As a serial red lipstick wearer, I am always on the look out for the perfect shade of red. It’s almost impossible to find the right colour and the right exture and it’s very rare to find one that is suitably matt. But on a recent girls weekend to Edinburgh when I actually had time to browse in shops, I think I may have found my perfect red.
Lipstick Queen was created by Poppy King, who was so obsessed with lipstick, she designed her own brand at the tender age of 18. Frustrated that she couldn’t find rich, opaque, pigment filled, 1940’s style lipsticks, she found a manufacturer, a business partner and the nerve to approach a few stores, and the seven matt lipsticks she created, became a cult all over Australia.
After a spell working at Prescriptives and publishing a book Lessons of a Lipstick Queen, she re-launched Lipstick Queen to an international market and the brand is available in the UK, from Space NK stores and online.
The 10 handpicked lipstick shades come in two formulas, Saints and Sinners and contain no shimmer or frosting. This is why I love them, they are pure, rich, matt and creamy and come in gorgeous pink, red, berry and nude tones. The Saints are more subtle shades but are still wonderfuly matt and the Sinners are deep true tones, with my favourite being red sinner.