Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame Set

Lipstick Queen is a brand name that sounds a little like an Abba outtake. In reality, it's a five-year-old brand that's been slowly gaining momentum. I picked up the Hall of Fame set, which features a full-size trio of some of the company's best selling lipsticks.


I think the packaging looks great. I like the fact that each tube has a different color tube and a different finish on the metal. Everything looks simple, clean, and uniform, but it's easy to distinguish between them so you can easily grab the color you want. (The glittery box is pretty tacky, but it took me about two seconds to throw the thing out. It can also be argued that it is thematic, as it looks like something that Abba band members might wear.)


I was kind of on the fence about this purchase from the start, as all three lipsticks are sheer and I'm more of a "punch 'em in the face with pigment" kind of gal. I was mostly worried that they would be boring.


When I first got them, I swatched them, and my heart sunk. My worst suspicions, I thought, had been confirmed. On my arm, they look bland and unidimensional.

From left to right: Medieval, Float, and Jean Queen
Apply those fuckers to the lips, though, and some serious Mary Poppins magic happens.

Jean Queen Lipstick

Like all three of the lipsticks in this set, Jean Queen is ludicrously moisturizing. For those of you have tried the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms, the texture is relatively similar-- but with a lot more pigment thrown in. It looks like a light, rosy coral. It's sheer, but the color payoff is still good.

In theory, this is supposed to look awesome when you are wearing denim. I'm not a fan of the Canadian tuxedo look, and my ass is too far away from my lips for any fancy comparisons. I can say that it does look awesome with blue. (It also looks awesome without blue, though. Blue may or may not be irrelevant to the lipstick's awesome-ness.) I also love that it's slightly warm toned, since I adore a good coral against my cool-toned skin. Contrast, motherfuckers. I like it.

This is currently my go-to casual lipstick. For example, this is the lipstick I wore to watch the Superbowl.


The only potential problem is wear-time. No lipstick with this texture is going to have impressive wear-time. I can only pray that we remedy this problem by investing in cosmetic science so that I can have the perfect lipstick by the time I turn 80. Priorities, people!

Still, for now, these lipsticks melt off my lips in only a few hours. All three failed the "four hours and a meal" test so deeply that I almost considered leaving the pictures of the test off this blog entirely.

Here's Jean Queen when applied:


And here's what's left, four hours and a meal later. (NOTHING.)


Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick in Float

Lipstick Queen's "Butterfly Ball" lipsticks allegedly imitate the "light, airy and magical look of the butterfly wing" with their hint of blue and turquoise iridescence. There are a range of seven shades in the line, and Float is by far the most bland-looking. It's a very sheer, yellow-y nude shade that's most distinguished by its cool pearly tones.

I've been using this more as a lipstick top coat than a standalone product, since the shimmer is the only part of this that I feel is really invested in.


Unfortunately, even the shimmer has no lasting power whatsoever. When applied:


Four hours and a meal later (totally gone, again):


Since Float does have the same smooth, moisturizing texture as Jean Queen, it also shortens the lifespan of any lipstick that I stick underneath.

Still, I would be interested in drying one of the darker Butterfly Ball shades to see if I get better results.

Medieval Tinted Treatment

According to the product description, this lipstick was inspired by a medieval practice of rubbing lemons on your lips to inflame them, causing them to look red. I'm having a difficult time finding a legitimate source that confirms the veracity of this statement. (If you know of one, please do leave it in the comments below!) It's a very warm, sheer red, with the same fabulous texture...


...and the same terrible lasting power. When applied:


Four hours and a meal later:


I really like this little set. There is a really good chance that I will repurchase Jean Queen when I use it up. I probably would not repurchase Medieval (since I do not feel it is as special) and I definitely would not repurchase Float, but I'm happy to have them. For the record, I only carry three lipsticks in my purse. Two of them are in this set (Jean Queen and Medieval). They're awesome to carry around, since they apply so easily in non-ideal circumstances. They are un-fuck-up-able.

The Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame set retails for $48. Jean Queen retails at $20 for 0.13oz, making it a slightly pricer $153.85 per ounce. Butterfly Ball in Float is $24 for 0.134oz, or $179.10 per ounce. Medieval is $22 for 0.12oz, or $183.33 per ounce. (I don't know why the sizes and prices vary so wildly! The packaging is the same size, so it's not obvious by mere appearance.) That's a total kit value of $66, which is pretty decent.

48 comments:

  1. I've always been curious to try this (Australian) brand, but damn are they hard to find in Australia! I might end up ordering the from Urban Outfitters, which seems one of the few places that will ship them over here.

    I like your blush in the last pic, which one is it?

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    1. Yeah it's weird, Lipstick Queen used to be stocked all over the place here in NZ, but last year Farmers (their previous main stockist) phased them out, and now I've only seen them at Smith and Caugheys (the expensive department store). Not sure if they're even still there now. I've seen online that Poppy King's got a new prestige line which is a bit more pricey.

      I used to use Medieval all the time! Their Sinner and Saint lipsticks are great too.

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    2. WHATWHATWHAT?!? You can get them here?! In Auckland!? :-D

      *calms down*

      I do remember seeing a couple of busted up tubes at Kirkcaldie & Stains down in Wellington once, on their 'random clearance rubbish' pile, so I thought they'd been phased out, and I never managed to see them in Auckland...if you have seen them around recently, I'd be glad to know of it!

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    3. I'm so sorry to get your hopes up -- was just in at S&C today and they didn't have them anymore :( :( If it helps, it seems that kit cosmetics stock them?

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    4. Unfortunately, these pictures are like three months old. I don't remember what blush that is!

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    5. Why the images gone? I want to see those images for may references

      greet from desain rumah minimalis

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  2. I bought Butterfly Ball lipstick in Goodbye and pretty much had the same observations about it regarding wear time. The soft, moisturizing formula and the fact that its hard to put it on wrongly does make up for that somewhat. One thing to consider before buying Goodbye would be that the blue shimmer in it is subtle as fuck even if you wear the color as dark as possible. It looks nice and proper on its own and has a beautiful sheen without being glossy, but I also like to wear it over blackened red or mix it with violet lipstick to create a bold plum.

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    1. Goodbye is definitely the one that appeals to me the most!

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  3. What's your third purse lipstick?
    I usually carry whatever I'm wearing, plus every other lipstick I've worn since unloading my bag (once or twice a week) . Yesterday there were seven.

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    1. Urban Decay Manic.

      I don't do that because there are some things I don't like applying in a crappy mirror in the middle of the day! Anything matte or difficult to apply is just too much of a pain.

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  4. I kind of love Lipstick Queen. In the year or so since I discovered them I've bought easily half a dozen or more of their lipsticks. Medieval is one of my go too lipsticks, because I find it's just the perfect sheer red tint for me. You're right about the wear time on these though. The more pigmented lipsticks, like the ones in the Sinner line, do last a lot longer, but they don't have the same dreamy creamy feel.

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    1. I actually found that the Saint line (10% pigment supposedly, compared to 90%? in the Sinners) were quite pigmented and lasted a while.

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    2. I haven't tried any of the ones in the "Saint" like, but if that is true, I check them out more seriously the next time in Ulta.

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    3. This was my first Lipstick Queen purchase, but I am quite sure that I will buy more, so I will have to let you know what I think!

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  5. That's exactly why I carry Medieval in my bag, too. The other day I forgot it wasn't Chapstick and ended up with it all around my mouth, which I only noticed after I talked to a bunch of people. Otherwise, I love it.

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    1. Oh yeah. Gotta keep it off your chin.

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  6. I don't wear lipstick much because I hate the dry feel. But your reviews are changing my mind. If you had your druthers, which line would you recommend for a lipstick newbie? This line or Besame? I bought Besame's violet powder on your recommendation and it's wonderful.

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    1. If you are scared of drying lipsticks, I would definitely choose Lipstick Queen over Besame, which has a more traditional lipstick formula.

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  7. I adore Lipstick Queen. Their products are really moisturizing and really easy to apply without worrying you're going to screw it up. (Their Sinner line does last longer but it's also a little easier to mess up. I'd rather layer on the Medieval with my unsteady hand.)

    I find their products online at Birchbox.com and Beauty.com.

    Now if only someone can find a place that carries Jungle Queen - I'm very curious to try that!

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    1. Jungle Queen is new! I'm sure it will be easier to find soon.

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  8. I found this mention of the lemons/red lips thing in a book called The Complete Book of Beauty by Viktor Blevi. However, I don't have access to a copy to check and see if he cites his sources. There's also a Harvard paper called Reading Our Lips: The History of Lipstick Regulation in Western Seats of Power, which includes the quote, "American women achieved reddened lips by... carrying around lemons for sucking on throughout the day" (p. 14).

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    1. Anything that American women did was definitely not medieval, though. ;)

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  9. While they're all definitely extremely moisturizing and feel great on the lips, I definitely prefer the more pigmented Sinner line products and the pricey Velvet Rope lipsticks (which last forever and feel wonderful). The Saint and other sheer products are fine and nourishing and layer well, but they don't compare to the higher pigmentation ones she offers to me. Though I do love how all that turquoise iridescence makes teeth look super white. Medieval is pretty, but pales in comparison to the more pigmented colors to me. I do think it's a great intro red for those who want something sheerer or are dipping their toes in the red lip water for the first time.

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    1. Oops. And of course for anyone who happens to love the color! Just because Medieval is on the sheer side of reds for me, doesn't mean I think it looks bad on anyone. I wish it looked as good on me as it does other people :) Just blends in a bit well with my pigmented lips. Didn't mean to imply it's "only" an intro sort of red.

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    2. I will definitely be trying their more pigmented lipsticks next!

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    3. This is I think a very good product. Plus much recommend this lipstick cosmetic goods that should be attempted by many women. Finally, until now I mostly wear this brand over others. Btw, cool reviewnya kaakk .. Awaited next review, hehehehe. I again find brands face cleanser ya, there are suggestions kak ga wear what?

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  10. Can I ask a kind of weird question? How is the smell/taste on these? I got a tube of Stoked by them, and the smell was not discernable until I'd been wearing it a while, and then it had a truly odd chemical-y scent that drove me kind of mad. I made it 20 minutes before having to scrub it violently from my face. In the process of trying to recoil from my own mouth (impossible!) I actually got a very slight taste and it was exactly like the scent, but much stronger. I haven't been able to tell if all of the lipsticks would be like this (because they're unscented?), or if there was something particular about that color, or that particular tube was off, even. It looks amazing on me, but I haven't been able to find nearby testers before attempting another order.

    I know I'm really sensitive to some scents, so I'm not sure anyone else would have the same recoiling problem I did, but I was wondering if there was anything odd about the scent/taste of the three you tried?

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    1. I haven't personally tried that color, but I've tried a huge amount from this line. That sounds serious. I've never encountered something like that at all with them. I would let Customer Service know about that. It sounds like a scary bad tube or something. That's awful and I'm so sorry it happened! I just reopened some of my tubes from them to check for what you're talking about and none had that. Since I don't have your shade, here's what I found.

      Velvet Rope in Black Tie: Smells standard lipstick waxy plus minty. Tastes minty.
      Jean Queen: Same but less intense. Not much taste at all.
      Saint Pink: Lipsticky, a little sweet, a hint minty. Tastes like moisturizer and nothing.
      Medieval: Not much scent or taste wise.
      Sigh: Lipstick waxy smell and taste.

      None were too strong. Sorry I couldn't test more! Just what's in my kit right now for work. I would definitely let them know. Some do have a minty sort of scent and taste. Check the ingredients for anything you react to as well?

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    2. Awesome, thanks so much for the scent/taste tests. That's amazing. I will definitely let them know - maybe there's hope I can wear it yet! (but a different tube).

