September 25, 2009

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil Review and Swatches

With names like Chinatown Chase and Chinatown Thriller the Muse can’t help be tickled by the Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil. Seriously, I’m a total grindhouse movie geek and the names just reminds me of some cheesy little flick that features chases through Chinatown in beat up Monte Carlo Chevrolets with hot chicks at the wheel and possibly bad dubbing. Bad dubbing always makes grindhouse movies the awesome doesn’t it?

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil 1

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If hot chicks are involved in I’m betting they have juicy, glossy lips and who knows maybe they are reaching for Lipstick Queen Glossy Pencils to do the job up good.

Take the jump to watch this grindhouse movie unfold.

After reading some of my past reviews I’m sure by now you’ve realized I have a certain fondness ahem obsession with Lipstick Queen products. Being privy to release after release of awesome lip products from the brand lately makes me giddy. Present me with a chubby lipstick pencil that promises me glossy lips totally chuffed me silly.

What are they?

Big, old chubby pencils of moisturizing lipstick that leave behind pigmented a pinch of color.

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The formula is incredibly moisturizing and very similar to Lipstick Queen Medieval but a bit more pigmented. They glide onto lips easily and flawlessly for a killer look. The name is a little misleading as they aren’t terribly glossy but more of a moisturizing tint for lips. They don’t feel like your typical lipstick so they can’t fit into the standard format and they aren’t necessarily a balm either….basically they are in a category all their own. With a little gloss on top they create the illusion of fuller, yummier looking lips.

Available in five shades for $20 bucks each I deem them a great deal as they have a substantial amount of product per a stick. I’ve been playing around with the two I have for a over a month and never had to sharpener either as of yet. They come with their own jumbo sharpener and are packaged in really fabulous boxes featuring thrilling little scenes on each, gives you the grindhouse feel in my opinion.

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil 3

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The two shades I have are Thriller and Chase. Thriller is a true red where as Chase is more of an orange. I love Lipstick Queen but the website swatches are somewhat inaccurate as I did expect Chase to be more of a pink as per the site’s swatch but turns out it’s more of an orange red shade. No worries though both are gorgeous.

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Sorry for the bad skin pictures. My skin was looking all kinds of tired and dull in these photos, sad sigh. I’m wearing Chinatown Thriller in the photo with some Too Faced Mirror, Mirror Lip Gloss on top.

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If you have a bit of an lip fixation where you’re constantly reaching for gloss or balm to apply these will totally fit right in as I can’t help but whip them out ever 30 minutes and reapply. Color lasts fairly long for such a moisturizing formula and they are ideal for toting around with you.

Ahhh go on now I’m gushing aren’t I?

I’m just such a fan girl when it comes to Lipstick Queen.

Overall, a winner for me. Not my favorite Lipstick Queen product but definitely up there. Loves ’em!

Anyone try?

I know some of you had e-mailed me and said these were fab.

Tell me what you think!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • dina

    i have been stalking these @ bloomie’s but not yet broken down to buy. i really like mystery and crime. def agree w/ you on the chase false swatch 🙁 the 15 minutes of fame glosses look yummy too. guess i just LOVE color and these are straight up, no glitter or anything! my brother likes to compare me to rainbow brite. (oh well, i’m not blonde but do like her little white furball friend!)

    • the Muse

      dina between mac and LQ I’m not sure who makes me madder with the swatches grr 😀 I’m trying out the 15 minutes right now actually, can’t wait to tell ya if it’s a love 😀 LOL awww that’s kinda cute 😀 hehe !

  • Marley

    You need Mystery now too! It’s a gorgeous wine shade…love it for fall. I think it’d look great on you

    • the Muse

      wine?! My ears perked up Marley. I adore a warm wine shade for Fall! Must go peep! thanks!

  • MC

    I’ve been wanting to test drive Lipstick Queen since your first review I read on it and the press it’s been getting. Can you tell me where I can get some in the city? 🙂

  • Isabella Bowie

    They look gorgeous and the packaging is so, yes, grindhouse.
    I’ve just discovered Lipstick Queen as it’s not sold here, in Italy. *sigh*
    The packaging makes you feel instantly sexy. They look well, I don’t know. I’d say vintage but it’s not the proper word. I wish I could try their products.

    • the Muse

      Agreed Isbella 😀 Hmmm I don’t think they ship internationally sadly 🙁 Maybe it’ll come soon as it’s def available in the UK!. It’s def a nice little line of items.

  • KarlaSugar

    Harrumph! Thanks a lot, Muse, now I want both.


    That looks absolutely fabulous on you.

    • the Muse

      hi heather there’s a link right in the post where you can buy.

  • Jeni

    Well being the ripe old age of 57 in august, I think these would be a bit much for me but I do highly recommend Estee Lauder lip liners. The one called “fig” is the one that I use and also Jennifer Anniston uses. Hope you all try it out. Thanks