REVIEW: MAC Faerie Whispers Lipsticks – Midsummer Night, A Sprinkle of Magic & Among the Fireflies

Hello everyone!

Seasons may come and go but lipsticks in wearable nude shades will never go out of style. Rounding off my reviews on the MAC Holiday 2015 releases, I bring you my thoughts on three lipsticks that were unveiled last winter as part of the Faerie Whispers collection. If you’re still on the fence about getting anything from this collection even after close to five months, hopefully you’d be able to come to a decision after reading this review!

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

MAC is known to churn out new releases faster than we can replenish our bank accounts that was emptied from the last haul but apart from that observation, did anyone actually notice how creative and and stunning their promotional pictures usually are? My attention was immediately drawn to the dreamy and ethereal look of the artwork above. Everything is kept to the theme here – the colours, the choice of model (she’s peculiarly gorgeous) and the makeup all fused together to impart a sense of surrealism, just the kind of feeling you’d get in the secret, wondrous world of fairies.

Faerie Whispers promises to enchant with an impressive variety of single eye shadows (eight of them, to be precise) as well as a manageable selection of lipsticks, glosses and other face and nail products in soft, shimmery hues of coral and pink. In other words, don’t expect solid colours or anything matte from this collection.

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection (lipsticks)

Once again, I’m slightly bummed out that no effort was put into the designing of the lipstick packaging especially with the gradual climb in their prices. I believe it wouldn’t hurt to add a little sparkle to the box or something.

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection - lipstick swatches

MAC Faerie Whispers Collection – lipstick swatches

The lipstick shade that I had no affinity with was Gossamer Wing, a dirty beige with a Lustre finish which I reckoned would be non-existent on my naturally pale lips considering how sheer the darker shades already are when swatched on my hand.

#1 Midsummer Night

Midsummer Night is a mid-tone coral nude with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Midsummer Night is a mid-tone coral nude with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

MAC Midsummer Night

This is one bewildering shade, so much so that I had to do a double take when I first wore it. It seems more like a bright orange than coral when I swatch it on my hand but the moment I apply the colour to my lips, the opposite happens! Are my eyes playing tricks on me?

Although Midsummer Night leaves a smooth and moisturising finish, the colour fails to distribute evenly. You may not be able to see it in the pictures but the pigment is, at some parts, segregated from the glossy coating that gives the lipstick the creamy and high-shine appearance. Fortunately, this imperfection is only visible upon closer inspection so it shouldn’t be deterring you from getting it if you like nude shades.

MAC Midsummer Night - swatch comparison

MAC Midsummer Night – swatch comparison

Someone at the laboratory probably took Soft Pout (also a limited edition shade) and added a small percentage of orange tint to create Midsummer Night…

#2 A Sprinkle of Magic

A Sprinkle of Magic is a dirty orange nude with Frost finish (US$17)

A Sprinkle of Magic is a dirty orange nude with Frost finish (US$17)

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic

I am fully aware that this collection is inspired by the magical realm of fairies and whatnot but I swear some kind of sorcery is indeed going on here because this lipstick literally transforms from a reddish-orange on my hand to a baby pink on my lips. I’ve done quite a couple of lipstick reviews the past few years but never once have I seen any lipstick shade change so drastically when swatched at different places like these ones.

But mysteries aside, I was sorely disappointed by the colour disparity because I had anticipated it to be the “dirty orange nude” on the bullet. Don’t get me wrong – the pink is nice, but I already have tons of similar shades in my stash so I was also hoping to get something different. On top of that, the colour payoff is atrocious as I had to apply several layers on the lips before I could finally see lipstick (it’s great in a way, I guess, since it’s buildable). The finish is also nowhere near what you would expect of a Frost lipstick. The micro-shimmers somehow don’t translate to the alluring shine it promises but instead, make the lipstick look very disintegrated upon application. It kinda reminds me of the texture of asphalt roads – messy, coarse and inconsistent.

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic - swatch comparison

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic – swatch comparison

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic - swatch comparison

MAC A Sprinkle of Magic – swatch comparison

How is A Sprinkle of Magic a Frost lipstick when it has almost the same texture as my Lustres?

#3 Among the Fireflies

Among the Fireflies is a soft mocha with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Among the Fireflies is a soft mocha with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

MAC Among the Fireflies

By now you should have picked up on my subtle hint not to blow your money on the lipsticks from this collection but if you’re adamant about owning at least one from every MAC release, then perhaps you should consider getting Among the Fireflies. It feels extremely lightweight on the lips and the soft brown blends into my natural lip colour perfectly without looking too prominent. Furthermore, it is emollient with a close-to-seamless payoff (although only after multiple application to even out the colour). It is easily the best performer among the trio of lipsticks I have featured here.

MAC Among the Fireflies - swatch comparison

MAC Among the Fireflies – swatch comparison

What’s more, it’s pretty much a shade of brown that hasn’t been released before!

On the whole, unless you’re into light makeup or anything iridescent, the money is better spent elsewhere. Do you agree with me on this?

Feel free to share your views with me in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

MAC Faerie Whispers collection is now available on MACCosmetics.com. It was also released in local MAC outlets.
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REVIEW: MAC Dark Desires Lipsticks in Boyfriend Stealer, Heavy Petting & Dark Night

Hello fellow beautyholics!

