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|
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.