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

Thanks for reading! 馃檪

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: MAC Blue Nectar Lipsticks – Give In, Riot House, Sweet Venom, Ablaze, Intoxica & Barbeque

Hello everyone!

How was your Cinco de Mayo weekend聽for my readers who are residing in the states? Did it leave you a few hundreds of dollars poorer overnight? I feel ya, babes… 馃槩

Sorry for the delayed beauty update because I just couldn’t muster up enough energy to turn on my computer after more than 8 hours at work each day.. *yawns* But I promise to post more often when my long break comes in about three weeks’ time.聽I have a mountain’s worth聽of beauty products聽– accumulated over the past few weeks – to聽talk about and I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss any of them. So please be patient, fellow beautyholics! 馃槅聽I guarantee it’s gonna be worth the wait..

Unfortunately, if you’re here expecting my first update in three weeks聽to be on a聽latest makeup collection, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed again (there is definitely one in the works, so come back again in a few days or look out for updates on my Instagram 鈽). For now, it’s throwback to yet another old M.A.C collection.

Remember nearly a year ago, M.A.C welcomed the summer season with a new collection called Blue Nectar? Since it’s going to get warm again in most parts of the world, I thought it’s about time聽I thrust it into the limelight since you can technically still buy them online.

M.A.C Blue Nectar, June 2016

M.A.C Blue Nectar, June 2016

Launched last year (in May online and June in stores), Blue Nectar聽saw the release聽and repromote of 12 lipsticks (Courting Seduction / Lured In / Invite Intrigue / Intoxica / Lush Extract / Riot House / Give In / Sweet Venom / Heroine / Ablaze / Breathing Fire / Barbeque) and 6 Plushglass (Fulfilled / Ample Pink / In Abundance / Robust / Fashion Fanatic / Full for You) in idyllic hues of orange, red and purple, but this review will only be featuring 6 of the said lipstick shades. Interestingly, despite the name of the collection, there was not a single blue lipstick.

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipsticks

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipsticks

Overall swatches

Overall swatches

Some of these shades may ring a bell聽to those聽who have been聽keeping track of all the M.A.C聽launches because聽one-third of them are either repromotes or already in the permanent line. If you had passed on them the first time ’round due to the price hike, you will be delighted to know that they have made a comeback in a somewhat cheaper price tag, sans the fancy packaging.

Although聽they were relaunched as limited-edition shades again, all of them (including the new ones)聽are still available on the M.A.C website the last time I checked. So in case you are interested to聽purchase any of them, I have hyperlinked the聽names of the featured shades to their individual product pages for your convenience 馃槈

Without further ado, let’s get started on the reviews!

#1 Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Give In

Since Blue Nectar was launched during the summer season, it seemed only right to incorporate聽some pastels and soft neutrals to add a touch of playfulness to the collection. Among those hues聽was Give In,聽a creamy natural pink with Amplified Creme finish. It runs smoothly on the lips without skipping and leaves a buttery but streaky texture with a slight sheen to it. The colour payoff can be somewhat sheer at the first swipe but it is buildable to a decently opaque consistency. It does not settle into the lip wrinkles no matter how much product is applied.

However,聽it is not long-lasting as its emollient quality makes it move a lot, so much so that frequent reapplication would be necessary. This shade聽leans more towards the hydrating spectrum.

#2 Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Riot House

Colours in nature change with the season, and so does makeup.聽In preparation for the impending humid months, it’s about time we tweak our makeup routine and opt for hues that enable us to stay seasonally appropriate. As beauty enthusiasts, when we think summer, minimally made-up looks come to mind, and along with that are bright attention-grabbing lips聽colours such the warm reds and cheery pinks聽to show聽that you so did not compromise on your makeup game for the warm weather. For the gutsier ones who don’t mind experimenting with something more unusual,聽why not adopt the聽neon聽lip look聽this summer using near-fluorescent shades like Riot House?

Described as a light vivid orange with Matte finish, Riot House – a repromote shade from the Kelly Osbourne collection launched back in 2014 – punctuates the traditional lip hues of summer with a fun pop of sandy beach colour. When applied, it tugs a little on lips as it leaves a mostly opaque and – unfortunately – uneven consistency while settling into my lip creases. It is slightly buildable but adding more product would mean accentuating lip dryness even further because of its flat matte appearance. On top of that, deeper聽cracks start forming around the lip lines with every little movement of my mouth. Even so, this shade feels neither drying nor hydrating on the lips.

