REVIEW: MAC x Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC & Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

Oh hey, it’s the fourth day of the Lunar New Year! 恭喜发财 everyone!

It was just a little more than a month ago since Mariah Carey released her second holiday collection with M.A.C Cosmetics. This time, the line boasted a full range of products bursting with more bling than ever.

M.A.C X Mariah Carey for Holiday 2016

M.A.C X Mariah Carey for Holiday 2016

Thanks to the lovely folks at M.A.C Cosmetics Singapore, I had the privilege to preview the collection before it was even launched online (and in stores). I don’t know how much poorer I would have become if not for this opportunity to swatch the products I initially wanted to get..

The entire M.A.C X Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 collection in Singapore

The entire M.A.C X Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 collection in Singapore

This collection, as well as the price tags, is rather massive. I had my eyes set on one of the eye shadow palettes, the eye shader brush, the highlighter and two lipsticks but figured that they would set me back more than S$200.

Anyway, here’s close-up on the lipsticks since this is probably what you’re expecting from a lipstick-centric beauty blog 😄 :

All M.A.C X Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 lipsticks

All M.A.C X Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 lipsticks

All M.A.C X Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 lipstick swatches

All M.A.C X Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 lipstick swatches

Off-putting Cremesheens and barely-there nudes, the lipsticks in this collection are SO NOT my cup of tea 🙄 The payoff of the Cremesheens, to say the least, was unspeakably sheer and light. The only redeeming quality of the lipstick line in this collection are the Frost lipsticks, out of which one I already own – All I Want. It is a repromote from M.A.C’s first holiday-themed collection with Mariah Carey in 2015 and no changes were made to the formula. You may refer to my review of it here if you’re interested!

And finally, this was what I got after narrowing down my choices..

As you can tell, my shopping list shrunk more than twofold

As you can tell, my shopping list shrunk more than twofold

Besides the need to pay royalties, product packaging conceptualisation probably accounts for another bulk of the price. The items in this collection are luxuriously decked out in silver glitter and reflective champagne gold, and topped off with the mega superstar’s coveted signature, not forgetting the iconic butterfly logo emblazoned on every lipstick bullet. Nonetheless, in spite of the cost, it was still a sold-out collection (apparently gone within the first day) that left many people begging for a restock (which ain’t happening, unfortunately)!

Did M.A.C’s sales pick up due to the star power of Mariah Carey or was there another beauty breakthrough in this collection?

#1 I Get So OOC Lipstick

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC (US$20 / S$39)

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC (US$20 / S$39)

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC

Taking cues from Jay-Z who casually suggested that Mariah include some of her slanguage in her music, M.A.C injects some “MCizzle” into this collaboration by naming the darkest lipstick shade after one of her tracks from her eleventh studio album E=MC².

I Get So OOC (which stands for Out Of Control) is described as a shimmering brown with Frost finish but looks more like a fusion of red and brown in real life. It does not pull or tug at the lips and it leaves a wax-like finish akin to gloss, minus the tackiness. The colour payoff is sheer but buildable with a lightweight and emollient consistency. The golden shimmers are evenly spread out across the lips without settling into the lip lines. The lipstick itself, however, is not transfer-proof and can be removed easily with just a touch of a wet wipe. This shade complements all skin tones 🙂

M.A.C X Mariah Carey I Get So OOC lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C X Mariah Carey I Get So OOC lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C has always been my go-to brand for lipsticks, so much so that I would zoom in straight on the lipsticks and pay no attention to the other products whenever they launch a new collection. But this time around, something else managed to steal the spotlight from the lipsticks which are already very eye-catching by themselves with all the glitzy, diamanté-looking packaging.

And that’s none other than the highlighter!

