Hooray for eye shadow palettes! This palette has been out for some time, along with the Cool Neutral palette, but for some reason I’m just now getting to the Warm Neutral review… I’ve used this palette a TON, especially on clients because I can carry this, the Cool Neutral palette, and one with some brighter colors in it, and I have everything I need for my kit! These were only available at PRO, stores and online for a while, but you can now purchase them at MAC counters as well. At $85 this is an epic value, especially considering that these are full sized eye shadows and they end up only being a little over $5 each this way.

Both neutral palettes have a great selection of colors that you can achieve pretty much any kind of look with, from a smoky eye to a natural daytime look. There’s also a wide range of texture in the palettes, so you have a lot to choose from for lid, crease, and blending eye shadows. MAC included a few permanent must haves, though some eye shadows are limited to this palette only, so it’s definitely worth getting if you need some new shadows in your collection or kit!

Note:   Photos may look slightly different due to lighting and having to redo some photos that were lost. I’ll be sure to let you know which were in natural light! The individual photos are much more true to pan color for the most part.

Warm Neutral Palette Packaging

Warm Neutral Palette Product

MAC Eye Shadows are a high quality powder formula that’s well pigmented and applies easily. There are a variety of finishes/textures in this palette, so color payoff and coverage will vary between them… I’ll describe those more in depth in each individual review. For the most part, all give good coverage and color payoff, as well as wear time. With most MAC eye shadows I get somewhere between 6-12 hours of wear. To be honest, wear time depends on the finish of the eye shadow, if you have oily lids, and if there’s a primer underneath.

I ALWAYS use a MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot as my primer because it not only gives a good base to even out the texture and color of the skin on the eyelid, but it also gives the powder eye shadow something to stick to so it wears longer. Pro Longwear Paint Pots will keep the eye shadow from creasing, which is a must for people with oily lids or heavily hooded lids… For a good, light neutral color I suggest Soft Ochre, Painterly, or Layin’ Low… Using a light color of primer will also make the color of the eye shadow show up true to how it looks in the pan so it will never look washed out (these colors even work on dark to deep skin tones)! You can also use something that’s similar to the color of the eye shadow itself, or even something like Blackground if you really want to play with color and transform the eye shadow. Blackground works especially well under brighter, more frosted eye shadows.

The packaging for these palettes is fantastic! The palette itself is very well made, feels sturdy and holds up to anything from gentle, daily personal to professional use, like being tossed around, dropped, and crammed into a makeup kit regularly. The palettes have the clear top so you can see what you’re grabbing for if you have numerous palettes. The shadows are spaced far enough apart that the dust from one won’t travel onto the other and alter the color or anything like that. They are black and shiny, so they will show the dust from the eye shadows a bit, but that’s easy to clean by using a tissue and 99% alcohol to wipe them down and clean them up (you can also lightly spray the alcohol on the shadows themselves to sanitize them before/after jobs or just to keep them clean for yourself). The back of these palettes does tend to show fingerprints but any black plastic packaging does that, so I don’t consider that an issue. The one thing that some people may not like is that you cannot pop these out of the palettes like you can with the eye shadow palettes that you build yourself. That said, I don’t see why it would be necessary since everything you need is already conveniently organized in this palette for you (plus it’s cheaper than building your own)!

These Eye Shadow Palettes are permanent and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.comEach palette contains 15 full sized eye shadows, coming out to be a grand total of 19g / 0.68 US oz of product. These are a great value, selling for $85 (pro and employee discounts do not apply). For an individual MAC eye shadow (in the plastic pot), it costs $15, while the Pro Palette Refill Pan eye shadows sell for $10… In these neutral palettes, each eye shadow comes out to be $5.67. Even for people with a MAC PRO discount card, that’s still about how much each eye shadow would cost and you’d probably have to purchase the palette to put them in too! Basically, this is a killer deal for anyone, so it’s definitely worth buying if you need some new eye shadows for either yourself or your kit, especially since so many of these eye shadows are very unique.

Warm Neutral Palette Label

Application Tips:

I don’t normally go so in depth with how you can use the eye shadows in palettes, but because this comes with SO many and you can do so much with it, I want you to teach you my tips and techniques so you can learn how to use them to achieve all of the fun looks that are possible with this palette! MAC Eye Shadows can even be used damp to intensify the color/coverage or to use as a liner, so I’ll include tips on that.

Typically, I use these dry… Since they’re so highly pigmented, a damp application isn’t really necessary. These are much more blendable and easier to apply when used dry. Dry application is great for use on the crease, lid, to highlight below the brow/on the inner corner of the eye or even to line with!

A damp application is usually best for color with a more shimmery/frosted finish, though it certainly isn’t necessary most of the time. It is nice if you want to use these shadows as a liner, though. Applying damp is best for the lid or lining, as it makes these much more difficult to blend out. For a damp application, simple spray your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray then swipe it on one small section of the eye shadow. For eye shadows that I use damp, I designate one small section for use with a damp brush, otherwise, swiping a damp brush all over the eye shadow will make a sort of “crust” on the product, making it nearly impossible to use dry.

Lid:   When applying powder eye shadows to the lid, a few of my favorite brushes to use (all from MAC) are the 239, 213, 215 (for a more dense, heavier application), 287 duo-fibre (for a lightweight or damp application), 242 (good for dry or damp), or a 252 (dry or damp / for larger eyelids). A 249 brush is also great for damp application, especially on larger eyelids.

Crease:   My favorite crease brushes are the 217, 224, or 286. All three of those are nice and fluffy so they blend out the eye shadow beautifully. If you want more intense color in the crease, I suggest a 214, 215, or 219 (for a super defined, cut crease). The 275 angled brush is also fantastic for the crease because it’s tapered to fit into that area perfectly, but still blend the shadow out so you’ll get the perfect shape and softness.

Liner:   When I’m smudging an eye shadow under my eyes or above my upper lash line as a type of liner, I like to use the 219, 214 or 212. For a damp, more defined liner application you can use whatever liner brush you’re most comfortable with… The 209, 210, 211, 212 work well for a softer liner look, while the 263 and 266 angled brushed will work better for something like a cat eye.

Highlights:   For a below the brow highlight, I like something flat like the 242 or 239 for more intense color payoff. If you want a softer brow highlight, try a 217 or 224. You can also highlight the inner corner of your eye with a smaller type of brush like a 219, 228, or 231 brush.

This photo was taken in natural sunlight.

This photo was taken using natural sunlight.

Photo taken in natural direct sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Photo taken in natural direct sunlight.
Eye Shadows swatched on NC20 skin.

Hey

Hey

Hey:   This shadow is described as a “metallic coral” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light, peachy-pink beige with a pretty heavily frosted finish. I like this color best on the lid or inner corner. You can use it lightly below the brow too if you like a shimmery highlight in that area. This shadow is only available in this palette.

The texture feels very smooth, which is common for Veluxe Pearl shadows, so it applied easily and evenly. Color payoff is pretty good, though it’s not quite as intense on the skin as it is in the pan (in the swatch photo, it’s hard to tell because it’s kind of a fleshy color). Coverage is even, though only about 90% opaque, and is best when applied over a Paint Pot. Wear time without a primer is about 4-5 hours, and more like 7-8 with a primer.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch is pretty close, maybe a teeeeeny bit darker, but not much. Phloof is lighter and pinker. Hey is also similar to Sin from Urban Decay’s original Naked palette, but a little lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Warm Breeze

Warm Breeze

Warm Breeze:   Warm Breeze is a “pastel coral” with a Satin finish… It is a light, peachy nude with a soft satiny sheen. This color is great all over the lid or as a highlight on the inner corner or below the brow. This eye shadow is only available in this palette.

It has a soft, very slightly powdery texture, but still applies evenly. Color payoff is good, but better over a primer. Again, since I’m pretty fair, the swatch sort of blends in with my skin! Coverage is mostly opaque without a primer and fully opaque with one. With no primer, I got about 5 hours of wear, and closer to 8 with one applied first.

Dupes:   Motif is sort of close but has much more yellow undertones… I can’t really find a great dupe for this! If I find one I’ll update the post, or if you know of a perfect one, leave it in the comments below!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Gingersnap

Gingersnap

Gingersnap:   Gingersnap is a “deep rosy pink” with a Frost finish… This eye shadow is a medium, warm toned peachy rose with a very frosty, almost metallic finish. It’s a great lid or inner corner color, and looks really pretty when you do a darker shadow on the inner and outer parts of the lid, then pop this right in the center. Purchasing this palette is the only way you can get Gingersnap.

