REVIEW: MAC x Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

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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 馃憤

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

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

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

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

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

M路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved

Named after Kiesza’s latest single off her sophomore album, Dearly Beloved聽– 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路A路C Kiesza Lipstick in Dearly Beloved swatch comparison - Cold Hard Cash is the closest dupe but has warmer undertones

M路A路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 馃槈

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

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REVIEW: Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks – Heir, King K & Reign

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Good Lord.. we just can’t get enough of anything that King Kylie puts out into the world, can we, especially when it comes to beauty products! Since venturing into her own cosmetic business and dropping a couple of sold-out lip kits, 18-year-old聽Kylie Jenner聽has expanded聽her makeup line to include lip glosses and metallic liquid lipsticks (and just yesterday, eyeshadow palettes) which would once again threaten to wipe out our聽savings.

Moreover, being the young ever-enterprising entrepreneur she is, she added a bundle feature that allows聽buyers聽to cart all available gloss or metal shades out at once at full price. I mean, we can always take our own sweet time to ponder on which shade to pick up聽and buy them individually聽since there isn’t any incentive for getting the bundle. But, you know,聽it is so convenient and those stuff聽are likely going to sell out in no time..聽so.. why the heck聽not, right?! 馃槅 聽Thus, I聽managed to snag all three matte metal shades (even though I had only wanted two) before they were gone.

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The glosses (which I have absolutely no interest in – thank goodness) and metals are only available聽in singles so they do not come with lip liners. It’s definitely more affordable without them聽but I prefer聽that聽they do because these dazzling liners would also make great eye聽pencils聽for the waterline to brighten up the peepers.

NOTE:聽As a first-time user of metal liquid lipstick (because ColourPop only launched theirs after Kylie Cosmetics did and I wasn’t fast enough to get them), I do not have any products to compare聽these聽with at the moment. Sorry to disappoint if you’re expecting to see swatch comparisons 馃槮

#1 Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

This golden metallic peach, having been the first to run out of stock, is the most popular metal shade in the collection but I’m afraid it does not live up to its hype. It has a runny and slippery texture (hence has the tendency to spill from the bottle) and does not feel like a聽matte lipstick. Lightweight with an iridescent sheen, Heir provides poor coverage despite attempts to build it up with multiple layers, resulting in a streaky and slightly sheer finish. It probably wouldn’t be that bad if I had the patience to wait for it to dry down completely before applying the next layer but nah, ain’t nobody got time for that, you know..

#2 King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Unleash your inner diva with this Beyonc茅-inspired (I kid) soft metallic gold. This gorgeously rich bronze-gold blend (but tends more towards bronze in my opinion) is a truly one-of-a-kind shade which works best on dark skin tones. Buildable, it聽is fully opaque and extremely pigmented with an intense frosty聽sheen that聽enhances the fullness of the lips and takes away the attention from the lip wrinkles. It applies smooth聽and聽dries down fairly quickly without leaving your lips feeling parched. What can I say? I absolutely love it!

#3 Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Another Metal worth forking out for is this聽deep metallic copper聽because of its聽immense pigmentation and dense texture.聽Every application lends the lips a generous coat of product聽to effortlessly create a luscious pout without exceeding one swipe.聽The shimmer game, though, isn’t very strong in this one but I am聽satisfied聽with this intensity聽of lustre because too strong a frosty finish may聽just ruin it for me.

On the whole, the Metals do not disappoint. I find that the formula for the matte metals聽is a lot less drying and more comfortable as compared to traditional liquid lipsticks. It applies creamy like a gloss but dries down to a matte finish.聽However, as it removes fairly easily, the lipstick does not have long staying power and will inevitably require touching up very often. The applicator is of the ideal size and is stiff and fluffy at the right areas聽to enable easy application of the product. It does a pretty decent聽job in lining the lips so technically there is no need for a lip liner.

What do you think about the metals? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 馃檪

KYLIE METAL LIQUID LIPSTICKS聽ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AT KYLIECOSMETICS.COM. KYLIE COSMETICS SHIPS WORLDWIDE BUT SHIPPING FEE VARIES FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY.