REVIEW: MAC Liptensity Lipsticks in Smoked Almond & Marsala

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On top of possessing a larger vocabulary of colour names, research has also shown that women are better than men at distinguishing colours. In other words, while we perceive navy and cobalt as two completely different colours, our male counterparts may beg to differ. Even though this is backed by scientific facts (which has got something to do with our X chromosomes), I still can’t help but think that these capabilities could, too, be attributed to our exposure to the world of cosmetics. Years of comparing makeup swatches and the perpetual release of “new” lipstick shades with explicit colour descriptions by various brands would have undoubtedly trained our eyes to recognise any tonal differences and broadened our horizons of colour knowledge.

But just as we thought we’ve seen every colour in the visible spectrum on the Sephora racks, M.A.C pushed that boundary further and opened our eyes to a myriad of unexplored colours with its Liptensity collection which was launched online in September and in Singapore the following month last year.

M.A.C Liptensity

M.A.C Liptensity

Leveraging the skills of Maureen Seaberg, a tetrachromat who has the genetic ability to see up to 100 million hues (that is, a hundred times the number of colours an average person can), M.A.C unveiled 24 lipsticks which promise never-seen-before extreme colour intensity in just one stroke.

💥 FUN FACTS 💥

Tetrachromacy may seem like a fascinating deformity to have but in actual fact, it does at times pose great inconvenience to the sufferer and stir up insecurities about her image (as this condition primarily affects females).

As Concetta Antico, a tetrachromat artist, put it in an interview, tetrachromats “see colours in other colours” and can therefore see all the reds and blues in every vein and blemish vividly on their face, spurring them to level out the colours in their skin with a lot of makeup. Endowed with the ability to spot even the slightest difference in skin colour, tetrachromats can also easily tell the emotions of others, or if they’re sick.

(Jeez, I’d hate to have face-to-face conversation with tetrachromats since my dark circles, blackheads, acne and hyperpigmentation will all be intensified in their eyes 😲)

A permanent addition (with 6 LE shades) to the brand’s 14 other finishes, the Liptensity range is formulated to be the most pigmented lipstick by M.A.C to date. It contains presaturated pigment with a clear base to prevent our body chemistry from altering the original colour over time. Seaberg, whose role involved adjusting the shades to make sure that the colour stayed true, tested the formula in and out of sunlight to ensure its infallibility. I don’t know about you, but as one who has experienced firsthand the disparity in the colour payoff of lipsticks on the hand and lips (I don’t feel comfortable applying testers to my face), this sounds like a breakthrough!

2 out of the 24 Liptensity lipsticks released by M.A.C

2 out of the 24 Liptensity lipsticks released by M.A.C

The Liptensity line is so exceptional, even the design of the product had to be given a major overhaul. The shade names are pasted on the box that encases the lipstick (as opposed to having them printed on). and the seemingly slimmer-than-usual lipstick tube is made of a smooth matte material which gives it a nice grip.

Like the Giambattista Valli collection, the lipsticks each comes with a cap that coordinates with the colour of the bullet inside. It has remarkable aesthetic appeal – the differentiation in its outer packaging forms a glorious rainbow of colours when placed side-by-side. But most importantly, it is a lifesaver for those (i.e. me) who have to set time aside daily to go through their hoard of M.A.C lipsticks before deciding on what to wear for the day because you can just zoom into the colour you have in mind from side or top-view.

Furthermore, the bullet comes totally flat on top with concave edges which, from my understanding, marks the second diversion from the brand’s signature diagonal tip after the Sheen Supreme collection. Although it is the first of its kind in M.A.C history, it is not unique to the brand as Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick shares the exact same mould. That said, I’m not fond of how the bullet is shaped as it isn’t easy to draw a precise line with it. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Smoked Almond & Marsala

Smoked Almond & Marsala

Alright, too much talkin’ (as usual 😅) before the actual review, so here! I had the luxury of choosing two Liptensity lipsticks as part of my press kit at a M.A.C preview and trust me, it was the most difficult two choices I made in my life 😥 So, after much deliberation and graffitied my hand with beautiful swatches, I finally got down on..

