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Lipstick Queen Goes For the Gold

The brand is hoping to get you out of your red zone rut with something a bit more subtle and sheer

Statement lips are often the easiest way add a dose of glamour to a fall look. Dark dramatic and broody, most of the on-trend colors range between bright crimsons and deep, vampy plums.

Not Lipstick Queen’s. The brand is hoping to get you out of your red zone rut and trying something a bit more subtle and sheer with their newest launch, an exclusive made-for-Barneys New York shade called Star Power ($50). The limited edition lipstick pays homage to the flash and opulence of Hollywood’s Golden Era, when actresses wore shimmering bronze shadows and sparkling fun lips.

Poppy King, the founder of Lipstick Queen, says, “I wanted to create a lipstick that had the femme fatale factor of velvet with intense pigment, a subtle sheen, and the sensual, floating feeling of silk.” She’s gotten pretty darn close to something satiny here. Enriched with apricot oil and beeswax to moisturize intensely, the dazzling caramel shade is surprisingly flattering on most skin tones and delivers high-shine impact for lips that glisten. Scented lightly with Peppermint Oil, the lipstick is pretty enough to wear on its own but can be layered with a deeper glosses and liner, like the brand’s nude version.

To get the look I like best, line your lips fully and apply the lipstick on top. Metallic shades tend to highlight every nook n’ cranny, so be sure to give your pucker a quick but gentle lip scrub beforehand to ensure an ultra-smooth finish. Then you’ll be as good as gold.


A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.