When I was a little girl, I loved colouring. Aside from drawing, it was my favourite activity. Whenever I get a fresh Crayola box, I relished in the dozens of colours I had at my disposal. While other students loved their gold and silver crayons, I always on the hunt for the truest blue, the truest green and most of all, the truest red colour for all the hearts I loved to draw.
Much like my beloved red Crayola crayon, my Lipstick Queen Red Sinner is the truest red I have. It’s a true neutral red that doesn’t lean too orange, blue or pink. This shade of red is one of the few doesn’t make my lips look like small old cat lady lips. Instead, my lips look plump and juicy.
Red Sinner is perfect for those times you want to do a pinup girl look with painted red lips. I also like Red Sinner for classic evening looks (on the odds times I don’t want to go with dramatic eyes).
Red Sinner is among my favourite red lipsticks along with MAC’s Lady Danger and YSL’s Le Orange, both of which are orange reds. I also am quite into Laura Mercier’s Scarlet lip stain. Of course, my search for the the Holy Grail of red lipsticks never ends so I’ve also got my eye on YSL’s Red Muse and Besame Red.
A shade or so less bright than what we see here. Applied straight from the tube although I know I should have used a brush as my application looks a bit crooked.
Over the last year or two, I’ve developed an acute affinity for lipsticks. And not just your boring MAC Hug Me lipsticks (although I do love those too!) but BRIGHT and MATTE lipsticks. Enter: Lipstick Queen by Poppy King. Her Sinner line of lipsticks is everything this lipstick freak could ever ask for. (Namely, bright and matte.)
Last month, I purchased Rose Sinner off ebeauty.ca looking for a deeper everyday lipstick to wear on the days I wanted to call a bit more attention my lips without going so far as red. Rose Sinner surprised me when I opened it for the first time. It’s a lot darker than online swatches lead me to believe. It’s definitely a berry colour that hovers near pink-red. It’s definitely a lot deeper than I was looking for.
Thus far, I haven’t gotten much use out of Rose Sinner. It’s a bit too bright for daytime but not bright enough for nighttime. I’m thinking I should just suck it up and road test it around at work to see how I feel about it.
The colour is less fuchsia in real life and more berry. Applied straight from the tube.
I reviewed Lipstick Queen’s Sinner formula in my previous review for Pink Sinner here.
Are you familiar with Lipstick Queen? It’s a cult favourite amongst make-up whores such as myself. Developed by Poppy King who was frustrated with her unsuccessful search for the perfect lipstick, she just went and made her own.
As far as I know, there aren’t many places you can find it locally. It used to be available Holt Renfrew but that was a long time ago. These days, I get my Lipstick Queen fix at ebeauty.ca, a Canadian run online beauty store with lots of other hard to find labels like Becca and Kevyn Aucoin.
My favourite Lipstick Queen lipstick is Pink Sinner from their Sinner line of lipsticks. Pink Sinner is a very matte lipstick with zero shimmer or shine. The colour is a light neutral pink. Note: this does not mean baby pink like Nars Turkish Delight. Because the texture is slightly dry, I prefer to prime my lipsticks with a dab of Smith’s Rosebud Salve before apply. The colour really hugs the lips and stays on for quite a while, lasting through a cup of coffee and another cup of tea and most of my Wendy’s JBC.
I find myself wearing this practically everyday to work. It’s a good daytime neutral that doesn’t call a lot of attention to itself. It’s pretty and finishes off your five minute face in the morning so you look pulled together (oh how little do they know). I also love this lipstick with soft smokey eyes.
This is a bit brighter in photos whereas in real life it's a lot more muted. Applied straight from the tube.