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13 posts tagged "Poppy King"

New Lipsticks Worthy of the Silver Screen

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At the impressionable age of 13, I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave exemplar Breathless for the first time, and soon found myself sporting Jean Seberg’s cropped gamine cut. Then baby-faced and decidedly sans cheekbones, I’m not sure my look bore any resemblance to that of Seberg’s lissome expat. Now, a decade older, slightly less impressionable, and with not so much more in the way of bone structure, I have the good sense to know a pixie cut won’t suit me anytime soon. But thanks to the latest release from Lipstick Queen, there’s a new option for paying homage to cinematic style coups. The Silver Screen lipsticks are a range of seven shades inspired by femmes of classic Hollywood films. The color names alone read like an AFI Top 100 movie quotes list: There’s Stella! (a metallic violet that’s not for the faint of heart), You Kid (a gorgeous rosy nude), Have Paris (a neutral, true red), and Play It (a vivid watermelon hue). Lipstick Queen has lately asserted itself as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury lipstick realm, thanks to its $50 (and utterly exquisite) Velvet Rope offerings. The Silver Screen range is similarly pillowy and full-coverage with a single swipe, but will appeal to those who prefer a glossy pout. Formulated with active pomegranate sterols, the formula hydrates lips and delivers a juicy-looking finish that doesn’t budge. A touch of peppermint essential oil makes for a refreshing application, too. I’m–dare I say it?–ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipsticks, $50 each. Available at lipstickqueen.com and spacenk.com in September.

The Law of Attraction

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Frosted lipstick is not, and never will be, my jam. But the delicate veil of gold shimmer found in Lipstick Queen’s new Metals collection had me hooked in one swipe. Founder of the brand, Poppy King, was inspired to create this unique finish by her high-school chemistry class, and how magnetic metals “exert a force on the world around them.” Interestingly enough, she explained, lip color exhibits the same ability. The brilliant sheen in this formulation can be attributed to finely milled metallic pearls and rich pigments. And although there is a nude and pillar-box red in the trio, I was like a moth to a flame upon uncapping the bold burgundy—a fatal and, dare I say it, slightly frosted attraction, indeed.

$24 each, www.spacenk.com

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Poppy King

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen

The Product: “Lipstick has been the basis of my career, and I was 7 years old the first time I tried it on. My mother had just come back from Biba in London, where she bought back this oxblood-red lipstick. I remember sneaking into her room in our house in Melbourne to take the lipstick from her enormous art nouveau vanity table. It was quite dark because I didn’t want to put the lights on. I wound up the lipstick and put it on my lips. I remember the smell was waxy in that sort of seventies-lipstick way, and the color was very opaque, almost stiff. I suddenly felt like a superhero. My father had just passed away around this time, and I think I needed something to make me feel strong. My mom raised my bother and I and she worked so hard for everything we had. She was a clothing designer and had a very downtown idea of glamour—she wore this lipstick with a simple smoky eye and very pale skin. This moment changed the course of my life; it was the first time I got a sense of my own potential. Years later, when I launched my first brand, Poppy, I created a lipstick called Lust that was inspired by my mother’s Biba lipstick. She’s in her seventies now, but she was such an influence on me, and she taught me that sometimes you just need these little things—like lipstick—to make you feel strong.”

Photo: Courtesy of Poppy King

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen