REVIEW: MAC x Chris Chang of Poesia Lipsticks – Dddevilish, Gold XIXI, Plum Princess & Cloud Gait

Hey lovelies!

Just when you thought M.A.C couldn’t get any more flamboyant than their Trolls collection, the cosmetics giant returned with yet another purchase-inducing makeup line that no true beauty hoarders could resist. Get ready to stockpile if you haven’t heard of their collaboration with Chris Chang of Poesia, whose makeup line was launched last May.

Trust me, the entire collection is like a living kaleidoscope..

M.A.C X Chris Chang

M.A.C X Chris Chang

Raised in San Francisco and currently residing in Shanghai, Chris Chang has made a name for herself as China’s most outlandish fashion designer with her colourful, bold and intricate silk screen prints on her clothing.

The former General Manager of Prada Taiwan studied fashion design at Parsons (one of the top design schools in the world) and started out designing for young girls aged 4-14 on the principle that there should be no distinction between children and adult fashion. It was only after she was swamped with requests for adult-sized versions of her designs that she ventured into women’s wear with Poesia.

Poesia proved to be a huge success as it earned a string of loyal (high-profile) customers and was even showcased at the Shanghai Fashion Week. Since scoring this prestigious collaboration with M.A.C, I’m sure it has garnered a new cadre of colour-loving fans (one being myself) who had previously not heard of Chris Chang. For those who are interested to find more about her work, perhaps Googling her Chinese name (张文轩) would generate more results.

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipsticks

Like each piece of clothing from the Poesia fashion line, this collection emanates a fresh burst of colours inspired by one of the oldest performance arts from China, Kunqu, that adorns lavishly exaggerated makeup and costumes characterised by a “very specific, avant-garde look”.

Using silk screen print, the packaging features a collage of icons, symbols, and illustrations that Chang has used in her past collections. According to reports, it was no mean feat trying to glue over shapes smoothly as no makeup brands had ever done a packaging design as intricate as this. Clearly, the creative team’s effort paid off because everyone fell head over heels for the gorgeous packaging 😍😍😍 Never mind if you missed out on the Giambattista Valli collection, or the overpriced Guo Pei lipsticks. This collection is heaps better in aesthetic value, yet very reasonably priced (in USD). It is essentially a collector’s must-have. Buy it now or regret it later!

#1 Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish (US$20 / S$37)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish (US$20 / S$37)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Dddevilish

Dddevilish is described as a pastel hot pink with Matte finish. It does not tug at lips and applies opaque even on the first swipe, but with slight inconsistency (which can be easily touched up with additional application) and somewhat chalky texture. Although marketed as matte, the formula feels moist and also reflects light so the lipstick does not appear flat on the lips. The downside of such non-drying lipstick formula, however, is its poor staying power. It doesn’t require a lot of effort to remove unlike those M.A.C mattes released before the reformulation.

M.A.C X Chris Chang Dddevilish lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C X Chris Chang Dddevilish lipstick swatch comparison

#2 Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI (US$20 / S$37)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI (US$20 / S$37)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Gold XIXI

As one who isn’t at all a fan of light lipstick shades with sheer and glossy finishes, getting a pastel lemony yellow lipstick in the form of Gold XIXI, complete with my least favourite M.A.C finish to boot (i.e. Lustre), is certainly looking for trouble. But I was drawn to the fact that yellow lipsticks are hard to come by and having missed the sale of Playland (released before my love for makeup blossomed into permanence), that sense of yearning for a yellow lipstick roared back to life when I saw first pictures of Gold XIXI.

That said, I was quite prepared to be disappointed by it. After all, there seems to be no pastel lipsticks solid enough to provide a long-lasting and richly-pigmented wash of colour. They either result to a glittery mess or not show up on my lips at all. Yet, I had an inkling this was going to be different. So I took a gamble and hoped for the best.

But all expectations dashed upon the first application of the lipstick. Sheer with the yellow pigment hardly visible, Gold XIXI felt like a reminiscent of M.A.C’s past failure in creating a decent pastel lipstick. *sigh* Not wanting to pass a verdict so prematurely, I glided it over my lips the second time, and then the third, and the fourth, and gradually the pigment intensified to become the golden hue you see above. WOWZERS MAN, was anyone anticipating this? It’s surprisingly vivid for a Lustre! It may not be as opaque as I had hoped but I was truly impressed by the payoff 👏👏👏We finally have a yellow lipstick that applies like a true yellow! YIPPEH.

Of course, it’s still far from perfect. The lipstick appears very streaky on the lips, no thanks to the unevenly-dispersed pigment and the super glossy texture. It settles into my lip lines like craaaazy and budges as soon as the upper and lower lips meet. Eh, what’s the point of wearing lipstick if it’s going to make you look better without it? 🤔 Nonetheless, it lends a pretty comfy wear.

M.A.C X Chris Chang Gold XIXI lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C X Chris Chang Gold XIXI lipstick swatch comparison

#3 Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess (US$20 / S$39)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess (US$20 / S$39)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Plum Princess

My favourite shade from this collection, Plum Princess is described as a pastel plummy lavender with Matte finish. It goes on mostly opaque and evenly coats the lips in saturated, never-seen-before shade of universally flattering smokey purple (how rare!). It lends a soft but sultry vibe without bordering on looking too goth as it also brings out the eye makeup.

The dryness of the matte formula can be felt in Plum Princess as it skips and tugs a bit upon application but on the whole, it is still creamier and more hydrating than the older matte formula and even has a slight sheen to it. It felt more like a Satin. Furthermore, it does not slide into the mouth creases as much as Dddevilish. Love it!

M.A.C X Chris Chang Plum Princess lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C X Chris Chang Plum Princess lipstick swatch comparison

#4 Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait (US$20 / S$37)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait (US$20 / S$37)

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

M.A.C X Chris Chang of Poesia lipstick in Cloud Gait

We have seen plenty of reds and nudes from M.A.C. Now, how about a sky blue for a change? Apart from the captivating packaging that this collection is housed in, Cloud Gait was another key factor that landed the entire makeup line on my watch list as I had seen Chris Chang wearing a blue lipstick in the promotional video and thought it looked really amazing.

Argh, stop toying with my feelings, M.A.C!

Argh, stop toying with my feelings, M.A.C!

Since this was the promotional video for her collaboration with M.A.C, it’s only natural to assume that she was wearing Cloud Gait, right? Maybe, except that more colourant was probably added to the lipstick to make it seem more vibrant and pigmented because in reality, this pastel turquoise Lustre is a patchy nightmare with incredibly poor colour payoff. If you ask me, the actual Cloud Gait is a failed attempt in integrating lipstick and gloss and it’s gross. In comparison to Gold XIXI, the latter offers better coverage and a more uniform application, though both share similar lightweight texture and longevity.

Some points to note, though – this shouldn’t be used like a normal lipstick. When drawn across the lips laterally, it settles into the fine lines and leaves a very streaky and almost-invisible finish. But the lipstick deposits more colour when the dab-and-go technique is used instead (like seriously, ain’t nobody got time fo dat). Still, no amount of dabbing is able to conceal those unsightly inconsistencies unless you mix in your own pigment (such as eye shadow).

So, the bottom line is: Cloud Gait (as it is) is trash 😒

But on the whole, I’m quite satisfied with the quality of the lipsticks!

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🎈

M.A.C X Chris Chang was released on MACCosmetics.com and in Singapore in May 2016. Although The collection is no longer available at M.A.C Cosmetics, it still is on Nordstrom and (probably) in resale market. Grab ’em (the mattes, obviously) before they’re gone for good!
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REVIEW: MAC x Star Trek Lipsticks – Kling-It-On & The Enemy Within

Ho, ho, ho-wdy everyone!

If you have stumbled upon any of my tertiary school chronicles, you would know that I studied media and communications for a good seven years. But just because I am a communications graduate doesn’t automatically make me a movie buff.  In fact, I am probably one of the rare few who would fall asleep to action-packed movies in cinemas. It gets worse the more intellectual the film is (*cough*Inception*cough*) as my short attention span means that I won’t be unable to sustain my concentration for long periods. Admit it, ladies – surely, I’m not the only one with this problem, right?

So what better way to arouse the interest of women in a predominantly male-centric science fiction movie than to work on a makeup line with a crowd-favourite cosmetics brand? Well, Star Trek did, and they – together with M.A.C Cosmetics – launched a 25-piece collection in commemoration of their 50th anniversary as well as to raise awareness for the third instalment to the rebooted film franchise that was premiered in July. Even I, who am usually indifferent to movies, got a little hyped up by the news!

As I have never watched a single Star Trek episode in my life, my knowledge about the movie was pretty much limited to the Vulcan salute. But I must say that the beautifully-illustrated promotional poster above had successfully sparked my curiosity for the female characters featured in it, so much so that I actually bothered to read up on the plot. Well played, M.A.C, well played.

Drawing inspiration from the Trekkie girls (Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and Vina the Orion Girl), this collection is supposedly stylish with colours that match the futuristic costumes of the characters. Thus there are bound to be lots of gold and silver which M.A.C promised to be nothing over the top and absolutely complementary to any skin tone.

M.A.C X Star Trek

M.A.C X Star Trek

M.A.C X Star Trek

M.A.C X Star Trek

Fusing unmistakable elements of M.A.C (all-black matte tubing) and Star Trek (50th anniversary Delta Shield), the packaging speaks clearly of the partnership between the two big names. Frost finish (The Enemy Within / LLAP / Kling-It-On) dominated the lipstick lineup in this collection with only one neutral Lustre lipstick (Where No Man Has Gone Before) to fall back on for a bit of normalcy. Envisaging that I wouldn’t be utterly pleased by any of the finishes (‘coz I’m a Matte kinda girl but still want that limited-edition packaging XD ), I eventually settled on the uncommon shades that I felt would perform better.

