Professional boxing is a lot like dating Charlie Sheen. Sure, you take your lumps, but with any luck you’ll also get a few bucks and some fame before any major damage is done to your health.
Most stay in the bloody sport until their bodies give out or their popularity wanes. But not Muhammad Ali.
Perhaps one of the greatest highlights from his legendary career was his comeback in 1974. At age 32, the former Heavyweight World Champion pummeled younger and stronger contender George Foreman (yes, of George Foreman Grills—fame is just as fickle in boxing as it is everywhere else) at The Rumble in the Jungle to regain his title.
And recently, the superchamp’s boundless awesomeness inspired Lipstick Queen’s Butterfly Ball lipstick collection.
I know what you’re thinking. While pro boxers have mobilized everything from commemorative mugs to screen-printed duvets for morbidly obese 12-year-old fans who scream “You suck!” as they enter the ring, boxing and beauty products go together like the Cookie Monster and vegetables.
But when The Greatest enters the equation, the line drawn between the two is as malleable as a fresh-baked German pretzel.
Though Ali’s famous Rumble in the Jungle quote—that he would “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” to take down his opponent—has held its place in our cultural lexicon for decades, Poppy King, the founder of Lipstick Queen, has resurrected its spirit for the naughties in the form of sheer treatment lipsticks translucent and fragile like a butterfly wing yet with a disarming shot of turquoise glitter (the bee sting).
If two heads are better than one, then two creative-noggins fused into one lipstick body are better than one.
With vitamins C, E and aloe vera, King’s liphilic treatment perks pouts against their perpetual kryptonite, the sun, while the stunning color turns Ali’s boast about his lightning-fast dances and stiff right jab into agent provocateur magnetism.
Since these days deal-closing golf games are eschewed in favor of sweat-slicked cage matches, get your kisser in shape to vault over the corporate ladder with this appropriate sweet-talking, strong arming warrior paint.
• Vitamin C – Potent antioxidant that protects against photodamage created by UVA and UVB rays. Oral supplementation is useful, but topical application actually delivers a higher concentration of the stuff to the needed area. It lessens redness in skin resurfacing and facilitates wound healing.
• Vitamin E – Lipid-soluble vitamin that protects against oxidative damage.
• Aloe vera – Helpful for wound healing and reducing irritation. Binds moisture to the skin and has antibacterial properties.
The Bread and Butter
Your face is often the first thing people notice about you, unless you’ve clearly diverted their attention by not wearing pants.
Which is why I was ecstatic about swatching Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick in Trance, a shimmering sheer raspberry, and Moment, a subtle shimmering red.
The colors gleam so brightly in the tube that they simply must enliven even the most Gollumy complexions.
King illuminates her clients by smiling in the face of darkness, employing an army of minute flecks of turquoise iridescence which not only “disarm and then charm your target” but also make teeth appear whiter, seismically shaking off stains and demolishing discolorations.
Both Trance and Moment glide on with optimum smoothness and finish on lips like a blend of chapstick and lip gloss, solving the eternal puzzle of how to score shine without the bugs and other random fallout that get stuck in a typical gloss, the most mean-spirited mass-attracting phenomenon after gravity.
Though not as glossy as, say, MAC Lipglass, Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick makes lips luscious, voluptuous, and oh so tantalizing.
Like Lipstick Queen Medieval, coverage is buildable, though Butterfly Ball is slightly more pigmented.
Moment is a diaphanous yet fiery Carmen-esque carnelian that’s perfect for days when you want to look effortlessly sultry, while Trance is more of a sheer pink rose than a raspberry, only a few shades darker than my natural lip color and with a cheeky, youthful buoyancy.
The cheeky pink shades totally jive with the fuchsia lip makeup trend seen on the Spring 2010 runways and on star examples like Ashley Greene and Beyoncé.
And the biggest plus? No need to apply lip balm first before flicking on the lipstick because of its highly emollient and moisturizing base. The vitamin E reservoired water in my pout to keep it from drying out, which is novel in a lipstick for me because most of the lip paint I wear chaps and flakes my lips within a few hours.
To wit: I wore Moment for a full-day shopping marathon (shopping is the best cardio, I say) and come nighttime my kisser was still soft and cushy.
Unless an admirer is thisclose to your lips, the turquoise glitter is almost unrecognizable.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m glad the flecks of sparkle aren’t as chunky as the raisin-sized glitter bombs in Claire’s shimmer pots (after all, who wants to look like a pre-pubescent 13-year-old experimenting with makeup for the first time?), but because the blue is not easily noticed the rumored ‘smile zone whitening effect’ falls flat.
My teeth looked only minimally whiter, and I’m sure it’s because not enough turquoise luster was heaped into the formula.
And while these admixed shades are based on a timeless fighter known for outlasting his adversaries, they themselves tire quickly even outside of the ring.
It’s a Catch-22 really, since their fab moisturizing benefits are also their greatest weakness. Butterfly Ball disappears from your pout within half an hour or post sipping a drink of any size, whichever comes first.
Trance and Moment may slide off faster than clothes at the Playboy mansion, but their pretty incandescence is ripe for welcoming the ides of spring and the odes of summer.
Reapplication is necessary, but will be well worth the effort.
At $20 a tube, Butterfly Ball may not be cheapest tool in your makeup weaponry, and I know times are tight, but it’s one of those very rare bright red lipsticks you can wear during the daytime without looking trollopy.
Check out this beaut in the slideshow below.
To purchase Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick, visit LipstickQueen.com or the Beverly Hills location of Barneys New York at:
9570 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Linda thanks whoever invented lipstick for such a genius product–without it, she’d be so pale she’d look like a see-through phantasm.