"A modern shade developed to flatter all complexions." Say that and you REALLY catch my attention on a press release.
Don't mind the slightly worn outer packaging in the photos; it had to travel all the way from PR HQ in New York City to Canada.
Inside is the familiar Lipstick Queen case, except here, it's in a muted forest green. (I say "familiar" because honestly, if you love lipstick, then you NEED to try at least one thing from this line, once in your lifetime. Poppy King knows lipstick like nobody else. And she also wrote this awesome book!)
Twist up the tube and what you get is this bright pop of coral:
In fact, they list the shade as "Pop-Papaya Coral", slightly confusing me as to whether Jungle Queen is the name of an entire range or just the colour. Let's hope it's going to be a whole range! They also describe this lippie as a "juicy papaya". Yummay.
Anyway—what you need to know is that it's a bright reddish-orange that is designed to flatter all skin tones.
This concept might sound familiar if you recall the universal 410 Coral shade in Make Up For Ever's new HD Blush (reviewed here). In comparison, I'd say this lipstick is much more wearable, thanks to the red tones. I mean, I've only tested it on my own skin tone, but I can't see how it wouldn't look fabulous on everyone else. With its hint of orange, it's a slightly more modern and relaxed take on a red. So a little more casual, youthful and fun. Without the "hey I'm wearing red lipstick" message you get with straight-up red.
I'll shut-up already with the descriptions and just let you see the goods on my lips:
It's very pigmented but still semi-sheer, if that makes any sense (so, it's similar to most of the new hi-tech lipstick formulas being launched these days). You can build up your intensity a little bit as you layer.
There is a slight shine without it being super-glossy, and it's not sticky at all. It just feels soft and moisturizing, like a good lip balm.
To show you how it wakes up your face, and also because I bought brand new lights (!!), I thought I'd show you what a difference it makes to an otherwise low-key beauty look. Here's my before and after:
See what I mean? I'm only wearing mascara, brow stuff and blush (oh, and Pixi H2O SkinTint, of course) but it makes the whole look much more "done". Like I actually tried, when I really didn't.
Here's a closer look:
I'm soooper fair, usually the first or second lightest shade in foundation charts, and with a neutral-to-cool skin tone—so I tend to stay away from strong, yellowy oranges as a general rule. This one totally works though, because of the brightness and the red tones in it. Dare I say it, it seems to make blue eyes look bluer and skin more glowy.
I would suggest you add a fraction more blush with this lip (I did for photo number two) and consider a pinky one instead of matchy-matchy coral. As long as you keep it subtle, the pink makes for a nice contrast. I chose the aforementioned MUFE blush in 210 Cool Pink.
Last thing I want to mention are the ingredients in this:
In case you can't read them, they are:
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipdate-2, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba), Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Nonanoate, Tocopherol, Aroma (Flavor), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Phenoxyethanol, Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
It's not that long of a list and I don't think it's too shabby. No nasty PUFAs and there is vitamin E (tocopherol), which is an awesome protector and hydrator.
Would love to hear what you think!
Where To Buy
Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen is available at the following retailers: