Well readers, I’ve gotten woefully behind on what’s new from Lipstick Queen (because the manager at Barney’s said I wasn’t welcome there, and there’s nowhere else to swatch the brand), but looking at all the gorgeous new products on their website and not being able to swatch them was driving me crazy! You can’t keep a girl and her lipstick apart! So I snuck in to Barney’s (and ducked behind a counter when I saw that manager).
The results were totally worth the risk, because I got away with an armful of LQ’s Chinatown Glossy Pencils (which debuted this past spring).
Chinatown pencils are super soft, glossy, sheer… lipsticks? in chubby pencil form. (Perhaps analogous to YSL’s Gloss Volupte or Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Baby Lipstick?) I thought they were weird at first, but now I think they’re sort of brilliant. A tube of lipstick this soft and sheer might be crushed as you apply it to your lips, but as pencils, the wood protects the product. And coloring your lips is oddly fun.
Anyway, they come in five bright, cheery — surprisingly moisturizing! — colors. I tried on (and loved) Chase, and now I want to try on Thriller, too. Chinatown pencils are unscented, $20 each, and come with their own chubby sharpener.
Chinatown Glossy Pencils: Mystery (isn’t it so much… more accessible a color than you thought it would be?), Thriller, Chase, Genre, Crime