|Above: Lipstick Queen Oxymoron lip color in Open Secret.|
I adore the ingenuity of Poppy King's lip-friendly creations (also reviewed HERE and HERE) and am thrilled to announce that Lipstick Queen recently released two new shades for Spring 2014; the bold hues of the Open Secret and Jungle Queen are sure to flatter a vast range of skin tones and the pigment-rich hydration of their respective formulas is a veritable treat for the lips!
Kindly scroll on for details, images a-plenty and the Bottom Line...
|Above: Open Secret in direct sunlight...drenched with creamy pigment, this shade contains no shimmer whatsoever!|
As part of the Oxymoron range, Open Secret is a matte formula-meets-gloss texture lip and cheek tint that creates a radiant (yet shimmer-free!) soft coral pink pop of color that brightens the face in the most perfect, 1960's, Doris Day film kind of way. Retailing for $24, Open Secret is wildly pigmented while being entirely wearable...pink and peach lovers should strongly contemplate adding this to their collections.
|Above: Open Secret comes in a soft-touch golden mirrored compact for easy application to the lips and cheeks.|
|Above: A swatch of Open Secret in direct sunlight.|
I like to apply Open Secret with the tip of my ring finger...the formula is drenched with pigment, so a little goes a long way. If you prefer a more glossy finish, I wholly recommend adding a touch on the center of the lips, however, I quite enjoy the longevity I get from wearing an unmitigated layer. Despite its mostly matte texture, my lips do not feel dry over the course of wear. I get approximately 4-5 hours of steadfast wear time with Open Secret and attribute this longevity to its color-rich composition.
|Above: Open Secret alone on the lips.|
Below: Wearing Open Secret in various lighting situations, courtesy of the pool at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX...
|Above: Jungle Queen is a bright coral red.|
Jungle Queen is a vibrant coral with an opaque yet semi-glossy finish that brings life to the entire face! Possessing perhaps the most visually stunning packaging this side of "Tom Ford land" (I must admit, I am partial to green), the bullet within is a stunning warm red-coral-orange that makes a bold statement while simultaneously keeping it classy.
|Above: Jungle Queen in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Jungle Queen has an opaque yet semi-glossy finish instantly adds a flush of brilliance to the lips.|
|Above: The rich red-coral hue of Jungle Queen is so apropos for the warm months ahead.|
|Above: A swatch of Jungle Queen in direct sunlight.|
Even more hydrating than Open Secret, Jungle Queen applies smoothly and comfortably while having enough "tact" to stay within the lip lines over the course of wear. The satin cream finish (once again, lacking all signs of shimmer!) gives the lips a soft, plush appearance that I find rare with shades of this intensity. I like to apply this straight from the tube and note that two passes builds to maximum opacity. Because it is so pigmented, the lasting power is immense; 6+ hours of smooth and balanced wear without a need for touch ups and, when the color fades, it does so evenly, leaving behind a cheerful popsicle stain.
|Above: Jungle Queen alone on the lips.|
Below: Wearing Jungle Queen in various lighting situations at the Joule Hotel pool...
|Above: Wearing a combination of Open Secret (as a base) + Jungle Queen...the hybrid's peachy coral pop of color is perfect for spring!|
Bottom Line: The latest releases from Lipstick Queen are simply brilliant! Open Secret's versatility as a semi-matte peachy-pink cream for lips and cheeks has assured it a place in my regular rotation for the warmer months and the bold crimson-orange of Jungle Queen is both on trend and delightfully wearable. Highly recommended!
Have YOU tried anything from the Lipstick Queen line? Thoughts?
I hope your weekend is off to a gorgeous start...xx and much more soon,
--The Beauty Professor
** PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. This post contains affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.