Wearing Boots No7 Poppy King Lipstick in Allure on my lips
Wow, okay, December 29? And we’re still kicking? Shoot, we need to reward ourselves for making it through the holidays.
Yes, I’m totally serious! Perhaps some small token for artfully dodging the family drama (which takes tremendous skill), for enduring that undercover sibling rivalry that never quite goes away, or for cooking that monster meal that catered to everyone’s preferences and food allergies (SIDE NOTE: Does anyone else out there still like cilantro?). Whatever the justification, I think we’re all due a small “Woo-hoo, we made it!” kind of prize, and I can’t think of a better one than Boots No7 Poppy King Lipstick ($9.99).
The new line of seven limited edition lipsticks launched last month at Target, and there’s a lot to like about it beyond the price.
Boots enlisted the help of Poppy King, of Lipstick Queen fame, to craft the range of creamy nudes, pinks, berries and reds. With their smooth, silky texture (reminds me of the Clinique Almost Lipsticks), and unscented, unflavored formula, these lippies look and feel more expensive than they are.
Each one has a one-word name chosen to reflect the color in its tube — History, Power, Glamour, Seduction, Intrigue, Confidence and Allure.
All top-tier words, to be sure. And I like the idea of reaching for a tube of lipstick that conveys how I want to feel.
- History — A sheer neutral red
- Power — A rosy brown
- Glamour — A yellowish pink
- Seduction — A sheer blackberry
- Intrigue — A pinkish brown nude
- Confidence — A nude beige-brown
- Allure — A peachy pink
Swatches from the left: 1) History, 2) Power, 3) Glamour, 4) Seduction, 5) Intrigue, 6) Confidence and 7) Allure
(NOTE: I’m wearing Allure in the pic at the very top.)
White tank tops — that’s how I think of these, because they aren’t very flashy, but they are comfy and flexible.
The mid-level pigment means that I can sheer them out or build them up, and a faint semblance of shine gives them a little sass.
I expect to reach for one of these often, in part because I like their names and colors, but also because of their limited wear time. I only get about two hours out of them, but I think that’s pretty typical for a lightweight, moisturizing lipstick with a texture this thin.
I would have liked a longer wear time, but they are priced well. That, and they feel like a piece of fresh buttered bread (yum…), so I don’t mind having to reapply.
On top of everything else, aren’t the tubes cute as buttons? And they feel very sturdy in my hands.
PRICE: $9.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Target stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Sweet kitty boy (but not for much longer)
You know how when you go away for a few days and come back home and your pets are totally into you? Well, hello! Tabs is going through that phase right now, and it’s glorious!
I call it his “serious love bug phase.” He must have really missed the way I make his gravy because he’s been all up in my grill since I walked in the door night before last. He’s even been — dare I say it! — sweet.
I know! A bona fide Christmas miracle.
Or maybe it’s that he misses his regular routine. I do, too. The older I get, the more I crave structure, and when something disrupts my routine, I feel…off. Does that ever happen to you?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,