#2 My Mimi Extra Dimension Skinfinish

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi (US$45.50 / S$60)

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi (US$45.50 / S$60)

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi (plastic protector)

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi (plastic protector)

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

Truth be told, I was debating real hard whether I should fork out for this gorgeous highlighter because not only is it expensive, it also costs more online than it does in local M.A.C store after the exchange (*gasp*). But knowing that I wouldn’t be able to make it for the launch here that weekend (the collection was available exclusively at ION outlet only), I jumped at the chance to shop the collection online once it was released to Devoted and Obsessed members.

My Mimi is a warm gold shimmer liquid-powder highlighter. Sculpted to look like Mariah Carey’s face that is instantly recognisable from her distinctive mole next to her voluptuous lips, the surface is deliberately made uneven to enable the brush to pick up just the right amount of product. You certainly do not want to look like a disco ball, do you?

The payoff is moderately pigmented – the first sweep gives a luminous effect to the skin without the gold pigment and it takes two to three applications for pigment to show up on my skin (or rather, on camera), which is great for amateur highlighter users like me who may not have applied it correctly the first time (because somehow or other I’m not able to tell where light naturally hits my face).

 

BEFORE: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

BEFORE: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

Use a fan brush if you own one for a more even and precise application. I have been searching high and low for a good fan brush but brands I patronise either do not stock them or have discontinued them (why, though?!). Recommendations, anyone?

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

AFTER: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

AFTER: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

AFTER: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

AFTER: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

This may be my first time using a highlighter from M.A.C but I’m actually owner to a couple of face-illuminating products – be it in liquid or powder form – from other brands prior to this purchase. One common problem with the highlighters I currently have is that they tend to accentuate my pores and put a lot more emphasis on my rough blemished skin. While I can’t say that this highlighter doesn’t do all that, it does a better job in accenting my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose without making me moon-faced. The shimmers are well-distributed even on bumpy areas and the fact that the gold pigment complements my skin tone also helps in lending my skin a natural sun-kissed complexion.

AFTER: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC & Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

AFTER: M.A.C X Mariah Carey Lipstick in I Get So OOC & Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi

Having said the above, I don’t think this collection deserves the amount of hype it got. I believe M.A.C has rolled out similar shades for all the products and honestly, the lipstick finishes are nothing to write home about. Now, answering my own question posed in the beginning of this review, the popularity of this collection is definitely driven by the fact that it is fronted by a highly successfully and critically-acclaimed international superstar. Fantastic choice of celebrity to partner with, M.A.C!

Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! ❤

M.A.C x Mariah Carey for Holiday 2016 is now available on MACCosmetics.com. Most of the products are already sold out but some are pretty much still available on the Canadian site as well as macy’s. Happy hunting!
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REVIEW: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Virginity, Queen Bee, Nude Beach, Watermelon Soda & 714

Hello everyone!

Jeffree Star is no stranger to controversy, having been very vocal about his opinions on his social media accounts. Perhaps his forthrightness – on top of his talent in makeup artistry and music – was what propelled him to superstar status on the internet. Despite his popularity, he holds no reservations in publicly ridiculing other high-profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, whom he lashed out for the poor quality of her lip gloss applicator when they first came out so very naturally, he was regarded as the voice for the beauty community whose passion for make-up has so often been taken advantage of by big beauty brands.

But things can get even uglier when the tables are turned. Not long after the whole Kylie Cosmetics hooha, Jeffree Star found himself embroiled in a yet another feud, but this time with former BFF Kat Von D, just a few days shy of the release of his summer collection last July. With his credibility undoubtedly affected by Kat Von D’s claims of plagiarism claims against him, his Velour Liquid Lipstick sales took a hit despite all the hype around them on Instagram in the weeks leading up to the launch, thereby prompting Jeffree Star to remove the limit on the number of lipsticks each customer can purchase. Beautylish (an authorised Jeffree Star vendor) had to also slash the price of the bundle in half Labour Day to get them to move.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

But were people shunning the summer collection solely because of the scandal? Or were there other underlying reasons such as poor quality control that led to such drastic sales decline? Seeing that not a single shade was sold out one week into the launch, I bought the bundle to test the lipsticks out for myself.

