Want to see my very first ever Lipstick Queen lipstick? I've always heard raves about Poppy King's lipstick line, but since I rarely wear lipstick, I never felt compelled to purchase one... until now. As soon as I saw pictures of this, I knew I had to have it. It's called Monarch, and it was a limited-edition shade exclusive to Refinery 29.
Monarch comes in a satiny purple metal tube with Lipstick Queen printed on it in purple lettering. This is an interesting tube; the color of it seems to shift from brownish to purpleish depending on the lighting.
And here's the lipstick. In natural light:
And under fluorescent light:
As you can see, the lipstick is coated in a metallic turquoise duochrome sparkle. It shifts from turquoise to pure green, from blue to purple and then to red. It's a little bit like Sally Hansen Turquoise Opal in lipstick form.
Sadly, the turquoise sparkle is only on the outside. The lipstick underneath the sparkle is supposed to be a sheer red, and the coating of sparkles is intended to add a subtle green-blue shimmer to the red lipstick.
Honestly, guys... I'm not ready to swatch this yet. It's so pretty to look at and the minute I use it, it's going to be ruined. I think I'll use it eventually... just not yet. I want to look at it a little while longer. What? Don't tell me you've never bought makeup just to look at. I know you know all about the bittersweet joys of shimmer overspray, what with your golden sparkling seahorses and gilded metallic hearts and all.
But here's how it looks on the model from Refinery 29's website:
One thing about the name of this lipstick, though.