HEY EVERYONE! How did you spend your Halloween? 😀
Mine was nothing short of extraordinary because for the first time in my life (I think), I actually headed out on the actual day of Halloween! Mind you, I’m living in a country where Halloween isn’t largely celebrated. The only places where you’d find people dressed up for the occasion are clubs which I hardly frequent so yes, Halloween is usually stay-home day for me (as the city area would be crowded with people who want to soak up the atmosphere and gosh, I’m totally not a crowd person).
But this year was an exception because MAC Singapore decided to launch something I wanted SO MUCH on 31 October! Yes, you’ve seen the title (that’s why you’re here, right?). It was the launch of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection which was snapped up online in minutes! I was this close to buying the lipsticks off eBay. Have you seen the prices?!? They are MADNESS.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to fork out so much money in the end since the collection was gonna be launched here! In fact I didn’t know it was coming to Singapore so I was really surprised at the news! Yet excited at the same time!
Excited partly because it was launched at Sephora ION (the only MAC store in Singapore under the umbrella of Sephora) which meant that I could use my Black card AND my 10% discount coupon which I hadn’t redeemed! Yay to cheaper prices!
Anyway, back to the launch event. I’m so proud to say that I went alone 😉
I was approached by this nice lady and she asked me to choose between trick and treat. Since I’m sucha fun person, I went for trick! And this was her question:
Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
(Don’t cheat! Don’t Google for the answer! I will reveal the answer at the end of this post hehe)
It was a launch-cum-Halloween party at Sephora ION so some shoppers came with a scary getup. The event started at 6.30pm (also to cater to working adults since it was a weekday) but I was there a few minutes early to beat the crowd. When I was there, the products were not displayed yet so I browsed around Sephora and saw a tarot card reader stationed at one corner of MAC. She invited me to take a seat at the table and proceeded to read my 8 chosen cards. Ooh my first tarot card reading. How exciting!
I had to identify an aspect of my life to discuss about for the session. Among relationship, career and health, I picked the last one. I was told that I needed more vitamin D (more exposure to the Sun) and water in my body lol. I don’t deny the latter because I don’t have the habit of drinking a lot of water everyday. But I run a lot under the hot sun (that I got so tanned) so I wonder why I’m still deficient in vitamin D. Oh wells! But she did mention that I was healthy in general. Teehee!
Came 6.30pm, and every product under the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection was revealed at the counter!
I was there at the launch for the lipsticks, but after swatching the lip pencil (Vino) on my hand, I kinda wanted it too 🙄
Like the online launch, Frank-N-Furter was held back at time of launch. It was only released after the Halloween-theme beauty demo by Senior Artist Beno Lim. Of course, if you were there early, you could request the reservation of the lipstick and then collect it from the sales representation whom you spoke to after the demo. While waiting for Frank-N-Furter to be made available, I already had Strange Journey and Oblivion in my hands. I didn’t get Sin because I already have it albeit in its regular packaging (which makes me wonder why people bought Sin from this collection instead? It’s like US$1.50/S$3 more )
And now, the part you’ve been waiting for!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show collection consists of an eyeshadow palette (in Riff-Raff), a pair of falsies (Rocky Horror 7 Lash), mascara (Zoom Fast Black Lash), eye liner (Superslick Liquid Eye Liner), Chromagraphic Pencil (in Basic Red & Basic Black), Greasepaint Stick (in B & Black), lip pencil (in Vino), lipstick (as shown above), set powder (in Invisible), Sculpt and Shape Powder (in Bone Beige/Emphasize), powder blush (in Crazed Imagination), glitter (in Gold & 3D Black), pigment (in It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time) and nail lacquer (in Bad Fairy & Formidable). A pretty huge collection as you can see!
Time for individual reviews!
Note to self: natural lighting at 5.30pm is the best.
I really think MAC “improved” the formula for their Matte lipsticks because they feel much more moist now and hence my lips look less opaque. I don’t know what to feel about this change because I really liked the dryness of Matte finish even though my lips do feel more hydrated now haha. But it doesn’t seem to last as long already.
For those who couldn’t get Strange Journey when it was launched, don’t worry. Lady Danger (permanent shade) is similar to this! I’ll show you some swatches in awhile.
Applying Oblivion is like smacking strawberry jam onto your lips – just look at how creamy and PINK it is! It also gives a subtle shine for healthier and more hydrated-looking lips. Also not forgetting that it offers such great colour payoff. I LOVE IT. It’s such a kissable shade (but Bf wouldn’t let me kiss him with this obviously! Haha).
Likewise, quite a few dupes for this shade (also from MAC, but cheaper!) so no worries if you didn’t manage to cart this out!
This lipstick… it was the last to be released but first to be gone! But I totally understand why this is the most anticipated lipstick shade for this collection because everyone likes Russian Red. And if you like Russian Red, you’re so gonna like this as well. However, I thought Russian Red was a little too red for me but this one works because it has slight blue undertone hence it’s a bit darker (dark lipsticks are my drugggg). Besides it being so gorgeous, it also creates an illusion of pouty lips à la Angelina Jolie! Plus it is MATTE! So what’s there not to love about this shade?!
Let’s now compare the above lipsticks with some permanent shades from MAC!
In summary, Strange Journey is pretty close to Lady Danger and Chili. If you already have Viva Glam Rihanna, you can do without Oblivion. Otherwise if you don’t have either of them, Brave Red is a good alternative too! And lastly, don’t bother paying so much for an overpriced Frank-N-Furter because you can get Russian Red at a much lower rate.
But I know.. we beautyholics have a common issue. We have poor self-control when it comes to buying makeup. HA!
Alright, that’s all for this post! Were you one of the lucky few to grab one of these lipsticks? Let me know your thoughts about your purchase in the comments below!
So who won the beauty contest? NO BODY. Get it? Nobody. Hehehe.
Thanks for reading! ❤