Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick is an Out of this World Nude.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

As cosmetic enthusiasts, we have certain lipstick colors and formulation we absolutely love.  Personally, I will always be drawn to dark rich colors, they seem to suit my coloring and personality the best.  However, the majority of people seem to gravitate toward pale nude shades reminiscent of the 60’s.  Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick ($50 USD/ 3.5g) is a nude lipstick lover’s dream.  The matte formula has a perfect finish, silky smooth texture and amazing longevity.  Bridget Bardot eat-your-heart-out 🙂

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Star System is a gorgeous pinky/beige nude color.  The lightweight formula applied smoothly and opaquely in one swipe.  Star System performed beautifully, lasting 3½-4 hours on its own and 6 hours when paired with It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain In Blushing Nude (reviewed here); quite an impressive feat for a nude lipstick color.  Just like Private Party (reviewed here), Star System is formulated with a slight sweet peppermint scent, which is such a refreshing and unique feature. The packaging is luxe and substantially weighted, an indication a quality product is present 🙂

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

My only compliant lies with the overall finish on my lips.  I found the color looked chalky, even though in reality, the color felt velvety smooth and hydrating. To combat the superficial dehydrated appearance, I simply applied Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige to even out the texture on the lips.  The resulting hue was chock-full of creamy goodness–a discovery any die-hard nude lip lover would be proud to wear 🙂

My Preferred "Nude." Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose 420 Pure Color Envy Lipstick topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit.

My Preferred “Nude.”
Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose 420 Pure Color Envy Lipstick topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit.

Even though I adore the formulation of this lipstick line, I have to come to the realization, Star System is not suited for my skin tone. My features are too pronounced to pull off such a delicate color. I can envision lighter complexions, especially those with green and blue eyes, looking exceptional in this shade.  When my son saw this color, his immediate reaction was, “Mommy you know light colors really don’t look great on you.” However painfully blunt his comment, he was quite exacting in his assessment of this shade (on me at least). For the above photos, the makeup remained the same with the obvious change being the lip color.  Which color do you think better suited my complexion?

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Swatches L-R: Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick Swatches L-R:
Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks come in five shades and can be found at Beauty.com, Nordstrom, lipstickqueen.com, BeautyBar.com and Ulta.

Ingredient List for Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick :

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Cire De Candelilla), Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Perfluorononylethyl Stearyl Dimethicone, Beeswax (Cire D’Abeille), Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide Cl 77891

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you prefer paler toned lipstick colors, then Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick is the color for you.  I cannot imagine another brand formulating a more luxurious and comfortable nude lipstick.  Sadly for me, this color did not work and will be exchanged for Brat Pack. Should you feel the urge to splurge on this lipstick (or any other color), do take advantage of Beauty.com $10 off a $50 purchase coupon code at the bottom of this post.  Where do your preferences lie–with the nude or the naughty shades?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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