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The Law of Attraction



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,

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Poppy King


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


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

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen

The Lipstick Diaries


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

Beauty: For The People, By The Pros


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,; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18,

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.”

By Kilian Solid Perfume, $95 each,; Fresh Brown Sugar Affair Gift Set,

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