Lipstick Queen • Medieval • Lipstick

rated 4.3(131 reviews)

Average Rating.4.3
Would buy this product again.76%

rated 5 of 5 katie_alti on 3/9/2009 1:12:00 PM more reviews by katie_alti

Age: 25-29   Skin: Oily, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Green    

Finally got to Barney's to test out this product, and it lived up to my high expectations. It is very smooth and balm-like, moisturizing, and wears down very evenly to a nice stain. As for the color I do get pink in this, but it looks great. I am pale with pale lips so the color payoff is pretty good and layering increases the intensity. I love that there is no smell or taste to this product, and will certainly be purchasing many other products from this line. Comparing to Black Honey directly, there is a little more slip to this lippy, it lasts a bit longer, but the color on me is brighter. Black honey is more muted honey plum, while this is sheer wine with some pink. I will wear both, but Medieval wins out between the two.

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rated 4 of 5 ppcgal on 3/9/2009 11:39:00 AM more reviews by ppcgal

Age: 30-35   Skin: Very Oily   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

I'm a black honey devotee but I had to try this after seeing all the raves. Most lipstick turns fuschia on me but this does not. When I first apply it, it looks a bit unnatural. It leaves a very natural stain though- like other reviewers have said- like chapped lips- only not.

I wish this was in a black honey color with the medieval formula too though.

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rated 3 of 5 sugahxpops on 2/27/2009 1:40:00 AM more reviews by sugahxpops

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Normal   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

After waiting for this to arrive in Australia for months, I finally purchased it, hoping to get a lipstick which would give the effect of my lips looking "bitten/blood stained" in a subtle, sheer way.

I have to say I'm quite disappointed. The consistency is very smooth, like a tinted lip balm, but rubs off almost immediately without a tint at all, and it seems to mingle with my naturally pigmented pink lips so it's all too flushed as opposed to a pop of colour. I payed around $40 AU for it but I have to say it did not deliver, too pinky for me!

I will praise the packaging though, so lovely but I won't be repurchasing.

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rated 5 of 5 colleenh86 on 2/13/2009 9:07:00 PM more reviews by colleenh86

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

I'm a PPP with incredibly pale lips, and if I don't wear at least SOME color on them, I look sickly.

I've spent years trying out countless tinted lip balms, glosses, stains, and supposedly moisturizing lipsticks, but never found that My Lips But Better formula I was looking for, until now. This is Holy Grail material.

If you want that natural, just-bitten color, Lipstick Queen in Medieval is as good as it gets.

It's essentially a tinted lip balm + stain with lipstick consistency. The formula is really smooth, not sticky; even after it wears off, it leaves the lips slightly stained, making me look as if I were blessed with pigmented lips. The color is perfect (a pinky-red), and I believe it would look good on just about any skin tone. It looks dark in the tube, but don't let that fool you; it's actually very sheer. Never drying: it contains shea and mango butters and vitamin E, amongst other moisturizing, lip-healthy ingredients. I find it as moisturizing as most balms, and have started wearing it as a base for other lipsticks (I swear it makes them last longer!). Even the packaging is gorgeous.

My only real complaints are that I wish it were cheaper, and paraben-free/organic. But for the quality of the product, it is so worth it, and the ingredients are pretty safe. I think I'm going to buy about 3 more, so I will always have a tube of Medieval within reach.


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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* abbe4 on 2/8/2009 2:08:00 PM more reviews by abbe4

Age: 44-55   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

This is great ! I am self-conscious about getting older looking, and how "mask-like" some lipsticks can me look now: what can look lovely on a younger woman can be so seriously off-putting when one gets older, and this lipstick is nourishing, with a natural stain: it is so much nicer to see "lips" not lipstick: a fresher and lighter appearance. I'd rather concentrate on eyes and good skin with great foundation as I get older, than continually trying to find a lipstick that "lasts", or isn't "drying", or a variety of colors that never really do it for me....btw I am extremely fair skinned, and this is still soft looking, even though red/blushed. The big thing for me is: I still miss Bobbi Brown original lip stains, or whatever they were called: Medieval reminds me of these ! The newer ones are just slippery lipsticks with little of a "stain".