I’m so glad you’re still here! Thanks for sticking with me despite the lack of beauty updates (non-sponsored posts, that is) on this blog since the onset of this year. Many make-up launches have come and gone over the course of my inactivity, and yet I had only managed to find time recently to do a proper photo shoot for my beauty haul dated as far back as November last year.. because my final semester of college has been a bitch. Before my next major shipment of beauty purchases gets to my doorstep, allow me to bombard you with reviews that have been long overdue!

MAC (and many other brands I follow) had launched a series of collections in the few weeks leading up to Christmas last year and Dark Desires was among the first to pop up on the virtual shelves during that period. It was released online in late November and in U.S. stores in early December, but never internationally.

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Probably inspired by erotic films with the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey, the products were given risqué names to complement the dark and edgy shades chosen for this collection. I don’t know about you but considering that the aforementioned movie was screened in cinemas more than six months ago, I found the launch of Dark Desires peculiarly timed because it didn’t quite fit into the holiday theme.

Dark Desires lipsticks

Dark Desires lipsticks

Out of the four lipsticks (Ring My Bell, Heavy Petting, Boyfriend Stealer & Black Night) that were released alongside eye shadows, eye pencils, eye glosses and nail lacquers, I had my eyes on only three because I was too broke to get the pale cool neutral which is unlikely to show on my lips anyway. With the exception of Boyfriend Stealer and the eye pencils, everything in this line-up is new in the market. There is actually quite a substantial number of products in this collection so I was a little perplexed why the sale wasn’t expanded beyond the U.S. Could it be due to the suggestive product names that, perhaps, were deemed inappropriate for the largely conservative Asian market?

Lipsticks (from left): Black Night, Heavy Petting & Boyfriend Stealer

Lipsticks (from left): Black Night, Heavy Petting & Boyfriend Stealer

Swatch (from left): Heavy Petting, Boyfriend Stealer & Black Night

Swatch (from left): Heavy Petting, Boyfriend Stealer & Black Night

All the three lipsticks have a Cremesheen finish but I thought Matte or Satin would make a more suitable choice for this theme because of the bolder and more defined appearance it lends the lips. The provocativeness of the colours seemed to be toned down by the translucence of the finish.

#1 Boyfriend Stealer

Boyfriend Stealer is a blackened plum with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Boyfriend Stealer is a blackened plum with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

MAC Boyfriend Stealer

Typical of Cremesheen lipsticks, Boyfriend Stealer has a sticky and balm-like texture that sits comfortably on the lips. It has a semi-opaque (leaning more towards sheer) pigmentation as the natural colour of my lips could be seen even after applying several layers of it, therefore it feels more like a lip gloss. However, I didn’t like how it tends to amplify the imperfections of the lips – most of the product seemed to gather at the scab on my lower lip (which has been chapped for the past couple of weeks due to dehydration) so instead of concealing it, it had actually made it more obvious. The consistency of the colour isn’t uniform throughout as well – some parts of my lips had a heavier payoff than the rest. Unsightly!

MAC Boyfriend Stealer swatch comparisons

MAC Boyfriend Stealer swatch comparisons

The texture and opacity of Boyfriend Stealer are quite similar to those of Power My Spirit, which had also received a low rating on my scorecard for its poor colour consistency. But on the bright side, I don’t have any shade that’s identical to Boyfriend Stealer.

#2 Heavy Petting

Heavy Petting is a burgundy with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Heavy Petting is a burgundy with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

MAC Heavy Petting

The colour on the bullet of Heavy Petting differs greatly from the colour that appears on the lips – how frustrating! I had bought it with the thinking that it would be a dark brown but it turned out to be a lot lighter than that. It has the same tacky texture as Boyfriend Stealer but not so intense. The formula hugs the lips and provides a hydrating veil that bounces light off the surface. Although sheer, the colour shows with just a single swipe. When the colour overlaps with multiple applications, it leaves a darker tint on the lips which fortunately isn’t very noticeable from a distance.

MAC Heavy Petting swatch comparisons

MAC Heavy Petting swatch comparisons

Heavy Petting is a sheerer dupe of Good to be Bad (a reddened burgundy with Sheen Supreme finish, launched in 2011).

#3 Black Night

Black Night is a black with red and gold pearl with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

Black Night is a black with red and gold pearl with Cremesheen finish (US$17)

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

MAC Black Night

Black Night is the second black lipstick by MAC, with the first being Hautecore. It has very prominent and well-distributed gold microshimmer (the red isn’t very noticable) which gives the lips the added sparkle without looking too glitzy. As compared to its matte counterpart, Black Night is definitely more hydrating and emollient but sheerer in pigmentation and has colour inconsistencies. And perhaps due to its low pigmentation, the lipstick does not turn out to be entirely black on the lips but instead, an intense deep plum. Although sheer, the colour is buildable but the additional layers would slip away after a while and leave the lips looking patchy once again like in the pictures above. It is, nevertheless, still the easiest to work with among all the lipstick I bought from this collection and certainly the most gorgeous-looking one.

MAC Black Night swatch comparisons

MAC Black Night swatch comparisons

You can see the the opacity of Black Night fading from the left above.

Despite really liking most of the cremesheen lipsticks I own, the performance of the lipsticks in this collection surprisingly upsets me because they generally apply unevenly and appear extremely untidy and variegated on the lips. The colours are pretty but I wish more attention could be paid on the pigments when these lipsticks were formulated.

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

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more lipstick reviews comin’ up! 🙂

Dark Desires is NOW AVAILABLE ON MACCOSMETICS.COM.