Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lipstick Queen-Medieval

Medieval by Lipstick Queen is more of a tinted balm than a lipstick, despite the glorious bright  red color you see in the tube. It's basically a moisturizing  product that pampers the lips and feels smooth and soft , with the extra benefit of staining the lips in a pretty red shade that can be built and enhanced a little. Don't let the ultra sheer and pale swatch discourage you: it shows better on darker lips, and two coats of Medieval are definitely noticeable.

Poppy King created Medieval as a sensual yet sort of natural look, inspired by the days when artificial makeup was frowned upon. I'm not sure I really want to celebrate Medieval times and their idea of femininity, but I do like this lip product, both for its color and for the formula (unscented, by the way).

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Oil (Olus/Huile Vegetale), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla), Beeswax (Cera Alba / Cire D¿Abeille), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ozokerite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Benzophenone-3, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Lipstick Queen-Medieval ($22) is available at Barneys, Nordstrom, and Ulta.


  1. I found this terribly drying but, as always, YMMV. Fresh's Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugar Passion is a great substitute.

  2. I find it a bit drying, too, but it's still my go-to color almost every day. It gives me red lips without an obvious "red lipstick" look. It gives shine without being a gloss.

    I also have the Fresh Sugar balm, but it doesn't change my lip color, whereas Medieval visibly brightens my look.

    1. Have you tried Sugar Passion? The regular Sugar Balm, and even Sugar Rose, don't change my lip color, but Cherry, Berry, Passion, and Plum do. Passion is extremely similar to Medieval in color.


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