Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Poppy King for Boots No 7 - Review and swatches

I raced down to Boots today clutching my No.7 vouchers in my hand, and the reason for me abandoning my law revision in such a fashion? Poppy King for No.7.

Poppy King for Boots No.7

As a range, No.7 rarely gets me rushing to the shops. There is nothing wrong with it, but I do think it over priced, although this is remedied by the £5 off vouchers almost in constant circulation. I discovered Lipstick Queen around Christmas and this definitely is an exciting brand in my book. With high quality, sheer textures and wearable colours, creator Poppy King makes lipstick interesting and comfortable. Although I haven't tried the Lipstick Queen glosses. they get very good reviews as well. You can see my previous Lipstick Queen review here.
Poppy King, creator of Lipstick Queen (a brand devoted solely to lip products) has collaborated with No.7 to produce a collection of 7 sheer lipsticks and 7 matching glosses and each is meant to represent the magic of lipstick. The names and shade descriptions are:
  • Allure - Peach
  • Confidence - Warm Golden Glow
  • Glamour - Flirty Pink
  • History - Red
  • Intrigue - Nude (with a hint of pink)
  • Power - Raspberry
  • Seduction - Deep Wine

I chose the lipsticks and glosses in History (No.1), Power (No.2) and Glamour (No.3) after swatching in store. However, having got them home I can see me going back for more as I'm really impressed with these, they are so much nicer than ordinary No.7 lipsticks and for me, better than MAC, but keep in mind that is because I prefer my lipsticks either matte, or sheer. The lipsticks remind me a lot of the Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball range (they aren't as balm like as Medieval) and Saint range, and a little like MAC Viva Glam Cyndi.

I don't normally like lip glosses and haven't bought any for a long time, but these could convert me. They aren't sticky and feel comfortable on, better than MAC. My only issue is the fragrance, which reminds me a lot of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. This isn't offensive in itself but I don't like it on my lips as it has a bit of a metallic taste to it. This is a personal thing as I have really heightened senses so others may not notice it at all, but it isn't enough to stop me wearing them or indeed, buying more!

Both the glosses and the lipsticks come in cute polka dot packaging, but the casing of the lipsticks is a plain metallic finish with Poppy's signature in black on the inner part. I think the packaging is a pleasant change to the normal No.7 standard and reflects the fun nature of Poppy King products.

Now the most important part, price. The lipsticks cost £12 each and the glosses £11. Personally I think this is a bit steep, but it doesn't surprise me as I think this about all No.7 products. However, with the vouchers, it takes them down to a much more reasonable £7 for a lipstick and £6 for a gloss. I had saved 6 vouchers for this launch which is why I bought so many items, if I had been paying full price I would only have got one of each.

To put the prices into perspective, in the Lipstick Queen range which is available at Space NK, Saint lipsticks cost £17 each, Butterfly Ball £18 each and lip glosses range between £15 -£20. The Boots items aren't quite the same quality, but they are still better than a lot of other mid range brands like Nars and MAC. Basically, beg, borrow or steal (or eBay) a No.7 voucher if you think you would like to try this collection, as the vouchers expire on 27th march!

Now for the photos, and I make no apologies for the fact there are a lot!

Poppy King for No 7 Lipstick - £12

Poppy King for No 7 Lipstick in History - £12

Poppy King for No 7 Lipstick in Glamour - £12

Poppy King for No 7 Lipstick in Power - £12

Left to right: History, Power, Glamour

Here are the swatches and pictures of the lipsticks applied very haphazardly!

Left to right: Lipstick swatches in History, Glamour and Power
Left to right: Poppy King for No 7 Lip glosses in History, Power & Glamour - £11
Left to right: Swatches in History, Power and Glamour

History Lipstick applied

History Lip Gloss applied

Power Lipstick applied

Power Lip Gloss applied

Glamour Lipstick applied

Glamour Lip Gloss applied
All in all I think this is a great move on Boots part, pairing a brand that is often considered a little more mature with a younger, funky and more niche one. If you want more information on the collection then check out the Boots website which has some stunning videos of actress and face of No 7 Keely Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Spooks) rocking each look. Lisa Eldridge has created 7 different makeup looks using just the No 7 range and the full product breakdown is available online.

The Seduction lipstick and gloss is calling to me already!

