February 11, 2013

Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment

It takes a special kind of gumption for a young girl of 18 to start her own lipstick line because she is unsatisfied with the options around her. And that's exactly what Poppy King did in 1992 when she created her original, eponymous line.

Fast forward 20 years to the modern incarnation of that same spirit: Lipstick Queen. If you're not familiar with the brand, you should know that you won't find an eyeshadow or a concealer anywhere in the line. Poppy's passion is lips and you will find all nature of lip glosses, lipsticks, and lip balms to suit your every fancy. Her most well-known creation is the two-pronged selection of lipsticks, each shade available as a Saint (with 10% pigment for a sheer application) or Sinner (with 90% pigment for all the opaque drama you could want).

But the item that drew me initially was Medieval Lip Treatment. I have a minor in History with a focus on the Middles Ages, and will happily geek out over anything related. So a lipstick billed as the perfect universal shade that comes packaged as gorgeously as this? I'M THERE.

Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment

(If you go to the LQ website, you can learn a little bit about the image used by scrolling over it. )

Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment


I can't vouch for this being the perfect shade for everyone, but it IS very sheer and despite the colour of the bullet, not particularly red. It is truly a lip balm rather than a lipstick.


Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment


It is extremely wearable. I found that applying it straight on and trying to build intensity resulted in a glossier look than I liked, with the pigment sliding into the lines of my lips. My preferred way of wearing this is to apply it like a balm, let it sink in a bit for the treatment it provides, and then tapping most of it off until all that's left is a faintly shiny, pinkish stain.

It is quite hydrating - loaded with shea butter, mango butter, sunflower and meadow foam seed oil - so the effect is of plumped, naturally flushed lips. It has a comparable feel to something between a Revlon Lip Butter and the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, though it is not as moisturizing as the latter.

Medieval veers slightly to the cooler range, but because it's so sheer I do think that it will suit a wider variety of skin tones that something more intense might. It is a "your lips but better" shade.

Natural light.
Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment swatch
Applied straight from the tube.
Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Treatment swatch
Blotted for stain effect.
Availability: Nordstrom, Beauty.com, Space NK in the US. Price is 20$ USD. It is available in Canada from Saltridges, for 22$ CAD.

Pros: Beautiful, evocative packaging. Nicely hydrating. Super sheer, quite possibly universally flattering colour.

Cons: Balmy texture can turn slippy and bleed or collect in lines on or around the lips.

(I purchased this item from Beauty.com)

14 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous on you, Maggie, and I agree - the packaging is totally to die for.

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    1. Thank you, Monica! The packaging makes me wish there was an entire Medieval-themed makeup line out there. =)

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  2. I've wanted to pick this up just for the packaging, too, but thank goodness I'm not a medievalist. ;)

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    1. The stuff inside ain't bad either. ;)

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  3. What a beautiful shade on you! Does it have any scent to it? I've got a boots no. 7 lipstick from Poppy & I really like it. I also want to try the Jean Queen shade.

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    1. It's not scented, not that I could tell anyway.

      Oh! I've been wanting to try something from that line!

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  4. Medieval anything, and I'm there - heck, just for the imagery & the fabrics which that era evokes! I've yet to try anything by this brand, although it's not for lack of wanting to, and since I'm always on the hunt for THE perfect balm, I may just have to look into this.

    PS: I came across some Lipstick Queen products at Anthropologie several weeks ago, but not a huge selection - still, good to know that there may be another potential source for us Montréalers!

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    1. There's just something so compelling about that time period, right? I don't know what it is, since I would never in a million years want to live during that time as a woman. I guess I'll just have to blame Chrétien de Troyes. ;)

      Anthropologie, you say?? I need to plan a trip downtown!

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  5. Thanks Maggie. The Boots one I have is #5, Intrigue. It's a sheer pink/red MLBB shade on me. Bet you'd like it too :)

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    1. I'll put it on my list! :)

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  6. I have been lemming this for yeeeeeears. I love the packaging. I might just have to jump in.

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    1. Chris, I think you will LOVE it.

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  7. Hmm. I'm not huge into sheer lipsticks, and these kinds of shades that look good on 'everyone' always seem to look crap on me (ie Clinique's Black Honey). That doesn't mean I won't give it a look if I get the chance though! :)

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    1. Yeah, I question the validity of "universal" shades, but this one has that "sucked on a popsicle" sort of effect that should be wearable for most people.

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