17 posts tagged "Lipstick Queen"
The sixties may have been the decade most mined by the fashion set this Spring, but the seventies have always held a bit more allure for us—not least because they were the heyday of some of our favorite style icons. The early days of disco excess and its seminal playground, Studio 54, played host to designers like Halston and Diane von Furstenberg and muses like Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, and Grace Jones. And then there was the music—and the makeup—informed by bands like ABBA and sparkling pigments swept across lips and cheeks, respectively. It’s not a coincidence that Poppy King chose the Swedish foursome’s seminal hit “Dancing Queen” as the name of her latest Lipstick Queen trio, as the sheer, matte-shimmering pigment applies with instant nostalgia. The Hustle is a luminescent honey-nude, The Cha Cha is a glimmering deep merlot, and the Electric Slide—that pivotal bar mitzvah favorite—is a glitter-flecked flirty rose. Each one is clearly holiday party-ready.
Poppy King was caught cheating recently. The Lipstick Queen founder and self-professed lipstick addict consulted on—gasp!—a nail polish collection with Kate Spade this month after debuting a successful round of pout perfectors for the brand last fall. But now King is putting her money back where her mouth is with the first volume of her new Lipstick Library—a series of collectible “storybooks” that tells the tale of three different lipstick shades. Liptropolis, the first installment, is inspired by the 1927 Fritz Lang film Metropolis and uses Manhattan as a backdrop to differentiate between Soho, a bright red; Central Park, a muted peach; and Upper East, a sophisticated nude. Each color is slightly sheer but still packs a pigment-rich, emollient punch thanks to an infusion of shea butter along with avocado and jojoba seed oil. According to King, a second volume is already in the works. And the intrigue mounts.
Like many of our latter-day lipstick-loving peers, there’s nothing we covet more than a richly pigmented, nearly, if not entirely, matte bullet. But there is a time and a place for something a bit lighter in weight and color—a time, like, say, when the New York spring shows up two months early. We’re talking about lipstick that, though pigmented, is sheer enough to apply entirely sans mirror—let’s call it an un-lipstick. This spring, we will be rotating a trio of new varieties that fit the bill. Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural is a precise counterpoint to the line’s Rouge Artist Intense in that it offers a similarly extensive palette in a new, airy, slightly glossy cupuacu butter-packed formula. We are particularly partial to the Iridescent Orange Pink (#N35) and Watermelon (#N41), both of which provide a sheer pop of color. Then there’s Fresh’s Sugar Coral, the latest incarnation of its wildly successful Tinted Lip Treatment line. A perfectly warm-weather-ready deep peach, this blackcurrant seed oil-enriched stick hydrates while protecting pouts from harmful UV rays with an SPF of 15. Finally, we give you Lipstick Queen’s Saint Eden, which follows in the footsteps of the brand’s previous un-lipstick innovations, Medieval and Blue Jean. This time around the brand’s founder, Poppy King, has dreamed up a totally easy-wearing hue that imparts a wash of transparent fuchsia-red. All three make a pretty good argument for giving your regular bullet a break.
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”
It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift got her own signature scent. Wonderstruck, a freesia, green tea, apple blossom, honeysuckle, vanilla, and peach fragrance licensed by Elizabeth Arden, will be released this October. [WWD]
Swift will be playing catch-up as far as sales records are concerned. Justin Bieber’s Someday is on track to become the bestselling fragrance of 2011. [NYDN]
Attention makeup fans: Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King has collaborated with Kate Spade on four lipstick/lip gloss hybrids to be released this Fall. “This isn’t about a wholehearted jump into the color-cosmetics space,” Kate Spade’s creative director, Deborah Lloyd, said. Too bad; our mind is already reeling with thoughts of a Kate Spade lash-curling mascara. [Elle UK]
In addition to its brand spankin’ new nail-art collab with London-based manicurist Sophy Robson, Sephora has just announced plans to open in-store nail bars with XpresSpa later this month, which means you can now get a fresh paint job while shopping for your favorite foundations and concealers. [WWD]