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19 posts tagged "Lipstick Queen"

Lipstick Queen Goes Into the Blue

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Sheer berry lip stains are the stuff my dreams are increasingly made of, which is why I fell so hard for Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit in LiV’s Lips when it launched during the holidays. What looked like a black bullet at first glance applied with a barely perceptible hint of bordeaux color, which tinted my mouth ever so slightly, for a fuller, poutier appearance. Seeing as how I’ve used it every day since—on my lips and cheeks—I have sadly run out of it, which is why I was disproportionately enthusiastic when Poppy King’s latest launch crossed my desk. King’s new Lipstick Queen offering in Hello Sailor is equally fear-inducing when you first see it. A peculiar shade of creamy blue, it looks more like costume makeup than everyday makeup. But as with Givenchy’s Rouge Interdit, it goes on with a transparent finish and boasts a cool berry tone with a touch of sapphire that actually helps teeth appear whiter and skin look more luminous. As an added bonus, the pigments themselves are suspended in a super-moisturizing vitamin-E treatment, so they glide on like a balm and soften skin with every application. In an exciting turn of events, it, too, works equally well on cheeks.

$25, available April 2013 at www.barneys.com.

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The Fab Five: Satin-Finish Lipsticks

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In today’s world of lipstick domination, the myriad product options can be dizzying. Between stains, lip tars, lipsticks, and lip balms—not to mention finishes that include shiny, matte, shimmering, and glossy—the options are literally endless. Satin finishes have caught our eye recently, though, boasting a semimatte texture that offers a best-of-all-worlds solution to the long-standing lip-color debate. “Satin-finish lipsticks do not have a lot of shine to them, which makes them different from a creamy or glossy texture,” explains NARS national makeup artist Francelle Daly. “They have a bit of moisture in the formula to help glide on the lip, but it’s not 100 percent matte, either. This makes it easier to apply, and they tend to stay put without drying out.” If this sounds like the kind of compromise you’ve been looking for, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite satin-finish ’sticks to help spread the lip love.



Peaches and Cream
Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meg
The beauty of a satin lipstick is that it feels so good. This hydrating formula contains Cupuaçu butter from Brazil to keep lips supersoft, and has a thicker formula than other satin lipsticks.

Think Pink
Lipstick Queen Saint in Bright Rose
Lipstick Queen creator Poppy King is known for her obsession with lipsticks, and her unique, cult-loved formulas. Her sheer, silky Saint line contains the same colors as her Sinner collection, but with 90 percent less pigment. Don’t let that fool you, though; one application is enough to provide full coverage to lips.

Vine Time
NARS Satin Finish Lip Pencil in Majella
There’s nothing better than a multitasking beauty product, and this lipstick-in-a-pencil means you can skip the liner and still achieve a perfect pout. The formula is incredibly silky and easy to apply, and can be patted off for a stain effect if full-on color isn’t your thing.

The Okay Coral
Dior Addict Lipstick in Exotique, available in May
With spring (hopefully!) right around the corner, this new tulip-pink hue is the ideal addition to your makeup bag. The super-sheer formula delivers an almost dewy texture to lips, and is so light that you almost forget you’re wearing it!

Berry Best
Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutant
Chanel’s latest offering delivers their most moisturizing formula to date. The rich plummy hue goes on sheer yet is heavily pigmented, so two coats will give you full coverage.

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Disco Isn’t Dead

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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.

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The Lipstick Diaries

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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.

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The Rise Of The Un-Lipstick

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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.

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