The texture is super smooth and silky and applies evenly. Color payoff is great and looks almost exactly like it does in the pan, being very pigmented, while coverage is fully opaque. Wear time is about 5 hours with no primer and closer to 8 with one.

Dupes:   Mythology is similar in color, but has a Lustre finish so it’s super shimmery in comparison. Antiqued is quite a bit darker. Amaretto from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is close, but a little darker and has more red undertones… And it smells like chocolate, which is killing me right now because the palette has been open beside me for like an hour and I have no chocolate in my house haha.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Dark Brew

Dark Brew

Dark Brew:   Sooo MAC says that Dark Brew is a “deep chocolate with pink pearl”, and it has a Velvet finish. It’s a medium-dark, warm toned cocoa color with a warm, soft sheen, but has a mostly satin type of base. The pearl particles in Velvet shadows are suuuuuuper tiny, so it just adds more of a glow than an actual shimmer. This color can be used both on the lid or in the crease, depending on the look you’re going for. This eye shadow is available only in this palette.

The texture of Dark Brew is very soft and umm, velvety, so it applies and blends out well. Color payoff is great and it looks just as intense on as it does in the pan. Coverage isn’t completely opaque, but can be applied over a liner and patted on with a flat shader brush like s MAC 239 for fuller opacity. Wear time is great and for me, lasts about 6 hours without a primer and 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Folie is similar in color but is a bit lighter and lacks the sheen that Dark Brew has. Twinks is sort of similar, but more plum based and shimmery.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark:   Dance in the Dark is described as a “dark brown” and has a Matte finish… It’s a dark, cool toned brown with some grayish undertones. It’s great to pat all over the lid for a soft smoky look (I recommend using a primer to make the coverage and color better, due to it’s texture), or you can use this in the crease or even as a liner. Dance in the Dark was also released with the A Novel Romance eye shadow quad (LE – A Novel Romance – Fall 2014).

This eye shadow felt drier than most others in this palette, so application all over the lid was a little bit tricky without a primer. Color payoff is good, but not quite as pigmented or dark as it looks in the pan (probably because it’s drier). Coverage is also a little patchy and not fully opaque, but can be improved if worn over a primer. On the plus side, drier eye shadows wear well… I got about 6 hours of wear without a primer before I noticed any creasing, and closer to 9-10 with one. This actually wears longer when you use it in the crease/outer lid just to darken your look a bit. It’s more likely to crease or fade when worn all over the lid.

Dupes:   Brun is close, but lighter and more brown… It does have better pigmentation and coverage, though. Espresso Bean from the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette is very similar.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Warm Neutral Palette Swatches Center

Brule

Brule

Brule:   Brule is a “soft creamy beige” with a Satin finish… It’s a light, slightly warm toned, creamy beige with a very subtle satiny finish… It’s not quite satiny, but not matte either. This is one of my favorite lid and brow highlight colors… Seriously, I probably go through 3-4 of these a year! It’s a permanent color so it’s also available in the pot or in refill pan form.

The texture is smooth and goes on very evenly, especially for a drier type of Satin finish. Color payoff is really nice and is well pigmented. Coverage is about 90% opaque with no primer and full with one. Wear time is 6 hours or so without a primer and about 9-10 with one.

Dupes:   Brule has a TON of dupes, but I like the texture of it more than most of them… Strange from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette is pretty close. White Chocolate from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is also similar. Blanc Type from MAC is lighter and has a slightly pinker undertone, while Bisque is a tiny bit darker and has a cooler undertone (Brule is kind of like is Bisque and Blanc Type made a perfect little eye shadow baby).

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Extract:   This shadow is a “soft warm yellow-beige” with a Frost finish… It’s a light, warm toned creamy vanilla color with a more yellow/golden undertone frost. It’s a great lid or highlight color. Vanilla Extract is only sold as part of this palette.

Vanilla Extract feels almost creamy it applies so smoothly. It’s very well pigmented, but due to the frostiness, it looks a teeny bit lighter on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is even and opaque without having to use much product. Since it’s a Frost, wear time (for me), is only about 4 hours on the lid without a primer, but over 7 with one.

Dupes:   Naked Lunch is close but has a more pinky undertone. Sin from the original Naked palette from Urban Decay is also a little pinker. Butter Pecan from Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is more intense and yellow toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Honey Lust

Honey Lust

Honey Lust:   Honey Lust is a “bronze-dipped peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, warm toned peach with an almost pinky-golden sheen. It’s a really nice lid or highlight color. Lustres are pretty shimmery, and some tend to have fallout, but I feel like this version of Honey Lust is easier to work with than the version that you purchase individually in the plastic pot or in refill form… Obviously, this is a permanent color and has been around for a while!

Like I said, the texture is smooth and applies well with little to no fallout. Color payoff is similar to pan color when applied, but not quite as shimmery. The coverage is pretty good, but not totally opaque without a primer. When applied to my lid without a primer, I got about 4 hours of wear before I noticed any creasing or fading, and closer to 7 or 8 when I used a primer.

Dupes:   Chopper from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette is a little darker. Marzipan, which is from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette is also similar.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Amber Lights

Amber Lights

Amber Lights:   This eye shadow is described as a “peachy brown with shimmer” and has a Frost finish… It’s a medium, golden-amber color with warm, orange/coppery undertones and a nearly metallic finish. This makes for a beautiful lid or inner highlight color and is one of my favorite eye shadows of all time… It is permanent and can also be purchased individually in both refill pan form and in the plastic pot.

The texture of Amber Lights is so smooth and buttery that it both packs onto the lid and blends out easily. Color payoff is intense and super pigmented, looking just like it does in the pan when applied. Coverage is 100% opaque and very even. For a Frost, wear time is good… I get about 5 hours with no primer and over 8 with one.

Dupes:   Goldmine is lighter and more of a yellow gold. Caramel from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is very similar.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Saddle

Saddle

Saddle:   Saddle is a “golden orange brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned brown with a definite orange undertone and a soft matte finish. My favorite way to use this color is as a transition or crease color, or all over the lid on medium dark to deep skin tones with a deeper color in the crease. Saddle is a permanent color and can be purchased in the plastic pot or in a refill pan.

It has a very smooth texture for a Matte and doesn’t feel dry at all, so it blends out well. Color payoff looks nearly the same when applied as it does in the pan. Coverage isn’t quite opaque without a primer, but it’s close! It wears very well, giving over 5 hours of wear without a primer and 9-10 with one, especially in the crease.

Dupes:   Texture is lighter and has a more orange undertone. Unseen from Melt’s Dark Matter eye shadow stack is almost identical.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Warm Neutral Palette Swatches Bottom

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart:   This shadow is a “metallic gold” with a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a light-medium, warm lemony gold with a very frosted, nearly metallic finish. It’s a gorgeous shadow for the lid or used as a highlight, especially if you pop this right on the center of the lid. Lemon Tart is exclusive to this palette.

The texture feels buttery smooth and applies very easily. Color payoff usually looks a little lighter once applied, but mostly just because it also looks more metallic and shimmery on the skin, so it reflects light more than it does in the pan. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much eye shadow at all. I get about 4-5 hours of wear on the lid without a primer (common with more shimmery colors), and closer to 8 hours with a primer.

Dupes:   Gorgeous Gold is darker and more of a dirty golden color with cooler undertones. Nylon is a little lighter and has more of a cream color to it, but is the closest dupe I’ve found.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Creative Copper

Creative Copper

Creative Copper:   This eye shadow is a “frosted gold” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium golden color with warm, coppery undertones and a very frosty finish. Like Honey Lust, for a Lustre, this had very little fallout and felt very luxurious. It’s a wonderful lid and highlight color. Creative Copper was originally released with the Antonio Lopez collection back in Fall of 2013, and is also available in the new Amber Times Nine eye shadow palette, but is smaller in that one.

Creative Copper has a super smooth texture that applies very easily. Color payoff is amazing for a Lustre, but looks a little warmer when applied than it does in the pan. Coverage is fully opaque and even. Without a primer, I got about 4-5 hours of wear. With a primer, wear time was just over 8 hours.