#1 Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On (US$18)

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in Kling-It-On

Honestly, it was disappointing to see that the range of lipstick shades didn’t quite correspond with the lip colours worn by the characters in the poster because I really wanted a bright purple lipstick as seen on Deanna Troi, but in Frost finish.

Kling-It-On, a deep purple with fine pink glitter topped with a Frost finish, was closest to what I was hoping for. The bullet applies smoothly on the lips and it feels almost like a Lustre. It seems mostly sheer upon application but somehow evens out to a semi-opaque layer after a few minutes with some product settling into the lip lines (boo..). It’s a sticky mess up-close (friggin’ hair magnet, argh) but the microshimmers take the attention away from it from a distance with their collective metallic sheen.

Kling-It-On swatch comparison

Kling-It-On swatch comparison

#2 The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within (US$18)

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

M.A.C X Star Trek lipstick in The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within is described as a neutral gold shimmer with a Frost finish and it’s the only shade left for sale on M.A.C website (at clearance price now, not long after I paid full price for this pfffffft). I wonder why this shade isn’t getting the love it deserves. The colour payoff is drop-dead gorgeous although, true.. it has less-than-satisfactory consistency and a streaky appearance. But.. but.. this shade is buildable to a semi-opaque finish! Yes, it does undo the previous application with every swipe and yes, it requires the constant need of reapplication but hey, let’s be fair, we can’t expect a traditional lipstick to be as pigmented and long-lasting as a liquid lipstick, okay?!

GAAHH the gold is so sparkly pretty, it is clouding my judgement! But alright, for the benefit of anyone who might be interested to get this, it feels a little greasy on the lips and it also seeps into the lip lines. It would probably work better crushed, dried thoroughly and used as a pigment rather than an actual lipstick but heck it, the colour is so gorgeous I’m willing to overlook its imperfections and wear it out with pride.

The Enemy Within swatch comparison

The Enemy Within swatch comparison

All in all, I never thought I would say this (and I believe many would disagree with me) but I’m quite contented with the quality of the frosted lipsticks from this collection. My only gripe is that Frost finish tends to leave those sparkles even after the lipstick has been removed and it can be a pain to remove them entirely.

What say you, fellow lipstick junkies?

Thanks for reading and Merry belated Christmas everyone! 🙂

M.A.C X STAR TREK IS STILL AVAILABLE ONLINE IN LIMITED CHOICES WITH A REDUCED PRICING OF US$10.80 PER LIPSTICK.

REVIEW: MAC x Good Luck Trolls Lipsticks – Dance Off Pants Off, Midnight Troll, Sushi Kiss & Can’t Be Tamed

Hello everyone!

Back in the olden days when children still played with dolls instead of getting hooked on mobile games, toys such as Polly Pockets, Furbies and Barbie dolls – basically those that would be sneered upon by kids today – thrived. Anyone who owned these heavily-advertised toys were the envy of everyone else. But I had never understood the immense popularity of Troll dolls among my peers. I don’t know about you but their wrinkled face, bulbous nose and bulging glass eyes were hardly ever adorable to me. In fact, they terrified me so much because they look like a meeker version of the evil Gremlins (the Trolls actually look a lot better in cartoons). Walking down the aisle filled with Troll dolls at Toys “R” Us would feel like being stared down by a hundred of miniature Chucky dolls and it never failed to give me the creeps!

The original scary shizzle original Troll dolls

The original scary shizzle original Troll dolls

As the years went by, children born in my generation grew out of toys and for a long while, the Troll dolls became passé and overshadowed by trendier ones, so much so that I hadn’t seen them for more than a decade. I was glad to have buried the thoughts of these creepy dolls in the farthest part of my mind. I reckoned it was finally the end of the Trolls, but how silly of me to even fathom that thought..

Apparently, some meanies decided it was a fantastic idea to bring one of my biggest nightmares back in the form of my favourite makeup brand (evil, evil, evil..). In conjunction with the release of the Trolls movie by DreamWorks Animation, M.A.C introduced a lineup of makeup products in August inspired by the vibrant and wild rainbow hair of the dolls. It was the least unlikely collaboration (I mean, seriously, makeup inspired by dolls – and creepy ones, to say the least – like, what the heck who would think of that?!) but arguably very expected of M.A.C who is known for their unusual partnerships (remember The Simpsons and the controversial Miley Cyrus?).

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MAC Good Luck Trolls lipsticks

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipsticks

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick packaging

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick packaging

The colours of the boxes make them visually appealing and the lipstick tube itself is in bubblegum orange with the Troll artwork occupying a considerable amount of space on it. Despite not being a fan of Trolls at all, I would totally buy something from this collection just to admire the packaging. The packaging design ticks all the right boxes for me but I can’t say the same for the actual product, though..

#1 Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Dance Off, Pants Off

Dance Off, Pants Off is described as a frosted hot pink with a Frost finish. Given my not-so-positive past experience with Frost lipsticks, I had half-expected this to be another excessively shimmery party shade that I would just chuck aside after this review but, lo and behold, it turned out to have pretty decent wearability! I had to do a double take at type of finish on the bottom label to make sure I wasn’t mistaken. The microshimmers in this shade are too subtle to give as much of the icy foiled effect as other Frost lipsticks I have. Rather, I feel that this lipstick leans more towards the Satin end of the M.A.C lipstick finish spectrum and applies very smoothly and evenly. It lends a moisturising opaque layer of colour and leaves behind a lighter flush of fuchsia when it fades. There’s really nothing much to dislike about this shade!

Swatch comparison for Dance Off, Pants Off

Swatch comparison for Dance Off, Pants Off

#2 Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Midnight Troll

Midnight Troll is described as a rich blue with Matte finish. As with most M.A.C matte lipsticks, this shade has a rather drying formula (but doesn’t give a flat, dry finish) so it tends to tug slightly at the lips upon application and leave an inconsistent texture with tiny gaps here and there. The colour is intensely pigmented and does not budge but my lips felt increasingly parched over time (lip lines start to become more obvious for me) with this shade on. It also does not feel tacky so in a way it is also less prone to transfer as compared to other lipsticks here.

Swatch comparison for Midnight Troll

Swatch comparison for Midnight Troll

SHITZ SO SCARY SET THEM ALL ON FIRE

SHITZ SO SCARY SET THEM ALL ON FIRE

#3 Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Sushi Kiss

Sushi Kiss is an existing shade in the permanent line but this time, in a more fun and attractive packaging that costs only a dollar more. Described as a mid-tone coral cream with Satin finish, the colour reminds me of salmon flesh (or rather, salmon nigiri since clearly, the name of the lipstick is Japanese-inspired XD ) but instead of getting an application as smooth and clean-cut as when I slide my knife into my cooked salmon, it pulls the lips a little and leaves a streaky texture like the marbling of fat in raw salmon. Moreover, it accents flaws and dryness of non-exfoliated lips. That’s not what I would expect from Satin lipsticks..

The product settles into the lip lines as well and it requires extra effort to remove. How annoying! Also, I don’t know if I am imagining things but this shade makes my lower lip appear a lot plumper than it should too. I was so self-conscious about my smile (see how awkward my expression is in the pictures above) the whole time because the lipstick felt like bricks weighing down my lips.

Swatch comparison for Sushi Kiss

Swatch comparison for Sushi Kiss

#4 Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed (US$18)

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can't Be Tamed

MAC Good Luck Trolls lipstick in Can’t Be Tamed

Can’t Be Tamed is described as a sheer lime yellow with Cremesheen finish and hold up… is this lipstick meant to be used alongside other shades? Because it is HORRENDOUS on its own. Just who in the right mind would have okayed such poor quality product? This lipstick is a complete mess and I don’t even know where to begin.

As a lipstick, it has failed its basic purpose of adding balance to the overall look – the colour payoff is incredibly patchy and the terribly uneven consistency does absolutely nothing to enhance one’s appearance. Any drugstore lipstick would be able to a better job than this. The only good I can see out of this is, perhaps, its hydrating factor. Other than that, it is tacky and its staying power is not even strong enough to qualify it as a tint. Why Cremesheen of all finishes? It could have performed better as a Matte. How long will it take for M.A.C to realise that we don’t need anymore of sheer and poorly-pigmented light-coloured lipsticks?! 😡

Swatch comparison for Can't Be Tamed

Swatch comparison for Can’t Be Tamed

Needless to say, this is my worst purchase from this collection and I feel foolish for paying full price for this trash. #shouldhavewaited #onlyUSD7freakin20now #argh

While it is interesting that M.A.C kept to the theme of the collection by matching the shades to the crazy hues of the funky-haired dolls, customers ultimately look for practicality over novelty especially for perishable products like cosmetics. In terms of product quality, sadly probably only half of lipsticks in this collection make the cut. Most would agree too judging from the relatively muted interest in this collection and how heavily discounted the unsold lipsticks are now online (I’ve honestly never seen M.A.C lipsticks selling for that cheap on their official website before). Geez, so much for tying up with the Good Luck Trolls.. guess they weren’t lucky enough to bring in the bucks for M.A.C, eh?

Trolls in 2016 - they had a makeover and now look less scary thank God

Trolls in 2016 – they had a makeover and now look less scary thank God

What are your views on this collection? Chime in below!

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C X Good Luck Trolls is still available online in limited choices with a reduced pricing of US$7.20 per lipstick. The whole collection is still available at some parts of the world, including australia.

REVIEW: MAC x Selena Lipsticks – Como La Flor, Amor Prohibido & Dreaming of You

Hey everyone!

