April 30, 2018

Lipstick Queen Reign & Shine Lipgloss Review & Swatches

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Lipstick Queen Reign & Shine Lipgloss ($20) is a new lipgloss infused with crushed golden pearls that’s available in six shade selections. I always feel like Lipstick Queen releases so few lipglosses and always jump at the chance to try any new ones since typically the formulas are fantastic.

Reign & Shine Lipgloss was a little disappointing shade wise so when I made a purchase it was for merely one shade since the other five didn’t quite appeal to me. The finish does however, as I loved the idea of a golden shimmer shiny finish plus the formula is supposed to be quite moisturizing while adding volume and plump to lips with sodium hyaluronate.

Lipstick Queen Reign & Shine Lipgloss (0.19 oz) arrives in a clear barrel with a gold cap with a crown etching. The box follows through with the royal theme and has a Queen’s Sceptre decorating the side of the box. As always, Lipstick Queen does a fine job with packaging.

I picked up the shade Ruler of Rose which they call a sheer, warm petal pink. I wouldn’t call the shade warm but it is a rather delightful medium pink that has a good color pay off. I think calling it sheer can be misleading as it does pack nice color onto my lips. I was a little shade that the golden sheen that you see in the barrel doesn’t quite translate to lips unless you’re really looking closely.

The formula is thick and a bit tacky and sadly the flat paddle applicator made application a little streaky so I had to go over the color a few times for a smooth, even finish. I do think this was the applicator’s fault and not that of the formula since it wasn’t saturating well with the gloss. Once I did get it applied correctly it looked rather gorgeous on my lips and lasted for a nice four hour time period without moving around my lip line. It felt lightly hydrating but I didn’t experience any plumping. It has a vanilla flavor and fragrance.

Lipstick Queen Reign & Shine Lipgloss formula is quite nice. A little tacky but nothing uncomfortable and plenty of pigment and a good bit of shine with a decently long wear. The applicator is a bit of a deal breaker as it didn’t saturate well with the gloss which resulted in streaky application. I don’t know if I mind much since I was able to achieve some nice looks using this formula and even got some great feedback from some of you when I wore it in a recent review.

All in all not a perfect lipgloss but not a bad one either.

Lipstick Queen Reign & Shine Lipgloss is available now at ulta.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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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