Thursday, November 10, 2011

Interview with Violent Lips Creator Jeff Haddad

Lip tattoos have become very popular lately, and Violent Lips temporary lip tattoos are the first of their kind. Jeff Haddad and wife Isabella first came up with the idea for their company, when their daughters wore Chanel temp tattoos on their lips to a charity event. Though they looked cool, they didn't last very long throughout the night. The next day, they were on a mission to create a product that was safe for lips, easy to use, and of course fun! I saw this interview with Jeff Hadded on and wanted to share with you guys. Enjoy!

HAPPI: What type of space did you see in the marketplace for lip tattoos and how did you go about creating the line?

JH: What we wanted to do was make a cool product with never ending styles and colors and patterns that was easy to use offering the consumer a safe long lasting alternative to traditional lip products. We didn’t actually consider the space in the market as a space for lip tattoos, we saw it as lip fashion.

Our focus is on the “wow” factor of the product itself and how we get these colors, glitters and metallics to look and work the way we want to for the consumer. By taking a few of the principle elements to removable tattoos and reformatting the rest we are able to do that. We have found and patented many ways to do this, but the key to us has always been the end result.

What you’re seeing at this early stage is like the first ipad, we have jumped about 10 levels from these first patterns. We think people are going to be very surprised with what’s coming and what it will mean to the daily use of lip products.

HAPPI: What are the key ingredients to your tattoos and how do they make the products work?

JH: The key ingredients are the inks, glitters and metallics and of course none of that would matter unless we used 100% safe and tested materials and adhesives. Our testing standard is for ages 3 and up, and while we don’t expect 3 year olds to wear the product, they can and that standard is important to our company. The product is FDA-approved, vegan and made in the US.

HAPPI: What type of consumer are you targeting with these products? Any celebrity fans?

JH: Artists like Jesse J, Katy Perry, Nikki Manaj and Ke$ha are always do amazing things with their lips. We are not going to say they are using our product, we will let the consumer find that out on their own. We have a lot of celebrity fans, you can check our Twitter or Facebook to see who sends us pictures on their own. We are not asking anyone to wear the lips, if they want to wear them they can and if they want to post pictures they can.

Our goal is to have a great product in the consumers’ hands and allow them to decide what color, pattern or style best suits them. We can tell you this, the person wearing Violent Lips gets noticed, they stand out from the rest of the pack and its pretty amazing to have people send us messages thanking us for doing this because they had “the best night ever” and tons of attention.

HAPPI: How did you decide on the colors/prints? Which one is the top seller and why?

JH: The first 18 designs are a mix we selected from about 250 total designs. We wanted to put a first run selection in the marketplace and let the consumer tell us what they liked.

We knew The Pink Cheetah and The Pink Polka would be huge sellers but we didn’t know The Rainbow and The Fishnet would be as big and would go over as well. The fact is that the customer always decides and we are able to move very fast. Some designs are already “deceased” and some are on “life support,” but the cool thing is that 28 more patterns launch soon and another 20+ patterns are right behind that. We listen and learn from every sale!

HAPPI: Future plans for the line? Any expansions or distribution deals in the works?

JH: At this stage, it is about the expansion of the lip line, as the glitters, new patterns and metallics get ready to roll out ,we continue to grow the company. We are in talks with several people about distribution and would love a major to come along and click their heals, but the fact is that we built this company so it can survive on its own and grow online daily so our primary focus must be on the product and the consumer.

So cool! I can't wait to see what other designs they come out with! Have you guys tried Violent Lips? I want to!!


  1. I'm not blod enough to wear these but I do love um!

  2. @Jessica

    I think they are definitely worth trying! I was unsure about them at first myself, but you have to try them to realize how fun they actually are! This was a good interview, I can't wait to see what other designs they come out with! :)

  3. @Jessica - I thought the same thing, but I feel like I HAVE to try them now, even if I don't go out of my house with it on haha!

    @Sam - they're so fun right? thought how they came up with the company was pretty interesting. I'll be on the look out for new designs too! =)

  4. I've seen these in Sephora and kind of wanted to try them, but they are a little pricey for something that I don't even know if I would leavethe house with!

  5. @confessions - fair point. I don't know how much they are, should look into that. they would probably make a killing during Halloween though!

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