|Poppy King for Boots No.7|
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|
|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|
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 www.boots.com.
Poppy King for No 7 Lipstick - £12
Poppy King for No 7 Lip Gloss - £11