And yes, I paid full price with shipping for this. If only I had sat on buying the bundle a little longer… *sigh*

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Collection 2016

Aptly wrapped in eye-catching yellow packaging and infused with a refreshing watermelon scent to remind you of the popular summer punch, the theme of this collection is unmistakable. It stands out from the multitude of summer-themed collections in the market (go Google “makeup summer collection” and you will know what I mean) simply because the five shades picked out exclusively for this line are finally not of the same ol’ pink and coral hues… *yawn*

Here, I see a bold yellow as striking as the sun, a vibrant beige as inviting as sandy beaches and a violet like the colour of perennials that bloom even more brilliantly in summer. These shades are oh-so-relevant to the season!

#1 Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Virginity

Virginity is described as a soft lilac but dries down completely to a pale purple with slight grey undertone matte. It runs smoothly on the lips and it is sufficiently pigmented to give an opaque finish in a single swipe. The texture feels powdery and drying so it cracks instantly upon movement of the lips. The cracks are more visible on dry lips so lip exfoliation is a must.

Don’t fancy getting roasted under the hot sun but yearn to be tan? Well, this shade is able to help to a certain extent as it makes the skin appear tanner.

Jeffree Star Virginity swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Virginity swatch comparison

While some of the colours in this collection may not be suitable for everyday wear alone, they can be mixed with other lipsticks to create customised colours. As liberal as I am, I am certainly not ready to parade the town in unusually bright lipstick colours just yet, and I am one of the lazy sort who can’t be bothered to tailor-make my make-up. So what do I do with my unconventional lipstick shades? I use them to create lip art!

Virginity as the main colour for my Ditto lip art (other shades include Kylie Cosmetics' Kourt K, Jeffree Star's Drug Lord and Nude Beach)

Virginity as the main colour for my Ditto lip art (other shades include Kylie Cosmetics’ Kourt K, Jeffree Star’s Drug Lord and Nude Beach for the mouth)

The whole lip art experience proved to be a lot more fun than I thought.

I spent close to 30 minutes on this one. And to think that I said I was lazy. Hmm.

Virginity is still available on JeffreeStarCosmetics.com for US$7.99.

#2 Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Queen Bee

Queen Bee is the first yellow liquid lipstick in the market, as claimed by Jeffree Star. It is a vibrant canary yellow upon application but becomes one tone lighter when it dries down. This shade was my main deciding factor in getting the summer bundle (as buying just one product would not justify paying for the shipping fee) because, as common as this colour seems for apparels and household products, yellow lipsticks with this degree of pigmentation and vibrancy is virtually unheard of. Furthermore, I didn’t have a yellow liquid lipstick in my stash so this would be a perfect addition to my spectrum of liquid lipstick colours.

Packed a powerful punch in the colour department, Queen Bee is exactly what you see in pictures, except that it appears streakier and less consistent in coverage than expected. The fresher coats of lipstick can easily be told apart from the older ones because they don’t blend well together, resulting in those unsightly horizontal strokes as seen in the above lip swatches. Therefore, the first application has to be absolutely even for the payoff to be uniform. The finish isn’t entirely opaque as some parts of my natural lip colour can still be seen peeking through the lipstick. It feels a little drying and leaves a tacky finish when dried down.

I immediately thought of doing a Pikachu lip art the moment I saw swatches of Queen Bee before it was even launched

I immediately thought of doing a Pikachu lip art the moment I saw swatches of Queen Bee before it was even launched

Besides creating lip art, Queen Bee can also be used with pink and red liquid lipsticks to create a sunset lip ombré, something like Laneige’s Juicy Pop but more vivid and in liquid lipstick form.

Despite all the flaws mentioned, I think Queen Bee deserves a permanent spot in Jeffree Star’s lipstick lineup just because yellow liquid lipsticks are a rare find.