Swatch comparison for Give In and Riot House

Swatch comparison for Give In and Riot House

#3 Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Sweet Venom

If you’re not ready to trade your reds or pinks for neon hues just yet, no pressure – you can absolutely still look chic in hues聽you’re comfortable wearing on your lips. In fact, Blue Nectar explores an assortment聽of reds and pinks聽that you probably don’t have in your stash. So, if you’ve been using the same ol’ red or pink lipstick for the past couple of summers and have decided it is time for a change, look no further, for I have picked out four聽uncommon variations of聽the quintessential lipstick hue from this collection, beginning with the lightest聽one – Sweet Venom.

Described as an intense pink coral with Matte finish, it is a more of a full聽baby pink with cool聽undertones which complements light to medium skin tones best. Sweet Venom applies like a Satin without little to no tug at the lips聽and although it is supposedly a Matte lipstick, it聽actually has聽more slip than聽the first two nudes featured here. It has an opaque coverage聽with smooth聽consistency at the first swipe. The texture feels a little powdery聽but not obvious to the eye. It can stay on for hours but only if it does not come in contact with oily food. This shade is neither drying nor hydrating.

#4 Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Ablaze

Set your lips聽on fire聽with a ravishing red聽this summer!聽Described as a bright apricot cream with Matte finish, Ablaze聽adds a twist to traditional red with its bright reddish-orange hue and warm undertones and hence making it聽perfect for those who do not want to stray too far from safe colours.

This shade – which was first released as part of the Fashion Sets collection in 2013 –聽has great slip聽as it runs effortlessly on the lips聽to lend a聽smooth Satin-like finish. It provides a rich colour payoff and a buildable opaque consistency that allows for a full, uniform coverage while imparting a soft sheen. It clings comfortably to the lips聽with its emollient and lightweight texture but does feel a bit tacky at the same time. Similarly, this shade is neither drying nor hydrating.

#5 Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Intoxica

Described as a bright raspberry red with Matte finish, Intoxica appears as a vivid pink-red with blue聽undertones. It聽goes on creamy with聽some聽tug聽but no drag, coating the lips with an intense colour payoff with just a single swipe. Each application delivers an聽opaque coverage coupled with聽a聽smooth and seamless finish like a true Matte (minus the dryness and chalkiness), resulting in a fuller lip look.

In addition, it also has a聽subtle sheen to it so that it does not look completely flat聽on your lips or make them seem brittle and dehydrated. This shade is long-wearing but it聽feels heavy and can be a little drying on the lips, so make sure you use a lip balm before applying the lipstick.

Swatch comparison for Sweet Venom and Intoxica

Swatch comparison for Sweet Venom and Intoxica

#6 Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque (US$17)

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

M.A.C Blue Nectar lipstick in Barbeque

What’s summer without barbecue? Guess what – now there’s a lipstick to go along with the ambience of outdoor dining and the warmth of a real fire as聽M.A.C had relaunched聽a hue that would instantly remind you of your favourite summer tradition (and聽was聽even聽named after it). Described as a vivid orange red with Matte finish, Barbeque very much聽resembles the glowing聽embers of barbecue fire due to its punchy deep tangerine colour and warm undertones. This was first released as part of the Isabal and Ruben Toledo collection in 2015.

It has a similar creamy texture to Intoxica but perhaps due to its聽heavier, drier and thicker consistency, it聽also tugs slightly at the lips.聽The product spreads evenly across the lip upon application but somehow settles into lip lines after a few minutes. There’s absolutely no doubt about the colour payoff as you can see –聽it is so incredibly pigmented and opaque that聽you’d only need to run the lipstick over your lips ONCE to get full coverage. This is聽another classic example of why M.A.C remains ahead of the pack in producing lipsticks with the ultimate wear and colour.

Swatch comparison for Ablaze and Barbeque

Swatch comparison for Ablaze and Barbeque

On the whole,聽this collection is聽the bomb, which is also mainly why I persisted in doing a review on it in spite that it was launched nearly a year ago. Not only are the lipsticks super pigmented and creamy, the colours are also mostly workplace-appropriate.聽These colours are timeless as well, and can be recycled for the spring and fall seasons (if you know how to adjust聽the intensity). If you haven’t gotten anything from this collection yet, you should! 馃槈 I would say this is one of the better collections from聽M.A.C so trust me, you won’t regret your decision.

What are your thoughts? Share them with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C Blue Nectar was launched as a limited edition collection in June and August 2016 online and in local outlets respectively.聽However, all of the shades at present are still available聽for purchase individually on MACCosmetics.com.聽found something you like in this collection? Get it聽while you still can!

