REVIEW: M·A·C × Aladdin Lipsticks – Princess Incognito, Rajah & Whole New World

*blows off dust* …hello everyone?

First and foremost, I owe everyone an apology. This review was meant to be posted in the same month the collection was released, but my day job (and a pretty impromptu vacation) got the better of me. Thus, this post had been sitting in the draft for nearly three months now. Seeing that most of the items are still in stock online, I guess, it’s safe to say that I’ve not broken the rule of timeliness.

Plus, it’s only a matter of time before this collection gets shifted to their Goodbyes section so hopefully this review comes in handy for you deal scavengers!

Launched in May, this highly-anticipated (but y’know, I’ve learnt to take overzealous beauty announcement reactions with a pinch of salt) collection includes four lipsticks (Friend Like Me / Rajah / Princess Incognito / Whole New World), three Lipglasses (Diamond in the Rough / Jewels on Jewels / Magic Carpet Ride), a Crystal Glaze Gloss in #1 Wish, pigment in Rose, two Powder Blush (Your Wish is My Command / Always One Jump Ahead), a 9-pan eye shadow palette (Princess Jasmine) and a Technakohl Liner in Graphblack.

Inspired by the intricate patterns and complimentary turquoise and gold hues of the Kingdom of Agrabah, the packaging was unmistakably created with Princess Jasmine in mind (though I wish they had done more to the design like inverting the colours and make it similar to the box, perhaps? I don’t know, the gold just screams “Gerard Cosmetics” to me).

Once again, no prize for guessing what products I zoomed in on…

Never enough of lipsticks…

Overview of swatches

#1 Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Princess Incognito

Princess Incognito is described as a neutral pinkyrose with a matte finish. Contrary to the colour depicted on the website, this applied mid-reddish beige on my lips which I thought would be too light on any skin tone darker than medium. The consistency felt fairly thick with a smooth texture and it went on with a fully opaque coverage. Despite its slightly drying formula, the product did not settle into or emphasise the lip lines. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this if you have naturally dry lips, as this may exacerbate chapped lips over time.

This shade was previously sold out when I first drafted this review, but has now been restocked.

#2 Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Rajah

Rajah is described as a muted red berry with a matte finish. This is the darkest shade of lipstick in this collection, one which I felt had the strongest association with Princess Jasmine. Even though this brownish red tugged on the lips a little, it was generally easy to apply. Minimal swipes (I’m talking about 2-3) could easily give you a full coverage but don’t be fooled by the appearance. It may look moisturising but it’s actually quite drying. The pictures speak volumes – you can tell how patchy it is on my lips in their relaxed state, and how my lip lines are emphasised. Don’t expect this to last the whole day on the lips – it faded to a tint after 4 hours, further emphasising the wrinkles of my lips.

Swatch comparison for Princess Incognito and Rajah

Swatch comparison for Princess Incognito and Rajah

#3 Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World (US$20)

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

M·A·C × Aladdin Lipstick in Whole New World

Whole New World is described as a bright blue pink with a matte finish. This popular vibrant shade of cool fuchsia remains sold out on site, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. If you don’t want to settle for basic, this is it. Not only does this shade stand out rest, it also has a purple shift and a slight blue metallic sheen to it. Application-wise, it went on with a very smooth consistency, evenly coating my lips with an opaque colour. The product felt slightly drying but there was no emphasis on my lip lines and it even made my lips look hydrated for a long time! Furthermore, I thought this shade would look absolutely gorgeous on olive skin tones!

Swatch comparison for Whole New World

Swatch comparison for Whole New World

As a matte lipstick fanatic, this collection definitely ticks all the boxes. I was glad M.A.C had decided to do without lipsticks of predictable and tacky finishes that are “shining, glittering splendid”. Yay!

But since this collection revolves around a movie about characters of Arabic and/or Middle Eastern ethnicity, one would expect the products to be catered to medium to dark skin tones. Sadly, products like the powder blush (which is ridiculous – only one shade available and yet it wouldn’t even compliment Princess Jasmine’s skin tone) and Princess Incognito are just further proofs of M.A.C’s poor curating practices for their limited-edition releases. Perhaps they just didn’t see the need for that since sky-high profits are usually guaranteed for Disney collaborations.

And maybe it’s just me but I’m starting to feel the “limited edition fatigue”, especially when it comes to M.A.C. because they’ve been pushing out way too many collections (with products that are nothing out of the ordinary) that it’s becoming impossible for me (and my bank account) to keep up. Does anyone else share the same sentiments? Let me hear you in the comments below!

What do you think about this collaboration? If you’re too lazy busy to write a comment, simply take a quick poll below!