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    3. No problem :) Glad to provide any helpful info. I hope it gets resolved with them. Good luck! If you remember, let me know what happens.

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    4. Mine are all totally scent-free. That sounds like a flaw to me, and I agree that reporting it to CS is the right move!

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    5. I have the Liptropolis set (gave one to a friend) and Stoked - none of them have any unusual scent to my nose, and I'm generally bugged by smells in makeup. It's almost certainly a bad tube! I also have Big Bang in Time, and it is a lovely non-sticky gloss.

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  11. I love your approach with this site. Have you done a 3D mascara review? I've heard so many conflicting things.

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    1. I don't even know what I 3D mascara is. (Wouldn't all mascara be 3D by definition?)

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    2. Certainly all make-up products exist three dimensionally. 3D mascara is a reference to fiber mascara or the younique brand double tube mascara hocus pocus that involves putting fiber on your eyelashes and then gel on your eyelashes. I've seen plenty of peeps say it is a crazy nonworking waste of time and money, while the devotees say: if you hate it you aren't doing it right, it's the only thing i ever use, i've been a make-up artist for decades and trust me it rocks, etc. Seems quite divisive and I'd love a review from a competent person not on the sales team.

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  12. SO ENVIOUS! I really, really want to try Lipstick Queen's lipsticks, especially Jean Queen and Medieval - I should note that I am a fan of sheer, hydrating MLBB lipsticks, and shorter wear times don't bother me so much, so I'm probably the exact target market for these, LOL). One day I will pull the trigger and see if I can get these shipped all the way down here. Your post has not helped my impatience, but your awesome swatches have made me more informed, so thanks :-D

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    1. If that's the case, you will probably love these.

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    2. I was able to get my hands on Medieval through Birchbox, so I don't know if you're in an area that Birchbox ships to (and it's not prohibitively expensive) but it's an option!

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  13. Robyn, trying to find you a link for lemons and red lips in Medieval Times. (No doubt Birchbox knows it.) No success yet, but in the meantime you might enjoy this link for a cosmetics timeline.: http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/Ancient-history-cosmetics Fun Fact: Imitation eyebrows were used by Grecian women. They were often made of oxen hair. Uh, can you say Groucho Marx? LOL

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    1. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the lemons thing is made up...

      And I'm sure the fake eyebrows were beautiful. ;)

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  14. I bought that set as well. I like it alot. Layering Float over Smashboxes universal liner in fair has turned into my favorite "nude" lip. I feel like the green iridescent helps tone down the natural rosiness of my lips just enough. I havent given Jean Queen a lot of use yet, but Medieval felt like it settled into my lip lines really bad. Overall I do like the formula and reapplying isnt an issue for me. Im going to order a color in the "Sinner" formula its supposed to be more opaque and matte.

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    1. That's a good idea! I've only been laying it over lipstick, but liner might do the trick!

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  15. These look perfect for me. Unlike many makeup addicts, I rarely wear matte or long-lasting lip colors, mostly because my super-dry skin and lips are constantly thirsting for moisture. Totally looking forward to ordering some of these!

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    1. Let me know what you think about them if you do!

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    2. Just bought the Look of Love set through Reddit's MakeupExchange subreddit. I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival. As an MLBB-addict, it looks just right, in theory.

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  16. I don't have definitive proof, but I'm gonna call bs on the lemon story (although it is cute). If you're talking about non-Mediterranean Europe (what is now France, Germany, England) lemons would be a very expensive import and, if imported, most likely used for food preservation/seasoning.
    It's possible it could have been used for pucker by very successful rulers, but there were other cosmetic products that would be far more convenient.

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  17. For sure your reviews are make me easy to chose some product especially this best lipstick . I bought Besame's violet powder on your recommendation and it's wonderful.

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  18. its complete review,,, Now I know more about Lipstick Queen Hall of Fame Set. You have a great shared, I will share this post to my girl friend..By : Cara Membuat Slime

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