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REVIEW: MAC Colour Rocker Lipsticks (PART 2) – Yellow You Dare?, Mud Wrestler, Gritty Girl, Cold Hard Cash, Secret # & Digging It

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M.A.C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 2)

M.A.C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 2)

A few days ago, I wrote about the blues and greens from the recent Colour Rocker collection by M.A.C. To facilitate the ease of reading, I have split my review of this massive haul (my biggest to date from a single M.A.C collection) into two (going three) digestible parts. This second installment聽picks up where I left off and will cover the warms and browns.

Overview

Overview

Read聽the first part of the m.a.c colour rocker collection review here.

#7 Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare? (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare? (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Yellow You Dare?

Thanks to research and development, even the most unimaginable bright聽hues have聽evolved into聽commonplace liquid lipstick shades with decent coverage in recent years. But it wouldn’t be possible to make bright regular lipsticks a decent ago because fluorescent聽matte pigments are notoriously hard聽to formulate. Therefore, it was completely understandable that bright lip colours by M.A.C had always been in crappy, less-than-satisfactory finishes.

This year, M.A.C pushes the boundaries of cosmetic formulation with not one, but聽several fluoroscent matte lipsticks including a yellow and lime green. While awaiting the latter to reach me from the States, let’s discuss聽about Yellow You Dare?.A first matte yellow by the beauty giant, this limited-edition warmed yellow skips on the lips a fair bit at the very first swipe聽but builds to a decently-opaque coat of colour with multiple聽applications to conceal most of the gaps (and bleeding into the lip lines in the process).聽Its drying and chalky聽consistency, however, accentuates every wrinkle on the lips聽and I also dislike the fact that it does not fade evenly, leaving a patchy pout at the end of the day.聽Nonetheless, taking into consideration the difficulties in perfecting聽one, I would say this is a pretty darn good effort 馃槃

M.A.C Yellow You Dare? swatch comparison (against Jeffree Star's Queen Bee as well)

M.A.C Yellow You Dare? swatch comparison (against Jeffree Star’s Queen Bee as well)

Before you write this collection off as one聽dedicated only to the adventurous and experimental, take a look at the聽muddy hues! With more than six tones of brown lip colours to choose from, there is no denying that M.A.C is trying to聽reinforce the notion that the ’90’s-esque brown lip trend is here to stay. Why wouldn’t it, anyway? Brown is聽such a聽universally flattering neutral聽that anyone would be able to聽pull it off, so聽long as you find the right one for your skin tone! Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t look good with聽earthy聽lips!

To get you started on the path to brown lip perfection,聽here are five (new) brown lip hues from this collection, starting with the lightest:

#8 Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mud Wrestler

Let’s get dirrrty聽with Mud Wrestler, described as a creamy neutral beige with Matte finish. Classified as a warm hue,聽this limited-edition pale聽brown has a satin-like finish and goes on mostly opaque with a good slip and glide although it takes me a couple of passes before the colour finally becomes noticeable against my medium skin tone. It leaves a tacky and streaky consistency as well as a drying, crayon-like texture. On top of that, it does virtually nothing to reduce the appearance of my lip wrinkles. The true potential of this shade would probably be realised聽on light skin tones 馃槈

M.A.C Mud Wrestler swatch comparison

M.A.C Mud Wrestler swatch comparison

#9 Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Gritty Girl

Not too far off from Mud Wrestler on the colour scale聽is Gritty Girl, described as a light cool brown with Matte finish. In reality, this limited-edition shade is muted, slightly grey-tinged and goes on smooth and somewhat sheer (as my natural lip colour can still be seen) with a small degree of buildability which gives its lightweight and聽hydrating texture. It offers a fairly uniform spread of colour after several swipes, topped with a balmy finish聽and聽a soft sheen.聽All’s good except that it fares poorly in the longevity department as it fades away entirely upon taking light snacks.

M.A.C Gritty Girl swatch comparison

M.A.C Gritty Girl swatch comparison

#10 Cold Hard Cash聽

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Cold Hard Cash

If going by the rule of thumb when it comes to selecting the right shade of lipstick that we should pick a tone one or two shade darker than your natural lip colour, then perhaps Cold Hard Cash fits the bill for me.聽Described as a creamy neutral brown with Matte finish, the yellow undertones in this limited-edition shade complements my warm skin tone naturally without making exaggerated effort. Besides, there is a good amount of聽slip to ensure a smooth application. It lends an opaque colour payoff but has a slightly gritty and tacky consistency. This shade is neither drying nor hydrating.

M.A.C Cold Hard Cash swatch comparison

M.A.C Cold Hard Cash swatch comparison – Styled in Sepia is 99% similar!

