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

HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE!!!

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

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

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

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

M.A.C X Charlotte Olympia was launched in March 2016 and is no longer available online.
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REVIEW: MAC x Halsey Lipstick in Halsey

Hello everyone!

It is not uncommon for beauty brands to roll out sales promotions on International Women’s Day to allow us ladies to pamper ourselves without feeling much of a pinch. This year, however, M.A.C took a different approach in celebrating women’s achievements by teaming up with four female artistes – 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 empowered each of these female visionaries to create a product that best represents 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! 😄

Halsey is an American singer-songwriter best known for her guest vocals on 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 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 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 in a limited-edition electric blue box with a stylised ‘Halsey’ printed on, the packaging stands out from the sea of black in the temporary storage space where I keep 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 of exclusivity vanishes the moment the lipstick is taken out of the box. The lipstick tube itself did not receive any 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. I’m so glad Halsey didn’t go ape over her inspiration colour and opted for a blue lipstick which is 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 can also be used alongside another colour to create a beautiful gradient lip. It is quite 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 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 with (I do have ColourPop’s Petit Four, though, but it’s an entirely different finish). The swatches above serve as a rough gauge of how dark or light 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, M.A.C isn’t the first to launch a grey lipstick. A couple of beauty brands like ColourPop (Petit Four), Melt (Space Cake) and Inglot (Matte 436) are already ahead of the game but their grey lipsticks 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 matte (not some Lustre crap).

To be the 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 out the inventory of this lipstick with a substantial discount like what they did to some limited-edition lipsticks 😉

What are your thoughts on Halsey the lipstick?

Thanks for reading! ❤

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

REVIEW: Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks – Brick, Cork & Desert Suede

Hello everyone!

In case you haven’t noticed, my recent beauty reviews have been steering away from my usual favourites of MAC because there are a lot of buzz around some new brands lately and I wanted to share how their hot-selling products fare against my Asian skin tone since no one is doing it (well, not that I know of). If you’re missing those MAC updates, don’t worry – they will be back. Soon. But first, I wanted to put another brand in the spotlight today and that is none other than.. *drum rolls* Dose of Colors!

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Founded in 2013, Dose of Colors (DOC) is the brainchild of Armenian makeup artist Anna Petrosian who aspired to have a brand of her own to experiment with colours. It is a relatively new indie beauty company based in California, USA, which is not only cruelty-free (verified by PETA) but also eco- and vegan-friendly.

I had been seeing this brand around a lot on the internet lately and I gotta admit that I used to dismiss it as another wannabe brand riding on the popularity of liquid lipstick until I checked out their Instagram page. Despite its young age and being largely an e-commerce business (although they do have brick-and-mortar stores in some parts of the U.S.), it has already garnered over an impressive two million followers on their Instagram account. That’s an even larger following than well-established and high-end brands like Laura Mercier (920k) and Clinique (one million). Surely, to have a following that massive (that’s unless they paid for it.. but I highly doubt that), it must mean something, right? So I threw in the towel, paid for my first DOC order… and I’ve never looked back since!

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

Traffic to the website must have been overwhelming that night I made my purchase as it was the day these three highly sought-after shades were restocked. Thus. I was half-expecting the order to be processed at snail’s pace. But I was dead wrong. Delivery was almost immediate – my order was shipped on the same day my payment was made (just four hours apart from each other) and it was received by my forwarder six days later. I think my eyes widened a little in disbelief when I saw the notification emails. Gold star for efficiency!

As a self-proclaimed advocate for creativity, colourful and stylish logo and packaging design like those of DOS drive me wild. The simplicity of the typeface in the logo is very distinctive to the brand, eye-catching yet professional-looking. I also love the semi-opaque packaging (super smooth to touch) which reminds me of the smart glass on the LRT trains that changes to translucent when passing by apartment buildings.