#1 Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond (US$21/ S$39)

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond (US$21 / S$39)

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

One of the highly-raved shades in this collection, Smoked Almond has not gotten a negative rating (but then again, there’s hardly any for the entire range) and it is not hard to understand why.

First of all, the colour is absolutely flattering on fair and medium skin tones. I was contemplating between this and Toast And Butter but the latter made me look tanner than I already was. Smoked Almond just complements my skin tone perrr-fectly. With a little tug, this bright rosebrown goes on creamy and pigmented on the lips and leaves a luscious shine. It applies like a Matte due to its thick consistency but has a Satin finish. I had a scab on the bottom left of my lip but you can’t really see it in the picture because it is fully concealed by the lipstick which wrapped around it like a second skin. Moisturing with an emollient effect, Smoked Almond doesn’t settle into lip lines but is prone to transfer and will leave discernible streaks after hours of wear.

Swatch comparison for Smoked Almond: Pander Me is close but has more yellow undertones

Swatch comparison for Smoked Almond: Pander Me is close but has more yellow undertones

#2 Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala (US$21 / S$39)

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala (US$21 / S$39)

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

M.A.C Liptensity Lipstick in Marsala

Among my other choices (which I had narrowed down a lot *hits chest*) were a few crimsons and fuchsias, such as Claretcast and Cordovan, but I eventually settled on Marsala not knowing that this was also Temptalia’s top pick. Well, I guess it’s true when they say great minds think alike, aye? 😝

Accurately described as a deep magenta pink with a Satin finish, Marsala came across to me as a darkened version of Heaux when I first swatched it and for that reason, I had to pick it up because I loooove Heaux. It applies glossier and more buttery than Smoked Almond and lends a vibrant colour payoff in one swipe. You know how most sheeny berry-toned lipsticks tend to be blotchy? Marsala doesn’t have that sort of nonsense. It has a thick and uniform consistency, yet lightweight and super hydrating.

However, it is slightly tacky and definitely not transfer-proof. Still, you could easily eliminate these problems by gently dabbing your lips with facial tissue to remove the excess oil while still preserving the intensity. Please, just don’t let these minor drawbacks forestall you from getting this dreamy shade! Swatch this in store if you don’t believe me 🤗 Good thing this shade, together with Smoked Almond, is permanent so you don’t have to rush into buying it 😉

Swatch comparison for Marsala: Heaux is close but is lighter and warmer. Diva Antics is darker and cooler

Swatch comparison for Marsala: Heaux is close but is lighter and warmer. Diva Antics is darker and cooler

Based on the two Liptensity lipsticks I just reviewed, this collection does what it promises, which is to deliver unrivaled and unfaltering pigment intensity while nourishing the lips with maximum moisture (which warrants the price hike).. but if only these were more long-lasting! Moreover, perhaps because I don’t have an extra type of cone cell in my eyes, the shades look rather identical to what I already own. There isn’t much stark difference to make me go gaga over it.

So, are you team Smoked Almond, Marsala or none at all?

So, are you team Smoked Almond, Marsala or none at all?

What are your thoughts on the Liptensity collection? Let me know your thoughts below or respond to my poll ☺

Thanks for reading!

M.A.C Liptensity is now available online and at all local M.A.C outlets for S$39.
Products featured in this review were editorially selected. All opinions, as always, are genuine and uninfluenced.

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REVIEW: MAC x James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

Hello everyone!

While many of us (still) struggle to find our ultimate goal in life, Detroit-born James Kaliardos realised his calling to be a makeup artist when doing his mother’s makeup at just age seven. His interest for makeup sparked after constantly watching his mother doll up her lids with eye shadow and despite his tender age, he was able to translate his love for colours and drawing into the beauty looks he saw on Vogue. This passion followed him through his formative years – where he helped his female friends look aesthetically rad for school proms – before it progressed to theatrical makeup.