The year is drawing to a close. Looking back, there had been some noteworthy M.A.C collections released throughout the year but nothing comes close to the overwhelmingly positive response the Selena collection had elicited. It was a complete sell-out success which saw every single item flying off the shelves. Being a fan of Selena and her English music (which I first heard on a local radio a few years ago), I was really anticipating this collection and had been following the news of this launch very closely since M.A.C announced plans were in the works to fulfill the wishes of over 30,000 petitioners for a limited-edition Selena makeup line last year. M.A.C could have turned a deaf ear to their pleas (after all, the sales of their Mariah Carey collection would definitely do well) but they did not 🙂 #respect

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For the benefit of those who don’t know who the collaborator in question is, well, she is no longer around, hence making this the second posthumous collection by M.A.C (after Marilyn Monroe) in honour of the late American singer-songwriter. Dubbed the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla was a one-time Grammy winner for Best Mexican/American Album and had made a name for herself in the English market back when Tejano music was virtually unheard of outside the Latino community. She was on her way to international stardom with her then-newly recorded English album but all these came to an abrupt end when she was brutally murdered by her psychopath fan club president in 1995.

Selena and her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar

Selena and her fan club president-turned-murderer, Yolanda Saldívar (credit) Selena’s life is documented on her biopic Selena, starring JLo as the multi-talented singer

At time of her death, she had already accomplished more than most people would do in 23 years of their lifetime – on top of being a successful singer, she was also an actress and fashion designer having established two Selena Etc. boutiques which raked in millions of dollars before their gradual demise and finally closure in 2009. An inspiration to us all, she was a living proof that anything is possible through hard work and perseverance. She was such a prominent figure that her birthday was declared Selena Day in Texas by then-Texas governor George W. Bush after her death. Did you know Selena Gomez was named after her as well? That’s how big an impact she had made with her music and never-say-die attitude!

As an Obsessed member with M.A.C, I had the privilege to shop the collection a few days prior to everyone else online and I got myself all three lipsticks shades. If I had known that the lipglass was online-exclusive before it sold out, I would have bought that as well. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise as I hardly use gloss XD

M.A.C Selena

M A.C Selena

M.A.C Selena lipstick swatches

M.A.C Selena lipstick swatches

M.A.C Selena lipstick packaging

M.A.C Selena lipstick packaging

On the performing stage, Selena was often decked out in purple outfits as purple was one of her favourite colours apart from black. Hence, it makes perfect sense to encase the entire 18-piece collection in purple casing featuring her signature in lavender and aptly named after her popular hits in her remembrance. For those who are dying to own a piece of Selena memorabilia but barely have the money to travel to Texas, this is the closest you can get to the actual stuff sold at the Selena Museum at Corpus Christi.

Staying true to Selena’s down-to-earth and charitable public persona, I noticed M.A.C did not attempt to mark up the prices for this collection unlike what they did to their Mariah Carey holiday collection *sniggers* The prices are kept low (with the most expensive item being the makeup brush only at US$35 but I can’t say the same for Singapore) so that fans across all walks of life could afford them. Amidst all the accusations of animal testing thrown at M.A.C, it is heartening to know that they aren’t all that money-minded.

#1 Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Como La Flor

Even before M.A.C revealed anything about the collection, everyone knew for sure a bold red lipstick was going to be included in this lineup because red lips were part of Selena’s iconic look. According to her husband Chris Perez and other commenters on his Facebook status update, the shades for all the makeup products in this collection were matched exactly to the original that Selena used to carry around when she was touring (provided by her sister Suzette who amazingly still has her makeup bag up till today *gasp*). That is to say, this is the classic red (rumoured to be Chanel’s Brick which has already been discontinued) that Selena wore on her lips!

Como La Flor (“Like a Flower”) is described as a dirty cherry red with an Amplified finish. Fully pigmented with great colour consistency, it applies very smoothly on the lips and feels unbelievably hydrating. This shade creates a luscious sheen (Selena’s red lips looked more matte, though) and does not settle into lip lines but will require a lot of reapplications because a whole lot of it will transfer onto anything the lips touch.

M.A.C Selena Como La Flor swatch comparison

M.A.C Selena Como La Flor swatch comparison

Other alternatives to get if you missed the launch in October are Von Teese and Brave Red. Brave Red is slightly lighter and less pigmented while Von Teese lends a more matte finish.

 

#2 Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Amor Prohibido

Since nude lipsticks are hardly associated with Selena, Amor Prohibido could most likely be added to balance out the heavy and vibrant shades in this collection because not everyone who idolises her is courageous enough to step out of their comfort zone with head-turning red lips, yes?

Amor Prohibido (“Forbidden Love”) is described as a pinky midtone brown with Glaze finish. It is a pale mocha brown shade that leaves a lightweight, sheer but slightly oily texture when applied, giving the lips an extra plump on top of the moisturised and nourished appearance. Even though this shade is buildable, you would need to apply multiple layers to finally see some colour. Glaze lipsticks are known to have the sheerest finish so I wouldn’t recommend this if you have naturally dark lips unless a glossy look is your go-to.

M.A.C Selena Amor Prohibido swatch comparison

M.A.C Selena Amor Prohibido swatch comparison

Among the Fireflies (from the Faerie Whispers collection) is quite close – it just has a bit more yellow undertones. No one would be able to notice the difference, trust me.

