Generally I don't like wearing lipstick or gloss during the day so I was delighted to find a tinted lip moisturiser. Medieval is super-moisturising - perfect for these cold winter days when my lips dry out so easily - and tinted a gorgeous red. I have brown/black hair, green eyes and very fair skin and Medieval looks amazing on me. There's nowhere near as much pigment as in lipstick but there's enough colour to get me noticed and make me feel lovely. I feel super-confident wearing this during the day and have no idea how I lived without it.
I don't know why so many people are saying this is just a coloured lipbalm! It is fairly sheer, but it has far more pigment than any lip balm I've ever seen and isn't really as moisturising as one.
Price and packaging: I bought this for £19.50 from SpaceNK (I live in England but the product is the same.) This is very expensive for a lipstick, but I truly think it's the best out there that I've found. The packaging is very nice too, plastic holding it onto a card with the Biblical scene of Eve and the apple tree printed on it, but upside down. This symbolizes how upside down our world has become. Each element of the picture symbolizes something, which you can see on http://www.lipstickqueen.com/product_frame.htm It adds a bit of unusualness to the lipstick! As to the casing of the actual product, it is a shiny metal casing that is very durable and feels satisfyingly heavy to hold. It certainly won't get broken or scratched in your makeup bag. Lipstick Queen in gold letters is on the lid, and on the bottom is a little sticker that gives the name, the weight, the brand and an identifying number stamped on.
Scent and appearance:
Amazingly, this has no scent whatsoever. Amazing! If you like a scent in a lipstick, that's fine, but scent is a very personal thing and what one person likes,another will hate. Lipstick Queen has done the sensible thing here I think. As to appearance, it's a standard bullet shape.
How to use and my opinion:
I always pop on a little balm (Lush Lip Service) before any lipstick, but the one time I tried it without it went on perfectly. This is how I do all my lipstick:
1) Apply balm.
2) Apply layer of lipstick. Blot with cotton pad.
3) Apply another layer. Blot with cotton pad.
4) Apply coating of Lipcote (keeps lipstick on)
And done! This stays on all day as far as I've noticed. If it does wear off, it does so all over, and doesn't leave a ring around my lips.This is definitely my go-to l/s of a morning. It adds colour to my pale skin, and I usually wear it with a dusting of blusher and powder and a neutral brown eye. Great for work or school.If it ever runs out, I will buy again immediately. An HG I think!
I honestly don't know how i lived without this. Before I bought Medieval I would either chapstick for moisturizing or lipstick for color, but there was never a middle ground. Sometimes I wanted more color than what chapstick offered, but didnt want the uncomfortable waxy feeling of wearing too much lipstick. When my best friend makeupjunkie90 dragged me too Henri Bendel and I tried the Lipstick Queen line for the first time I knew Ihad to have it on the spot . The packaging is great, and it comes in a little plastic case with cute little painted background. The smell is not too strong either, and I actually like it. The texture is creamy,not waxy, and the coverage is super buildable. I find that its a great winter/fall color. No wonder they call it the "sexy chapstick."
Finally, a wonderful natural sheer red balm for very pale women. I'm NW15, and all these so called stains and sheers did nothing for me. Either they applied unevenly, made me look blotchy/ill, or dried down to a hot pink, or left a red/pink ring around the lipline when wearing off. I've tried Benetint in liquid and balm form, Nars, Laura Mercier, The Balm, Lorac, Vincent Longo - basically everyone who came out with something claiming to make a sheer 'just bitten' lip sheer/stain (I don't count Clinique Black Honey, which I consider more of a real lipstick as it has a lot more pigment and is actually quite dark, or Shiseido Honey Tea, while quite sheer for a lipstick, is still a proper lipstick rather than a barely there wash of colour). I was shy of buying this for a long time, but Lipstick Queen does seem to have a great rep for lip products (I've not tried any of her stuff before), so I bought it on ebay. This is a terrific product. It applies evenly and sheer but builds up if you want it to. The colour in the tube is blood red, but applies on me as a perfect natural rosy red. It feels like a balm and is quite moistuirising (doesn't dry out my lips and there is no need to top it up with proper lip or gloss to get the desired effect). I guess it is in effect a glorified Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker, but I don't really care. It's a Lip Smacker with all the adult colour benefits you wanted.
Yes, it's a beautiful color and almost universal, or as near to it as anything I've encountered. Yes, the packaging is a delight. But...yes, it's a glorified $20 USD lip balm. And it feathers like crazy.
The product itself is quite soft, as lippies go, and it wears down quickly on application. It's not long-lasting on the lips, so that's repeated applications during the day. For less money I'd accept that, but not at this price and certainly not with add-to-the-cost packaging that gets thrown away. I'm glad I tried it, but once is enough for me.
Yes, it's all that. The. Perfect. Red. Not too cool, not too warm. Easily buildable from a sheer stain to all-out glam. Wears well and leaves a bit of stain behind when it's gone. And it really feels good on the lips--not quite as moisturizing and cushy-feeling as Chantecaille's Lip Chic, but the next best thing. If you're wary of red, go for this one. You won't be disappointed.
I really love this lipstick! I've had a love/hate relationship with lipstick for years now. It's either too drying or irritating to my lips. But this lipstick is wonderful! Definitely a sheer, which makes re-applying on the fly easier, it's a beautiful cherry red color. Doesn't dry or irritate. Love, love, love!
Words cannot properly describe how much I love this lipstick. I can't imagine a time before it--I feel as if I can separate my entire "beauty" life into two phases, "Pre-Medieval" and "After-Medieval." I literally wear it every day. In the past I've tried a million different stains, glosses, and lipsticks, trying to find that perfect rosy/reddish tint. Sure, I've come across ones in the past that are okay or acceptable, but none even come close to the amazingness of medieval!
Oh no. Just forked out £20, tried it on, and already worried this is going to become a very expensive addiction.
Lovely colour, very feminine - my one warning would be that it's not a dramatic look. For me, it's a little too tame for evenings. Because I'd wear this every day - and because its one downfall is a lack of staying power - this could run out quite quickly...
Gives the lips a juicy red sheen without dying my mouth that 'weird, pink-red' that stains do. It's moisturizing and sheer and I can slather on multiple layers without looking like a hussy, which is a good thing because I can't say enough how I love the texture and its moisturizing properties.
This is a great find for us fair-skinned ladies that want to wear a red lipstick without looking overly 'done.'