Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Illusion Gloss, Butterfly Ball & 15 Minutes of Fame

I have a love/obsession with brands I do not have immediate access to and Lipstick Queen is no exception. I purchased a few items back in May of last year from Barneys in Beverly Hills and love everything (see Infinite, Creation & Pink Saint here).

Lipstick Queen recently released a few new products to her line and I blame the drool-inducing swatches and photos from Karlasugar, Just Makeup, London Makeup Girl and Beauty Moogle Zone for making me break my resolve to wait and see these products in person. From LipstickQueen.com, I ordered the following, left to right:
  • Butterfly Ball Lipstick in Trance & Float
  • 15 Minutes of Fame Lipglosses in 1, 4 and 5 minutes
  • Big Bang Illusion Gloss in Expansion


I did a few swatches of the Butterfly Ball lipsticks and Big Bang lipgloss but I highly recommend you check out the other links to the other listed blogs above for better swatches! I hope this will show you why I don't usually do lip-swatches, they just don't turn out well with the flash :(

Trance: sheer raspberry with a slight greenish shimmer


Float: very sheer natural pink, doesn't give much color, this is pretty much my natural lip color with a bit of shine (also has greenish shimmer which you can't see in the photo)


Expansion Lipgloss: pigmented iridescent peachy-pink, the flash washed this out in the photo so it looks very natural, but in real life it does show up pretty well on the lips


One more view of the lot where you can see the greenish tinge in the Butterfly Ball Lipsticks. No swatches of the 15 Minutes of Fame lipglosses. Karlasugar and Beauty Moogle have *awesome* swatches though!

Overall thoughts: I haven't been able to test out the 15 Minutes glosses yet, but the colors look very natural and light. I love the Big Bang Lipglosses because they are pigmented but not sticky or slimy and have no scent. The Butterfly Balls are sheer and glossy with a greenish tint in the shimmer (like MAC's Lollipop Lovin Lipstick). I knew there would be a chance Float might not show up well on the lips, but it didn't stop me from wanting it. (I'm a sucker for light pinks.) I think it will work well layered over a creamy pencil or chubby stick to add shine. Trance gives a pinkish-raspberry stained look on my lips.

Have you tried these yet? What are your Lipstick Queen faves?

12 comments:

  1. i reckon this is the first time i saw your lips swatch. lovely! these are the lipsticks that i don't have access to but i keep hering good things about them. would love to try them some day. :)

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  2. These are gorgeous! I especially love Trance - totally my kind of color. You have really pretty shaped lips too. =)

    I've never tried anything from LQ precisely for the reason that I can't test it in person and my lips are just so picky and sensitive I'd rather not risk it. But... I have been so tempted so many times lol.

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  3. I love Lipstick Queen but I'm not really into the Butterfly Ball lipsticks or the 15 Minutes glosses. I need to get that Big Bang gloss though - I have the purpley-taupe one and LOVE it.

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  4. Greenish shimmer--how interesting! Back in the early 60's, many of us carried a green lipstick around in our make-up bags. We used it over the bright lip colors which were so prevalent at the time. It made them look softer and much more subdued. From there, we moved on to the nude lip and heavy eye make-up that was a hallmark of 60's. (Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Peggy Moffit, etc.) It's interesting to see how concepts and trends are reinvented over the years. I've never understood why a woman would want to hoard a discontinued item. After all, the formulations, colors, and over-all quality just keep getting better and better--and much more fun :-)

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  5. Hi Lina, fun post, I too am always captivated by inaccessible makeup! Feel foolish asking this, but what language is "Just Makeup" in? Turkish? Finnish? Wish I could read it!

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  6. I love the LQ 15 minutes glosses. They last so, so well and feel like balm on my lips, even during the harsh winter on my lips. It's refreshing to have gloss withougt shimmer, although these are more of a light, glossy, liquid lipstick (and I love liquid lipsticks!). I like #4, but my lips are more pigmented than yours so #5 is just a glossy nudey color. I adore the purplish color and "deep rose". The rest were rather pink on my lips.

    The Big Bang glosses are nice, but not my preference. Not a fan of Butterfly Ball either, but I adore the glossy crayons. Have fun trying the rest out!

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  7. Awesome review and pictures. I don't think I have ever seen your lips b4. Wow! Stunning! Now I'm jealous. Your pucker puts mine to shame. I only hope that when and if I order that Trance lipstick it will look half as good on me as it does on you!

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  8. You have very pretty lips, Lina. Yikes I hope that didnt' sound creepy ha! I will have to take a walk to Barney's on my lunchbreak next payday and I need to check out Expansion lipgloss. The color is very pretty and there it's unscented - SOLD!

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  9. Lipstick Queen is the best! Love, love, love that the products are unscented -- and feel so good!

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  10. They look great on you
    Love the colours shimmer and shiny

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  11. you have really pretty lips! I mean that in a completely non stalkerish creepy way I promise :)

    I just posted a comment on Grace's blog about how jealous I am of you both! everything you bought looks just perfect and wearable.

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  12. girl, i have found Lipstick Queen in Sydney! i will report back later.

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