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M·A·C × Aladdin is now available on MACCosmetics.com.

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REVIEW: ColourPop × Disney Designer Crème Lux Lipsticks – Ariel, Belle & Tiana

Hello there.. I’ve been on hiatus for far too long 😝 *inserts work rambles* 

But fret not, the wallet remained hard at work to feed my makeup addiction and keep the stash updated with the latest products. Scores of beauty collections might have come and gone during my absence from the blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean I am not allowed to talk about them! Plus, according to a recent poll I did on my Instagram, many of you don’t seem to mind reviews on past collections, so here goes 😁

Last September, The Walt Disney Company and ColourPop teamed up on limited-edition fairy tale-themed collection featuring some of the original Disney princesses in their Premiere Series forms (don’t know about you but I’m just not diggin’ this style 🤷‍♀️) gracing the packaging of their respective kits. The line-up consists of a 15-pan eye shadow palette (It’s a Princess Thing – seriously meh choice of shades), six Crème Lux Lipsticks (Belle / Ariel / Snow White / Tiana / Jasmine / Cinderella – each designed to match the skin tone of the featured princess), three Ultra Glossy Lips (Bibbidi / Boo / Bobbidi), six Super Shock Shadows and two Super Shock Highlighters (each with name inspired by the soundtrack of the movie in which the princess was starred).

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses' autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer (those scribbles on the tubes are actually the princesses’ autograph!)

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

ColourPop x Disney Designer

Due to popular demand, this collection was restocked several times and I only managed to get the lipsticks during its second run because procrastination happened 🙊

#1 Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (I’ve moved to a place that doesn’t allow me to have a workroom, so hopefully this explains the background 🤣)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel

Ariel is described as a peachy beige nude with a Crème finish. Unlike the swatches provided by ColourPop, this has more coral undertones than depicted (i.e. more orange than dusty rose) so I did not find it very flattering on my yellow skin tone. Otherwise, this hydrating, highly pigmented MLBB shade is perfect for daily wear – even without a full face of makeup – as it blends nicely into the lips while still intensifying the natural lip colour so as to draw attention to the lips. The formula, as with other Crème Lux Lipsticks, has a buttery smooth texture and has a nice slip when applied. However, it tends to bleed a little, and reapplication is definitely needed after a few hours of wear as it is not transfer-proof.

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Ariel (swatch comparison)

#2 Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle

Belle is described as a rosy berry with a Crème finish. Despite the darker hue, this medium reddish mauve with brown undertones is extremely wearable in actual life and would look absolutely flattering on any skin tone. It is vibrant enough to make a subtle statement but when paired with bold looks, it totally screams rocker chic. Belle delivers full-coverage pigment with a creamy consistency and is lightly matte in appearance. It is slightly more long-lasting so it tends to be more drying (still bearable nonetheless) than the other shades.

#3 Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana (US$8)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Tiana

Tiana is described as a deep oxblood red with a Crème finish. Silky smooth in application and soft and lightweight (akin to a lip balm!) in texture, this cool reddish purple (more red undertone than purple in my opinion) gives an amazing colour pay-off (the colour matches that of the bullet too!) that does not bleed into the fine lines. Tiana isn’t very dark from a neutral perspective and certainly complements any skin tone, but I must say it would look best on medium to dark ones. has an impressive staying power which is such a rarity for matte-ish deep berry shades like this (M.A.C, are you taking notes?). But once it does wear off (I’m talking about at least 6 hours of wear), it fades to an even pretty tint. I can’t recommend this beauty enough!

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

ColourPop Crème Lux Lipstick in Belle & Tiana (swatch comparison)

Despite the affordable prices, ColourPop has never been one to disappoint when it comes to quality, and I am glad that even after four years in the business and getting all that recognition, this hasn’t changed a bit. And this collection is just another example to add to the list. Psst.. I can’t wait to try their expanded line of eye products!

What do you think about this collaboration? Let me know your views in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

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ColourPop × Disney Designer is now available on ColourPop.com.

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REVIEW: M.A.C x Nicki Minaj Lipsticks in Nicki’s Nude & The Pinkprint

Since her debut, Nicki Minaj had never failed to generate buzz with her outlandish dress sense. But most recently, she has ditched her neon and over-the-top aesthetics in favour of a more natural and sophisticated look and cleverly translated her newfound (understated) style into business opportunities. Not long after the announcement of her upcoming collaboration with H&M, the “Rake It Up” rapper is in the spotlight again for scoring yet another endorsement deal. This time, it’s from M∙A∙C.

