REVIEW: MAC x Gabriel Zamora Lipstick in Gabriel Zamora

Hello everyone!

These days, the perks of being a social media influencer or an opinion leader don’t just end at receiving event invitations, free products or financial compensation for sponsored content. In addition to those, the cream of the crop may even score beauty deals with global cosmetics companies to create new products, and already there have been a few of such instances like the collaboration between NikkieTutorials and Too Faced; Nicole Guerriero and Anastasia Beverly Hills; and Grav3YardGirl and Tarte. Joining the ranks of these major deal clinchers are LarLarLee, Gabriel Zamora as well as 8 others around the globe (excluding Asia.. why though? 😠) as they became the first influencers to ink a pact (one any beauty enthusiast would envy 😞) with M.A.C Cosmetics to create their own personalised lipsticks.

Given M.A.C’s history of collaborations with Hollywood celebrities and designers with much greater star power, this came across as an unlikely partnership. But it also goes to show that they are willing to move with the times and adapt to trends (since tapping influencers seems like the “in” thing now). Besides, we all know M.A.C loves springing some surprise element in their collaborations.

10 INFLUENCERS & LAUNCH DATES

… because if it ain’t big, it ain’t M.A.C 😁

United Kingdom (April 19)

#MACxFleurDeForce by @FleurDeForce
#MACxAlessandra by @alexsteinherr

United States of America (April 20)

#MACxLarLarLee by @LarLarLee
#MACxGabrielZamora by @TheGabrielZamora

Canada (April 22)

#MACxSamanthaRavndahl by @ssssamanthaa

Australia (May 22)

#MACxNikkiaJoy by @NikkiaJoy

Germany (May 31)

#MACxCaroDaur by @CaroDaur

France (June 7)

#MACxMarie by @EnjoyPhoenix

Middle East (June 15)

#MACxTheRealFouz by @TheRealFouz

Brazil (August)

#MACxVicCeridono by @VicCeridono

Dear M.A.C, maybe some Asian influencers next time…?

Each of the influencer is entitled to tailor-make one lipstick (named after them) which would/will then be sold solely in their country of origin in very limited quantities. My trusted forwarder only ships from the U.S. so I was only able to buy the U.S.-exclusive shades concocted by LarLarLee and Gabriel Zamora – both beauty vloggers – but the former sold out before I could even bat an eyelid, thereby leaving me with only Gabriel Zamora to purchase.

While it is true that these influencers have strong presence on social media, some did not necessarily found fame online. Alessandra Steinherr, in particular, is beauty director of Glamour UK and as an avid reader of the magazine, I was inclined to lend my support but was once again thwarted by shipping restrictions.

M.A.C X Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C X Gabriel Zamora

Having made headlines last year for being the first male makeup artist to be signed by Ipsy (a beauty sampling service co-founded by fellow beauty vlogger Michelle Phan), 26-year-old Gabriel Zamora is certainly not new to the spotlight. However, he consider his partnership with M.A.C his first major collaboration. Instantly identifiable by his distinct electric-blue hair, Zamora is also known as one of the few beauty gurus who produce bilingual content in English and Spanish on YouTube. Talk about dedication!

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

The lipstick is sheathed in a box bearing the name and autograph of the influencer who designed the shade with its finish also indicated very clearly on it. The packaging, on the overall, is meh because M.A.C obviously knew the lipsticks were going to be snapped up by overzealous fans anyway.

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora

Intuitively, one might expect Zamora to opt for a statement-making colour for his lipstick to go with his flamboyant hairstyle. But he had instead done the complete opposite and decided on a shade that would “work well with virtually any skin tone”. Described as a brown nude with Satin finish, one swipe of Gabriel Zamora lends a creamy and opaque coat of warm terracotta brown on the lips and indeed, you can never go wrong with this shade. This universally-flattering colour is a great for everyday wear and it is simply GORGEOUS!

Although buildable to a darker tone, the vivid colour payoff of just one coat of the lipstick renders additional application wholly unnecessary. Comfortably thick with a nice slip, it clings on to the lips to allow for a longer wear without drying them out, so at some point it felt like a Matte because it doesn’t budge easily. It’s so perfect, words can’t describe how much I love this shade! My current go-to nude lipstick (in Pander Me, a limited-edition shade that is no longer on sale) is running out and this totally saved me the headache of finding a replacement.

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora swatch comparison

M.A.C Gabriel Zamora swatch comparison

What do you think about this lipstick? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a quick poll!  🙂

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The now sold-out M.A.C × Gabriel Zamora lipstick was available in the U.S. only.

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FAVOURITES: 10 MLBB Lipsticks

Hello ladies!