Poppy King for Boots No 7 is now available nationwide at Boots and online at

Poppy King for No 7 Lipstick - £12

Poppy King for No 7 Lip Gloss - £11


  1. I NEED History Lippy. Damn Boots Middle East for only doing standard No.7 collections *cries*
    Still not sure about the packaging though, I think they could have made it a little edgier. Great post though xxx

  2. I'm not at all interested in Poppy King or Lipstick Queen, I don't really like sheers....BUT this is such an amazing review I feel compelled to drive to Boots tomorrow and check them out! The colours look lovely!

  3. Thanks for the swatches these look great x

  4. I did the same as you and went armed with my £5 vouchers to Boots today, got 3 lipsticks and 1 gloss, not had a chance to try them yet, I went for the more nudy shades, all shades were really selling out fast though x

  5. Hi Simone,
    That is such a shame you don't get the special collections. If I get a chance and there are any left next time I head out to Boots (probably weekend), would you like me to pick a History Lipstick up and send it to you? I know just how annoying it is when you obsess about a product and it's not available! Just let me know x

    Hi Charlie,
    THanks so much, I was so keen to do a proper post as I've been quite lazy recently so I was taking photos the moment I walked in the door. Nearly 2 and a half hours later I pressed publish! Is amazing how long these things take. When I was younger I never wore sheers, but now with medication and braces my lips are so dry and chapped it is a necessity really. Do check them out, especially if you have vouchers lying around! x

    Hi Nicoletta,
    Glad you like them x

    Hi Replica,
    It is the first time I've ever had something specific in mind to use the vouchers on. Very handy that they were still in date to use on the Poppy King! Hope you like your haul x

  6. I went into Boots immediately after work and even though my local big store had the spring collections n everything, they just didn't have this! To add insult, the SAs looked at me as if I am mad when I asked her about the Poppy King collection...(as they always were! Last time I asked about the spring St.Tropez collection only one out of 4 knew...)

  7. These are great! I remember using Poppy King products about 15 years ago (during her first phase) and I really liked them. I keep meaning to get back into them, and I think I will after reading your post :)

  8. Glamour has to be my favourite colour of the collection but I'll probably be giving this a miss since I've too many lipsticks as it is and have quite a few pinks similar to Glamour.

    Can't believe you called Nars midranged! This is the brand that came out with a £90 bento box featuring only two colours! Although with a Tom Ford lippie at £35, I guess you're justified.

    Cassie x

  9. Hi Miss Waerlily,
    That is so annoying, although when I went into my local store the slaes staff had no idea about the range. I got there early afternoon and was the first to even test them. It is very frustrating though when you ask about a product and you are considered the crazy one when they just don't know their stock, I get that frequently at MAC! Hope you can find Poppy King near you soon x

    Hi Dempss,
    I had never heard of Poppy King before a lot of bloggers starting posting about Lipstick Queen so I thought I'd see what the fuss was about! Did she expand too quickly with her first range? I really like the idea of a brand just for lips x

    Hi Cassie,
    I had forgotten about the Bento Box, that pricing was completely crazy! I mean I really love lip products but £90 is way too much, I can't imagine who actually bought that set.

    I was meaning mid range in that more expensive than drug store where lipsticks range from £1 (MUA Superdrug) to £12 (Boots No 7) and luxury like Chanel, Tom Ford, Chantecaille etc where you are looking at £22+. In my mind, Nars is most similar to Illamasqua or MAC, but I guess this is just a personal thing. Maybe I am slightly deluded as I tend to only buy Nars when there are offers on like 20% off or the recent ASOS voucher one with Groupon, makes the price more reasonable! x

  10. Your timing is perfect. Well actually would have been perfect had I read this post on Weds! I bought Carnation on Weds cos I wanted a pink lipstick and thought I could live with the shimmer. I was wrong and now I NEED Glamour, even more so having seen your review. Am considering a quick blast into Huds right now.......!

  11. Loving Glamour! I think that's my favorite! Thanks for the swatches! x jeanie

  12. Hi Debbie,
    Hope you made it to Huds in time to get Glamour, it is a lovely shade. I always end up reading posts a day or even a few hours too late for them to be of maximum use, sod's law I guess! x

    Hi Jeanie,
    Thought you'd like Glamour, going to try and pick it up for you tomorrow x

  13. Your reviews are incredible. Now I want to buy one of these. Thank you.