Dupes:   Nope, can’t find one for Creative Copper! There may be one from a brand I don’t own, so if you know of one, please share it in the comments!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Butterfudge

Butterfudge

Butterfudge:   Butterfudge is described as a “dirty mocha with gold pearl” and has a Satin finish… It’s a medium, soft, almost neutral cocoa brown that has warmer undertones thanks to the golden sheen. I love this as a transition/blending color in the crease, or all over the lid if you’re wearing something deeper in your crease. This eye shadow is only available in this palette.

The texture is smooth and easily blendable. Color payoff is great and slightly warmer once applied, but coverage isn’t completely opaque… It’s very close, but not quite there! Applying it over a primer helps tremendously, though. Wear time is around 5-6 hours without a primer and 8-10 with one before I notice any fading or creasing.

Dupes:   Soba is close, but cooler toned. Era is pretty similar. Sidecar from the original Urban Decay Naked palette is similar in color, but is super glittery.

Overall Rating:    4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Divine Decadence

Divine Decadence

Divine Decadence:   Divine Decadence is a “soft bronze” and has a Velvet finish… It’s a dark, warm chocolatey bronze with a golden/coppery-red, almost frosty sheen. It can be used as either a lid or crease color, whichever you prefer. This eye shadow was originally released individually as part of the Indulge collection back in Fall of 2013, but is now only available in this palette.

The texture felt extra smooth and applied like a dream. Color payoff is super intense and this shadow actually looks darker and has more a coppery sheen once it’s applied. Coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Since this is a Velvet, the base texture of the shadow is on the drier side, even though it has quite a bit of sheen… What that means is that wear time is longer than it is with most shimmery eye shadows! I got 5-6 hours without a primer and 8-9 with one.

Dupes:   Romp is a little darker, but similar. Woodwinked is cooler toned. Lie Low Pro Longwear eye shadow is warmer. Frosting from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is close.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Unwind

Unwind

Unwind:   Unwind is described as a “dirty olive” and has a Veluxe Pearl finish… It’s a medium, sandy color with some cooler, more olive undertones and a soft type of sheen… It’s honestly kind of hard to describe because it’s pretty unique! It works well as a lid color or as a blending color in the crease. I’m pretty sure this is the same eye shadow that was part of a Nordstrom palette waaaaay back in 2007 (the name sounds familiar anyway), but it may have been a different color? I’m not 100% certain! Anyway, Unwind is only in this palette and can’t be purchased individually.

The texture felt smooth and applied evenly without much effort to blend or layer. Color payoff is good and perhaps a little less cool toned once it’s on the skin. Coverage is opaque but still maintains a very soft appearance. I get about 5 hours of wear if I don’t apply a primer first, and closer to 8 if I do.

Dupes:   Gorgeous Gold has the same kind of dirty olive undertone, but is lighter and more golden. Patina is more brownish toned.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Finally, here’s the third and last post for the Matte Lip collection! This is probably my favorite of the three posts because it has all of my favorite lipsticks in it! Stone and Whirl are definitely something that everyone has been looking forward to, and are two of the three new colors in this post (the other being Tropic Tonic). Studded Kiss, Steady Going, and Runway Hit have been released in the past but sold really well, so I’m glad they brought them back. All of the lipsticks in this collection will remain permanent, so even if your local MAC is sold out of one or two of them, you’ll be able to get it soon! I know that Stone and Whirl are selling out like crazy, but I’ve been told that restocks won’t take long, even online.

My favorite part about nearly all of the lipsticks in this entire collection is that they work on every single skin tone out there… There may be one or two that could be a little weird for someone who can’t wear some cool tones, but for the most part, all of these look gorgeous on anyone, especially the brighter lipsticks! They’re definitely worth going to take a look at, especially since it’s the perfect time of year for a nude or bright lip.

Note: Matte Royal, the blue color in this collection, will be posted later… It’s on backorder so as soon as I get it, I’ll review it!

Another Note: Some photos may vary in appearance and lighting. Since I received all of these lipsticks on different days, I didn’t do the individual photographs at the exact same time with the same lighting… My apologies that some of these look a little ratchet too… Obviously because some of these are repromotes, I’ve worn them a bit! Also, the photos of the repromoted lipsticks on my lips are from past posts. It’s pretty hard on my lips to try on like 20 lipsticks in one day, so I’ll do whatever I can to spare them!

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since all of these are Mattes or Retro mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, pigmentation, and wear time with a velvety matte finish… Retro Mattes are slightly drier and more pigmented than Mattes are, and they typically wear a little longer, but it’s not a super drastic difference between the two finishes. Sometimes with matte lipsticks, especially really bright, nude, and darker colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time. Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, especially with brighter colors.

As I mentioned, all of these lipsticks are permanent and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

Note: The weird stuff on the lipsticks in these photos is just condensation! They were on a hot UPS truck all day so they were a little sweaty when they got here… If you ever get lipsticks like this, don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with them!

The Matte Lip 2015 Pt 3 Lipstick Labels

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Left to Right: Runway Hit, Steady Going, Stone, Studded Kiss, Tropic Tonic, Whirl

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit

Runway Hit:   This lipstick is described as a “light nude matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, warm, peachy coral nude with a velvety matte finish. Since it’s a Retro Matte, there’s very little sheen when you first apply this lipstick like there is with a lot of Mattes. I love this color because it’s bright, but not so bright that it can’t be worn for a softer type of daytime look… It also works well on pretty much everyone, no matter what your age or skin tone. Runway Hit was originally released with the Retro Matte collection in Fall of 2013.

The texture of this lipstick is smooth and applies pretty easily for a Retro Matte. It can emphasize dry areas on the lips since it’s light and bright, so be sure to prime your lips first if they’re at all chapped! Color payoff is intense, but can look slightly more pink once applied due to the natural color of your lips. Coverage is almost completely opaque, only having some sheerness on the center of the lip. Wear time is fantastic… This lipstick wore for over 6 hours with no liner and about 7 1/2 with one.

Liners:   If you’d like a liner that’s a pretty close match to this lipstick, I suggest trying out Fruit Cocktail Lip Pencil, which is new. For a slightly darker, more coral liner, you could go with Lasting Sensation. You can also just use something neutral like Subculture or Boldly Bare if you don’t really want any color and just want to keep the lipstick from fading.

Dupes:   Reel Sexy (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is close, but has an Amplified finish and is a little bit brighter and more coral. Vegas Volt is another Amplified finish lipstick that’s kinda close, but darker, brighter, and more coral. Sushi Kiss is lighter, brighter, and has a Satin finish. Summer from Melt is lighter and more pastel, but at least has a super matte finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going

Steady Going:   Steady Going is a “light pink matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a light-medium, bright candy pink with cool, almost lavender-ish undertone and a truly matte finish from the start. Like Runway Hit, this lipstick is bright, but still soft, so you can apply it lightly or wear it with a liner that’s not too intense for a more subtle look. This color is one of the repromotes from the Retro Matte collection of Fall 2013.

This lipstick feels drier than some others in this collection and tugged at my lips a little when I applied it without a primer… With a primer, I had no problems! Color payoff is great and looks just as pigmented on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is really good too and goes on totally opaque. For me, wear time runs about 6 hours without a liner and just over 7 with one.

Liners:   Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is my favorite to use with this lipstick… It’s a very similar color and wears for about 8 hours. As for regular Lip Pencils, you can go with Hip ‘N’ Happy, which is a light, cool toned pink, or even Talking Points, Candy Yum-Yum, or Magenta if you want to add more color and contrast for an ombre look.

Dupes:   Raspberry Swirl (LE – Baking Beauties – Spring 2013) is similar, but cooler toned and has a Cremesheen finish. Pink Nouveau is also cooler toned and has a Satin finish, but is at least permanent. Real Doll (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is lighter, cooler, and has a Lustre finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone
This one had a lot of condensation left on it from shipping… Sorry!

Stone

Stone

Stone:   Stone is a “muted greyish taupe brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, to medium-dark (depending how heavily you apply it), mostly cool toned greyish taupe with warmer brown undertones and a soft matte finish. It has some sheen at first which fades into more of a true matte within about 15-20 minutes. Stone is the type of lipstick that everyone has been begging for and looking forward to for a very long time! So many people have been wearing the Lip Pencil in Stone as a matte lipstick, so I’m super excited that they turned it into an actual lipstick! This is one of my favorite colors from this entire collection.

