I’m eyeing the latest product launch from Lipstick Queen, a color-changing lipstick named Frog Prince. It’s bright clover green in the tube, but when it’s applied to lips, it adjusts to a rosy pink shade.
I’m a fan of LQ’s Hello Sailor, and I’d probably enjoy Frog Prince even more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to nab a press sample, but I’ll check it out next time I’m near Barneys or SpaceNK.
In the meantime, I’m smiling over the illustration of a frog reclining in front of a fairytale castle, because it reminds me of something…
The arched bridge and turreted castle in the background are “borrowings” from Maxfield Parrish’s illustration Wynken, Blynken and Nod (1902).
Similar castles appear regularly in Parrish’s art—here’s another, in a detail of The Sugar-Plum Tree (1905).
Parrish even created a work titled “The Frog Prince” for Hearst’s Magazine in 1912. I’m guessing that Lipstick Queen’s graphic designer came across it in his/her search for imagery, although it isn’t directly quoted in the product packaging.
If I ever identify a source for the frog, I’ll add it here!
(Ice Queen was another LQ product that had an art history reference in its packaging design—you can re-read my post about it here.)