In terms of functionality, the cap “clicks” when it is securely closed. The reflective band next to it, although does add a more luxurious feel to the overall appearance of the product, isn’t reflective enough to serve as a mirror surface. It would be awesome if it is so it could save me a trip to the toilet when I need to reapply the lipstick. But I’m willing to forgive that minor flaw because the soft and cushiony doe-foot applicator is perfectly tapered for an extremely clean and precise application. Literally no lip brush needed to line the lips! Another gold star for product design!

*gasp* How now, brown cow?! Even before using the products, I’ve already fallen head over heels for them! 😳

#1 Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

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Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Brick

Most of the liquid lipsticks do not come with clear colour description on the website so I had to rely on the given images to judge the shades. I hate to do that because the colours may vary from computer to computer depending on the colour resolution of the screen, so what seems like warm red on mine may actually be a burgundy in real life. But thank God everything turned out pretty close to my expectations.

Brick is a deep brown-red. It has a faint chocolatey scent and applies evenly on the lips. It does not sink into the creases on my lips but it accentuates the lip lines to a small extent. Never mind, it is not very obvious from afar. It feels lightweight and neither hydrating nor drying but the tackiness remains even after several minutes of leaving it to settle. It dries down to an opaque matte finish with a natural sheen. It is not entirely transfer-proof although that makes it very easy to be removed.

Swatch comparison for Brick

Swatch comparison for Brick

#2 Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cork

This is my favourite shade among the three reviewed here. Stand out with Cork, a medium-toned yellow-brown which goes on smooth and velvety on the lips to give an opaque finish. It leans more towards the dry side, thus definitely has the tendency to flake after some time. Its emphasis on the lip lines can be quite noticeable even from a distance and even though it doesn’t feel as sticky as Brick, it has a strange rubbery texture (rub your lips against each other and you’ll know what I mean). Nonetheless, this is a very unusual shade to have to complement any skin tone and style.

Swatch comparison after Desert Suede.

#3 Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede (US$18)

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Dose of Color Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede

Desert Suede is a matte dusty mauve with a strong grey undertone. The initial application glides on smoothly like the other shades with great colour payoff. Then, the horror comes once it dries down completely. True to its name, this shade makes my lips looks like mudcracks in deserts, especially on the upper lips (a very common issue I have with light-coloured lipsticks). It is a little drying so you gotta smile at all times with this shade on because those awful lip lines become intensely obvious when you don’t. On the plus side, it feels lightweight and the tackiness is pretty negligible here.

Swatch comparison for Desert Suede and Cork

Swatch comparison for Desert Suede and Cork

Generally, the formula hold up pretty well and has surpassed my expectations. Furthermore, Dose of Colours carries mostly wearable shades so I certainly see myself buying from them again (in fact, I’ve already added Black Rose to my cart – just waiting for the right time to cart it out!). If you’re conscientious about animal welfare and the environment, Dose of Colors is one guilt-free cosmetics brand you can consider supporting. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the packaging and the incredible pigmentation of the colours but I would personally look out for their bundle sales (typically 5 for US$75 and they sell out snap) to take full advantage of that that shipping fee.

What do you think about these lipsticks by Dose of Colors? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICKS BY DOSE OF COLORS ARE AVAILABLE ON doseofcolors.com FOR US$18 PER PIECE. Final Prices do not include flat shipping rate of US$5.50 for all shipments within the U.S. regardless of item quantity purchased. International shipping rate varies and will be calculated at time of checkout.

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

Hello everyone!

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 Kylie Jenner has expanded 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 savings.

Moreover, being the young ever-enterprising entrepreneur she is, she added a bundle feature that allows buyers 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 and buy them individually since there isn’t any incentive for getting the bundle. But, you know, it is so convenient and those stuff are likely going to sell out in no time.. so.. why the heck not, right?! 😆  Thus, I 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 in singles so they do not come with lip liners. It’s definitely more affordable without them but I prefer that they do because these dazzling liners would also make great eye pencils for the waterline to brighten up the peepers.

NOTE: 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 these with at the moment. Sorry to disappoint if you’re expecting to see swatch comparisons 😦

#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 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 Beyoncé-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 is fully opaque and extremely pigmented with an intense frosty sheen that enhances the fullness of the lips and takes away the attention from the lip wrinkles. It applies smooth and 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 deep metallic copper because of its immense pigmentation and dense texture. Every application lends the lips a generous coat of product to effortlessly create a luscious pout without exceeding one swipe. The shimmer game, though, isn’t very strong in this one but I am satisfied with this intensity of lustre because too strong a frosty finish may just ruin it for me.

On the whole, the Metals do not disappoint. I find that the formula for the matte metals 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. 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 to enable easy application of the product. It does a pretty decent 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! 🙂

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

REVIEW: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Lip Liners – True Brown K, Candy K, Dolce K, 22 & Posie K

Hello everyone!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that the Kylie Lip Kit has been what virtually every lipstickaholic is dying to slather on their lips since last November.

KC_Logo_Black

The massively successful liquid lipstick and lip pencil duo, developed by Kylie Jenner of the controversial Kardashian family, met with such great demand in its early days that the spike in traffic for kyliecosmetics.com slowed down and crashed its server (no thanks to international shipping), robbing the tardier shoppers like myself the chance of being one of the first worldwide to own the coveted lip kit. No sooner had everything been snapped up than disgruntled supporters started crying foul on Kylie Cosmetics Facebook page about people carting out multiple sets just to resell them on eBay for more five times their retail price. The problem was so prevalent that it kinda prompted Kylie to restock more often and I eventually got my hands on not one, not two but EIGHT lip kits (and planning to buy the newer shades to complete my collection).

But I'm going to review *just* these five today..

But I’m going to review *just* these five today..

“You must be crazy!”

Admit it, you know you need to have one even though you were never a fan of Kylie Jenner. As a matter of fact, me neither! But as the internet goes berserk over her kits, the excitement starts building and it inadvertently catches you. You clinch one lip kit just for the hell of it, wear it and find yourself liking the shade and texture. Then, what do you do? YOU CAMP AT YOUR COMPUTER AT UNGODLY HOURS (IN GMT+8 TIME ZONE) FOR MORE! That’s what happened to me.. except that I was already a compulsive lipstick hoarder long before I knew about her business venture so yeah… my spending spiraled out of control  😳  On a brighter note, that also means more makeup reviews! Yay!

Kylie's "handwritten" letter of appreciation (as you can tell, this was a Valentine's Day haul)

Kylie’s “handwritten” letter of appreciation (as you can tell, this was a Valentine’s Day haul)

After more than two weeks of agonizing wait (to be exact, five days for my order to be shipped out, eight days for it to reach my U.S. address and another five days for my shipment to arrive at my doorstep – all in the name of saving money 😥 ), the Lip Kit Box with the iconic black dripping paint design on the sides (which has now been changed due to cases of theft from doorsteps) was finally delivered to me. The sturdy box, meant to fit nine lip kits (3 x 3), looks really fancy and adorable. But for a flat domestic shipping fee of US$8.95 or S$12.30 (it’s US$14.95 or S$21 for direct shipping to Singapore, just in case anyone is wondering), I expected waaaaaay swifter delivery. 13 days is ridiculously long, don’t you agree? -_-

#1 True Brown K

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

A diagonal divider to separate the lipstick and lip liner

A diagonal divider to separate the lipstick and lip liner

I read that Kylie personally illustrated the signature full-lip motif with dripping fluid set in the same shade as the liquid lipstick encased in the packaging. Well.. I don’t know if anyone else shares the same sentiments but I’m not really fond of the packaging design. There’s just too much white space around the motif that it looks super plain. And don’t get me started on the lousy material used for the box. C’mon Kylie, with the millions of dollars you’ve earned from us, surely there’s more than enough money to engage a professional designer? I mean, it’s not like your stuff are that cheap okay..

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

My first purchase from Kylie Cosmetics is a deep chocolate brown with grey undertones because the other shades I had set my eyes upon were sold out in a flash. But being a devout dark lipstick wearer, I was contented with my one and only choice of lip kit available.