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rated 5 of 5 Kateyed on 1/18/2009 10:15:00 AM more reviews by Kateyed

Age: 25-29   Skin: Sensitive, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

I hooked on lipstick queen products and I only have started using them for a month. I received Medieval in my x-mas stocking and shortly followed with Saint Berry. Poppy's lipsticks are nothing short of divine- never dries out my lips like other lip products, and stains them a lovely but natural shade, each one is a true MLBB! I'm a PPP (the palest I know) with medium brown hair and blue eyes. Medieval is the appealing color your lips turned in the summer as a kid when you had a cherry popsicle. It was intended to mimic the color women in Medieval times achieved by applying lemons to their lips. It truly does have the innocently sexy appeal of popsicle-tints and virginal ladies tempting the courting knights.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* shesparkles on 1/18/2009 1:24:00 AM more reviews by shesparkles

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

This product is single handedly getting me through a very cold DRY New York winter without letting go of glamour completely. I wear it at least 3x a week. It is a wonderfully comfortable, vitamin-E-rich tinted balm, but it's got far more pigment-oomph than, say, the Tendertones by MAC. I have fairly pigmented lips and when I apply this it goes from a candy-apple-red in the tube to a sheer, almost coral color when it combines with my natural shade. I was very disappointed with the level of pigmentation in Clinique's Black Honey almost l/s and much prefer this. Highly wearable, and its moisture is greatly appreciated in these dry winter months. I took off one point on packaging because the (gorgeous, classy) burgundy brushed metal tube picks up scratches from other things in your purse too easily but I love everything about this otherwise.

Will update review to post before and afters!

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* amykelley on 1/17/2009 2:39:00 PM more reviews by amykelley

Age: Unknown   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Blue    

I'm extremely pale with cool coloring and very pigmented lips. The first time I tried Medieval, I was a little disappointed because I could barely see it against my natural lip color. I finally realized its texture is so creamy and moisturizing that I don't need to wear any lip balm underneath it (which is how I had worn it the first time). Once the lip balm was out of the equation, the Medieval was much more visible. I love it! It's a wonderful color enhancement for those days when you're going for a subtle look. The texture is fantastic, too. My one minor complaint is that the color is a tiny bit warmer than my ideal shade, so I'd love to see the exact same product in a cooler rose/red.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* gphibgoddess19 on 12/27/2008 10:16:00 PM more reviews by gphibgoddess19

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Green    

I ordered this at the same time as Red Saint and both are my first foray into Lipstick Queen. I wanted this for several months after reading about it in Allure in the summer/early fall. When it was finally available, I had difficulty buying a $20 lip tint and paying shipping. When I saw that Barney's online site had free holiday shipping, I snapped up the opportunity to try this. The packaging is nice, I love art history and I am a high school history teacher so the name and influence was right up my alley. The tube is described well by other reviewers, but it is a substantial case that is a matte deep wine color with gold script. For reference I am NW15, neutral cool with blue/green eyes, dark brown hair (for now, lol) and non-pigmented lips. I also have a tendency to turn any lip product pink. This somewhat happened with this product. I wanted something I could swipe on and not be so pink, but this is. When I add 2 or 3 layers, it gets a deep wine/slightly red tint, but it's not really what I expected. That said, I do like it, but not for my original purpose. It is fairly moisturizing and does wear down well. It's not shiny nor matte, and it's not a stain in the sense that I am used to. Since it takes a few coats for me to be satisfied, I think I may go through this quicker than anticipated. But it is very nice, a much better color than Clinique Black Honey and not as berry as other stains I have tried. I think this would look great on just about anyone, but those with pigmented lips may not get as much payoff as those with lighter lips.

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rated 3 of 5 Xiriah on 12/22/2008 7:35:00 PM more reviews by Xiriah

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Other    

I'm just a little bit disappointed in this product. It's not as moisturizing as I thought it was going to be, but the good news is that it doesn't dry my lips up either. I have fairly pigmented lips and medium-tan skin and my main concern was that this was going to look slightly magenta on my lips as most tints do. Clinique's Black Honey looks like an unflattering wine-brown color on my lips, while Medieval looks more cherry-ish, though leaning towards the slight magenta side. I partially don't like the way it looks on my lips since it looks as though I had red lipstick on and then drank something, so it's like a wash of color left over. One other good thing about it is that it's unscented and tasteless. I love the cute, simple, red and gold-lettered packaging. It looks like lipstick in the tube, but once applied, it is a sheer wash of color. I do think that the price is a bit much for what you get ($20.) I think this would look better on someone with lighter/fairer skin. I must also add that the color is slightly buildable, but the color tends to migrate to areas of your lips (like mainly the corners and inner lip area.)

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