Last week I wrote about a visit to the Lipstick Queen counter at Barneys, during which I met up with the Queen herself, Poppy King, and was introduced to her new Velvet Rope lipstick collection (see here). I’ll be taking a closer look at a few of the Velvet Rope shades, starting with Star Power…
WHY: Classic red cosmetics are always right for fall and winter, and I happen to have two brand-new items that I’m ready to pass along to another beauty-lover. (Only in the United States, however—sorry, foreign friends!)
WHAT: Two full-size products: a MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry (“a rich crimson red”) and a Sheswai Lacquer nail polish in Honeyfox (“a true bright red”).
HOW: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me that you live in the United States. Be sure to use the “Post a reply” box to create a new comment; do not reply to a previous comment!
WHEN: The contest will be open until Thursday, October 31st (Halloween!), 11 p.m. EST. Then I’ll assign a number to each comment and I’ll let a random number generator choose the lucky winner.
PLEASE NOTE: By entering the contest, you give me permission to contact you at the email address in your reader account. If the email address in your reader account is incorrect, you might want to update it. If you are the winner and you fail to send me your mailing details within two weeks, I’ll select a new winner.
As you may already know, I’m a longtime admirer of Poppy King and her work in cosmetics, from the original Poppy line to Lipstick Queen to her collaborations with other brands. I also admire her personal style and her knowledge of vintage fashion and beauty products.
Beyond the Row has just posted a beautifully photographed essay on Poppy’s style beliefs, her living space, and her collections of precious vintage items. You can read it here.
When the vintage-inspired Besame makeup line was launched, back in 2005, there was a lot of online chatter about its richly pigmented, glamorously packaged lipsticks. We realized that these lipsticks were tiny, but mighty, and we all admired their vivid, feminine colors. No minimalist nudes here!
The one problem was the difficulty of sampling the colors before purchasing a lipstick. Since Besame has never been distributed widely, it was hard to see the products in person. (Henri Bendel carried Besame for a brief time; I bought a Merlot lipstick. Then they dropped the line.)
At long last, Besame is selling samples of the lipsticks, in a particularly clever way. The new lipstick samplers look like a fancy matchbooks, and inside each one, six cardboard “matches” are tipped with small amounts of lipstick. Each sampler includes two colors to try, with three samples of each color. Each sample is enough for three uses.
Seven color pairs are offered. Which would you choose?