#3 Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You (US$18)

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

M.A.C Selena lipstick in Dreaming of You

Despite debuting as a Latin artist. one of Selena’s biggest dreams was to reach success in the English market. This dream was realised when her English studio album (also her last) titled Dreaming of You peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 175,000 copies in it’s first day of availability. This achievement – which she unfortunately didn’t have the chance to witness – was what drew attention to Latin music. Selena also recorded an English track of the same name for this album and coincidentally, it was the first song I heard by her some years back. This lipstick is a great way to remember her by, at least for me.

Dreaming of You is described as a deep wine with Matte finish. It gives a mostly opaque colour payoff that guarantees a long-lasting wear. Instead of a flat matte texture, this actually has a natural sheen to it. The result is a richly pigmented dark red with blue undertones that makes teeth look whiter and faces fairer. Somewhat creamy, it tugs on my lips slightly. The consistency feels a lot more drying than the other two lipsticks and does not apply evenly across the lips. It does not fully coat the lips unless with several applications. Still, for a matte, it delivers a rather moisturising finish.

M.A.C Selena Dreaming of You swatch comparison

M.A.C Selena Dreaming of You swatch comparison

Dark Side has stronger hints of purple while Diva is slightly darker. I personally feel that the latter is a closer match.

As you can tell from the swatches, the lipsticks in this collection are nothing out of the ordinary. If you’re a lipstick aficionado like me, you’d probably already have something similar so unless you are a supporter of Selena (or a sucker for LE packaging), I don’t see any reason why you need to have them. What say you?

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C X Selena was launched online in October 2016 but has since sold out. Stocks may still be available in M.A.C. Ngee Ann City outlet (the only one that carries this collection in Singapore). An online restock is scheduled for early January 2017.

REVIEW: MAC x Brooke Candy II Lipstick in Witching Hour

Hello everyone!

American rapper and singer Brooke Candy returns to MAC with a full beauty line comprising an array of products for the eyes, lips and nails. In case you didn’t know, she had an online-exclusive mini collection last year that saw the launch of two lipsticks and a liquid eyeliner so she’s definitely not new to this business.

MAC Brooke Candy II

MAC Brooke Candy II

If you hadn’t manage to lay your hands on anything from her introductory collection, fret not, because one of the previously released lipstick shades (Mind Control) as well as the liquid eyeliner will be made available again and this time, you can buy them off the shelves in Singapore too!

MAC X Brooke candy ii Collection Information, Product Availability and Prices in Singapore

Lipsticks (S$34) – Mind Control, Witching Hour, Doo-Wop & Whirl
Lip Pencils (S$34) – Night Crawler & Whirl
Vamplify (S$40) – Till Death Do Us Part & Pamela
Bronzing Powder (S$48) – Golden
M.A.C Studio Eye Gloss (S$45) – WhiteYin & BlackYang
Liquid Eye Liner (S$39) – Boot Black
Haute & Naughty Lash (S$38) – Haute & Naughty Black
M.A.C. Studio Nail Lacquer (S$26) – Madame Candy & Black Stallion

For product description, please refer to MACCosmetics.com

Apart from Mind Control, the other repromoted lipstick is Whirl (review here) which is one of the most highly sought-after shades of all time, mostly popularised by Kylie Jenner who had used the same colour as a lip liner to create her signature pout. It is so immensely popular that stocks were quickly snapped up like hot cakes when it was first released as part of The Matte Lip collection in 2015. This time, history repeats itself and Whirl is once again wiped off the shelves online.

Doo-Wop and Witching Hour make their debut in this collection in a less-than-unique shade of pink and purple but nevertheless in a matte finish (and not some lustre rubbish again yay) that is, on the whole, well-pigmented and neither hydrating nor drying.

I was allowed a sneak peek at the collection a few weeks back and had managed to swatch all the products at the back of my hand. For this review I will give particular attention to the lipsticks because I know you guys adore them as much as I do ❤

From left: Doo-Wop, Mind Control, Witching Hour & Whirl

From left: Doo-Wop, Mind Control, Witching Hour & Whirl

Bottom labels

Bottom labels

MAC Brooke Candy II

MAC Brooke Candy II

Although the mattes appear a lot drier than Mind Control which has an amplified creme finish, they do not tug at the skin and instead, apply rather smoothly and evenly. The colours are generally wearable and carefully picked out to match different skin tones. Still, those who have been following my blog would know my preference for unusual and quirky lipstick shades so I was absolutely thrilled to be receiving Witching Hour to review on 🙂

MAC Brooke Candy

MAC Brooke Candy

MAC Brooke Candy

MAC Brooke Candy

In contrast to the first Brooke Candy collection, special efforts are made to the packaging in this latest lineup with products encased in a reflective box and tube adorned with black and grey paint splatters. The improvement in packaging, however, also meant a slight increase in price as the lipsticks now cost US$18 each, up from US$17 the last time.