Stone feels smooth and creamy for a Matte and applies easily. Color payoff is great and looks pretty much just like it does in the tube. When applied, there can be a teeny bit of sheerness in the very center of the lip, but it’s mostly opaque. Wear time is about 5 hours without a liner and just over 6 with one.

Liners:   Stone is the obvious choice for a Lip Pencil, since it matches this lipstick perfectly… If you’d like something a little lighter that’s the same tone and will basically just keep your lipstick in place, you can try Stripdown. For a darker liner that has some cooler brown tones, Chestnut works. If you’d like to warm it up a bit, you can use something like Oak or Hover. To add more contrast and plum/wine tones and a more vampy look, I like to go with Plum or Nightmoth. For a longer wear time with a deeper, brownish toned liner, you can use Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Basically, you can play around with tons of different liners to create new looks with this lipstick, so have fun with it!

Dupes:   Taupe is warmer and more peachy-brown. Yash (PRO) is lighter, warmer, and more nude. Nude (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is close, but a little warmer. Exclusive Event (LE – Divine Night – Holiday 2013) is really similar, maybe a little lighter and cooler, but has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss This photo was taken a while back when it was still new.

Studded Kiss
This photo was taken a while back when it was new.

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss

Studded Kiss:   This lipstick is described as a “dark oxblood red” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, intense, mostly neutral blood red with some subtle warm, almost brownish/brick undertones. It has a creamy matte finish that initially applies with quite a bit of a sheen, but turns more matte after about half an hour. This is a really wearable red because it’s bold, but still somewhat subdued since it’s a deeper shade of red. It’s really pretty on all skin tones, so if you like reds, this is worth picking up!

As I mentioned, the texture is very creamy, so it glides on easily and evenly. Color payoff is bold and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is fully opaque without having to apply much product. Since this is a creamier type of matte, wear time is only about 5 hours without a liner and closer to 6 with one. I mostly just noticed some fading in the center of my lip after a few hours or eating/drinking.

Liners:   Pretty much any of your deep, rich red liners will work with this lipstick… A few Lip Pencils I like to use are Brick or Burgundy. You can also create a more ombre look by using something deeper and more purple/wine toned like Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Diva is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found, but is a little darker and has a more wine stained undertone. Dubonnet is close, but lighter and has a slightly berry undertone and an Amplified finish. Stunner (LE – Nasty Gal – Winter 2014) is close but slightly brighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic

Tropic Tonic:   Tropic Tonic is a “full power coral” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, bright, warm toned coral with a true matte finish from the start… I’m not usually a coral lip type of girl, but even though this lipstick is really bright, it still has a softness to it that makes it easy to wear for just about anyone. I promise that you NEED this lipstick for summer!

The texture feels a little more dry than the other Mattes in this collection, but it still applies very easily without tugging. It also doesn’t seem to show dry areas as much as a lot of light to medium, bright lipsticks do. Color payoff is definitely intense and true to the color it is in the tube. Coverage is awesome and looks completely opaque. I got just about 6 hours of wear without a liner and close to 7 with one, only noticing some fading in the middle of my lips.

Liners:   Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil is a near perfect match for this lipstick. I also like Redd (orange-red) and Cherry (bright true red) blended in for a very soft ombre look. If you’d like a longer wear time and a more orange liner, you can try the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What A Blast.

Dupes:   Reel Sexy (LE – MAC is Beauty – Spring 2015) is very similar but has an Amplified finish. Vegas Volt is another Amplified lipstick that’s close, but a bit deeper with more pinky-coral undertones. Sushi Kiss is a bit softer, lighter, and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl

Whirl:   Whirl is a “dirty rose” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, mostly neutral rosy pink with some subtle, warm brownish undertones and a soft matte finish. It can actually look a little cool toned on some people, or with certain liners, so I like how versatile this lipstick is. Like Stone, this is one of the colors in this collection that was originally a Lip Pencil and I’m pretty sure that liner was sold out just about everywhere for a while when everyone had to have the “Kylie Jenner lip”… Thankfully, this is a lipstick now! I believe this may be sold out online at the moment, but since it’s permanent, it will be available again very soon!

This lipstick has a very creamy texture that’s easy to apply, despite the fact that it’s pretty matte. Color payoff is great, but it does tend to look more pink on the lips and less brown, due to the natural color of lips. Coverage is totally opaque and even. I got about 5 hours of wear if I didn’t apply a liner, and just over 6 when I wore one. The great thing about this lipstick is that even when it starts to fade, you don’t notice since it’s a more natural lip type of color.

Liners:   Since Whirl is the Lip Pencil this was made to match, you can obviously use that. For a warmer neutral, Boldly Bare would work, or even Stripdown or Subculture. If you want to cool this down, you can use Stone, Plum, or even Chestnut.

Dupes:   Persistence is warmer and more brown toned. Bad Girl RiRi (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Holiday 2013) is warmer and more pink. Kinda Sexy is warmer and more of a peachy-nude pink.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

On to Part 2 of this trilogy of posts for MAC’s newest Matte Lip collection! While these typically release in the fall and contain limited colors, MAC went ahead and released these for the summer season this year and ALL of the colors will remain permanent! Every one of the lipsticks in this post, aside from Instigator, are brand new and have never been released, so you’ll definitely want to take a peek at these!

My favorite part about nearly all of the lipsticks in this entire collection is that they work on every single skin tone out there… There may be one or two that could be a little weird for someone who can’t wear some cool tones, but for the most part, all of these look gorgeous on anyone, especially the brighter lipsticks! They’re definitely worth going to take a look at, especially since it’s the perfect time of year for a nude or bright lip.

Note: Matte Royal, the blue color in this collection, will be posted later… It’s on backorder so as soon as I get it, I’ll review it!

Another Note: Some photos may vary with the way they look and there might be lighting differences. I pulled some photos of Instigator from a past post, and since I received all of these lipsticks on different days, I didn’t do the individual photographs at the exact same time with the same lighting.

So without further ado, here are the NEW Matte Lipsticks!!

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since all of these are Mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, pigmentation, and wear time with a velvety matte finish… Sometimes with matte lipsticks, especially really bright, nude, and darker colors, they can emphasize dry or chapped areas on your lips… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week to eliminate any dry spots, then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time. Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, especially with brighter colors.

As I mentioned, all of these lipsticks are permanent and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

Note: The weird stuff on the lipsticks in these photos is just condensation! They were on a hot UPS truck all day so they were a little sweaty when they got here… If you ever get lipsticks like this, don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with them!

The Matte Lip 2015 pt 2 Labels

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Left to Right: Antique Velvet, D for Danger, Instigator, Men Love Mystery, Naturally Transformed, Persistence

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet

Antique Velvet:   Antique Velvet is an “intense brown” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, chocolatey brown with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. Since this is a normal Matte and not a Retro Matte, it has more of a sheen to begin with, which turns into more of a true matte a little while after you apply it.

The texture of this lipstick feels very creamy when applied and goes on smoothly. The only issue is that since it’s a dark matte, it can show dry spots on the lips, as you can probably see in the photo above. Color payoff looks pretty darn close to how it appears in the tube, though maybe a tiny bit lighter once applied. Coverage is about 95% opaque, only having slight issues in the very center of the lip, which is common with Mattes. You can usually fix that by drying your lip a bit before applying your primer and/or lipstick. Wear time is about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one. I only noticed some fading in the center of the lip after about 3-4 hours but that’s an easy touchup!

Liners:   If you want a liner that won’t show much contrast and just keep everything in place, you could go with something lighter than the actual lipstick, such as Chestnut Lip Pencil, since it’s a pretty neutral type of brown. If you’d like to warm things up, you can use Mahogany. If you want to add some more purple/plummy tones and contrast, you can even try something like Vino or Nightmoth, but the BEST match I’ve found for a liner is Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which will also help your lipstick wear longer.

Dupes:   Media is about the closest dupe I could find, but it has a Satin finish and more reddish/plum undertones. Talk That Talk (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is darker and has a more blackened plum undertone, but at least has a Retro Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D For Danger

D for Danger

D for Danger:   This lipstick is described as a “brick red” and has a Matte finish… It’s actually more of a bold, medium-dark red with cool, raspberry undertones. Like the other Mattes in this collection, it applies with a soft, creamy sheen that fades to a true matte within about 30-60 minutes. This color can also be applied really softly by dabbing it on to make it look more like a subtle stain.

