I had wanted to try out the gorgeous lipsticks by Poppy King's brand called Lipstick Queen ever since I learned of its existence. After searching on the internet about its sales locations I was left feeling disappointed. I could not find it in Belgium nor in the Netherlands. Luckily, I discovered that Fin du Jour, a cosmetics shop in Ghent, offered the whole collection and many other more unknown brands in Belgium! So I knew I had to visit.
Lipstick Queen is passionate about creating the right lipstick for any occasion, e.g. Poppy King has even come up with a lip product that goes perfectly with wearing jeans. So when you are wearing jeans, she recommends you wear "Jean Queen". Besides, lipsticks the brand also makes lip glosses, lipliners and lip (and cheek) tint. Basically, giving you a color and confidence boost! Now there are many collections and different types of lipsticks that you can look through, but the two main lipstick collections are: "Sinner" and "Saint". The former collection consists of matte lipsticks with 90% of pigment and the latter collection has lipsticks that are shinier and give off a hint of color with only 10% of pigment. The funny thing is that the exact same colors/lipsticks can be found in both collections, so you can get the lipstick I bought "Fire Red" in both "Sinner" and "Saint"! How smart is that? It all depends on how you are feeling... naughty or nice? And that will decide which lipstick you choose.
Well, as you can see... I am clearly a good girl, because I bought "Fire Red" in "Saint"! Yup yup. If that does not prove it. Then I do not know what will! I went to the store thinking I would buy a heavily pigmented lipstick (perhaps from another collection), but I ended up picking one with less pigment. I just thought that "Fire Red" was a beautiful and very unique orange-red shade that I did not have in my rather extensive lipstick collection yet. The "Saint" version also looked much softer on me, than the "Sinner" version did.. so my mind was made up! The lipsticks come in beautiful packaging, which has a similar golden color as the lipstick tube itself. The tube actually feels rather unique. I am unable to put my finger on it. It is smooth to my touch but also really soft. I think this just makes the lipstick seem even more special.
Not only does the tube feel rather special, but the color of the lipstick is really special to me too. It is a sheer but bright orangey red color that looks really warm and soft on my skin. It really just looks romantic and pretty. The lipstick is creamy, so it moisturizes and hydrates my lips besides giving it some shine. Though the shade is more on the red side, than the orange side.. it clearly is not a typical red lipstick! If I were to compare it to "Candy Apple" a creamy lip balm by Revlon, then it becomes clear that it differs from being a typical red lipstick.. but it is also very far from being a typical orange one:
Here is a quick comparison with the other three orange(y) lipsticks that I have. Tangerine, a cherry oil lipstick by Yves Rocher, probably comes closest to orange as a swatch on my arm, but on the lips the most unapologetic shade of orange definitely is Von Dutch by MDMflow. "Fire Red" offers more pigment than a regular lip balm or shiny lipstick, but has all the desired properties of a lip balm! On my lips, it makes my teeth look whiter and adds a soft and vibrant color to my face that will work perfectly during spring and summer.
|Picture taken in yellow light (sorry), in white/natural light the lipstick looks even more red than orange.|
Although the lipsticks from the "Saint" collection are sheer, it is definitely not something that holds me back. In the case of "Fire Red" it just makes this unique shade of orange-red look softer rather than harsh. The lipstick is fragrance free and wears really well on the lips. Though the color is less pigmented than its Sinner-equivalent, it is very buildable and can easily give you lots of color. On the picture above, I am only wearing two layers of the lipstick. Click here to see what one layer looks like! The lipstick remains on my lips for a good three to four hours (with drinks and bites) before it needs a touch-up or you can leave it as it is, because it leaves behind a stain. Though the brand claims it is very nourishing to the lips, I find that not to be completely true. At first it does hydrate my lips, but by the time that you are left with a stain it feels a bit dry. As previously mentioned, if you are living in Belgium or the Netherlands (or close-by) and really want to try out this lipstick or any other by Lipstick Queen, then you can find the whole assortment in Fin du Jour (see the first photo for the address) in Ghent or online! "Fire Red" will cost you €23,50 and I know that is not the most budget-friendly lipstick, but it certainly is a unique lipstick in a very special tube made by a relatively small and fun makeup brand! I would love to try more beauties from all the different collections! What about you? Ever heard of Lipstick Queen before? Is "Fire Red" your new spring and summer lipstick?