|this is not Rose Sinner–I just wanted to show you the gorgeous “Sinner” packaging|
In 2007 I fell in love with red lipstick again (before it was a fashion “must-have”) when I tried Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen red-centric “Saint” (sheer formula) and “Sinner” (opaque formula) lipsticks. These luxury lip colours are silky, long lasting, and non-drying. While I went wild for the lipsticks, the packaging, I admit,has something to do with how these products make me feel. They arrive on cardboard plaques richly decorated with art Nouveau designs that look elegant and ladylike. The tubes are either jet black (for Sinner) or brushed gold (for Saint). I feel like I’m doing something special — something elegant — something daring — when I apply these!
As Poppy herself knows, lipstick has the ability to transform the wearer and changer her mood. The original Sinner product I tried was a brown-red called “Sinner Rouge.” The sinner line features an intense infusion of color with absolutely no shimmer or frosting. Afraid of color? Poppy King wouldn’t be the Lipstick Queen if she didn’t understand. The same tones are available in “Saint,” which offers a sheer wash of color that gives you more than a sheer gloss, but less than an opaque lipstick. Each color in the Lipstick Queen line comes in both formulas. If you love a color in one, try the other, and you’ll have two favorites lipsticks from now on. There are are also pinks, nudes, berries and browns to add to your lipstick collection.
While I love Lipstick Queen red, I’m going with the opaque Rose Sinner, and Saint Rose (sheer) for a Valentine’s Day Suggestion. I just feel that pink is a more romantic shade than a bold swipe of red on lips for the day of love. Still, Rose Sinner isn’t overly sweet. It was inspired by the rosebud painted lips of antique dolls. How romantic is that?! But you won’t feel like a Madame Alexander doll because this chic lipstick paints lips a rich rose that is still quite deep. It’s red–ish, but more flattering to many skin tones than a fire engine or blood red. As a bonus, the lipstick is so deeply pigmented that even if you blot it down or wear it off, a pretty stain will still stick to your lips for a while. You won’t have to touch up so often.
“Saint Rose” is still fairly pigmented too, but it is softer, and more shiny, sheer, and super user-friendly. I love the brushed gold tube for a romantic night out. If you have been longing for a deep lipstick but just can’t manage to comfortably wear a bright or too bold look, Rose Saint will tint your lips without looking “tarty.” Either one will wow you.
Get your new LQ lipstick favorites from Lipstick Queen online or at Barneys, Bendels, and a number of upscale boutiques.
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