Like the other shades, True Brown K has a strong vanilla scent. It is matte and mostly opaque. Even without the use of the lip liner, the perfectly-sized lipstick applicator that is neither too fluffy nor thin is able to line my lips perfectly. Both glide on smoothly on the lips and are extremely easy to use. The lipstick, however, does leave a slightly chalky and drying finish which feels (but not quite visibly) flaky after three hours.

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

For a cheaper alternative, I recommend Limbo by ColourPop (reviewed here) which costs only a fifth of the price. It’s almost a 1:1 dupe right there too!

#2 Candy K

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Due to my past experience with similar dusty pinks like Candy K, I presumed it was going to wash me out and make me look ghastly. Therefore, this warm pinky nude was not among my preferred choices of lip kits initially. I had only bought it to complete my collection.

In a strange turn of events, I received more compliments wearing Candy K than I would usually get with my other conventional nude shades. Even a stranger couldn’t resist asking me where I bought it from! I supposed it wouldn’t be advisable for her to wait by her phone at 7am (sometimes 4am.. these are times I’m glad I’m nocturnal) for the product to be restocked so I recommended her ColourPop’s Clueless (reviewed here) instead which is the purple version of Candy K with more blue undertones. Unfortunately I don’t have Clueless anymore, so no swatch comparison for that. My apologies!

No doubt, Candy K took me by surprise with its lovely shade of matte pink which complemented my tanner Chinese skin tone so darn well, but I can’t say the same for the runny quality of this particular lipstick shade which makes it prone to spillage if not handled properly. Its only advantage is that is dries down a lot faster. Having said that, Candy K, too, feels drying and I didn’t like that hairline cracks form instantly after I stretch my lips.

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Bianca by ColourPop, a pale pink-mauve, is another dupe you can consider if Kylie Lip Kits are beyond your makeup budget. Scroll down to Dolce K and Posie K for more swatch comparisons against Candy K.

#3 Dolce K

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Here comes the brown cousin of Candy K! This highly sought-after shade is described as a deep beige nude but more accurately a dusty mocha brown. The lip pencil, though, seems to appear a shade lighter than the lipstick, which kinda blends into my natural lip colour. The lipstick has mostly opaque coverage with a velvety and lightweight texture which feels almost non-existent on the lips.

With a single application, the Dolce K lipstick fills the lips effortlessly but fails to conceal most of the lip lines while further emphasising those on the upper lip. It, however, dries down pretty quickly and leaves a smooth and evenly matte finish. Nonetheless. I really love this colour and have worn it out on several occasions already! 🙂

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Dolce K gets my stamp of approval because I don’t have an exact dupe of it!

#4 22

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

The launch of 22 spells the end of using names suffixed with ‘K’ for the lip kits. It’s about time because I was starting to feel annoyed by the redundant K’s which served no useful purpose apart from adding an extra syllable to the product name.

The liquid lipstick component of 22, a vibrant burnt orange named after Kylie’s lucky number, appears very opaque but feels a tad drying on the upper lip. This flattering shade is a lot thicker in consistency as compared to the pioneer shades which led me to believe that there were improvements made to the quality of the liquid lipsticks. Upon application, it leaves a vivid and extremely pigmented pop of warmth that adds dimensions and fullness to the lips.

Basically, there’s not much to complain about this kit besides the fact that my pencil broke (but not really an issue as it can be sharpened). It’s a gorgeous colour that goes with most skin tones (especially fair skin), so I don’t know why it isn’t as popular.

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

22 is truly a unique shade for me. Even the closest dupe I have in my stash is nowhere as vibrant as this!

#5 Posie K

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie picked “Posie K” from a sea of suggestions from her fans left on one of her Instagram updates inviting everyone to name her then-upcoming lip kit. Even today, I still have no idea what “Posie” means. It is supposed to be a misspelling of Posy? Or Posey? Hmmm, maybe Posey because just like its definition, Posie K seems impressive in pictures but turns out to be the complete opposite. It’s a pity because the colour is really gorgeous.