Witching Hour is a rich purple with Matte finish (US$18 / S$34)

Witching Hour is a rich purple with Matte finish (US$18 / S$34)

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

MAC Witching Hour

Wearing this lipstick gave me a sense of déjà vu as I felt like I had worn something very similar. Witching Hour delivers a semi-glossy and creamy purple without drying out and gives a mostly opaque coverage in two coats. It doesn’t seep into the lip lines so it is relatively easy to remove. With all these qualities, it’s almost hard to believe that this is a matte lipstick. But the consistency somewhat disappoint me as some parts of colour appear noticeably blotchy.

MAC Witching Hour - swatch comparison

MAC Witching Hour – swatch comparison

A-HA! Once again my intuition has been proven right (being a lipstick hoarder certainly has it upsides like the ability to identify a dupe right away LOL). If you’ve bought the purple lipstick from the MAC x Nasty Gal collection, don’t bother getting Witching Hour because Gunner is an exact duplicate of it.

What are your thoughts about this collection? Chime away in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

MAC x Brooke Candy collection is now available on MACCosmetics.com and at 313@Somerset, Bugis Junction, Ngee Ann City and Tangs at Tangs Plaza.

REVIEW: MAC Faerie Whispers Lipsticks – Midsummer Night, A Sprinkle of Magic & Among the Fireflies

Hello everyone!

Seasons may come and go but lipsticks in wearable nude shades will never go out of style. Rounding off my reviews on the MAC Holiday 2015 releases, I bring you my thoughts on three lipsticks that were unveiled last winter as part of the Faerie Whispers collection. If you’re still on the fence about getting anything from this collection even after close to five months, hopefully you’d be able to come to a decision after reading this review!

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

MAC is known to churn out new releases faster than we can replenish our bank accounts that was emptied from the last haul but apart from that observation, did anyone actually notice how creative and and stunning their promotional pictures usually are? My attention was immediately drawn to the dreamy and ethereal look of the artwork above. Everything is kept to the theme here – the colours, the choice of model (she’s peculiarly gorgeous) and the makeup all fused together to impart a sense of surrealism, just the kind of feeling you’d get in the secret, wondrous world of fairies.

Faerie Whispers promises to enchant with an impressive variety of single eye shadows (eight of them, to be precise) as well as a manageable selection of lipsticks, glosses and other face and nail products in soft, shimmery hues of coral and pink. In other words, don’t expect solid colours or anything matte from this collection.

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

Once again, I’m slightly bummed out that no effort was put into the designing of the lipstick packaging especially with the gradual climb in their prices. I believe it wouldn’t hurt to add a little sparkle to the box or something.

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection - lipstick swatches

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection – lipstick swatches

The lipstick shade that I had no affinity with was Gossamer Wing, a dirty beige with a Lustre finish which I reckoned would be non-existent on my naturally pale lips considering how sheer the darker shades already are when swatched on my hand.

#1 Midsummer Night

Midsummer Night is a mid-tone coral nude with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Midsummer Night is a mid-tone coral nude with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

This is one bewildering shade, so much so that I had to do a double take when I first wore it. It seems more like a bright orange than coral when I swatch it on my hand but the moment I apply the colour to my lips, the opposite happens! Are my eyes playing tricks on me?

Although Midsummer Night leaves a smooth and moisturising finish, the colour fails to distribute evenly. You may not be able to see it in the pictures but the pigment is, at some parts, segregated from the glossy coating that gives the lipstick the creamy and high-shine appearance. Fortunately, this imperfection is only visible upon closer inspection so it shouldn’t be deterring you from getting it if you like nude shades.

MAC Midsummer Night - swatch comparison

MAC Midsummer Night – swatch comparison

Someone at the laboratory probably took Soft Pout (also a limited edition shade) and added a small percentage of orange tint to create Midsummer Night…

#2 A Sprinkle of Magic

A Sprinkle of Magic is a dirty orange nude with Frost finish (US$17)

A Sprinkle of Magic is a dirty orange nude with Frost finish (US$17)

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

I am fully aware that this collection is inspired by the magical realm of fairies and whatnot but I swear some kind of sorcery is indeed going on here because this lipstick literally transforms from a reddish-orange on my hand to a baby pink on my lips. I’ve done quite a couple of lipstick reviews the past few years but never once have I seen any lipstick shade change so drastically when swatched at different places like these ones.

But mysteries aside, I was sorely disappointed by the colour disparity because I had anticipated it to be the “dirty orange nude” on the bullet. Don’t get me wrong – the pink is nice, but I already have tons of similar shades in my stash so I was also hoping to get something different. On top of that, the colour payoff is atrocious as I had to apply several layers on the lips before I could finally see lipstick (it’s great in a way, I guess, since it’s buildable). The finish is also nowhere near what you would expect of a Frost lipstick. The micro-shimmers somehow don’t translate to the alluring shine it promises but instead, make the lipstick look very disintegrated upon application. It kinda reminds me of the texture of asphalt roads – messy, coarse and inconsistent.

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic - swatch comparison

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic – swatch comparison

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic - swatch comparison

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic – swatch comparison

How is A Sprinkle of Magic a Frost lipstick when it has almost the same texture as my Lustres?