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017

The M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj collection boasts a wide array of nude lipsticks and lipglasses – mostly repromotes and in regular packaging – including two nude lipsticks she had custom-designed for M·A·C. What’s more, we makeup fanatics in Singapore got to shop the collection two weeks before it officially hits stores in the U.S. 😍 Our prayers have been answered at last – no more lagging behind the rest of the world in getting first dibs on new M∙A∙C collections!

This was actually the fourth time Nicki Minaj had team up with M∙A∙C. In 2010, she worked with the brand to create a special edition Pink 4 Friday lipstick, and then in 2012 and 2013 on the Viva Glam line which saw the release of two limited-edition funky-coloured lipsticks in the name of supporting the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Hence, even if you’re not into pop music, this multi-talented American rapper-singer-songwriter shouldn’t be at all stranger to you.

If you haven’t had the chance to access the latest collection, fret not for I’ve got scoops to share! Once again, a big thank you to M∙A∙C Singapore for allowing me to preview the collection before it was made available to the public on 7 September 2017.

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017 - the display

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj 2017 – the display

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - all Lipsticks and Lipglasses in this collection

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – all Lipsticks and Lipglasses in this collection

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipsticks (regular packaging)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipsticks (regular packaging)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipstick swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipglass

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipglass

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Lipglass swatches

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Lipglass swatches

Last but not least, the two #NickiNudes that sold out in the U.K. in less than 7 hours…

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj - Nicki's Nude and The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj – Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint

Created by Nicki Minaj, Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint are the only shades from this collection to have differentiated packaging conferred upon them. They are presented in corresponding-coloured tube endorsed by the rapper herself (to give them a more personal touch) and tucked into a box of the same colour. Naturally as a packaging junkie, I was drawn towards them despite having had my eyes set on Derriere and A Girl’s Got Needs. I’m sure this was the case in the U.K. as well 😅

#1 Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude

Nicki’s Nude is a pinked beige described as a soft corally pink with Amplified finish. This highly-wearable shade complements most skin tones. It goes on sheer but is buildable to medium coverage and is hydrating and emollient with a hint of sheen to give the face a healthy glow.

Although the application is smooth, it lends an uneven consistency to the lips especially around drier areas (unfortunately my lips were exceptionally parched when I wore this due to heatiness) and settles into the lines so it was impossible to achieve uniformity with this lipstick. The chalky and transfer-prone texture also renders it short-lived on the lips. Once the product wears off, it leaves obvious streaks all over the lips as shown in the animated lip swatch above.

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki's Nude - swatch comparison

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in Nicki’s Nude – swatch comparison

#2 The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (US$17.50 / S$33)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint (bottom: when lipstick is freshly applied to the lips vs once it wears off)

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint

Named after Nicki Minaj’s third studio album, The Pinkprint is a bright cool pink which is described by M∙A∙C as a midtone creamy pink with Amplified finish. It glides on buttery and moist with a generous dose of sheen to exude an impish glamour à la Her Minajesty (what Minaj refers to herself as). In addition, it feels balmy and emollient and gives a moderately opaque payoff but with very limited buildability. However, it isn’t very long-lasting and has the same issue of leaving powdery streaks once it wears off.

And uh… is it just me or does this shade remind you of one of her many pink latex outfits?

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint - swatch comparison

M∙A∙C × Nicki Minaj lipstick in The Pinkprint – swatch comparison

On the whole, the limited-edition lipsticks are alright and nothing exceptional. If not for their packaging and the fact that this collection will be discontinued from 19 October, I wouldn’t have bought them for sure. A big part of me had hoped that Nicki had designed something else from the accompanying 18 lipsticks because I’m personally not very fond of pink hues. But if I have to choose between Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint, I’d pick the former because The Pinkprint is too pale for my liking (even though, admittedly, it applies slightly better).

On a side note, the star seems to have bigger plans up her sleeves and these lipsticks barely scratch the surface of what she has in store for us. Just last month, she had teased on her Instagram account that she is currently working on a “first of its kind partnership” with the brand that is slated for release next year. I may not be a fan of her music but collaborations with M∙A∙C always gets my attention. So until she spills the beans (which I’m quite positive is pretty soon), I am definitely keeping a close eye on further updates about this secret project! Could she be introducing a more extensive range of pink lipsticks?

What are your thoughts about this and her upcoming collection? Let me know in the comments below, or take a quick poll!

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C × Nicki Minaj is now available islandwide and M.A.C (UK). It will be launched on MACCosmetics.com on 21 September 2017.
MAKE-UP USED: [EYES] Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Tenant Eyeshadow Palette / Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deep End & Mars / Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen [BROWS] Sigma Brow Powder Duo in Medium [FACE] shu uemura Petal Skin Fluid Foundation 764 / Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick / Benefit Rockateur / Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer

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