There are sinners and saints in this world, and most of the time you don't want to be the sinner, but Lipstick Queen lipstick by Poppy King, makes being a sinner as saintly as can be.
What do you mean that doesn't make sense? Well I was just trying to find a clever way to talk about the Sinner formula of the Lipstick Queen Lipsticks. You know, Sinner = matte finish, highly pigmented. Of course, a thousand and one blogs have tried to do the same thing. You don't think it's original? I suppose it is a bit cliche. I guess they are kind of tired of hearing those comparisons. Just like I'm tired of people singing that Oak Ridge Boys "Elvira" song to me. OK. Fine. I'll think of something else. Did you just say, "How about just writing a normal review?"?! You mean, a matter of fact, plain old review? HA! You know I'm incapable of that. I am anything but "normal". I don't plan on being "normal" any time soon.
Speaking of plain and normal. It takes a special woman, a not normal woman to parade around in a matte vibrant red lip. That's a good thing. Red lips are not for the shrinking violets of this world. Red lips are all about making a statement (for some). Red lips are empowering (for others). Red lips are sexy (for other "somes"), but the one thing that red lips are to everyone that wears red lipstick, ...I don't know actually. I thought I did as I was writing this out, but then I lost my train of thought and now it's gone. I hate when that happens.
Well let me just talk about the lipstick then. The Lipstick Queen Sinner Red lipstick is a full-coverage matte lipstick. The brand boasts that it is 90% pigment. I can totally see why. It's not the smoothest formula I have ever used, but it's not the worst. It is creamy when applying. I think the shea butter in the formula melts nicely with the heat of your body and the pigment is easy to distribute straight from the tube. However, with many red lipsticks, the way to wear them for a flawless look is to apply them with a lip brush. The lip brush provides a precise and even application that you just can't get if applying straight from the tube.
The reason I can believe the high pigment concentration is because this lipstick lasts FOR HOURS on your lips. If applied correctly, you will have minimal wear and fading. The matte formula is not drying, per se. Like some matte lipsticks of yesteryear the formula was crumbly and dry. This matte formula is smooth. It's not hydrating, but it doesn't leave my lips chapped or scaly, so that's a plus. The brand claims that the lipstick is "Moisturizing" but I wouldn't go that far. It's not drying, but my lips didn't feel moisturized all that much. Your results may vary.
The color. Well, the color is something special. Lipstick Queen says it has blended the perfect amount of blue based red with yellow based red to create the perfect neutral stay true red. Now that does not mean that it will be a perfect stay true red on everyone. Yes. You heard me. People with different undertones in their skin and/or different Ph levels in their skin will cause a lipstick to run cool or warm depending on the circumstances. For me, this is a bright red with the subtlest hint of blue. It is NOT pink nor is it orange. It does not turn once I have applied it and the color stays true throughout the wear time. Again, your results may vary.
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There is one con to this lipstick formula. And I'm not sure if it is the formula or the handling of the lipstick once it has been created, but there are times when the Sinner formula lipsticks become grainy. These hard little bumps are allegedly crystallized shea butter as a result of improper storage and handling of the lipstick after it leaves the manufacturer. Basically, if the lipstick is allowed to get too hot, and then it cools down the shea crystals might be lurking under the surface. Sometimes you can tell if the lipstick has been in extreme or uncontrolled temperatures if it is "sweating" when you swivel up the tube, or has a mottled appearance to it, like it may have had some liquid on it that dried off. These crystals inside the lipstick makes for a rather unpleasant experience in application straight from the tube. The crystals do not affect the wear of the lipstick nor the color, from what I can tell. So you can keep using it with no worries. If this happens to your Lipstick Queen Sinner lipstick, you should return it and/or notify the customer service of the store where you purchased it. I had this happen to me and the store where I purchased it, Birchbox.com quickly refunded my money and sent me a new lipstick. In the interest of full disclosure, I have yet to test the new lipstick out to see if the formula is unaltered. That's on me. But the people at Lipstick Queen and Birchbox were so incredibly helpful and responsive when I notified them of this, I can safely recommend shopping directly from the brand with no fears of bad customer service.
So you NEED this? Well, maybe. If you like matte formulas and you like this color red, then yes. If you don't like this particular color but would like a nicely pigmented lipstick in another color, then yes. Lipstick Queen has 19 other shades to choose from. If you hate the matte formula and the color red, why are you even reading this review? The only reason I hesitate to fully recommend this lipstick is the crystallized shea butter issue I had. Lipstick Queen Sinner Lipstick retails for $20 USD and can be purchase on the Lipstick Queen website, Nordstrom, or Beauty.com.