I may have mentioned once or twice before that I have a slight obsession with nude lipsticks, specifically of the nude pink variety, and I think it's safe to say that my obsession is getting a little out of hand at this stage. Don't get me wrong, every now and then I do like to opt for a brighter lip colour, especially now that we are into the summer months, but on a recent jaunt to London my love for nude lipsticks was well and truly cemented and if you read my previous 'IMATS and London Beauty Haul' post, then you would have seen that I didn't even attempt to restrain myself when it came to adding even more to my already monstrous collection. Over the past week or so I have been testing out my new additions, and the one that has really stood out to me has been the Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in the shade Bare Nude. Being honest, I hadn't heard a whole lot about this brand previously, but I knew it was one that I had to check out when Jaye recommended them - this girl knows what she's talking about when it comes to make-up in general.
Lipstick Queen is a brand dedicated solely towards lipsticks (stating the obvious?) and was developed by Poppy King when she decided to create her own range of lipsticks after failing to find the perfect one. Several finishes are available within the range, but the one I was most interested in trying out was Saint 10 Percent Pigment which is the perfect solution for those who are still partial to a slick of lipstick on a day to day basis but don't quite want to commit to something full coverage. I'm definitely of the opinion that a bright or bold lip calls for an opaque, matte and long lasting formula, but when it comes to nudes, sheer and glossy is the only way to go in my opinion. Bare Nude is the most perfect, dare I say it, 'my lips but better' shade. The neutral light dusky pink shade might not be for everyone, but for my pale complexion it just works - it adds a beautiful subtle wash of colour without being too overpowering and pulls any make-up look together, whether it's simple and day time appropriate or dramatic and more suited to a night out. A nude lip is notoriously difficult to pull off, and unless you are careful you do run the risk of resembling a corpse, but I'm a firm believer that if you find the right shade for you it is one of the easiest ways of looking effortlessly classic and chic. When it comes to creating a make-up look, more often than not I prefer to place the focus on my eyes and keep my lips soft and neutral, and a shade like this is exactly what I look for. Yes, I have an abundance of them at this stage, but this Lipstick Queen offering has quickly climbed up the ranks to one of the top spots and has become a shade that I've found myself gravitating towards a lot lately. The formula reminds me a lot of the YSL Rouge Voluptés, which are probably my favourite lipsticks like ever, but these are slightly more creamy, moisturising on the lips and longer lasting, and are over €10 cheaper which is really just an excuse to build up my collection more than anything. Having finally had a taste of Lipstick Queen, I can confirm three things: they do live up to the hype, they are worth the £20 price tag, and Poppy King certainly knows how to make a lipstick.
Have you tried anything by Lipstick Queen?
Lots of love, Rachael