When I was first venturing out into makeup ( I was around 12), I vividly remember reading an article on Poppy King in Blush or Sugar magazine. An Australian entrepreneur who started her very line of opaque lipsticks when she was just eighteen years old. My memory is quite sketchy but I recall her creating a lipstick with either Boots No7 or Seventeen and it was Poppy Red. It was the best lipstick I’d ever owned; creamy, vibrant and opaque and it gave the most perfect red lip. I think I managed to hold on to it until I was around 17 or so. Out of nowhere, Poppy King disappeared off the scene until 2006 when her new line Lipstick Queen launched into Space NK.
Over the last few years of Lipstick Queen, we have seen the introduction of the colour changing lipsticks such as cult classic Hello Sailor and more recently Frog Princess. The latest innovation in colour changing is the Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine, a yellow based lipstick that has got everybody talking on my Instagram. I think that most people have been shocked to see a yellow lipstick and haven’t been sure who would wear yellow, without realising that it has a magical formula where it reacts with the heat of your skin to turn into a semi sheer coral glossy stain.
The first time I tried Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine I was obsessed. I was in Space NK and we were having a play around with the new makeup, as you do, and we decided to give it a try. As soon as the colour hit my lips, I could see the change almost instantly. It fully develops to the most perfect coral shade around five minutes and it stays put for ages. It does stain on the lips and the gloss does disappear after a few hours, but I do prefer the less glossy and more intensified colour that it develops into. The coral is not like any lipstick that I have or can put my finger on and I think because it develops with your skin, it’s quite a unique shade and would look different on everyone.
For my own personal chemistry, I find that Morning Sunshine is a medium to dark pink coral with warm tones and a glossy sheer finish, but I would definitely look at trying it to see just what shade it turns out on yourself. It’s fun, and different and it looks super cute in its sleek blue packaging, and although you would find me usually wearing a mate liquid lipstick, I think I have shocked myself by reaching for Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine as much as I have. I may need to purchase a back up soon.
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