This lipstick feels very creamy and goes on easily without any tugging… It doesn’t show dry areas on the lips too badly either, especially for a bold color. Color payoff is intense, but it looks a little brighter and more pinky on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is totally opaque with very little product applied. I got about 6 hours of wear without a liner and slightly longer with one.

Liners:   What liner you use with this depends on what tones you’d like to emphasize… If you want something nearly the same color, you can use Lip Pencils like Beet or Talking Points. To bring out the more reddish tones, try Cherry or Brick. You can also opt for a deeper liner for a more dramatic ombre look, like Currant, Nightingale, Vino, or Nightmoth. For a longer wearing liner, you could go with Trust In Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   To be totally honest, D For Danger is pretty unique… The closest dupe I found for both color and texture is Pleasurebomb (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Holiday 2013), but that one is still lighter, brighter, and more pink. Fashion Revival (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is a little deeper and more pink as well.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Instigator (after being used for a while)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator (new)

Instigator
(new)

Instigator

Instigator

Instigator:   This lipstick is a “deep blackened plum” with a Matte finish… It’s a deep blackened purple/plum with some subtle, warmer wine stained undertones, so even though it’s really dark, it won’t give you that totally goth, washed out look. It has a barely there sheen at first that turns much more matte very quickly. I am SO excited that they brought this color back as permanent, since it’s one of my favorite dark lip colors and I feel like it’s wearable by more people than something like Cyber is. Originally, Instigator was released with the Punk Couture collection in late December 2013/early January 2014.

The texture of Instigator is pretty smooth, but is a little drier than the other Mattes in this collection, so make sure you prime those lips before application! Color payoff is a little lighter and more purple than it looks in the tube. Coverage is mostly opaque, only looking a little sheer on the very center of the lip. Wear time is pretty good, being a little over 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 or more with one. The only fading I noticed after a little while was right in the center of the lip, where it tends to apply more lightly anyway.

Liners:   You definitely want to wear a liner with a dark lipstick like this! There aren’t a ton to choose from that are very similar, but a few of my favorite Lip Pencils (from lightest to darkest) are Vino, Nightmoth, or Cyber World.

Dupes:   Smoked Purple is similar, but is cooler toned. Cyber is also cooler toned, darker, and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery

Men Love Mystery:   Men Love Mystery is a “lavender violet” which has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, soft lavender/purple with very slightly pinkish undertones and a subtle sheen that dries down to more matte after about half an hour. What I really like about this lipstick is that the pinkish undertones are warmer, while the overall color of the lipstick is cooler, which makes it kind of adjust to pick up the undertones of your own skin, making it flattering on anyone. Most of the time, I’m not drawn to colors like this because they don’t always look right on me, but Men Love Mystery won me over!

The texture of this lipstick feels creamier than most of the others in this collection do, making it easy to apply and unlikely to show any dry or chapped spots, but causing it to take a little longer to set as a true matte finish. Color payoff is intense and looks almost exactly how it does in the tube. Coverage is totally opaque using very little product. With this lipstick, I only got about 5 hours of wear without a liner, and just over 6 with one, but that’s probably due to the creamier texture.

Liners:   The most similar liner I’ve found is Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, which is great because it’s also long wearing! You can also try Lip Pencils like Magenta, which is a little darker and more pinky/magenta, or Heroine, which is darker and more purple. If you want something to create an ombre lip or more vampy type of look, try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Heroine is darker and more purple, but has the same type of finish. Up The Amp is lighter, cooler, and has an Amplified finish. RiRi Boy (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer 2013) is barely darker and warmer, but is SUPER close and has a Retro Matte finish, so it’s actually drier and more matte than Men Love Mystery is.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed

Naturally Transformed:   This is a “muted golden beige” with a Matte finish… It’s a light to light-medium, mostly warm toned golden beige-nude with yellow undertones that can make it appear a bit cooler toned at times, especially if you have a cooler, more yellow based skin tone. It doesn’t have a lot of sheen at first, so it doesn’t take long to look like a true matte. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this shade on myself, but I’m thinking I just haven’t found the perfect liner to go with it just yet… However, I do think this would make a lovely nude on medium to dark skin tones, especially with a warmer toned liner.

As I said, Naturally Transformed looks pretty matte to begin with, but the texture is still pretty creamy and glides on without showing dry areas. Color payoff is great, but definitely warmer and less yellow on the lips than it looks in the tube. Coverage is pretty good and mostly opaque, with only some blotchiness in the center of the lip. Like Men Love Mystery, this lipstick only gave me around 5 hours of wear with no liner and closer to 6 with one.

Liners:   Like I said, I haven’t really found the perfect Lip Pencil for my own taste yet, but here are a few that do work with this color and you might like! Of course you can use something like Subculture or Boldly Bare for a barely-there type of liner that will warm up this lipstick a bit. Stripdown would work as well, and is cooler toned. HoverCork, Oak, and Chestnut are all good medium neutrals too… I honestly think the key to being able to rock this lipstick is having a good neutral liner that works with your skin tone without cooling down the tone of this lipstick too much.

Dupes:   Yash (PRO) is warmer and a little darker… That’s the closest dupe I’ve found so far since Naturally Transformed is pretty different! If you know of another please leave it in the comments below!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence

Persistence:   Persistence is a “peachy cinnamon” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium, spicy peachy nude with subtle, warm terra-cotta undertones and a creamy matte finish that sets to a true matte pretty quickly. I love this color because it reminds me of the lipsticks that were so popular in the 90’s and seen on iconic supermodels like Cindy Crawford. There’s just something about this type of color that’s timeless and universally flattering on people of all skin tones and ages.

The texture feels smooth and silky for a Matte and doesn’t emphasize dry areas at all. Color payoff is fantastic, but tends to look less orangey on the lips than it does in the tube. Coverage is about 95% opaque, only showing some sheerness on the center of the lip. Wear time was just about 6 hours without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   My absolute favorite Lip Pencil with this lipstick is Spice! If you wanted to go a little lighter, you could use Boldly Bare. Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works well. If you have a medium-dark to deeper skin tone, you can also try Chestnut, Auburn, Mahogany, or Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like a longer wear time.

Dupes:   Mocha is similar, but a little more peachy-pink and has a Satin finish. Half ‘N Half is cooler toned and has an Amplified finish. Bad Girl RiRi (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Fall 2013) is close, but darker and more brown.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

It’s time for new Matte lipsticks from MAC! Although they typically release these in fall, thankfully they’re doing this round of The Matte Lip for summer this year since everyone has been dying for new Matte finish colors and I don’t think we could have waited any longer… The only waiting that will have to be done is waiting until the next two posts to see the newest colors! I know, I know, I’m soooo mean, but I’ll have both of those up within the next few days! I had to split this collection up into 3 parts so it’s not so overwhelming and brain-frying for me to sit down and write, plus they arrived on different days. This post will cover the shades that were already available, but don’t fear, ALL of the lipsticks in this collection are permanent and will stick around!

My favorite part about nearly all of the lipsticks in this entire collection is that they work on every single skin tone out there… There may be one or two that could be a little weird for someone who can’t wear some cool tones, but for the most part, all of these look gorgeous on anyone, especially the brighter lipsticks! They’re definitely worth going to take a look at, especially since it’s the perfect time of year for a nude or bright lip.

The lipsticks in this particular post all look pretty haggard, but I don’t exactly have the funds to go out and buy new ones just to take photographs of, so bear with me… I also can’t seem to find my Ruby Woo lipstick, so it won’t be included in the group photos of these lipsticks, but I did manage to find photos of it that were from another post, so I will still review it. Another note: The photos in all three of the posts for this collection were taken on different days, so the lighting may vary since I use mostly natural daylight with some supplemental lighting… That just means sometimes photos can be brighter or cooler or whatever, depending on the time of day and such. I’ll get the lighting in this house figured out eventually! Wow, this post sounds like it’s just going to be a hot mess, but I swear it’s not! These are some of my favorite shades of lipstick, so it’s definitely worth checking out, even if they have been worn and look a little “loved”.

Note: Matte Royal, the blue color in this collection, will be posted later… It’s on backorder so as soon as I get it, I’ll review it!