Now a master makeup artist among other trades, he creates trends backstage across all international fashion weeks and had worked on the most famous faces in the world including Hillary Clinton, Madonna (especially Madonna – you know her Ray of Light-era boho-tech look? Yeah, that’s the work of James Kaliardos!), Julianne Moore, Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham (source). On top of that, he is a publishing mogul, having co-founded one of today’s most exclusive and expensive magazines Visionaire which ranges in the hundreds of dollars with very limited circulation, and an actor with his own troupe, the Innocent Theatre Company. Holy moly, how the heck does he do it?! I can’t even keep up with one job 😨

That’s not all! Adding to his already-impressive portfolio of achievements, Kaliardos recently collaborated with M.A.C on a new makeup range as part of the 50-piece Make-Up Art Cosmetics collection with two other notable makeup maestros Diane Kendal and Kabuki (which I passed on). But he commands a larger chunk of this launch with 22 pieces. However, as my money was saved for other upcoming releases, I only spent on a single lipstick (out of 4) from this sub-collection.

M.A.C X James Kaliardos lipstick packaging

M.A.C X James Kaliardos lipstick packaging

Every item in this collaboration is decked out in limited-edition packaging with the name and autograph of the makeup artist printed below the M.A.C logo in gold foil on both the black box and container, so the lipstick is no exception. The lipstick tube has a matte surface that feels smooth to the touch. All of the four lipsticks in the James Kaliardos collection are shades that he frequently uses to create red carpet looks and for photo shoots.

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper (US$17)

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper (US$17)

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M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Lipstick in Jasper

Described as a deep reddish brown with Satin finish, Jasper is in fact based on the brown from Paramount with deep wine pigment mixed into it. In appearance, it is a drop-dead gorgeous burgundy with cool undertones.

It runs smoothly on the lips with no tug and leaves a comfortable and hydrating texture topped with a healthy sheen. It is mostly opaque with a buildable intensity – swipe once for a just bitten look and two more coats for full coverage. It has a slightly patchy consistency so some parts of the lips would seem darker than the rest, but it’s not really visible from far and you can fix it momentarily by pursing your lips.

This lasts relatively long on me (I don’t really take note of the duration because I pig out a lot and lipsticks generally don’t remain in their original state after coming contact with anything) and fades to a natural-looking stain. Jasper is a shade that goes well with every skin tone!

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Jasper swatch comparison - Diva is brighter and warmer whereas Hearts Aflamed is more muted and warmer

M.A.C X James Kaliardos Jasper swatch comparison – Diva is brighter and warmer whereas Hearts Aflamed is more muted and warmer

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

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M·A·C James Kaliardos was launched in january and is still available on MACCosmetics.com (collection page taken down, so lipsticks only here or view the full list of items here on the australian site). do check with your local M.A.C outlets on its availability.

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REVIEW: MAC Fruity Juicy Lipsticks – Love At First Bite & Si, Si, Me!

Hello everyone!

Now that the sun has finally broken through the raging clouds to warm us with its delightful rays, bright pops of tropical colours are officially in full swing. Ah, fellow beautyholics, you know what that means – it’s time to update our makeup game for the summer season! Because for makeup fiends like us, nothing says summer like a radiant swoosh of blush and swathe of highlight on the cheekbones to mimic that healthy flush, or a dusting of bronzer to radiate a sun-kissed glow coupled with a playful jolt of colour across the lips to heighten that overall refreshed look.

Fueling our obsession with all-things vibrant (especially at this sunny time of the year), M.A.C has planned a Summer collection slated for worldwide release on 18 May. And you know, when it comes to most limited-edition collections, M.A.C means business and does not mess around with their packaging. From packaging designs we saw in the previous year inspired by the deserts and kaleidoscopic colours of an ancient Chinese art form, M.A.C is somehow always able to tempt us into splurging on their products no matter the necessity for them. So this month, be prepared to see a dip in your bank account because you wouldn’t want to miss anything in this upcoming frootilicious M.A.C collection 😋

With daylilies, palm leaves, bananas and papayas dominating the packaging, the Fruity Juicy collection is a kind of tropical fruits and floral fantasia that beckons with its loud and fancy colour scheme. Therefore, you should have no problems spotting the display in the M.A.C store when the collection comes out next week.

