It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Is that headline even funny? Because I'm cackling. Wow, I am a genius.
I feel like every beauty site on the internet has raved about how amazing Lipstick Queen's Frog Prince lipstick is. Have you seen it? It's that lipstick that's green on the bullet but, when applied, it reacts to your skin's pH balance to create the perfect shade of pink for your complexion. It sounds great, but barely anyone has showed it in action! A wasted opportunity, if you ask me.
Lipstick Queen just expanded their Frog Prince lipstick into a small collection, releasing a lip gloss and a cream blush, both green, that all become custom shades for your skin. I figured I'd grab them all and see if these were really as great as everyone claimed they were.
It's not that I had any doubts. Lipstick Queen is awesome, period. Their products tend to be on the pricier side, but I've never heard a review of Lipstick Queen that wasn't an absolute rave. All of their lip colors saturate your lips with color, wear well for hours, are comfortable, and most important, look amazing.
So let's get to it before my carriage turns back into a pumpkin. Get it? Fairytales.
First, the original Frog Prince Lipstick, $25.
So, yup, they're not joking. The lipstick itself is GREEN.
Though it's a bright, kelly green in the tube, it applies sheer, without even the faintest cast of green. You won't be waiting around for the green to fade while looking like a weird corpse, or have to worry about reapplying in public. Once it hits your skin, it's sheer enough not to appear green at all.
It feels like a smooth lip balm as you apply. It's soft and builds quickly, so even though it looks sheer to start, you know it's there, you can feel it. It starts to warm up to your body right away, but takes a minute or two to really land at the final color.
So while I waited, I applied the blush.
Frog Prince Blush, $24.
I looove cream blushes, so I was really excited to play around with this.
The cream blush is very soft so it doesn't take much to work too hard to lift it from the pan, and you don't need to use a ton to get a nice, healthy flush of pink.
I swirled my ring finger around in the pan and tapped in on my cheeks. I was surprised at just how much product I was able to pick up with so little effort, and was able to do both of my cheeks with the same finger.
Wait. I'd love to tell you that that's how I look when I put on blush, but that would be a lie. We all do weird shit with our faces when we're putting makeup on, and I'm no exception. May I present to you: BLUSH FACE:
Stunning, I know.
The blush looked surprisingly pink on my fingers, but went on nicely, not too severe right off the bat so I wasn't desperately trying to blend it out, asking myself "What have I done?" We've all been there.
By the time I had that applied the blush and was happy with it, the lip color had really kicked in and had juiced itself up to a sheer berry hue that really did look great on me!
I personally am not about a sheer lip. If I'm gonna be a dude in a lip, I'm gonna be a dude in a lip, you know? But, this sheer berry business is something I could fuck with. It's similar (on me) to Glossier's Generation G in Jam, though a little lighter and not a matte.
Now, for the gloss.
I'm not a gloss guy, never have been, but I tried this shit on because I love you and I am a giver. I also tried it with and without the lipstick, just to see.
Here it is over the Frog Prince lipstick.
I hate the feel of lip gloss and I especially hate it when it's topping a lipstick, so this isn't for me. That aside, I love how it looks. It beefs up the lipstick itself, making it look more full, less sheer, and giving it more dimension. Wait, maybe I do like lip gloss?
One thing to note about the Frog Prince Lip Gloss is that it's the only one of the three that does apply green, for a minute. It changes quickly, but as you can see below, you can still see the green as it slides on your (my) lips. Below was when I applied it to bare lips, with no lipstick below it.
For the gloss, I would actually recommend wearing it alone, if for no other reason than I like the way it looked more, when it wasn't chilling on top of the lipstick. It turned out becoming a shade or two deeper than the lipstick did, and I really like it. What do you think?
ALSO. The gloss has very finely milled green glitter in it that is barely visible throughout wear, unless you're looking very closely. It's not noticeable unless you're searching for it, and it doesn't distract from the overall ~look~. It's more just a cute little reference to the product's name. The only way I can think of someone actually noticing it is if they're about to kiss you, and if green glitter is enough to stop them, then you don't need to be kissing that person anyway. Let them stay a frog forever.
For reference, here are the three products swatched below, to show the different pigmentations of each:
From left to right: Cream blush, lip gloss, lipstick.
This is unrelated but I feel like I'm selling that awesome nail color short, here it is in direct sunlight.
SO. Have you guys tried any of the Frog Prince products? What other shade shifting do you use? Tell me down below!
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