blue is Paradise Island. These mean business - the swatches were still on my hand after a bath (and my baths are pretty long-drawn-out affairs). These are £27.50, out in May.

We (along with most of the beauty blogging community) are already in love with the Aqualip Jellytint in Dancefloor Flirt (£22), also out in May. This is a one-off limited edition, but Terry would be nuts not to include it (and more shades) in the permanent line. It's a water-light stain that despite looking orange in the tube, gives a petal-pink tint to the lips. This really deserves a post to itself, so stay tuned...

This is Serum Terrybly Sunbooster. It's not so much a fake tan as an auto-tan - it actually influences melanin production in the skin so you tan as naturally as you would in the sunshine. No biscuit aromas or orange ankles in sight. The press release for this stuff is full of graphs and diagrams of cells, and even with a Biology degree I'm no wiser as to how it works. But it smells nice, and the concept is pretty exciting. We have some of this to try out, so will do some further investigation. It's also out in May, costing £58 for 35ml. (We'll be sticking to using it on our faces, then.)

Ahh. This zen-like white creation is In Peace eau de parfum, a charity collaboration from Space NK. £12 of the £60 retail price will go to, which supports female survivors of war. It's a creamy mix of white suede and fresh flowers with an undercurrent of warm, cosy iris. There's also a kick of sandalwood and musk in the base. I really recommend sniffing this one. It's at Space NK now.

Here's perfumer Azzi Glasser gamely posing with the bottle. Sadly my shot is too overexposed to show the beautiful filigree-effect detailing on the box.

Finally, this is the Brighton collection, new to the Space NK Beautannia range. This is just gorgeous. It's got a minty note that reminds me of one of my favourite smells, Lush's "Dirty". The mint is a nod to the sticks of Brighton Rock you can buy at the seafront. The fragrance also folds in scents of the sea and coast itself, using sea moss and orris for an earthy, vegetative note, and grapefruit and neroli to capture the "bracing" nature of Brighton's breezy beach. There's a base of amber, vetiver and musk reflecting the scent of sun-warmed skin.

Needless to say I'm absolutely loving this. I have a sample of the bodycream (£42/190ml) which has me obsessively sniffing my arm, and I'll inevitably be springing for the candle (£35/185g), too.

Disclosure - we received samples of some of the products above

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Review: Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick

Lipstick Queen was founded by Poppy King, a lady whose obsession with the lips and lip products led to the production of her first lipstick line when she was just 18 years old. Since then, Poppy has owned several lip-based businesses, and now runs Lipstick Queen, who aim to produce unusual lip products. They're an exclusive, niche brand - not widely available, and with a high end price tag.

I've wanted to try out the Sinner lipstick for ages. Billed as a 90% pigment matte lipstick, with a "opaque, rich and creamy with a matte yet silky finish", I took the opportunity to try out the Rose shade at Space NK's recent 20% off event. The range of shades is 10-strong,with nude, pink, red and brown shades on offer, all with a fairly browny base.

The lipstick comes in a slim black tube; there's nothing particularly original or interesting about the packaging. The product within, however, is undoubtably one of the best matte lipsticks I've ever tried. Most matte lipsticks are incredibly drying, and can be difficult to apply - but this is smooth and creamy, and while it doesn't glide onto the lips, there's no tugging to get good coverage.

The colour is completely opaque with one pass over the lips, and this stuff definitely lasts - I had a good 4 hours between top-ups, which in itself isn't unusual for a matte, but my lips didn't feel at all dry after those 4 hours - they felt soft and cushion-y. I'm in love with the formula. The overall effect is very 1940s glamour - perfectly matte, perfectly opaque, and still very lush looking.

If you'd like to try this one for yourself, you can find Lipstick Queen at Space NK, where a Sinner lipstick will cost you £16.15 for 4g.
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