Long-time readers will know that I’m a big fan of Poppy King, and her company Lipstick Queen, and short-term readers might have noticed that there’s a bit of a theme this week, after yesterday’s post. Both of you would be right. After discovering an old classic yesterday, it’s time to look at something new from the range.
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Last May, Poppy released the first Lipstick Library (Liptropolis) which was inspired by New York, and this is volume two of the occasional series. Inspired, unsurprisingly, by love. It’s a belter, and you’ll never know how hard I fought to take the pictures of this before I swatched it!
Containing two lipsticks and an Oxymoron “matte lipgloss”, the library retails at £40, and whilst initially pricey, it’s actually a bit of a bargain – bought individually, these products would cost £58. What you are getting for your money is a Lipstick Queen Saint lipstick in Pinky Nude, a brand new Butterfly Ball lipstick in Smitten, and an Oxymoron in Honest Politician. Let’s take a closer look:
All are on the rosey-pinky-mauve spectrum, and have been specially selected by Poppy to mimic that flush you get when you first … you guessed it … fall in love. A closer look at the individual products:
Saint Pinky Nude is a pale (but not paler than your skin) pink, which has just enough depth to the shade to not make you look dead, and avoids the dreaded “concealer lips” look, which is horrific.
Butterfly Ball in Smitten is a brand new shade released only with this collection. It’s a gorgeous rosy-mauve with a hint of turquoise shimmer that supposedly helps your teeth look whiter. The shimmer is, however, largely invisible in wear, as you’ll see when we get to the swatches.
Oxymoron in Honest Politician is a brand new product to me, I’ve seen it in stores, and wondered what the point of a “matte gloss” was, so have mainly passed them by. However, now I’ve tried this one, it’s a product that’s very quickly made it into my everyday makeup bag (albeit in a slightly different shade, which I’ll show you later in the week), a fairly matte lipstick, which you can also use as a blusher, it’s a really handy multi-use shade too.
You can see that Pinky Nude is on the sheer-pink side, Smitten is a little more mauve (and you can’t see the shimmer), and Honest Politician has a more satin finish than either. Poppy, however, recommends that you can layer all three products, using the Oxymoron as a base, then the pinky nude, and finishing off with a layer of the shimmery Smitten. I’ve swatched that too:
You can see that this gives a more opaque, yet still glossy finish, which I rather like. It reminds me, however, of Jean Queen – a shade I adore, even as I boggle (every time I use it) at the concept behind it – if you have Jean Queen, this kit might not be a must-have for you, but it is a rather lovely kit all the same, and I’m very glad to have it.
The Fine Print: PR Sample.
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