#3 Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Nude Beach

Nude Beach is Jeffree Star’s rendition of macaroni and cheese nude, a pale peach matte. This is the only shade which I notice dries down to the exact colour as the product in the tube. But like most light-coloured liquid lipsticks, one swipe of Nude Beach is not opaque enough to mask the natural colour of the lips. It does not apply evenly and the texture is too runny to be able to stay in place when I try to add more coats of the lipstick. Furthermore, I’m not impressed with the streaky texture and tacky finish (even after leaving it to dry). Instead of hugging the lips like a second skin, the lipstick feels like a burdensome layer of paint which I very much look forward to remove every time.

Echoing what Jeffree Star said in his introductory video, however, this is one of the few light shades which works for every skin tone due to its gorgeous warm undertone that prevents it from washing the palest skin out while making lips on dark skin tone “pop” in a flattering way. I personally feel it complements Asian skin tone the most. Really too bad for the poor quality.

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Jeffree Star Nude Beach swatch comparison

Nude Beach is still available on JeffreeStarCosmetics.com for US$7.99.

#4 Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Watermelon Soda

Since watermelons are one of the iconic fruits of summer, it makes perfect sense to dedicate a liquid lipstick from the summer line to the red and green fruit! Fittingly named Watermelon Soda, this rich salmon-toned coral not only resembles the colour of the juicy red watermelon flesh but also smells like the taste of it (yeah, just like the other lipsticks in this collection but this just feels more appropriate, you get what I mean?).

It applies smoothly on the lips and lends a fairly pigmented finish with some negligible patchiness quite unnoticeable from a distance. It dries to a soft reddish-pink matte that does not suck every ounce of moisture from the lips. It is prone to transfers as it still feels slightly tacky after several minutes of wear.

#5 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in 714

Named after the area code of Orange County in California where Jeffree Star was born, 714 was first launched in 2015 but was quickly discontinued after several complaints about the formula surfaced. It was said to be poorly formulated and extremely blotchy. But as the saying goes, ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison’ – while there were critics who thought 714 was the “worst lip product” they had ever come across, there were also hardcore fans who swore by it. After 714 was taken off the shelves, resale prices for this prized lipstick rocketed and people were pleading Jeffree Star to bring it back.

Fast forward one year, this coral-toned pink made a comeback in a different packaging but the formula remains as horrendous as when it first came out. It has poor colour payoff and the runny and streaky texture means that it would be impossible to distribute the lipstick evenly on the lips. The lipstick budges and does not seem to dry down completely, making it a whole lot more difficult to build. It is tacky and very prone to transfers. The only good out of this substandard liquid lipstick formula is probably its lightweight. This lipstick is so bad, it deserves to be shelved forever.

Jeffree Star Watermelon Soda and 714 swatch comparison

Jeffree Star Watermelon Soda and 714 swatch comparison

714 is the only shade in this collection not infused with watermelon scent (as Jeffree Star explained that adding fragrance would change the colour of the lipstick).

All in all, the summer collection was a huge letdown mainly because all the lipsticks are of light shades and as many of you know, light lipstick shades often turn out to be streaky. Nonetheless, this is not what I would expect from a perfectionist who has no qualms about calling labels out over quality issues. He clearly knew about all these issues (since he had talked about them in his videos), but had still gone ahead with production. Things are always easier said than done, huh?

What say you? Chime away in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

The limited edition Jeffree Star summer collection was available at JeffreeStarCosmetics.com and Beautylish for US$18 per lipstick and US$75 per bundle. Some shades may still be available on both websites for heavily discounted prices.

REVIEW: MAC x Charlotte Olympia Lipsticks – Starlett Scarlet, Leading Lady Red & Retro Rouge

HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE!!!

It may already be the new year, but I still have a colossal amount of long-overdue beauty reviews that I would like to share so please bear with me while I take you back in time to March 2016 when M.A.C launched a collection of runway-inspired red lipsticks alongside other lip and eye products and accessories with Charlotte Olympia.

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In case you didn’t know who Charlotte Olympia is, she is a young British luxury shoe and accessories designer who  founded her own eponymous fashion brand. You would probably have seen her products if you shop often at high-end online boutiques such as Net-A-Porter and Ssense, or even her retail stores in Bangkok, Hong Kong as well as many other cities.

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick packaging

When first pictures of the limited-edition lipstick packaging were released via news outlets, it drew mixed reactions in the beauty community. While there were those who thought the the packaging was a breath of fresh air from M.A.C’s classic black dome-shaped cap packaging, a handful of beauty critics expressed their displeasure online over the see-through plastic exterior of the lipstick tube. Many felt that the poor choice of material made the supposedly opulent-looking lipsticks seem cheap like a drugstore product.

For me, I belong to the camp that adores the packaging. The clear, sturdy plastic exterior that deliberately reveals the gold inner tube (a far cry from those that it was being compared to – like the old Neutrogena MoistureShine lipstick packaging – which very apparently used lousier and more brittle plastic and did not conceal the glue that adheres the lipstick to the tube as cleverly as M.A.C did) exudes a sense of luxury and prestige. I like that every product in this collection is adorned with Charlotte Olympia’s signature gold spider web motif instead of just boringly stating the name on them. Perhaps because my interest in makeup came at the time when beauty brands had already stepped up their packaging game due to immense competition, I had never seen anything like that in Singapore so it definitely stood out for me.

#1 Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Starlett Scarlet

Brighten your smile with Starlett Scarlet, a true red with Matte finish. Unlike most M.A.C mattes, it has a slippery application with an incredibly intense colour payoff at the very first swipe, topped with a natural sheen to give that luscious luminosity. The highly opaque formulation conceals lip lines fairly well and does not seep into major cracks and thus, lip exfoliation is not necessary. Moisturising, it does not leave the lip feeling parched. Although matte, it has a creamy texture which allows colour blending (if you don’t want to go full-red lip) and yet has relatively high staying power.

#2 Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red (US$18)

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Leading Lady Red

Leading Lady Red is described as a deep red with Matte finish. As compared to Starlett Scarlet, this is slightly darker with cooler blue undertones. It does not apply as buttery and would occasionally tug at the lips but the excellent pigmentation and coverage of the colour compensate for that negligible flaw. The slight sheen of the lipstick gives the impression of hydrated lips but in actual fact, it feels slightly dry and heavy which could also be the main reason for its more lasting longevity.

#3 Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick in Retro Rouge

The darkest red in this collection is Retro Rouge, a cool-toned deep brown-red with Matte finish, but it is also the most underperforming and least matte out of the trio of lipsticks, sadly. For a start, it has a little drag to it during application which feels as though my lips are being lightly rubbed against. Some of the products settle into my lip lines, causing the colour to lose its overall uniformity (as you can see from dark streaks around the center). This colour isn’t smudge-proof for sure as it fades when I purse my lips and thereby leaving a rather obvious ring of lighter red shade on the area of contact. Nevertheless, it delivers full opacity to give an alluring and satiny pout.

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 1

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 1

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 2, because these lipsticks reminded me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia lipstick swatch comparison 2, because these lipsticks reminded me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection

On the overall, I think this collection offers one of the best range of reds M.A.C has ever produced even though the colours and finish are very repetitive. They are very true to what you see on the bullet and in spite of the pretty packaging (that M.A.C surprisingly did not charge a lot more for), the quality of the product was not discounted as you can tell from the excellent colour payoff and luxurious and mostly creamy finish of every lipstick.

This line has already been discontinued but I’m certain you can readily find them in resale markets like eBay or Carousell. The last time I checked, the listed prices were lower than the sale price. If you don’t already have reds like any of these (which is highly unlikely as they are very dupable), you should go for it!

What are your thoughts on the lipsticks in this collection in terms of the product quality and packaging? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading and have an AWESOME new year ahead! ❤

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia was launched in March 2016 and is no longer available online.