Matte Lip 2015 Pt 1 Lipsticks 1

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Since these are all Matte or Retro Matte, you can guarantee that they’re the most pigmented, long wearing, and well, matte formulas out there! The only real difference between the two finishes seen in this collection is that Retro Mattes are slightly drier, more matte, and more pigmented than Mattes are, but that means they wear longer and are even more bold! With all of these lipsticks being matte and nude or bright, you’ll want to make sure that your lips are nice and smooth when you apply them, since those are the three most common colors and finish of lipsticks that will show dry or chapped areas… I try to exfoliate my lips once or twice a week using a mixture of either olive oil and sugar or honey and sugar (this one is a little more tasty), then I make sure to apply a primer before putting on my lipstick… My favorite is MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, but there are all kinds of lip primers out there. Prep + Prime Lip is silicone based and contains Vitamin E, so it locks in moisture without being too slippery and creates a smooth surface that your lipstick will stick to, also extending the wear time. Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, especially with brighter colors.

As I mentioned, all of these lipsticks are permanent and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $16 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

Matte Lip 2015 Pt 1 Labels

Left to Right: All Fired Up, Dangerous, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Kinda Sexy, Pink Pigeon, Please Me, Velvet Teddy

Left to Right: All Fired Up, Dangerous, Flat Out Fabulous, Heroine, Kinda Sexy, Pink Pigeon, Please Me, Velvet Teddy

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural direct sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC25 skin.

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

All Fired Up:   This is a “bright fuchsia matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a bold, medium-dark fuchsia pink with some warm reddish undertones and an uber matte finish. It has very minimal sheen when applied that fades very quickly to the true, flat Retro Matte finish.

The texture of All Fired Up is a bit dry, but not so dry that it tugs on your lips unless they have chapped/dry areas, so it does apply pretty easily for a Retro Matte lipstick anyway. Color payoff is nearly identical to how it looks in the tube without having to apply much product. Coverage is fully opaque. I typically get about 7 hours of wear with All Fired Up, only noticing some fading in the center of the lip after a few hours or after eating/drinking… You can actually extend the wear time by applying a liner first, which will make it wear for closer to 8 hours.

Liners:   Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a really good match for this lipstick… It may be a little darker but it will give you the longest wear time out of any liner. You could also try Lip Pencils like Beet, which is deeper and more pinker, or Cherry, which is more of a bright, true red. Heroine is also a fun liner to use if you want to add some purple for an ombre lip. If you’d like more contrast with your liner, try something like Vino, Nightingale, or even Nightmoth, all of which will add extra drama to your look.

Dupes:   Relentlessly Red is warmer and more reddish. La Vie En Rouge (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is lighter and warmer. Damn Glamorous (LE – The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is darker and more red. Red Balloon (LE – Playland – Spring 2014) is also similar, but more red and has an Amplified finish.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous

Dangerous:   Dangerous is an “orangey red matte” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s an intense, medium-dark, warm, yellow based orange-red with an ultra matte finish. Like All Fired Up, Dangerous only has a little bit of a sheen at first, but it dries to the Retro Matte finish within about 15 minutes.

This lipstick has a drier texture than typical Mattes, but that’s the norm with Retro Mattes… It still applies easily, especially with a primer underneath. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube. Dangerous is also 100% opaque with very little product applied. I get around 7 hours of wear without a liner, 8 hours with one, and only have minimal fading in the center of the lip occasionally.

Liners:   High Energy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is really close and will give you extra long wear time. What A Blast Pro Longwear Lip Pencil will also work, but is more of a true orange. You can also use Redd Lip Pencil, which is an orange-red, or Cherry, which is more of a true red. If you’d like a deeper, more neutral liner to tone this down, or if you have a darker skin tone, you can try ChestnutAuburn, or Mahogany.

Dupes:   Lady Danger is a bit more red, and darker. Morange is brighter, more of a true orange, and has an Amplified finish. Scarlet Ibis (LE – Marilyn Monroe – Fall 2012 & Iris Apfel – Winter 2011) is slightly lighter, brighter, and has more coral undertones than orange. Bang Bang from Melt is lighter, brighter, and more orange.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous

Flat Out Fabulous:   This lipstick is described as a “bright plum matte” and has a Retro Matte finish… It’s a very bright, medium, magenta-plummy-pink with cooler undertones and a super matte finish. It seems to have less sheen than the previous two lipsticks do when it’s applied… The sheen only lasts for a moment before it fades to the Retro Matte finish.

The texture of Flat Out Fabulous, like other Retro Mattes, is slightly drier than normal, but not so dry that it makes application difficult at all. Color payoff is just as intense and bright as it is in the tube, but is a bit warmer on some lips (like mine), due to the fact that some people have more pigmented lips than others. Coverage is completely opaque using just a little bit of lipstick. Flat Out Fabulous gives me just under 7 hours of wear without a liner and about 8 with one. Like other Retro Mattes, some fading in the center of the lip might occur after a little while, or after eating.

Liners:   Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil works well with this lipstick and is a similar color. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also nice, but is more pink. You can also try Magenta or Heroine (now permanent) Lip Pencils. If you’re going for an ombre look, you can try a few darker liners too, like Nightingale or Vino.

Dupes:   Heroine is darker and more purple. Girl About Town has more pink undertones and an Amplified finish. Melt’s Shady Lady is pretty close but has slightly more pinkish undertones.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine

Heroine:   Heroine is a “bright purple” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bold purple with a hint of warmer, pinky undertones. It has a Matte finish rather than a Retro Matte, so the sheen that lasts a bit longer before it sets into a true matte finish. It also feels creamier than the lipsticks previously reviewed in this post.

The texture is smooth and applies easily with no dryness or tugging. Color payoff is slightly more intense in the tube than it is on the lips, with opacity being nearly complete, except for just in the center of the lip (common with any matte lipstick). Wear time for Heroine is usually around 6 hours, and closer to 7 with a liner. Some fading tends to happen towards the center of the lip after a few of wear.

Liners:   Of course Heroine Lip Pencil is the perfect match for a liner… You can also try Magenta if you want it to be warmer/more pinkish, or even Fashion Boost Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like a longer wear time. If you’re going for a more vampy sort of ombre lip, check out NightingaleVino, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   Flat Out Fabulous is obviously lighter and more pinky-magenta toned. Feel My Pulse (LE – Temperature Rising – Summer 2013) is lighter, brighter, and has a Cremesheen finish and slightly warmer, more pink undertones. RiRi Boy (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer 2013) is cooler toned and lighter/more lavender. Melt’s By Starlight is close, but cooler toned.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy

Kinda Sexy:   Kinda Sexy is a “neutral pinky-rose” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, peachy-pinkish rose with warm undertones and a soft matte finish. I really like this color as a nude because it’s not like an undead, extra light nude, so it actually works well from anyone from fair to dark skin tones and you can deepen or warm it up even more depending on what liner you use it with.

This lipstick feels really creamy and applied smoothly with no tugging… The only issue you may have is if your lips are dry are chapped, since it’s a nude, so be sure to prime your lips or be sure they’re moisturized first! Color payoff is great, but it may show more pinky tones once applied to the lip, due to the natural color of your lips. Coverage is full and opaque without having to apply much lipstick. I usually get about 6 hours of wear without a liner and closer to 7 with one.

Liners:   You can use pretty much any nude, neutral, neutral-pink, or neutral-peachy liner with this lipstick, depending on what kind of look you’re going for… For a lighter type of nude liner, I suggest Subculture or Boldly Bare Lip Pencils. If you want a little more contrast, you can use Spice to warm it up a bit, or Chestnut if you have a deeper skin tone.

Dupes:   Honeylove is more nude, lighter and cooler toned. Velvet Teddy is also a cooler toned nude. Shy Girl is kind of similar in color but has a Cremesheen finish, so it’s shinier and more sheer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon

Pink Pigeon:   This lipstick is described as a “bright cleanest pink” and has a Matte finish… It’s a very bright, medium-dark, pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. It has a soft sheen for the first hour or so, then dries down and looks like a soft matte later on.

Pink Pigeon feels very smooth and applies easily without ANY dryness whatsoever. Color payoff is just as bright on the lips as it is in the tube, but to me, it looks slightly cooler toned once applied. Coverage is 100% opaque using very little product. Like most Mattes, I get around 6 hours of wear if I don’t apply a liner first, and about 7 hours if I use a liner.

