Every visit to Space NK sees me hovering over the Lipstick Queen counter. The variety of colours and collections is too good to not spend time swatching my whole arm (you've done it too ladies...). However, I never usually settle on an item and leave with a multi-coloured skin pattern and wondering if I should have bitten the bullet and just bought something. For the LQ virgins who may be reading, Lipstick Queen is the baby of Poppy King - she failed to find her perfect lipstick, so decided to create her own range. Fast forward 20 years, et voila - Lipstick Queen is a huge brand with an array of lip products to suit every lip out there. The counters are always full of colour and vibrance, and you get a real sense that the brand is a brand with a mission.
For the more matte lovers, there is the Sinners collection, and for the sheer lovers, you have the Saint collection. My newest LQ addition is Saint Rose. Being from the Saint collection, it's a much sheerer formula and is completely buildable to create a 'barely there' look or a more full lip, doused with shine and moisture. I will admit, when I bought this, I thought it was going to be slightly pinker than it was when it arrived. It's quite an understated shade and isn't one I'd usually pick up and swatch, but I was after a shade that would be wearable for day, night, casual, work etc, and it really fits the bill. The Saint collection has a lower pigment count and is free of shimmer or sparkles making every shade completely wearable.
So despite this not being the shade I thought it was going to be, I've really fallen in love with its subtleness and simplicity. There are a lot of different formulas and collections from LQ you can dabble with, but the Saint collection is one that could make anyone happy. At £18 a pop, it's not a cheap purchase, but I have a sneaky suspicion that no-one could be disappointed with any lippy from LQ.