With MAC’s Baking Beauties collection, there were four lipsticks released. Three of which are new colors and one (Lavender Whip) is a seemingly revamped version of a lipstick that was released in the past. Out of the four, I will only be reviewing three, as Devil’s Food was not something that I thought would fit into my personal collection or kit very well. It is a nice color, though!
The theme of this collection is, of course, tasty pastries, so the colors remind me of cupcakes and icing and anything else pretty and edible. Baking Beauties is full of delicate pastels so this is the perfect collection to close out the Spring season for makeup.
All three of these lipsticks have a Cremesheen finish, so they apply smoothly and have a subtle, glossy sheen too them without being too shiny. They don’t dry out the lips and seem to help hold the natural moisture of the lips in. The majority of Cremesheen lipsticks, these included, have great color payoff and are semi-opaque and buildable all the way to fully opaque, depending on how much of the product you apply. I like that about this formula because they can be a wash of color or appear bright and bold, whichever you prefer. With the Cremesheen formula, I get about 4 hours of wear before I need to touch up.
The lipsticks in the Baking Beauties collection are all limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com or your local MAC counter or store. These sell for $15 and contain the usual 3 g/ 0.1 US oz. MAC Lipsticks have a light vanilla scent but no taste.
Lavender Whip: Lavender Whip is a “light cool lavender” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium, cool, pinky lavender that has a soft pearly sheen to it… You can probably see the subtle pearl in the closeup shot of the lipstick itself, although it didn’t show up in the photo so well (for some reason my camera did not want to focus on this particular color). You may remember the Lavender Whip that came out a few years ago as being, well, more lavender, and you are correct! This version is definitely a bit more pink. It’s still a very pretty color, though!
The color payoff for Lavender Whip was great… It’s very true to color on the lips unless you have naturally more pigmented, pink lips, like I do… That’s probably why it looks more pink towards the center in the photo above. The opacity isn’t 100%, but since Cremesheens are what I consider to be a buildable formula, you can make this nearly opaque if you swipe it back and forth a few times. The sheen from Cremesheen lasts the entire time the lipstick is on, which is about 4-5 hours of wear time for me with this particular color. The only issue I had with this lipstick is that because it’s a light pastel, it emphasized the more chapped areas of my lips. That said, I have a cold so my lips are INCREDIBLY chapped right now… I don’t see this being a common problem! If you DO happen to have this issue, priming your lip with something like MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip should fix that 😉
You can use SO many Lip Pencils with this lipstick, but a few of my favorites are Magenta and Hip ‘N’ Happy. You can even do something like Beet or Nightmoth for a more ombre look and added contrast. In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works and will make this look warmer and more pink. As far as dupes go for this lipstick, Viva Glam Nicki 2 is close, but lighter and has a more milky, cooler toned look. Up The Amp is also a nice purple, but it’s darker and brighter. If you like to wear a gloss over your lipstick, try applying Sweet Tooth Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm over Lavender Whip. It’s also from Baking Beauties… They were made for one another!
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
It has great color payoff and opacity but tends to emphasize any dry areas on the lips, so be sure to exfoliate and/or prime the lips before you put this lipstick on! When I first tried this on before I came down with a cold and got dehydrated, it looked MUCH better, trust me!!! It has the usual soft, creamy consistency that makes Cremesheens so nice, but it feels a bit drier than some. Because this is a drier lipstick, it did give me a little over 5 hours of wear before it began to fade and required any touchups.
The only lipstick that I can think of that’s close to this would be Peachstock, although it’s darker. If you want to wear a Lip Pencil with Pure Decoration, I would suggest Naked Liner, Stripdown, Spice, Subculture, Boldly Bare or What Comes Naturally if you want to keep it nude… Even Etcetera Pro Longwear Lip Pencil would work. If you want to bring out the peachy and orange tones, you could also use Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil to add some coral-ish contrast, or even What A Blast Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you really want to brighten it up with some bold orange! Either one of those would create a gorgeous ombre lip! If you’d like to add a gloss over this, Baking Beauty Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm is perfect! It also came out with the Baking Beauties collection (obviously, since it is the namesake for the collection).
Overall Rating: 4.2 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
This lipstick has a wonderful soft, creamy texture that glides on and doesn’t show dry areas on the lips, even though it’s such a light pastel color. The color payoff is fantastic and it has full opacity once you swipe it back and forth once or twice. I got a little over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade in the center and I needed to reapply.
There are a few of MAC’s permanent range of lipsticks that are similar to Raspberry Swirl, but still not quite as light, pastel, and pretty! Honestly, Raspberry Swirl is unique, but if you can’t find it you can always try these on… Saint Germain is lighter in a milky sort of way, brighter, and more cool toned/purple-ish. Snob is darker and has a more dirty pink tone to it. Pink Nouveau is much brighter, slightly darker, and more of a true neutral pink. For a good liner to use with Raspberry Swirl, I suggest In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… It’s a bit warmer and darker but it’s a very pretty combination. You can also use Hip ‘N’ Happy for a softer liner, or Magenta if you want more contrast or an ombre look. For a glossier appearance, you can apply the Baking Beauties Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm in Cheery Cheery over this lipstick.
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4