Pictured at a recent M.A.C preview I was invited to. No idea why there are Chinese characters on the display but they probably won't be there on the actual launch day

Pictured at a recent M.A.C preview I was invited to. No idea why there are Chinese characters on the display but they probably won’t be there on the actual launch day

Excluding the online-exclusive Eye Shadow × 6 in Oh My Banana (already launched in the UK), there will be a total of 21 products in this collection to fulfill your summer makeup goals. And to better prep your bank account for the sudden departure of at least a few tens of dollars, here’s the full price (and product) list for this collection, courtesy of M.A.C Cosmetics Singapore:

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■ Lipstick (Calm Heat / Shy Girl / Love At First Bite / Sí, Sí, Me!) $36
■ Cremesheen Glass (Cha-Cha-Cha / Shake, Shake, Shake! , La Salsa , Summer Succulence) $41
■ Eye Shadow × 6 (Fruit a La La / Love in the Glades) $77
■ Bronzing Powder (Refined Golden / Baiana Bronze) $49
■ M.A.C Studio Sculpt Bronzing Powder (Delicates / Delphic) $60
■ Pearlmatte Face Powder (Oh My, Passion!) $60
■ Lustre Drops (Bronze Hero / Sun Rush) $37
■ Prep+Prime Fix+ (Coconut) $34
■ Brush (125) $70 (126) $89
■ Makeup Bag $58

If you’re more a lip person like me, you might also be interested in the swatches of all the Fruity Juicy lip products below:

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M.A.C Fruity Juicy - all lipstick swatches

M.A.C Fruity Juicy – all lipstick swatches

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Cremesheen Glass

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Cremesheen Glass

M.A.C Fruity Juicy - all Cremesheen Glass swatches

M.A.C Fruity Juicy – all Cremesheen Glass swatches

You’re welcome 😚

Going against my hoarder tendencies, I only snagged two out of the four lipstick shades because as you might have noticed, the nude-ish hues are really light even on my wrist and from past experience, I doubt they will show up on my lips at all. Besides, the darker shades seem to apply better as well.

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipsticks in Love At First Bite & Si, Si, Me!

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipsticks in Love At First Bite & Si, Si, Me!

The lipsticks are fitted in a reflective plastic tube decorated with theme-appropriate illustrations against a black backdrop. Also in ensuring a positive first impression, M.A.C does not relent even for the box, which is something that most people would likely discard to free up space.

#1 Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Love At First Bite

Described as a bright fuchsia with Amplified Creme finish, Love At First Bite is a muted hot pink with cool undertones. It has good slip which enables it to run smoothly without drag but it tends to settle into the lip lines after a while. It has an opaque payoff and an emollient and glossy texture, characterised by a slight sheen. Although thin and lightweight in consistency, it applies uniformly across the lips so there is no skipping or obvious streaks. This shade feels hydrating on the lips.

#2 Sí, Sí, Me!

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

M.A.C Fruity Juicy Lipstick in Sí, Sí, Me! (US$17 / S$36)

Described as a deep violet with Satin finish, Sí, Sí, Me! is a darkened fuchsia pink with cool undertones. It has equally good slip backed by a thick and buttery texture with an incredibly pigmented colour payoff topped with a luscious sheen. It reminds me of the reformulated version of M.A.C’s matte because it feels matte but not drying at all.

You don’t have to purse your lips to even out the colour with this lipstick – it pretty much spreads out uniformly on its own as you apply. Although it goes on reasonably opaque at the first swipe, its intensity can still be built on with more coats. However, it become tackier with every additional layer.

