Poppy was 18 when she started creating lipstick. "I couldn’t find any I liked," she says. "I wanted lipsticks that gave me the look of the 1940’s. Rich, opaque and filled with pigment." Her line, Lipstick Queen, is total glamour, and her inspiration board is awesome and fascinating. For spring, I'm loving her Shine line of hard-core gloss ($22). Inspired by the sexual revolution of the 1970s, Poppy says these glosses are designed "with an extra surge of female prowess." They come in Saint and Sinner colors, and I tried out Gold Saint, which gave me an amazing golden sparkle -- perfect for non-lipstick wearers who just want a super-shiny pout.
I also experimented with Lipstick Queen's Pop Art Gloss ($18, pictured), inspired by the Pop Art movement and Andy Warhol, who predicted in 1968 that "In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." There are 15 shades in this line, one for each minute of fame that Warhol mentioned. I tried "8 minutes," a delightfully in-the-middle strawberry color. This one has no shimmer, no stickiness -- just pure, popping color.
Check out all of Poppy's products here. She even has a sheer black gloss and lipstick called "Black Tie Optional" that I'm dying to try soon. I just can't get enough.