Out of all the Lipstick Queen lipsticks I have gotten, Jean Queen is one of the two (the other being Medieval)I actually reach for (mainly because they have smooth metal tubes that are not rubberized). Jean Queen has a particularly lovely formula as it feels like a watery gel and has a tad bit of opacity without milkiness. The color is also like azuki shaved ice, yum.
Well, there is a catch. They must have used a bit of that color-changing pigment found in so many color changing lip balm, because overtime Jean Queen turns more and more hot pink on me. Anyway, I have been meaning to get the matching gloss for quite a while but I kept holding it off.
Luckily, on Friday January 20th (I will always remember it as Maestro Barenboim's 60th Anniversary since he first played at Carnegie Hall, oh plus the brilliant performance of Bruckner 2nd), I found them at TJ-Maxx for 10 bucks a piece and I couldn't be any happier.
Jean Queen Gloss and Lipstick. They are both that muted sheer rose red that's neither obviously warm or cool. The gloss has hard plastic tube and only an attached brush tip to dispense the gloss, making squeezing a bit of an effort.
Jean Queen gloss is light weight, moisturizing and non sticky. It's a good formula but nothing groundbreaking. I will make an effort to use it even the applicator isn't encouraging.
Same goes with the color, wearable and healthy-looking. Good enough for 10 bucks.
Isn't the sight beautiful? The sight of a pristine lipstick emerging from the glossy tube. Since it had been a while (Ok, just a year) since I last seen something like this, I decided it was time to get another of the glossy black. I know I would be using it because when I spend big buck on lipsticks, I make damn sure use it before it goes bad.
Suqqu Creamy Glow is their range of highly pigmented, thin but lacquer-like lipstick range that has been discontinued in Japan from a while. The line remained available at UK and last winter, the released three limited edition shades for their UK exclusive collection.
EX-02 Kanbotan (there was a pre-2010 palette with this name) is a creamy hot pink free of shimmer.
I was having so much fun snapping the afternoon away...And I dropped the lipstick, head down.
"Kanbotan in yo face!" (Don't worry, I just screwed it back up and blew off the snow).
Arm swatch - see that little glow?
Compared my two beloved hot pinks Revlon Lip Butter in Sorbet (cool, clear and with purple pearls) and Sweet Tart (cream-jelly and not too bright). Kanbotan is deeper and creamier, it's not grandma mauve but it's heading there.
If the same super pigmented, slippy butter-on-hot pan formula was used for this color, there would be no way for me to wear it. Luckily, they tweaked the formula so that it's slightly less intense, a tad more balmy and with a little translucence added. The formula is much easier to apply yet feels lightweight and comfortable.
While I enjoy the newer formula, the color didn't click with me (I still felt the need to wipe it off before heading out), there is some "Estee Lauder" auntie quality about it that just makes it more aging than the other hot pinks. I might be able to pull it off with my summer tan though. As I say, I will make damn sure to use these pricey ones.