Pop! goes the lip gloss
Review by Angie W and Jessica M
The two of us recently paid a visit to Lipstick Queen headquarters in New York, where the Queen herself, Poppy King, welcomed us and gave us an update on everything happening at her company, including a preview of Lipstick Queen’s new products for fall.
The latest product, released a few weeks ago, is Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pop Art Gloss. It was inspired by the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and by artist Andy Warhol’s prediction, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” His words are more timely than ever, and Lipstick Queen’s Fame gloss is a stylish way to feel famous without having to embarrass yourself on a reality show, appear naked on YouTube, or give birth to octuplets.
Fame Pop Art Gloss is not, Poppy stressed, the typical sparkly-nude lip gloss that so many young women have been wearing for the past decade. It has no shimmer. It has no scent. It’s offered in a full-color wardrobe, ranging from a delicate ballet-slipper pink to a rich merlot shade, so it’s an easy way to experiment with color. Best of all, it has a smooth, non-sticky consistency.
Angie was surprised by the wearability of 11 Minutes, a vibrant, blood-red purple that is a perfect romantic fall shade. She also loved Minutes 7, 8, 9, and 13. Jessica was drawn to 12 Minutes, a dusty rose, and to 8 Minutes, a fresh, pinky-red strawberry tone.
The next product Poppy discussed was Fired Up, a brilliantly tinted gloss that wears as a soft, sheer red. It’s packaged in a tube, and the lettering on its box was inspired by “FIRE HOSE” sign in the hallway of Poppy’s office building. She recalled standing in the hall one evening, waiting for the elevator and dreading a crucial work meeting the next morning, and looking at the sign while she stood and worried. She decided to turn that feeling of “emergency” into an opportunity, and she created this product around it.
Fired Up is meant to be a lip color with the same “super-powers” that Poppy felt when she was a little girl and she tried on her mother’s lipstick. It represents women’s need to rise to challenges at work, at home, and everywhere else, particularly in the current economic downturn when they have to juggle even more demands than usual. It’s like a cosmetic secret-weapon for the 2009 version of Rosie the Riveter! Best of all, when you wear Fired Up, you’ll be bringing out your own confidence while contributing to other women’s success. All the profits from this gloss will be donated to Count Me In, an organization that supports female entrepreneurs by providing financial resources, business education, and a supportive community.
As an entrepreneur herself, Poppy is wonderfully welcoming to women who admire her work—including the two of us. She even allowed us to examine the collection of antique lipstick cases and other vintage lipstick paraphernalia that she keeps in her office. Someday, we hope, we’ll have a chance to tell you more about that!
We’ll also be back with more details about Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick, a new product for October 2009. According to the press release, this moisturizing lipstick “recreates the effect of butterfly wings on the lips,” in five sheer, iridescent shades that have a hint of turquoise blue to make your teeth appear whiter. We say, sign us up!
So, to sum up, whether you’re seeking fame (and fortune), playing with fire, or just want to have a ball this autumn, Lipstick Queen is offering something new to make you feel beautiful inside and out.
Fame Pop Art Gloss is available for $16.50 at Barneys, Henri Bendel, Space NK, and the Lipstick Queen website. If you’ve had a chance to try the glosses, tell us your favorite shade! Fired Up will be available for $14 at the same locations; you can join the waiting list at http://www.lipstickqueen.com .
Credits: Warhol '15 Minutes' poster, Andy Warhol Museum, Lipstick Queen photos by Jessica M. “Lips” by Andy Warhol, c. 1959. “ Woman Aircraft Worker,” 1942, Library of Congress.