Swatch comparison for Sí, Sí, Me! and Love At First Bite

Swatch comparison for Sí, Sí, Me! and Love At First Bite

This collection may not boast a diverse range of hues (as it’s just nudes and pinks). Even so, die-hard M.A.C customers who are suckers for nice packaging will flip over it. Don’t know what to buy or which products are expected to sell out fast? The availability of the items on the UK website should provide a rough indication of the product popularity among consumers. Be sure to be at the launch early if you are planning to get the Prep+Prime Fix+ because (according to reliable sources) it will be among the first (if not the first) to fly off the shelves. Heard it’s coconut-scented (didn’t really pay attention to it at the preview), so yeah… 😝

What are your thoughts on this collection? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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M.A.C Fruity Juicy collection goes on sale online and in all local M.A.C stores on 18 May 2017. Singapore M.A.C members get to preview this collection on 12 May so do RSVP (check your e-mail) to avoid disappointment!

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REVIEW: MAC x Philip Treacy Lipsticks – Cardinal, No Faux Pas & Hollywood Cerise

Hey ladies!

London’s leading couture hat designer Philip Treacy recently collaborated with MAC for a yet another Spring collection. If you don’t know who he is, well, basically this is the guy behind the creation of the craziest hats in existence. If you’re into English weddings (*cough* Wills and Kate), chances are you would have seen some of his works parading the red carpet. Some of the celebrities who have donned his hats are Kate Middleton herself, Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese, Alexander McQueen and Lady Gaga (remember her infamous lobster and telephone hats? Yes, those were designed by him). Judging from the creative direction of his works, it’s easy to tell that the collaboration is going to be somewhat bold, extraordinary and inspirational.

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This collection consists of 3 Fluidline (in Blue Peep, Royal Wink & Blacktrack), 2 Pro Longwear Paint Pot (in Chrome Angel & Genuine Treasure), False Lashes Extreme Black, 3 lipsticks, 2 Highlight Powder (in Blush Pink & Nude Pink) and a 127 Split Fibre Face Brush

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Overview

Unfortunately, the lipsticks were anything short of bold, extraordinary and inspirational and definitely do not reflect the creativity of the designer. I wasn’t particularly excited about the colours because they look really dupeable. Even without comparing them with my existing MAC lipsticks, I could already make out the closest MAC dupe for each shade. And by closest, I mean like 99% identical. I had my bets placed on Catharina (from the Ultimate Lipstick collection) for No Faux Pas and Flat Out Fabulous for Hollywood Cerise. I couldn’t determine the exact dupe for Cardinal because it’s such a common shade of red. I’m sure it has been used numerous times, just complete with different finish.

With preceding launches like Bao Bao Wan and Julia Petit (which products were sold out in a flash), this surely comes as a huge disappointment especially to hardcore M.A.C fanatics like myself who pretty much own most of the lipstick shades.

And even though there isn’t distinct (four) seasons in Singapore, I know very well how Spring feels like, and it definitely aren’t just reds and pinks. This collection is clearly lacking some yellows and greens.

Perhaps that’s why none of the lipsticks are sold out yet.

My only consolation, though, was the price. Each lipstick retailed for US$16 online despite it being a collaborated piece. But of course, they come in regular packaging too.

 

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Official swatch

 

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My swatch

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Let’s take a closer look at each shade and you’ll know what I mean… starting with Cardinal.

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Cardinal is a yellow burgundy red with Satin finish. (US$16)

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Bad. Hair. Day.

I like that it’s very emollient (typical of Satin finish) and easy to apply. I had no problem lining my lips with the pointed tip of lipstick because it glided on really well. It has great coverage (can’t really see my unsightly lines!) with a luminous sheen and is intensely pigmented.

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Swatch comparison! P/S: Will be reviewing Maria Moretti in my next post 🙂

Now do you see where I’m coming from?!? These are just some examples. I could have compared it with the more reds in my stash but I reckon this is enough to justify my disappointment. I love the lipstick (the application, finish. etc.) and all, but the colour is just too repetitive, don’t you think? 😦

Moving on to No Faux Pas!