#11 Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret # (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret # (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Secret #

If you’re already bored of safe neutrals, perhaps聽Secret #聽might just be what you need to amp up your lip game. Another limited-edition shade from this collection, it is described as a dark greyed brown with Matte finish and is聽ideal for seasoned veterans of the vampy lip look聽as well as those who are ready to take the plunge and go for something darker (that’s the spirit!). It聽applies聽creamy and effortlessly on the lips, leaving an opaque cool ash brown with excellent colour payoff.聽The grey tint catches light so it聽doesn’t look like a regular dark brown lipstick (it kinda looks metallic, minus the strong shimmer effect) but at the same time, it also somewhat emphasises the lip lines.聽It聽feels hydrating yet mildly tacky聽on the lips as it is, so some blotting would definitely help in removing some sticky residue (and make it more long-lasting).

#12 Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Digging It

Complete your grunge look聽while going a notch deeper with Digging It, described as a rich warm brown with Matte finish. Not for the faint-hearted, this limited-edition deep rustic brown lends a touch of allure and mystery to your bold makeup as it fills the surface of the lips smoothly with a thick and creamy coat of lipstick. Moreover, with its insanely-pigmented and opaque consistency, topped with a subtle sheen to enhance your sultry moue, it is guaranteed to make an impression. It is as dark as it can be on聽the second swipe not so this shade is not very buildable. Like most of the shades in this collection, it is tacky聽but feels hydrating on the lips. Well, at least it doesn’t dry the heck out of my lips like most traditional M.A.C matte lipsticks do!

M.A.C Secret # and Digging It swatch comparison - Stone is lighter and warmer as compared to Secret # while Antique Velvet is slightly darker and more pigmented with more red undertones than Digging It

M.A.C Secret # and Digging It swatch comparison – Stone is lighter and warmer as compared to Secret # while Antique Velvet is slightly darker and more pigmented with more red undertones than Digging It

And there you have it, my lengthiest聽review on a single collection with two more shades en route to Singapore! Keep your eyes peeled on this page for聽the next part 馃槉

Thanks for reading!

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REVIEW: MAC Colour Rocker Lipsticks (PART 1) – Instant Icon, Jean Genie, Blue Bang!, Show And Teal, Deep With Envy & Mean Green Machine

Hello everyone!

It has become almost like an annual routine for M.A.C to launch a series of new matte聽lipstick shades, so this year聽is no exception! Launched in January in the U.S., the Colour Rocker collection saw the release of 28 lipsticks (categorised into browns, pinks/purples/greys, warms and blues/greens) in a spectrum of bright neon-esque hues and dark accents.

These lipsticks – some new, some repromotes聽–聽boast in their聽true-to-bullet-color payoff and come in the most avant-garde shades you can ever find in the market. What’s more, they are ALL mattes! YAY!

M.A.C Colour Rocker 2017

M.A.C Colour Rocker 2017 (PART 1)

Still looking for more reasons to make the leap to the bold side?聽Think awkward social functions and high school reunions. What better way to break the ice and start a conversation with an unconventional lip colour? 馃槅

And here’s what I got…

Overhead shot of the lipsticks

Overhead shot of the lipsticks

Overview

Overview

TWELVE shades.. and soon to be thirteen (because another shade from this collection caught my eye and it’s now on its way to me 馃槄). Is there anyone more of a lipstick devotee than me?! This is, no doubt, my biggest M.A.C haul to date! I already tried narrowing down my choices. Still, I couldn’t help it – there were just too many shades I聽was lusting after!

I know it’s my usual practice to compile my review聽of every shade I bought from the same collection in one post, but this is just too massive and it would possibly take me days to complete it. Hence, for your convenience and mine, I will聽split my review into two parts. The first shall feature only the blues and greens. If you’re interested to know how the others perform, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next part!

#1 Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Instant Icon

Blue is probably the most unlikely colour聽for a lipstick as聽it is a complete opposite聽of our natural lip colour. But since celebrities like Beyonc茅, Rihanna and Olivia Palermo had been spotted rockin’ that hue on the red carpet, it has been normalised聽(sort of) and made popular. Therefore,聽it was only a matter of time before M.A.C introduced聽its own line of lipsticks in different shades of blue to catch up with the bold lip trend (albeit a rather pass茅 one by now because it has been going on since 2014?). If you’ve never considered this unusual lip colour聽before, it isn’t too late to try one now 馃槈

Starting with the lightest blue in this collection, there is聽Instant Icon, a bright baby blue with Matte finish. Ardent fans of聽M.A.C may feel a sense of d茅j脿 vu because the brand actually added聽an almost identical shade聽going by the name of Dreampot聽(with the same finish, no less) to the permanent range last year as part of the Bangin’ Brilliant collection which I passed on. This limited-edition pale blue provides good slip聽for a Matte lipstick, but has a drying and crayon-like consistency which accentuates lip wrinkles. It聽goes on聽fairly opaque at the first swipe, but builds up to your preferred intensity easily with subsequent applications.聽It does not have the staying power of the traditional matte as it starts to wear off when I incidentally purse my lips. It聽also leaves an uneven stain on the lips after fading.

