Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.It’s been a while since I subjected myself to the lure of a $50 lipstick. A year ago, I wouldn’t have felt this kind of unease shelling out that much for a tube of lip paint. Thank God I’ve managed to temper my serial impulsiveness as the year passed – else, I’d probably be drowning in lipsticks and palettes (and buyer’s remorse, too) by now. This Lipstick Queen purchase isn’t one of those impulse buys, though. It involved 8 months of holding out since Bea tempted me into looking at Velvet Rope Star System because I was in that ‘pinky nude’ phase back then.
of the Velvet Rope
As interested as I was with these lipsticks, nothing pulled me more than the brand’s controversial history. How Poppy King built a lipstick kingdom straight out of high school, earned millions making her company worth $6.5M AUD, faced financial controversies leading to the company being bought out and eventually dissolved. How she then left Australia and worked for another big brand (spoiler alert: Estee Lauder), decided the corporate world wasn’t for her so tried to re-establish her empire which we now know as Lipstick Queen, wrote a book about her adventures called Lessons of a Lipstick Queen. I love me a little drama. Sucks me in even more.
But we’re all here for the lipstick, not Poppy’s life (it was rumored that she had personal relations *wink wink* with some of her investors which caused issues and more drama). So yes, anyway, the lipstick – it’s a silky, velvety, very refined kind of matte. Glides on like a cream lipstick without any kind of ugly tugging, feels a little minty on when applied but dissipates after a few minutes. There is a slight peppermint scent too but same as the minty feeling, it doesn’t linger on for a long time.
I love that this lipstick has this smoothening effect on the lips making it feel moisturized and look “flawless” (as when you put on face primer and blur all your pores into hiding). Except when you have dry patches as those get accentuated with more color being deposited onto them. After application, the finish looks a tad glossy but it sets to a more matte finish after a few minutes depending on how many layers you apply.
The pigmentation is incontestable. It is almost as pigmented in one swipe as it is with three. And the best part? It is not at all drying! A non-drying matte lipstick range? Tie me to a tree because that is going to get me bankrupt! It is almost the perfect matte lipstick – for me, at least (because you know my dry lip spells and its past experiences with mattes).
A little feather here and there is usually okay with me, but ugh, I have trouble with this one bleeding and feathering all over. If you look closely on my face shot, you can see on my upper lip some redness from trying to clean up the feathered part. Of course, a lip liner will solve this but I’m no lip liner advocate and I love me the undone lips look – but then this gets all over my face. Case in point: I wore this to the H&M launch and my sister had to keep checking my face because I kept getting it on my cheeks, on my nose, etc.
I’ve no trouble with lipstick transferring to cups, etc. because I know these formulas aren’t the suck-out-the-moisture-and-cling-on-to-the-lips-for-dear-life kind of mattes which I can not wear on a day-to-day basis. So I can live with lipstick transferring. I’d take that than my lips drying out and cracking-lackin’. But when it moves around so much that I have to constantly check on my face for lipstick on my forehead, that’s when I get a little annoyed. Especially when it’s a $50 tube of lipstick, you know.
That’s my only ish. I still like the Velvet Rope formula – lightweight, non-drying (!!!), pigmented like haaale – so I am definitely not writing it off on my books. In fact, I’m keen on trying out the other shades but the lighter one like which was what I originally intended to get – Star System. Later rather than sooner, though.
Would I recommend Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope? Yes – to those who are hardcore lipstick lovers and are at the collector level. It’s a splurge, a luxury – a worthy one if you aren’t as fussy as me (because my expectations are set a little higher when it comes to bars-of-gold lipsticks like these).
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