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No Faux Pas is a yellow hot pink with Matte finish. (US$16)

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This shade was released last October as part of MAC’s Heirloom Mix collection. In other words, it’s a repromote. Pfft, where’s the creativity in this collaboration? Sometimes I wish MAC would focus on creating novel shades instead of churning out new collections with repeated products. But sigh, as a diehard MAC fan, it’s hard to resist buying something from new launches 😦

Anyway, this is the only Matte shade in this collection and as compared to other Mattes that were released recently, this feels relatively drier. My Mattes from Bao Bao Wan and Julia Petit collections, for example, were slightly creamier and more hydrating, almost akin to Satin finish. Hence, it’s likely that no improvements were made to the formula of No Faux Pas because it feels a lot like my older Mattes.

And finally, Hollywood Cerise!

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Hollywood Cerise is a magenta berry with Satin finish. (US$16)

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My favourite from this collection, it is such a gorgeous colour with a beautiful sheen and great coverage. It’s probably the only shade from this collection that is arguably different from what I already have (because this seems darker now that I look at the pictures). And since it’s Satin, it’s not drying over time too. If you’re ever going to get anything from this collection, I’d definitely recommend this shade. 🙂

So… am I going to lose my bet? You decide.

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Ok maybe Flat Out Fabulous is 90% similar. I read that Girl About Town (something I don’t have *gasps* because I’m not really into bright purples) is a close dupe so maybe that’s why. But yes, Catharina = No Faux Pas. Period.

And yes, that’s about it! I may be harsh in this post but you know I still love you, MAC. Just try to stop with the repeats, pretty please? 😦

What say you, ladies? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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MAC x Philip Treacy is now available on MACCosmetics.com and at local MAC outlets.

REVIEW: MAC x Mia Moretti Lipstick in Media

Hello ladies!

I’m back with yet another lipstick review. This time, it’s going to be a lot shorter than usual because there’s only one lipstick in this collection. And it’s a dark shade! *beams with joy*

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Mia Moretti is a New York-based DJ and apparently a BFF of Katy Perry

But as some long-time MAC users might already know, Media isn’t an entirely new shade having first launched more than 10 years ago as part of the permanent range. I’m not sure why the sudden re-promote now when it’s practically still the same thing (by that, I mean the packaging). Hence, I was puzzled for awhile. Is this a collaboration or a feature of the DJ’s favourite MAC products (something like Artist Faves)? Whatever it is, I’m very glad that MAC/Mia Moretti had decided to put a spotlight on Media amongst the hundreds of lipstick shades that the cosmetics giant offer. Without it, I probably would have given it a miss because I’m more compelled to spend my money on limited edition shades since they won’t be available for long.

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Anyway, that was Mia’s second collaboration (if you’d call it) with MAC. She had one last July which also featured permanent MAC products. Needless to say, I passed on that one too, also partly because I’m not really a huge fan of Sheen Supreme finish.

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Normal packaging

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Media is an intense reddish-purple with Satin finish (US$16)

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A closer look

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About 2 layers

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I have a love-hate relationship with lipsticks that have a Satin finish. It is a great alternative to Matte because of the added sheen that makes the colour pop. Satin lipsticks are known for their conditioning formula that prevents them from being too drying on the lips. It gives a very greasy feel and the colours tend to slip into my lip lines after awhile so unless I want a lip stain effect, I have to keep touching it up every now and then. Satin colours also don’t usually come out entirely opaque on the first application. You’d need to apply crazy amount of layers (at least 4 from my own experience) to get that kind of opacity on Mia. I don’t really have the patience for that lol. Nevertheless, this is a really nice colour although it’s quite a dupable shade. It’s not too dark and it eventually fades into a really nice wine colour.

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Swatch comparison with some purplish shades. A close dupe is probably Dark Side, a shade which I absolutely adore 🙂

I hope MAC repromotes more dark shades like this. I know there used to be one called Dramatic Encounter but it was a Limited Edition shade released under the Glamour Daze collection back in 2012 when I wasn’t so cray-cray about lipsticks yet. It’s so gorgeous goddammit. Bring it back!

Ah okay, that’s all about this uber short review. Thanks for reading guys 🙂

Media is currently available on MACCosmetics.com. It is however not available in Singapore.