Liners:   There are several liners that are pretty close to this color… Talking Points Lip Pencil works well, as does Candy Yum-Yum. You can also try Magenta or Heroine to add a darker, more purple tone for a fun ombre look. Beet also works and will warm up this color and add some contrast. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works if you want the longest wear time possible.

Dupes:   Candy Yum-Yum is brighter and lighter. Fusion Pink is similar, but slightly warmer and has more shine since it has an Amplified finish. Melt’s Stupid Love is brighter and a little bit warmer, but is otherwise pretty close.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me

Please Me:   Please Me is a “muted rosy-tinted pink” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, soft rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft matte finish that starts out more creamy, then dries down after 30 minutes or so. This is one of my all time favorites and also one of MAC’s best selling pinks!

The texture feels creamy and applies easily without any tugging or dryness. Color payoff is cooler and more pink once applied to the lips. Coverage is pretty much fully opaque, but as with some of the creamier types of mattes, it can have some sheerness and fading towards the very center of the lip. Wear time is typically around 6 hours without liner and 7 with one.

Liners:   There’s a wide variety of pinky liners that you can use for Please Me… One of my favorite Lip Pencils to use with it is Dervish, since it will give you definition but not add a ton of color. You can also use Soar, which is slightly deeper. Rosy Rim is also really nice, and is one of MAC’s newer colors. If you want pretty much no color difference and just want something to keep the lipstick in place, try Subculture, since it’s basically just a light, very natural color.

Dupes:   Pink Plaid is slightly darker and much cooler toned. Snob is also cooler and has a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo

Ruby Woo:   This is MAC’s best selling lipstick of all time and it’s a classic “very matte vivid blue-red” with a Retro Matte finish… It’s a medium to medium-dark, intense blue based red (which makes teeth appear whiter), and has a super matte finish… Since it’s a Retro Matte, it’s a bit drier than some other lipstick formulas, but this is THE original Retro Matte… Anytime I think of this finish or a red lipstick, Ruby Woo comes to mind! It’s probably the most flattering bright red lipstick in the world, other than Viva Glam I, which is deeper and more neutral, so if you need a good red it’s worth checking out!

Ruby Woo feels a little dry because it’s a Retro Matte, but it still doesn’t tug on the lips… It does apply easiest and most evenly over something like Prep + Prime Lip or just make sure your lips are lightly moisturized first (but not with something too slippery and vaseline/carmex feeling). Color payoff is obviously fantastic and true to tube color. Coverage is equally great and full with little product applied. I usually get 7-8 hours of wear time without using a liner, and closer to 8-9 with one!

Liners:   MAC actually makes a Ruby Woo liner now, so that one is perfect! You can also use Cherry, which is another bright, true red Lip Pencil and the liner that most everyone used with this lipstick for many, many years. For more contrast, try Brick or BurgundyCurrant, Vino, or even Nightmoth will also work for a more vampy ombre look… Another option if you want an even longer wear time is Kiss Me Quick Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

Dupes:   Russian Red is darker and more subdued. RiRi Woo (LE – RiRi Hearts MAC – Summer & Fall 2013) is pretty similar, maybe a bit more blue based. Melt’s Belladonna 2 is close, but a little brighter.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy:   This is a “deep tone beige” with a Matte finish… It’s a medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft matte finish… It has a slightly creamy sheen that fades into more of a matte a little while after you apply it.

Velvet Teddy feels quite smooth and applies evenly. Color payoff is a little peachier and less beige on the lips than it is in the tube, but that’s because the natural color of lips. Even though some natural lip color may warm up this lipstick a bit, it’s still very opaque and provides full coverage. Like most matte lipsticks, the only fading/unevenness tends to happen in the very center of the lip. Wear time is 6+ hours without a liner and 7+ with one.

Liners:   Like Kinda Sexy, you can use nearly any nude/neutral liner with this lipstick… For people with light to medium skin tones or someone not wanting much contrast, you can use Subculture, Boldly Bare, or Spice. If you have a medium dark to deep skin tone, I suggest something more like Chestnut, which may cool it down but is a great neutral for darker skin tones, or Auburn if you want something a bit warmer.

Dupes:   Kinda Sexy is more of a pinky-peach. Honeylove is lighter and cooler. Yash (PRO) is a little darker and more cool toned. Cozy Up (LE – Apres Chic – Winter 2012) is warmer.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Since CVS offers that super nifty coupon thing when you spend money there and buy certain items, (they call these extra bucks and beauty bucks), I decided to give in and try out this NYX gel liner, since it was basically free. I’ve been testing it out for quite some time now and I must admit that I’m pretty happy with this liner. It’s definitely a good alternative to something like Laura Mercier’s or MAC’s gel liners if you don’t have that kind of budget. Trust me, I’m no makeup snob, I love it all, and if I can get an awesome product for a low price, I’ll nab that right up! You’ll be seeing more drugstore brand reviews on here soon, btw ;)

The original photos of this were part of the batch of photos that were lost, so pardon it being used and not so pretty!

Note: If this post is all over the place, my bad… It’s like 4am and I’m on so much NyQuil it’s ridiculous lol.

NYX Black Gel Liner 1

Alrighty, so this is NYX’s version of a gel liner, which they also call a “smudger”, I’m assuming because it can be used for an eye shadow base or a smoky liner, but I haven’t tried it for those purposes just yet. On NYX’s website, this is what they have to say: “This ultra-smooth formula is both extremely precise and easily blendable. Perfect for a bold cat-eye or a sultry smokey look. Enhance your eyes with our 5 stunning shades! Use with NYX liner brush for instant impact”… I only have black, which on the website is called “Betty”, but mine is labeled as “Jet Black” soooo I’m not really sure what’s up with that? It’s the exact same product as the one on their website and has the same color name (GLAS01), so I’m totally confused as far as that goes… It’s definitely very smooth and easy to apply, plus it’s affordable for just about anyone, so this is a great liner if you’re just learning to do a winged look! It goes on so easily with an angled liner brush like a MAC 263 or 266 (or whatever you like that’s comparable), or a thinner type of liner brush for more precision, like a MAC 210 (you can find cheaper dupes for this too). I will suggest that whatever liner brush you use, try to find one made of synthetic bristles, as they typically work best with cream and gel products!

This gel liner is most comparable to MAC’s Backtrack Fluidline, though I find this to be wetter, so it doesn’t dry as fast, which has both pros and cons: You do have more time to add to/shape the liner without it getting clumpy or skipping because it’s starting to dry, BUT it’s also more likely to smudge if you look around too much like liquid liners tend to do. The longevity of it isn’t quite so long as Fluidline either and may not be great for people with watery eyes from allergies and such…  However, it’s easy to clean up with a cotton swab and fix by adding more over it, since it has a thinner texture than Fluidlines do. The other main difference I noticed is that when I go to remove this, it’s hard to get it all off, even with MAC’s most serious removers (wipes, the purple “pro” eye makeup remover, and cleanse-off oil). I wish that it wore as well as a winged liner as it does when you try to remove it! When I woke up the next day, I had the whole raccoon eyes thing going on, but it came off once I washed my face and used another round of eye makeup remover. It still seemed to remain between the lashes a bit, though.

It comes in a clear glass pot with a black screw on lid, which has the NYX logo and product name on it… I recommend storing it upside down, which oddly enough, the label also suggests to do (point to you, NYX)! What this does it keeps the product from drying out so quickly. It’s pretty heavy duty packaging and not a thin, cheap feeling type of glass pot at all… I’ve dropped it countless times and it’s been tossed around in my makeup bag a lot, so I think it could stand up to just about anything! When I go to apply this, I like to coat both sides of my angled brush in liner, then wipe off any chunks or excess product on the inside of the container… That way you won’t end up with clumps when applying your liner, and you aren’t wasting product by wiping it on your hand! It actually stays damp and usable, even if you wipe it on the inside rim of the container.

This is a permanent product and sells for $9 on the NYX website, and is about the same price at retailers, although some stores will do buy one/get one deals and things like that with this brand… I know you can find NYX at Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc, but you can check their website for a full list of retailers… It contains 0.11oz / 3g of product, which is the same as MAC’s Fluidlines that cost $16, and about the same amount (slightly less) than Laura Mercier’s creme liner that goes for $23. I believe this product contains beeswax, so it’s not vegan, but NYX is a cruelty-free company!

Note: I will try to get a good photo of this on my eye next time I do a look using this product! That way you can see how smooth it looks :)

NYX Black Gel Liner Lid

NYX Black Gel Liner Label

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Liner swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Liner swatched on NC15 skin.