#2 Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Jean Genie

Up next on the colour wheel is聽Jean Genie, a limited-edition sky blue with Matte finish and probably M.A.C’s (late) answer to Serenity, one of the two pantone colours of 2016. This denim-inspired periwinkle blue聽does not drag or tug at the lips much but has a rather patchy and satin-like consistency which takes away the matte texture. Highly pigmented, it gives considerable coverage聽on the first coat but builds to an entirely opaque聽colour with more passes.聽Lip cracks are, however, still obvious as the product tends to聽settle into the lines. Although it feels drying, I聽would say this offers a longer wear as compared to Instant Icon.

So many choices, too little money! If you can’t decide on which blue lipstick to get, I recommend Jean Genie because it is just so gorgeous聽馃槏 But I personally think it is more compatible with light to medium skin tones..

#3 Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang! (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang! (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Blue Bang!

Electrify your lips with Blue Bang!, described as a limited-edition bright cerulean blue with Matte finish. A聽guaranteed head-turner, this striking blue聽provides a high colour pay-off and an opaque coverage in just a single stroke, but not without first applying with some drag. Buildable to a solid blue that conceals most lip lines, it has a thick consistency which feels a tad heavy and drying on the lips. But it does not appear as such because of the delicate聽sheen it imparts to the lips. This lipstick聽removes easily but does not fade uniformly聽as it will leave visible traces of the lipstick.

Swatch comparison among all the blues. Proof that I don't own any blue lippy at all.. (Trashy Cloud Gait doesn't count)

Swatch comparison among all the blues. Proof that I don’t own any blue lippy at all.. (Trashy Cloud Gait doesn’t count)

#4 Show And Teal聽

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

SAM.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Show And Teal

Moving on to the greens… WHOOT!聽The most underrated lipstick hue is finally here! Believe me or not,聽I had waited all my life for a warm teal lipstick like Show And Teal聽to take form聽because the existing ones聽in the market either lean more towards aqua or turquoise, never in between. Hence, I was really聽psyched to lay my hands on this!

Described as a bright green blue teal with Matte finish, Show And Teal has relatively good slip but bleeds into lip lines. Not only does it pack a punch of pigment to bring forth that聽excellent colour payoff,聽it has a thick and opaque coverage that聽lasts for hours and a subtle聽sheen to boot to give that semi-matte (almost聽satin-like) finish.聽The consistency, however, isn’t as uniform聽as I had hoped聽and it does feel slightly drying on my lips. This lipstick fades to a stain after a heavy meal.

I’m baffled it is still not sold out online聽馃檨 Doesn’t anybody feel the same way I do about teal lipsticks? *cries at one corner*

#5 Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Deep With Envy

Blue lipsticks may have enjoyed a period of popularity but it could well be out of fashion soon now that聽their green counterparts聽are creeping in to claim their spot. On a side note, remember when green lipsticks first emerged, they turned out to be pink on the lips? Damn those colour-changing lipsticks… 馃槖 I couldn’t help but feel聽a pang of betrayal because聽I really wanted a green lipstick to complete my collection. But I need not聽have to yearn for it anymore as green lipsticks聽are going to be e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!

It all kinda started from Dolce & Gabanna (which Rihanna bravely wore to an awards night and got everyone gasping with awe), then Melt Cosmetics came up聽with their own version. Slowly but surely, more beauty brands followed suit. As a matter of fact, M.A.C had a couple of green lipsticks prior to this聽but they were all trashy and the payoff was nowhere near green at all (e.g. Summer Shower, Blue Eve – Google them and you’ll know what I mean). I’m glad M.A.C ultimately got their sh*t together and made green lipsticks that truly apply as green this time ’round!

One of them is Deep With Envy, accurately described as a (deep) forest green. This limited-edition piece, though,聽is聽nothing like a Matte lipstick because聽it goes聽on ever-so smoothly and buttery聽that all it takes is a single swipe to get an opaque聽colour payoff. It has a thick, creamy and almost-silky聽consistency聽with an alluring聽sheen to take the attention away from the patchy areas. Topping it all off, it has the right amount of moisture to keep the lips from feeling parched. No wonder Deep With Envy is the first (and only one thus far) to sell out online!

#6 Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine (US$17 / S$33)

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

M.A.C Colour Rocker lipstick in Mean Green Machine

Rounding off the greens division (for now)聽is Mean Green Machine, ambiguously described as a green (that’s it? 馃槖聽how lazy can one get..) with Matte finish when in actual fact, the green pigment is hardly noticeable, even under strong lighting. It is so dark, I would say it is just a tone or two聽away from black.

Nevertheless, if the accuracy of the colour description doesn’t bother you, it is a pretty decent lipstick to have. It applies effortlessly with zero tugging聽to deliver a microshimmer-infused, semi-opaque but rather聽patchy texture. Buildable to full coverage, it does not settle into lip lines but does feel a bit tacky and drying at the end.

Swatch comparison among all the greens! I had absolutely no green at all! And strangely what I thought was black (Hautecore & Black Night) now look purplish to me against Mean Green Machine

Swatch comparison among all the greens! I had absolutely no green at all! And strangely what I thought was black (Hautecore & Black Night) now look purplish to me against Mean Green Machine

What are your thoughts on the blues and greens in this collection? Are they worth splurging your moolah on, or not? Let me know in the comments below! 馃槞

And do stay tuned for part two!

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REVIEW: MAC Fashion Pack Lipsticks – Aim For Gorgeous, Stylist’s Tip & By Special Order

Hey beauties!

Paris Fashion Week is just around the corner and as we get excited for the coming season, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the backstage work, or more precisely, the makeup that has played a huge role in bringing out the beauty of runway pieces. When it comes to runway makeup聽looks, no other brand gets as much recognition as M.A.C.

M.A.C, having started off as brand exclusively for makeup artists before going down the mainstream path, is no stranger to the fashion industry. It聽employs hundreds of makeup artists every season to create beauty looks for fashion shows (I mean, it’s very evident from their Instagram page, isn’t it?) and is even touted as a favourite of many renowned celebrities among the plethora of luxury makeup brands in the market. For those who are wondering what beauty products were used at the fashion shows, this collection could very well be the answer!

M.A.C Fashion Pack for Summer 2016

M.A.C Fashion Pack for Summer 2016

Introducing Fashion Pack, a collection聽dedicated to trendsetters which fuses fashion into beauty. Inspired by high fashion catwalk models,聽it features聽bold jewel tones and fashion-forward hues you’d likely see on runway models or front-row fashion show attendees.

M.A.C Fashion Pack collection lipsticks

M.A.C Fashion Pack collection lipsticks

Fashion Pack聽is a relatively small collection with two choices of eye shadow palette (Runway Worthy / She’s A Model), three shades of Fluidline Pen (Privet / Indelibly Blue / Retro Black), two vibrant Studio Nail Lacquer colours and four limited-edition runway-worthy lipstick hues, out of which only three made it to my shopping cart.

But despite being dubbed the聽‘collection for fashion mavens’, the first impression of the products聽exudes聽none of the sort. Sold聽in the oh-so boring regular M.A.C black packaging, it’s quite hard to associate the lipsticks to the glitz and glam of聽fashion shows and red carpet events.聽Such disappointment, really.

#1 Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous (US$17 / S$31)

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous (US$17 / S$31)

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Aim For Gorgeous

For some, a love for fashion starts young. Indeed, we develop our聽sense of style聽though dressing our dolls up in stunning outfits we picked out at toy shops when we were little. So perhaps it’s only right this collection recaptures a little of our childhood enthusiasm for fashion with Aim For Gorgeous,聽a聽bright fuchsia with Matte finish聽which聽seems very much inspired by the signature hot pink lipstick Barbie wears (although this isn’t the case).

But it is far from being as emollient as the pink on Barbie’s pouting lips.聽This聽tugs at the lips and emphasises dryness聽as the product make itself at home in the lip lines, hence making聽parched lips look wrinklier than ever.聽The聽matte texture leaves a drying effect too. That being said, it does last longer on my lips than the newer and more hydrating matte formula by M.A.C.

M.A.C Aim for Gorgeous lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C Aim for Gorgeous lipstick swatch comparison

#2 Stylist’s Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist's Tip (US$17 / S$31)

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist’s Tip (US$17 / S$31)

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist's Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist’s Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist's Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist’s Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist's Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist’s Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist's Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist’s Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist's Tip

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in Stylist’s Tip

If you have been avoiding bold lipstick colours all your life, it’s time to throw that sense of apprehension right out the window because purple is the new black! Did you聽see聽Taraji P. Henson rocking聽the hue at the American Music Awards last November? Channel your聽inner femme fatale聽just like her with Stylist’s Tip, a 聽deep violet in Amplified finish!