This cool mid-tone berry feels weightless but tends to accentuate the lip lines. The poor consistency of the lipstick forced me to reapply on certain areas which did not receive its full coverage. It leaves a very drying finish, feels chalkier than the other liquid lipsticks and worsens when it comes in contact with liquid. Something must have gone wrong in the formula of Posie K because the quality is strikingly different from that of the other Kylie Mattes I bought.

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

All in all, for the price of US$29, I think it’s a bargain (although still quite pricey for poor students like me) for a reasonably good liquid lipstick and lip liner, especially since it’s from a celebrity-owned brand.

Finally, having used both Kylie Mattes and ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks, I would also like to shed some light on the widely debated similarities between the two. While it is true that there are blatantly similar shades from both brands (and as with many other cosmetic brands), their finish are totally worlds apart. In contrast to Kylie Mattes, I personally find ColourPop Mattes absurdly drying, so much so that they tend to crumble minutes after application. On top of that, I feel more comfortable wearing Kylie Mattes as they don’t give my lips the awful contracted feeling that ColourPop does. I guess the old saying, “What you pay is what you get”, aptly describes the disparity in quality between the two here!

Do you agree with me? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay tuned for my reviews on the other Kylie Mattes I have as well as all the Metals! Thanks for reading! 🙂

Kylie Lip Kits are available online only at kyliecosmetics.com. Kylie Cosmetics ships worldwide but shipping fee varies from country to country.

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 Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

Hello again, fellow beautyholics!

Since 1994, MAC has been actively involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS with its Viva Glam campaigns whereby every single cent made from the sale of the products in the Viva Glam line would be donated to its own AIDS fund. To further raise awareness of the cause, every Viva Glam campaign is endorsed mostly by controversial famous personalities (many of whom are also AIDS activists themselves) from the music industry. This year, joining the ranks of past ambassadors like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus is none other than.. *drums roll* ..Ariana Grande!

mac-viva-glam-ariana-grande

The announcement of the new face for the latest Viva Glam campaign had undoubtedly caused a stir among MAC fans considering the amount of bad press Ariana Grande had gotten for her “donut lick” incident as well as her unpatriotic remarks that were caught on video. But putting those criticisms aside, the Dangerous Woman hitmaker has performed a series of philanthropic work from supporting homosexuality to promoting animal rights and veganism despite being only in her early twenties. That’s very commendable if you ask me, so I have never once felt that it was a terrible decision to bring her on board.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

Encased in a black tube marked by her signature on the inner cherry-red surface, the packaging of the lipstick is no different from the Viva Glam lipsticks released previously (apart from Viva Glam Rihanna which had a red rubber-textured tube). A shimmery pink Viva Glam lipglass has also been launched alongside the lipstick for those who are not fond of dark, matte lipsticks.

Viva Glam Ariana Grande is a deep dark plum with Matte finish (US$17)

Viva Glam Ariana Grande is a deep dark plum with Matte finish (US$17)

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande

Contrary to expectations, the finish isn’t matte at all although it does tug at the lips a little upon application. The product felt slippery and it leaves a sheen on the lips like a Satin lipstick. With streaks and patches of darker plum colour all over the lips, it is obvious that the lipstick is unable to provide an entirely opaque coverage even after multiple swipes. The colour tends to gather at the indentations on the lips but it was near-impossible to even our the texture. Due to the inconsistent payoff of the lipstick, the lips have to be lined before being filled with the colour or else they would appear messy and undefined.

Swatch comparison

Swatch comparison

The closest dupe I have to Viva Glam Ariana Grande is probably Living Legend which leans more towards maroon than plum. As compared to other Mattes like Eugenie and Smoked Purple, Viva Glam Ariana Grande clearly seems to have a creamier but patchy formula similar to those of the newer Matte shades these days. I kinda hope MAC would revert to the drier Matte formula because I’m not diggin’ the so-called improvements made to it.

But since all proceeds from the sale of this lipstick go to helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, I’m going to encourage you to buy it nonetheless 😉 This is, as how Ariana Grande had put it, guilt-free shopping because you actually get to shop with a purpose!

What do you think of the lipstick? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick is now available on MACCosmetics.com and at all local MAC outlets.