#3 Among the Fireflies

Among the Fireflies is a soft mocha with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Among the Fireflies is a soft mocha with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

By now you should have picked up on my subtle hint not to blow your money on the lipsticks from this collection but if you’re adamant about owning at least one from every MAC release, then perhaps you should consider getting Among the Fireflies. It feels extremely lightweight on the lips and the soft brown blends into my natural lip colour perfectly without looking too prominent. Furthermore, it is emollient with a close-to-seamless payoff (although only after multiple application to even out the colour). It is easily the best performer among the trio of lipsticks I have featured here.

MAC Among the Fireflies - swatch comparison

MAC Among the Fireflies – swatch comparison

What’s more, it’s pretty much a shade of brown that hasn’t been released before!

On the whole, unless you’re into light makeup or anything iridescent, the money is better spent elsewhere. Do you agree with me on this?

Feel free to share your views with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

MAC Faerie Whispers collection is now available on MACCosmetics.com. It was also released in local MAC outlets.

REVIEW: MAC x Ellie Goulding Lipsticks – Without Your Love & Only You

Hey everyone!

Just as everyone was speculating about a possible MAC collaboration with the newly-transitioned Caitlyn Jenner (which, by the way, has already been confirmed a while back), the cosmetics giant decided to drop a bomb on the beauty community by announcing the partnership with English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding for a new holiday collection last December. Although I’m not really a fan of her music, I was genuinely stoked (as always, when it comes to celebrity beauty endorsements) for the launch and was already preparing to buy the lipsticks the moment I landed in Japan.

Ellie-Goulding-MAC-Cosmetics

Judging by the looks of the promotional photos, the colour theme of this collection is very obviously centered around shades of neutral which, according to the description provided by MAC, were inspired by the effortlessly au naturel look of the singer herself. I was half-expecting lustres in the lipstick line since they’ve been pretty much a common occurrence in limited edition collections. But as usual, MAC always has surprises up their sleeves.

My wallet heaved a huge sigh of relief when I learnt that there were only two lipsticks in this collection alongside two Plushglasses and two Patentpolish Lip Pencils and other products for the eyes and face – all of which encased in a sleek, mostly-black packaging bearing the official logo for Ellie Goulding like they were made for her merchandise. Look, even the products themselves have the logo debossed into them!

MAC x Ellie Goulding

MAC x Ellie Goulding

Inner packaging

Inner packaging

MAC x Ellie Goulding

MAC x Ellie Goulding

MAC x Ellie Goulding

MAC x Ellie Goulding (from left: Only You & Without Your Love)

With product names like Only You and Without Your Love, sharp-eyed readers may have already noticed that the lipsticks were aptly named after the singer’s hits 🙂 At first glance, both shades reminded me of those from the Guo Pei collection in terms of their coral hues, sheerness and how they are virtually devoid of pigmentation, which is strange, considering that they have Cremesheen finish instead of the dreadful Lustre that Zenith and Ethereal Orchid have. In fact, I found that the lipsticks from the Guo Pei collection were a lot more pigmented than these two addition here.

#1 Without Your Love

Without Your Love is a warm seashell pink with Cremesheen finish (US$18 / S$34)

Without Your Love is a warm seashell pink with Cremesheen finish (US$18 / S$34)

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

MAC Without Your Love

In a case that further blurs the line between Cremesheen and Lustre finishes, this pale pink has a very creamy and sheer quality with a glossy texture. Its only characteristic that sets it apart from Lustre is its micro-shimmers that lends an emollient effect on the lips.

The product, however, has a tendency to cluster around areas of unevenness which I felt was a little difficult to blend out. Although Without Your Love (WYL) sits comfortably on my lips, it does almost nothing to enhance my natural lip colour (hence it will probably show better on really fair skin tones) and because of how lightweight and slippery it is, it lasted under two hours when I wore it out.

#2 Only You

Only You is a muted mid-toned coral with Cremesheen finish (US$18 / S$34)

Only You is a muted mid-toned coral with Cremesheen finish (US$18 / S$34)

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

MAC Only You

The darker lipstick shade in this collection, Only You is in a sort of salmon colour that complements my warm skin tone. It glides on smoothly on the lips and has a thicker consistency with a more opaque finish as compared to WYL. The pearlised pigments are not as glistening too and hence seems less like a gloss unlike WYL. Although it does settle into the lip lines, it is only obvious upon closer examination.

Swatch comparison 1

Swatch comparison 1

Swatch comparison 2

Swatch comparison 2

Unless you’re an avid lipstick collector or an ardent Ellie Goulding fan, you don’t have to rush into buying these lipsticks because honestly, these shades are not new so there is a high chance you’d find cheaper alternatives in the permanent range or from other brands. But price-wise, US$18 is, no doubt, a steal for products created by a renowned celebrity like Ellie Goulding.

What do you think about this collection? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

MAC X Ellie Goulding is now available on MACCosmetics.com. This collection was also launched locally at M.A.C Bugis Junction, Sephora ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City and TANGS at Tang Plaza.