25th August 2010

Lipstick Queen – Jean Queen.

By Get Lippie

I’m a sucker. No, really, sometimes I am.  I’m always on the look out for great neutrals and when I spotted these in SpaceNK (gah!) I had to indulge.  Poppy King’s latest addition to the Lipstick Queen line is a lipstick and a gloss designed to go perfectly with jeans.

Yes, jeans.  Now, I love my jeans, don’t get me wrong, but one thought in all the years I’ve been wearing them that’s never ever occurred to me is “Does my lipstick go with my denim?”.  Maybe I’m a little odd, but I tend to match my makeup to my mood rather than my outfit (and yes, it doesn’t always work, thank you) but I was intrigued so bought both anyway.

Poppy has this to say about them:

“After 20 years of designing lip colors, I have often been asked what is the perfect shade to wear with jeans.  Voila!
 Jean Queen lights up your jeans and your whole face at the same time.  This special shade offsets jeans perfectly for day or evening and suits all skin tones, ages, jean cuts and colours.
See your jeans go from drab to fab with one stroke of Jean Queen! JEANIUS!”

Seriously, who are these people begging to have their jeans “lit up” by their lipstick?

Still, here at Get Lippie, ours is not to reason why (much), and I’ll just get on with showing you the goods.

There’s a lipstick and a gloss, both in a shade of mauve-y pink.  I have to say that I HATE the packaging of the lipgloss, it’s a squeeze-tube, and it’s very, very, very easy to squeeze too much out. Because the plastic is quite stiff, you have to squeeze it quite hard, and I fear accidentally matching my eyes and hair to my jeans too.

I’ve swatched the lipstick on the left there and the gloss on the right.  The lipstick is actually a fair bit brighter than the gloss, and for that reason, it’s a little less neutral once it’s on your lips than the gloss is. The lipstick is Poppy’s usual sheeny style, which I find sits “on” the lips a little rather than melds with them, but it’s a very pretty shade, all the same.  I find that the gloss is better for smokey eyed looks, and the lipstick is better for a more neutral eye look.

Anyway, here’s me looking goofy (complete with Croydon facelift hairdo) so you can see how it looks on my mush:

(eyes are Burberry Rosewod and Chanel Cassis Liner, Face is Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, and blush is … er … something).  So, do my jeans look good in this?  I am wearing them, I promise.

Overall, I like the shade of both of these, neutral without being too nude, and they’ll suit a variety of makeup looks … but light up your jeans?  I dunno.  What do you think?

Oh, and Poppy, a word about the packaging:

Is that really necessary?