While what you see here may not be the exact shade she sported聽on the red carpet, it’s a less intimidating purple for first-timers due to its warm/pink undertones. This universally flattering lipstick (especially on dark skin) goes on creamy, mostly opaque and renders聽an OK聽consistency. Although hydrating (look at that sheen!),聽the texture feels slippery and tacky which instantly turns my lips into a hair magnet (so annoying).聽This also does not impress me with its lower-than-expected staying power as it wears away from eating (to be fair, it probably would leave a slight stain if I had eaten like a lady but damn I was hungry). Avoid this lipstick if you have no dining etiquette like me.

M.A.C Stylist's Tip lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C Stylist’s Tip lipstick swatch comparison

#3 By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order (US$17 / S$31)

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order (US$17 / S$31)

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

M.A.C Fashion Pack lipstick in By Special Order

Regardless of聽fashion trends, one can always expect to see red lipstick as a beauty staple. After all, red聽is arguably the first ever pigment (obtained from berries, plants, clay and yes, crushed insects, plus聽many more) applied to the lips聽way back in 3,000 BC. Several centuries later, the red lip聽clearly hasn’t lost any steam and is still going strong. Even though M.A.C has already made countless of red lipsticks, I agree it would be a beauty sin to pass on a lipstick hue that is largely popularised by fashion icons with the likes of Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I and Marilyn Monroe,聽especially in this fashion-inspired collection.

Described as a聽deep reddened fuchsia with an Amplified finish, By Special Order is, in reality, a bright red with cool undertones. As it glides聽smoothly like butter on the lips, it lends a very hydrating texture聽and even has a natural sheen to it to draw the attention away from lip wrinkles.聽The聽wash of pigmented colour from the lipstick, as well as the added聽pop of glossiness to the lips, enhances the overall look without being聽over-dramatic. On casual days, I dab this lipstick聽with a piece of facial tissue so that it聽fades to a tint. It would聽also help to remove some of its tackiness.

M.A.C By Special Order lipstick swatch comparison

M.A.C By Special Order lipstick swatch comparison

All in all, the lipstick shades in this collection, although nothing聽unusual, are very wearable for any look and occasion聽because they are not too bold (great for the faint of heart) and聽yet are such head-turners. The finish is generally hydrating and ideal for dry, chapped lips. I don’t see any reason not to get them if you haven’t already owned anything similar.

How do you find these lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 馃槝

M.A.C Fashion Pack was a limited edition collection launched in June 2016. most of the products are still available on MACCosmetics.com.

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

HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE!!!

It may already be the new year, but聽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聽to March 2016 when M.A.C launched聽a collection聽of runway-inspired聽red lipsticks alongside聽other聽lip and eye products聽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聽who聽 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聽mixed reactions in the beauty community. While there were those who thought the the packaging聽was a breath of fresh air from M.A.C’s classic聽black dome-shaped cap packaging, a handful of beauty critics expressed their displeasure online over the聽see-through plastic exterior of the lipstick tube. Many felt that聽the聽poor choice of material made the supposedly opulent-looking lipsticks seem聽cheap like a drugstore product.

For me,聽I belong to the camp that adores the packaging. The clear, sturdy plastic exterior聽that deliberately reveals the gold inner tube (a far cry from those that it was being compared to – like the聽old Neutrogena MoistureShine lipstick packaging聽– which very apparently used lousier and more brittle plastic and聽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聽packaging game due to immense competition, I聽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聽with Starlett Scarlet,聽a true red with Matte finish. Unlike most M.A.C mattes, it has a slippery聽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.聽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聽but聽the excellent pigmentation and coverage of the colour compensate for that negligible flaw.聽The slight sheen of the lipstick聽gives the impression of hydrated lips but in actual fact,聽it feels slightly dry聽and heavy聽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聽cool-toned deep brown-red with Matte finish, but it is also the most underperforming and least matte聽out of the trio of lipsticks, sadly. For a start, it has a little drag to it during application which feels as though聽my lips are being lightly rubbed against.聽Some of the products settle into my lip lines, causing the聽colour to lose its overall uniformity (as you can see聽from聽dark streaks聽around the聽center). This colour isn’t smudge-proof for sure as it fades when I purse my lips and thereby leaving a rather obvious ring聽of lighter聽red shade on the area of contact. Nevertheless, it delivers full opacity to give聽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聽one of the best range of reds M.A.C has聽ever produced even though the colours and finish are very repetitive. They are very true to what you see on the bullet聽and in spite of the pretty packaging聽(that M.A.C surprisingly did not charge a lot more聽for), the quality of the product was not discounted as you can tell聽from the excellent colour payoff and luxurious and mostly creamy finish of every lipstick.

