REVIEW: MAC x Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved


Hey everyone!

Since drifting away from the pop culture scene (is it normal to gain a preference for oldies music as you age?), I’ve lost count the number of times I have gone, “Who is that?” whenever M.A.C announced a new collaboration with a pop artiste. Having not tuned into any local contemporary hit radio stations for the past decade, needless to say, I had the same reaction when I got wind of their partnership with a Canadian singer-songwriter who calls herself Kiesza. But hey, if not for this collaboration, I wouldn’t have known about this talented yet underrated lady (look her up on YouTube and treat your ears to some upbeat H&M-worthy music if you must), so it’s all good 👍

Joining the ranks of other celebrities such as Halsey, Tinashe and Brooke Candy, all of whom I honestly didn’t know existed until they teamed up with M.A.C, Kiesza presents her first makeup collection with the well-loved cosmetics brand – a four-piece capsule collection comprising a Matte Lipstick, Vamplify Lipgloss, Liquidlast Liner and Big Brow Pencil – and they (except the eyeliner) are brown-hued. Hence, even without finding out who Kiesza is, this collection, or rather the lipstick, already has my name written on it.

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (regular packaging again..)

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (regular packaging again..)

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (US$17)

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved (US$17)

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

Named after Kiesza’s latest single off her sophomore album, Dearly Beloved – the sole lipstick in this collection – reflects the understated look that she had been experimenting while trying to move away from her usual red lip colour.

Described as a warm soft brown with Matte finish, it appears to have ashy undertones when applied. Far from the usual drying Matte formula of M.A.C lipsticks, the payoff of this shade feels almost like a Satin as it goes on smooth with a creamy consistency and even has a slight sheen to it. Mostly opaque, it is moderately pigmented with a buildable intensity but emphasises every fine line (very noticeable on the upper lip) and dry bit of the lips. Having said that, it does leave my lips feeling moisturised and comfortable the entire time I had it on, so I guess it’s a fair trade-off!

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison - Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

M¡A¡C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison – Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

What are your thoughts of this? Let me know what you think in the comments below or take a quick poll 😉

Thanks for reading! 🙂

M·A·C × Kiesza is now available on MACCosmetics.com. This collection is not available in Singapore.

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