|Above: Star System, the nude shade from the Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Collection.|
I recently mentioned my affinity for the Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lip color in Star System in my Holiday Shopping Guide and felt it was due time for me to give you a close up experience with this rare and luxurious formula and shade!
|Above: I love the velvet-flocked box that the lip color comes in...just stunning.|
With packaging and names that call to mind the golden age of Hollywood, this stunning semi-matte formula (which retails for $50) is housed in a weighty gold square case with classic embellishments, thereby making the act of applying it feels opulent, grown up and sophisticated!
|Above: Star System on the lips.|
The formula itself, as the name implies, is pure velvet. One swipe yields rich pigmentation, fully enveloping the lips in a semi-matte velvet cloak of color. Star System is a peachy-pink nude that delivers color to the face, while simultaneously keeping the lips lushly subtle. It is a fantastic shade for someone who finds ultra-pale nudes daunting but still wants an understated lip. Even though it has a matte texture, my perennially dry lips stay hydrated and comfortable over the duration of wear...the intense pigmentation reduces the need for frequent touch ups and, even when it wears off, a beautiful peachy-pink stain remains.
Kindly scroll on for the official Velvet Rope video, comparison swatches and the Bottom Line...
VIDEO (Courtesy of Lipstick Queen)
|Above: Peachy-pink comparison swatches...Star System is pinker than Burberry Lip Velvet in Apricot Pink, peachier and slightly darker than Kat Von D Celebutard, brighter, deeper and more opaque than Too Faced Lip Bomb in Never Enough Nude and warmer and peachier than YSL Rouge Volupte #001.|
|Above: Wearing Star System alone on the lips.|
Bottom Line: Star System, which can be bought at Barney's NY and Space NK, is one of the most lovely nudes I have ever encountered (and I've experienced, ahem, a few in my life). The velvet matte texture makes the lips look (and feel) incredibly soft and the peachy-pink pigmentation allows it to be a versatile neutral choice for women of all skin tones. Yes, $50 is an investment for a lip product, but the glamorous case, gorgeous shade and endlessly unique formula make it excruciatingly worthwhile for nude lip color lovers everywhere!
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. This post contains affiliate links as well unaffiliated links for your convenience; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.