Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Hello, Sailor! (aka, the Universal Blue Lipstick)

I can see why the title of this post might raise an eyebrow. "A universal blue lipstick? Pish posh! I know you like vibrant lipsticks, Jen, but this sounds ridiculous!" To all of the skeptics, I hear you- but hear me out. 


Lipstick Queen's Hello Sailor lipstick is a relatively new addition to the range, and is definitely an interesting one. It is touted as a "super sheer, silky-feeling navy that gives lips a deep berry tint" (from lipstickqueen.com). A sassy blue-to-berry lipstick? I was intrigued! 

Let's take a look at the packaging and then delve into the performance. Hello Sailor comes in a cardboard box with blue and white colouring and hints of red. Both the lettering and the pin-up style graphic have a retro, glamorous, cheeky sort of feel. 



The tube itself is made of lightweight, polished metal and sports a similar blueberry hue to the shade inside. It also has a retro, feminine aesthetic that I really like. 


Now onto the lipstick itself. The formula is rich in Vitamin E for ultra hydration and within this moisturizing base are blue pigments. Yes, blue! It is designed to be worn alone or paired with other berry lipsticks to enhance their blue undertones. But, as promised above, it is not meant to leave your lips looking frozen. Instead, it aims to translate into a sheer plummy tone that also brightens your smile. 


When swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone), you can see a visible mix of berry and blue tones, with an ultra sheer, slightly shiny finish. 


On the lips, however, no hint of blue whatsoever! Instead, it imparts a beautiful cool-toned, luminous, berry pink effect. It wakens my complexion nicely and really does make my teeth look whiter! 


As for the formula, this really feels ultra rich and hydrating on the lips, without any hint of heaviness, stickiness, or greasiness. Once the top layers fade (after approximately 2 hours or so, as this is an ultra sheer, slick formula), it does leave a subtle, yet very pretty stain behind.

So perhaps the title of this post really does hold some water? If you like the idea of blue-toned lipstick in theory, but you're not quite feeling the Smurf lips look, Hello Sailor is an amazing alternative!

You can track down Lipstick Queen via sites like Cult Beauty and Feel Unique, but I was lucky enough to find Hello Sailor at my local Anthropologie shop (on sale, even!), so keep your eyes peeled?

Does Hello Sailor interest you? Do you have any deceptively wearable lip colours?

Have a fantastic day! xo

35 comments:

  1. Hey, I like Smurf lips LOL! Hahaha-this is a neat lipstick! Anthropologie you say? Hmmmm... :D

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    1. Thanks! And I bought an actual blue lipstick recently too, which I hope to feature soon! :)

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  2. This looks amazing on the lips! I need to try this one :) Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Kat! It's definitely a fun lipstick to have in your collection :)

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  3. Ooooh, this is so cool! It looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Like you've just finished eating a berry popsicle or something :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Yes, exactly- I've always loved that popsicle effect! :)

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  4. I saw these at Space NK last weekend. They also have a green version (the hubby was very intrigued, he though it was proper green and blue lipsticks haha). I love how natural yet noticeable this looks. It's a very fresh and nice colour! Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving it :) And I'm also definitely tempted by Frog Prince :)

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  5. I love this! Alternative colours are really gorgeous - I think we all need to give them a chance!

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    1. Absolutely! Especially the ones that are deceivingly wearable :)

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  6. i would totally go for this color. it looks sort of like illamasqua's underworld but with a very toned down duo chrome

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    1. You should! And now I have to check out Underworld :)

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  7. I love the packaging and the fact it's blue so I'm sold!

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  8. Oh that's pretty cool! The swatch on your arm is very beautiful although not necessarily what I'd picture when it transfers to your lips. The end result is really pretty however! I'll bet you'll make a few eyes pop when you whip that out to apply to your lips in public! :D

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    1. Haha, yeah- I went to lunch with my supervisor and she shouted in protest when I pulled it out "Don't ruin your pretty face with that!" She was amazed when it actually didn't come out blue ;)

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  9. Oh wow! Never seen this before.

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  10. The first photo of the blue lippie caught my eye when I scrolled through my feed. I was wondering "Blue lips?" My mum used to have a green lipstick which I'm always enthralled by coz it applies as a sheer natural reddish purplish tone just like this blue lipstick! Making the teeth whiter sure sounds like great points scorer.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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    1. Lipstick Queen also makes a green lipstick that turns a bright pinkish colour- the effect is really neat :)

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  11. Such a cool product. ^^
    New outfit is online...

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  12. This looks so cool! I love it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  13. This is so cool - and for a second I really thought that the lipstick was going to turn out to be blue :D

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  14. I love colour changing lipsticks, but I also have a soft spot for blue lips à la Kesha, so while I love the berry colour on you, I'm kind of disappointed you're not rocking a blue lip ;)

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    1. Haha, well I actually bought a true blue lipstick recently, and hope to be featuring it soon! xo

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  15. Need this lipstick in my life as soon as possible! Thanks for review. :)

    http://happinessvictim.blogspot.com/
    x

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  16. Cool! I just want this so I can whip out a blue lipstick and end up with pink lips!

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    1. Absolutely! It's fun everytime :)

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  17. I love this post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  18. I would have never guessed that the blue tube with produce that on the actual lips!!

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  19. But I was hoping for the Smurf lips look!!! LOL I can't deny I was surprised to see it applied sheer on the lips! What a good concept, though. I'm intrigued!

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    1. It's super cool! And I also recently bought a true blue lipstick recently that I hope to feature soon :)

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  20. I adooooore this lipstick, in fact, I'm about to use it up! I'm honestly down for anything lipstick queen has to offer...including their new emerald lipstick! ;)

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    1. Now that I've opened up the Lipstick Queen floodgates, I'm sure my collection will grow exponentially :)

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  21. SO...I STILL HAVEN'T TRIED OUT THIS LIPSTICK YET :( (mostly because it's kept with my other makeup, which is problematic because I don't put lipstick on when I'm doing makeup because I usually have to eat breakfast after and I don't wear lipstick while eating)(well, that was a lengthy explanation!)

    Seriously loving this shade on you though! I don't have any shade similar to this one post-transformation, so I'm not quite sure if it'll suit me or not. On another note, totally lusting over her new Frog Prince lipstick though!

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    1. Ahh, I think the shade would suit you so well!! And I had to try so hard to resist Frog Prince when I was in NYC :)

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