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I’m back with the second instalment of a series of (hopefully) four of my FAVOURITE types of lipsticks! Have you checked out my first FAVOURITE post on dark lipsticks yet? If you haven’t, head on down here!

Also check out what made it to my top Red lipsticks list!

As the title mentions, I’ll be talking about my favourite MLBB lipsticks! MLBB, for the record, stands for “My Lips But Better” and such lipstick shades not only complements your lips, but they also enhances your natural lip colour. Hence, these shades usually come in nude hues that are not too eye-catching – perfect for professions like teachers who cannot wear heavy makeup to work. As a part-time tutor, I also have to go easy on my makeup or else my students would be distracted by my face, so I stock up on a lot of MLBB lipsticks from various brands! Here are some of my personal favourites from my own stash.

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An overview of the 10 lipsticks I’m about the feature! Can you identify any one of them? 🙂

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Clean lips to show my natural lip colour

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The first four: (left to right) Anna Sui in 301, MAC in Cosmo, MAC in Kinda Sexy and MAC in Ravishing

1. Anna Sui in 301

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Anna Sui #301 is described as a coral pink shade. It has very fine shimmer that reflects a little light.

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It has a very creamy and glossy texture! One of my favourite pink lipsticks as well 🙂 Plus it’s scented! And the packaging is really intricate, just like any other Anna Sui products.

2. MAC in COSMO

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Cosmo is a dark beige amplified finish lipstick with pink undertones

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MAC’s Cosmo is officially my HG (Holy Grail) lipstick! It really enhances my lip colour and makes me look fresher in general. Some nude lipsticks completely wash me out but this doesn’t at all. The creamy texture of the lipstick glides onto my lips really well and leaves them looking hydrated at all times!

Singaporeans! Find out how to buy from maccosmetics.com here!

3. MAC in KINDA SEXY

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Kinda Sexy is a beige-pink lip colour with matte finish. It is like a lighter version of Cosmo.

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Another top favourite of mine! Actually I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks because they tend to be more long-lasting. Plus, I love the “dry” effect on my lips (think Angelina Jolie).

4. MAC in RAVISHING

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Ravishing is a clean light peach coral with Cremesheen finish.

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I honestly think Ravishing is a good shade for fair to medium skin tones (Asians) because of its orange undertones. If you are looking to find a shade that is not too flamboyant, this is worth considering!

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The next three: (left to right) Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Juicy Details,Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Ingénue #418, Guerlain Romance (601) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

5. Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour in JUICY DETAILS

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Juicy Details is described by Benefit as a natural pink shade. It has a sheer finish.

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I used to wear this everyday to work back in those days when I was working at Love, Bonito. It’s a very flattering colour and makes your lips look very moisturised! But due to its sheer finish, it never stays beyond two hours and I had to keep reapplying.

6. Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in INGÉNUE #418

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(Pardon my unintentional crossed eyes) Ingénue #418 is a peach-coloured lipstick with pink undertones. I’d say it has a glossy-matte finish.

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Ingénue #418 is the closest to my natural lip colour and it’s perfect for days which I have flaky and dull lips. Being one who doesn’t use lip balm, this is the shade I reach for to cover up the flaws and at the same time, giving back my lips the healthy colour. However the price tag (more than S$40 I think) for this is rather hefty!

7. Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in ROMANCE (601)

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The limited edition 601 Romance is a “softened, light-medium pink with very subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish comprised of pink and white shimmer.” (Temptalia)

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It may be a little too frosty to some but I feel otherwise even though I mostly shun MAC’s Frost finish lipsticks. This has the right amount of “frost” and that hint of purple just makes the colour stand out even more. Also worth mentioning is the packaging of the lipstick. The bullet appears from a tube when you push down the slider! How cool!

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The last three: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Protest, Fiend and Naked

8. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in PROTEST

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Protest is a sheer peachy nude with brown undertones.

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Also one of my go-to lipsticks when I’m heading out to tutor my little kids! I know I’ve said this many times but Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick line is MY FAVOURITE (MAC comes second) because of its high pigment.

9. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in FIEND

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Fiend is a muted rose, a medium rosy pink shade.

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10. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in NAKED

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Naked is a sheer nude pink, a perfect nude with light pink undertones

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A dork face to end this post! Naked is another perfect nude shade that gives you supple-looking baby lips.

My boyfriend, well-known for disliking dark lipsticks, would be very elated to know about the existent of this post. Haha!

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which colour suits me best? 🙂

I’m actually planning to try out more MLBB lipsticks but I’m more familiar with brands like MAC and Urban Decay so if you guys have recommendations from other brands, do let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! ❤