Jet Black/Betty:   This is an absolutely jet black liner with a mostly matte finish when it dries… I do find that it retains some sheen until it’s been on for several hours, but it looks intense and bold throughout the day! It’s a high quality gel liner that performs surprisingly well for such a low price point.

The texture is VERY smooth and feels mostly gel-like, but also has a slightly liquid feel because it applies so easily, giving you enough time to shape it without it skipping or drying out. Color payoff is as dark and rich as it is in the pot. Coverage is also great, giving complete opacity with very little product used… Because it’s so pigmented and opaque, I suggest starting off with a little bit on your brush and building it up from there if you feel the need. I got about 4 hours of wear before I noticed a smudge when my eyes started to water… On days when I don’t seem to have any allergy problems, this liner wears well for over 8 hours!

Dupes:   MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liner in Black, Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Creme Color in Jet.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

A few years ago, I made a post for Viva Glam Lipglasses and lipsticks, but it’s outdated and has pretty inaccurate and lame pictures, so I wanted to redo it! Instead of grouping everything together, I’m separating Lipsticks from Lipglasses and from the new Viva Glam Miley campaign, which I will post soon. I apologize for these not being super new, but they’ve been well loved! Anything is an improvement over the photos from the last post, I can assure you of that!

Note: For the sake of getting this post redone quickly (it’s one of the posts that was lost during a power outage), I will be copying and pasting some things from the VG Lipstick post!

Viva Glam isn’t just any line of Lipsticks and Lipglasses… It’s what fuels the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps people all over the world who are living with AIDS and HIV. Viva Glam started back in 1994 with Viva Glam I lipstick, which is a classic red, and is my favorite red lipstick of all time! To this day, the MAC AIDS Fund has raised over $315 million (last I heard, anyway)… That’s SO much!

As a former MAC Artist and Viva Glam Ambassador, this cause is really close to my heart. You have no idea how genuinely excited the people at MAC get every time they sell a Viva Glam product because they’re truly dedicated to helping people living with AIDS and HIV. I got to help out at a food bank one day when I was volunteering with the other Viva Glam Ambassadors of the LA area… What we did was help pack food a month’s worth of food for people who are affected by this disease… Even I didn’t realize how buying one Lipglass or lipstick can make a difference until I saw the results first hand… So yeah, long story short: Buying one of these Lipglasses really does make a big difference in the lives of a lot of people… Thank you to everyone who helps support this cause! For more information about the MAC AIDS Fund, check out http://www.macaidsfund.org

Top: Viva Glam V Botom: Viva Glam VI

Top: Viva Glam V
Botom: Viva Glam VI

MAC Lipglasses are highly pigmented with quite a bit of shine. The opacity, texture, and cool payoff vary between creamy and shimmery finishes, but these do have decent color payoff, even though they contain some micro-shimmer particles. MAC’s Lipglass formula is not a runny type of gloss by any means… It’s quite sticky/tacky, but thins and smooths out once the product warms up on the lips. The Viva Glam Lipglasses actually seem less sticky than some others do. It’s applies easily with the spongey doe foot applicator, though may take a few swipes back and forth to even out and get full coverage (like I said, the product has to warm up to even out).  I typically get around 4 hours of wear time with MAC Lipglasses before I have to touch up. If you want to extend the wear time, you can apply these over MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip, which will also help keep these creamy colors from settling into the lines of your lips. Using a liner first will also help keep these Lipglasses on longer!

Both of these are permanent colors and are available at any MAC store, counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. Each Lipglass sells for $15, with 100% of that sale going directly to the MAC AIDS Fund! Like other MAC Lipglasses, these contain 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz of product and have a very subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

VG LIpglass Labels

Top:   Viva Glam V Bottom: Viva Glam VI

Top: Viva Glam V
Bottom: Viva Glam VI

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipglasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipglasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V

Viva Glam V:   This Lipglass is a “neutral pink with pearl”… It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with some warm undertones and a pearly, golden sheen, thanks to the suuuuuuper tiny micro-shimmer particles! What I love about this Lipglass is the fact that’s it’s NOT super intense, so it can be worn alone for a “your-lips-but-better” sort of look, or it can be layered over so many different lip pencils and lipsticks. I literally have about 4 of these… One in my kit, one in my personal collection, one in my car, and one in my makeup bag in my purse haha… It truly is the perfect natural lip for anyone of any age or skin tone! You may layer this Lipglass over the Viva Glam V Lipstick too if you want to add some shine and dimension to it.

The texture is smooth and not as sticky as some other Lipglasses are, which makes it apply very easily. Color payoff is good, but looks warmer on the lips than it does in the tube… This is just due to the natural pigment of your own lips. It covers well and evenly, but it’s not totally opaque, but as I mentioned, this makes it a lot more versatile and wearable for an every day look. As with most MAC Lipglasses, I got about 3-4 hours of solid wear time before it needed touching up, closer to 4-5 when layered over a liner that I also filled in with pretty heavily, then blended in around the corners and edges of the lip.

Liners:   Since this is pretty neutral, you can use a vast array of liners with this Lipglass, depending on what colors you’d like to play up… A few of my favorites are Subculture, Boldly Bare, Stripdown, Whirl, and Dervish… If you’d like to go a bit deeper you can also try Plum, Half-Red, or even Chestnut.

Note: Don’t let the overall rating below fool you! Like I said, this is not MEANT to be a super bold, intense gloss, so it’s just not going to get high ratings got coverage/color payoff but trust me, it’s gorgeous!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI

Viva Glam VI:   Viva Glam VI is a “warm plum with pearl”… It’s a medium, plummy-pink with warm undertones and a multidimensional, though mostly golden and pinkish, fine shimmer. Like Viva Glam V Lipglass, this is flattering on everyone and cam be worn alone or layered over something else, like the Viva Glam VI Lipstick or a liner. This gloss has a little more shimmer and brightness than Viva Glam V, so it’s like a “your-lips-but-damn-girl-they-poppin'” sort of gloss!

The texture for Viva Glam VI gloss is a little more sticky and less smooth than Viva Glam V is, but that’s partially due to the larger glitter particles. Color payoff is deeper and warmer on the lips than it appears in the tube, but that’s because it does let your own lip color show though a bit… That said, that also means it’s not fully opaque, and is semi-sheer, but it’s so similar to a naturally brightly pigmented lip that you can’t really tell (if that even makes any sense… I need my coffee before I write this stuff). Like the other Viva Glam Lipglass, I get 3-4 hours of wear time alone, and 4-5 when layered over a liner.

Liners:   You can so with neutral or neutral-pink liners like Subculture, Boldly Bare, Dervish, or Soar, or you can add some more color with Plum, Half-Red, or even something like Beet! It’s such a versatile Lipglass that you can they all sorts of combinations until you find the perfect one!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hey everyone! I wanted to quickly apologize for any recent delays in new posts… I’m not going to disappear again, I’ve just had really severe weather in my area almost daily for the past two weeks so I haven’t had internet or power a lot of the time! I actually wrote 5-6 posts that I thought I’d saved as drafts that only needed some tweaking, and when I went to post them last night, it looks like they were lost during one of the power/internet outages since I had forgotten to save them like a total idiot. I’m working on redoing those now, so it may be a day or two, but I’ll have something up soon!

Almost two weeks ago a tornado actually hit my house! It ripped a branch off of my big tree, knocked out power and even carried a trampoline and metal shed and wrapped them around a light pole the street over from me! I’ve lived in Oklahoma almost my entire life, aside from the time I was in LA, so I’m sort of used to this but I’ve never had one actually “hit home”. Every power line, stop sign, and light pole was seriously bent in half… It was insane! Needless to say, I didn’t have power for a while after that.

It was even crazier because a few nights later there was a hailstorm with hailstones the size of softballs! So yeah, that did some damage too. Having storms almost daily means lighting and random power outages so I haven’t even had my computers on for fear of damage to them if lightning blows the power out again. I think I get a break from weather tomorrow at least, so I’ll be hard at work on the blog then!

If the bad weather takes a break this evening, you all will be seeing a Viva Glam Lipglass post :) For now, it’s time to turn off the computer since there’s another tornado warning lol… I think I jinxed myself by sitting down to write this post!
Thanks for reading!

XO,

Lesley

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