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

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

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

REVIEW: MAC x Halsey Lipstick in Halsey

Hello everyone!

It is not uncommon for beauty brands to聽roll out sales promotions on International Women’s Day to allow us ladies to pamper ourselves聽without feeling much of a pinch. This year, however, M.A.C took a different approach in聽celebrating聽women’s achievements by teaming up with four female artistes聽– Tinashe, Halsey, Lion Babe and Dej Loaf – who are dynamically impacting the music industry in a series of exclusive collaborations, launched one after another throughout the month of March.

Titled Future Forward, the campaign聽empowered each of these female visionaries to create a product that best represents聽them. As one who clearly hasn’t been following the pop culture of late (it must be the age), none of these names rang a bell for me so I supported the one with the lipstick, obviously! XD

Halsey is an American singer-songwriter best known for her guest vocals on聽the Chainsmokers’ hit song ‘Closer’. Even though she debuted in 2015 and had been touring with popular acts such as The Kooks and Imagine Dragons, she didn’t quite gain traction聽until her explicit cover of Justin Biebers ‘Love Yourself” went viral a year later. Apart from her music, people like her because of her badass attitude too. You go girl!

And did you know聽that ‘Halsey’ is only a stage name derived from a rearrangement of the letters of her first name, Ashley? Cool.

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey packaging

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey packaging

Decked out聽in a limited-edition electric聽blue box聽with a stylised ‘Halsey’ printed on, the packaging stands out from the sea of black in the temporary storage space聽where I keep聽most of my M.A.C lipsticks.

“[Blue is] just my creative color. It’s like so many things at once. It’s electric, and it’s bright, but it’s also calm. It’s also ethereal. Blue is just an otherworldly color to me. Blue is the sky. Blue is the sea. Blue for me represents the unexplored territory.”

– Halsey’s interview with Complex magazine in July 2015

But the artwork ends there. All sense聽of exclusivity vanishes the moment聽the lipstick is taken out of聽the box.聽The lipstick tube itself聽did not receive any聽creative treatment so it looks just like any other regular M.A.C lipstick without the box. So basic.

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey lipstick

Thanks to Halsey, there’s finally a M.A.C lipstick shade which I can safely proclaim I don’t have a dupe for.聽I’m so glad Halsey didn’t go ape over her inspiration colour and opted for a blue lipstick which is聽so been there, done that.

Breaking away from the usual reds and pinks from M.A.C is Halsey, a true grey with matte finish. It is an edgy shade that聽can also be used alongside another colour to create a beautiful gradient lip. It is quite聽drying, though, so it tugs at the lips. Be sure to exfoliate your lips before application as it will accentuate any dry patches. Further, It聽doesn’t give a seamless application when I run the bullet over my lips, leaving certain areas look unevenly applied. The finish is mostly opaque but not flat matte as there’s some slight sheen to it. I say this shade complements fair skin tone very well!

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey swatch comparison

M.A.C Fashion Forward x Halsey swatch comparison

Since Halsey is my first grey lipstick, I don’t have other greys to compare it聽with (I do have ColourPop’s Petit Four, though, but it’s an entirely different finish). The swatches above serve as聽a聽rough gauge of聽how dark or light聽Halsey is in real life.

*UPDATED* M.A.C Halsey swatch comparison with other similar-looking liquid lipstick shades, as requested by a reader. This is under artificial lighting.

*UPDATED* M.A.C Halsey swatch comparison with other similar-looking liquid lipstick shades, as requested by a reader. This is under artificial lighting.

In case you’re wondering,聽M.A.C isn’t the first to launch a grey lipstick. A couple of beauty brands like ColourPop (Petit Four), Melt聽(Space Cake) and Inglot (Matte 436) are already ahead of the game but聽their grey lipsticks聽are nowhere as concrete-grey as this. Despite all the shortcomings mentioned about this lipstick, I still think this is a worthy buy because the colour is DOPE, true to what you see on the bullet and it is聽matte聽(not some Lustre crap).

To聽be the聽sole survivor from the Fashion Forward collection (the rest had already been taken down), it must be something, right? Perhaps that’s why M.A.C hasn’t been very eager to clear聽out the inventory of this lipstick with a substantial discount like what they did to some limited-edition lipsticks 馃槈

What are your thoughts on Halsey the lipstick?

Thanks for reading! 鉂

M.A.C Future Forward X Halsey is an online-exclusive聽and聽is聽available聽on聽MACCosmetics.com聽for US$17 for a limited time.