Today I'm reviewing a lipstick that I just bought a few days ago, Lipstick Queen's "Saint Rose." If you haven't heard of Lipstick Queen, I suggest you go read up on it and then promptly buy one of their lipsticks, because they are amazing. Created by "lipstick designer" Poppy King, they are emollient and pigmented lip colours within unique lines that add some "oomph" to your lipstick collection. They are sold through Space NK in the UK and Anthropologie, Barney's, and specialty stores in Canada and the US. They can also be purchased through the Lipstick Queen website, http://www.lipstickqueen.com/saint.html
Lipstick Queen "Saint Rose" (£20.00/C$23.00) is a sheer, antique pink, "inspired by the rosebud-painted lips of antique dolls." It is part of the "Saint" line, which, at 10 percent pigment, is deigned to offer a sheer wash of colour for an instant lip pick-me-up. This line is excellent because the products can be used as a sheer swipe of colour (see swatches below) or built up for a more concentrated shade.
This particular shade is a really pretty universal soft pink. When applied in one swipe it offers a very soft, barely-there glossy pink hue to the lips, but when built up it is a true "rose" that holds true to its vintage inspiration. This is a great every day lipstick to have in your handbag, since you can reach for it if you want a moisturizing gloss or a pigmented lip on the go. It feels lovely on the lips and isn't drying in the least. Even more impressive for a sheer lipstick, it has staying power, and was still clinging to my lips a few hours after application.
|Left: One swipe of LQ "Saint Rose" Right: Several swipes|
|"Saint Rose", built up with several layers|
I think soft rosy pinks like these are so feminine without being too "little-girly", and really do perk up your complexion. It's a great all year colour, but will look especially pretty in spring!
Final Verdict: 8/10
Have you tried Lipstick Queen products? What are your favourite pinks?