After my positive experience with Jean Queen, it wasn’t a difficult decision to buy another Lipstick Queen. However, this time I thought I would go for something different and try out a selection from the Butterfly Ball collection.
Here is the inspiration behind the entire collection, as explained by Lipstick Queen creator Poppy King:
“The butterfly wing has to be one of the most beautiful effects in the world and although I would never lay claim on what Mother Nature does, I created Butterfly Ball in her honor.”
This is all very poetic and pretty, and the collection does pay testament to the idea. The shade I picked up is a beautiful sheer bright cool-toned pink with iridescent shimmer in it, called Fly. Here she is:
This is what Fly looks like swatched on:
And here’s what the collection is meant to be all about:
The light, airy and magical look of the butterfly wing is the ultimate in glamour produced exclusively by Mother Nature. All the subtle Butterfly Ball shades pay tribute to this. They are as sheer as a butterfly wing with a beautiful hint of shimmer and Iridescence when they catch the light. The formula is incredibly wet, soft and moisturizing to condition your lips, while dressing them at the same time.
- The subtle flash of blue pearl in each shade is flattering on the lips and helps teeth appear whiter
- Super moisturizing and conditioning with aloe vera and vitamins E, C and B
- Contains film formers to help seal in moisture
Fly is one of those shades that you look at in the bullet and go, “Oh dear, that looks awfully bright” – but when swatched, it’s surprisingly wearable despite its brightness – so much so that I am perfectly happy to apply it straight from the bullet without worrying about looking like a Nicki Minaj impersonator afterward.
For a better visual idea of what the Butterfly Ball lipsticks look like against multiple skin tones, Lipstick Queen has kindly put together a short video that basically explains it all:
Like Jean Queen, it is super moisturising and emollient, glides on smoothly, and doesn’t feel heavy on the lips. It also leaves behind a soft stain over the course of the day, despite wearing off a little bit from the 2 to 3-hour mark onwards.
I’ll admit that at first, I wasn’t convinced by the idea of iridescent blue-based shimmer in a lipstick, but Lipstick Queen changed my mind. It does make your teeth appear whiter when you smile, and the blue brightens up my yellow-to-neutral undertone.
The sheer iridescence of Fly also makes it a great shade to wear over other lipsticks; sometimes I wear a light layer of Fly over my favourite MLBB shades (e.g. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks in Rose and Shine, Blushed, and Demure, and Clinique High Impact Long Last Lipstick in Nearly Violet) for added dimension, and it works great to liven up the base colour without completely changing the MLBB look.
I purchased Fly at Escentials, Paragon on Orchard Road, and it set me back SG$ 34. I will not be a broken record and reiterate my newfound appreciation for spending money on great, high-quality, versatile products once again – but I will say this. I think my loyalty to Lipstick Queen has been well and truly cemented. Expect more Lipstick Queen reviews in the future 😉