The long awaited RiRi Hearts MAC collection for the Holiday season is finally here! It was released in stores and at counters on Thursday December 12th and online several before, so these lipsticks may or may not still be available… Hopefully you can find them! My apologies for getting this post up late, but I’ve been very busy working and preparing for the holidays so I didn’t have time to take care of photos, swatches and such before this past weekend.
RiRi Woo was also released with this collection, but as I’ve reviewed it previously, it won’t be included in this post. To see that lipstick, please click here.
Much like the previous RiRi Hearts MAC collections, these Lipsticks are Matte formulas (but not Retro Matte like RiRi Woo). The packaging is also similar to the other RiRi collections, featuring beautiful rose gold accents and the classic “R” on the packaging and “RiRi” signature on the actual lipsticks themselves.
As I mentioned, both of these lipsticks are a Matte texture, which offers amazing coverage, pigmentation, and wear time. Mattes are drier than something like a Satin or Cremesheen, of course, but they’re still creamy enough that they won’t tug on the lips or feel dry. At first, these lipsticks have a very subtle, creamy sheen, but that fades to a true Matte finish within about 30 minutes. Retro Mattes (like RiRi Woo) are much drier and can almost feel TOO dry in winter months like this, so I’m glad that MAC went with the regular Matte texture for the new colors in this collection. Although Mattes typically wear for 6+ hours, I still recommend using a liner with these to give them even more staying power and added definition to prevent any feathering outside the lip line. Another suggestion is to wear MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip underneath your lipstick to assure a smooth application with no signs of chapped areas you may have! It also helps keep the lipstick in place longer and locks moisture into your lips.
These two lipsticks were for sale in MAC stores and at counters on Thursday, December 12th, so availability may be limited to none in some areas… Some locations may possibly get extra stock at some point in time, so check back with your local MAC store or counter if they’re currently sold out. Also be sure to check the website to see if they restock! This is the direct link to where you can find the lipsticks on MAC’s website: RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013. You may also want to check websites like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Bloomingdale’s to see if they have any in stock.
Since these lipsticks have that beautiful special packaging, they cost $16.50, rather than the usual $15. They contain the same 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product that other MAC lipsticks do and have the typical soft, vanilla scent but no flavor.
Bad Girl RiRI: This Matte lipstick is described as a “matte taupey nude”… It’s a medium, warm toned taupe-nude with some rose-tinted undertones. The matte finish has a creamy sort of sheen at first that quickly dries down to a true matte. Color payoff is mostly true to how the lipstick looks in the tube, though once it’s applied, the natural pink tone of the lips brings out the rosy undertones of the lipstick. I got complete opacity with little product applied and it glided on smoothly with no tugging. Bad Girl RiRi gave me 6+ hours of wear (with a liner), only needing a minor touch-up after eating lunch. I’m quite fair skinned and tend to steer clear of colors like this but since it’s warm toned, it was still flattering on me. I would say that this is a suitable lipstick for all skin tones.
A few MAC Lip Pencils you can use with Bad Girl RiRi, depending on your natural lip color and skin tone (in terms from lightest to darkest) are: Boldly Bare, Spice, Nice ‘N’ Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Auburn, Morning Coffee Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, Chestnut, Mahogany, or Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.
Dupes: As for permanent dupes, the closest one that I can think of would be Taupe, though it has more of a brown tone, but it’s also a Matte. You can also try Touch (Lustre), which is lighter, has more sheen, and is more brown; or Double Shot (Amplified), which is cooler toned and more brown, slightly darker, and has more of a sheen. Double Shot is available online and at PRO stores only.
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Pleasure Bomb: Pleasure Bomb is described as a “matte fuchsia” and has a Matte finish… It’s a medium-dark, bright, intense, fuchsia with slightly cool, blue-red undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff is fantastic, as well as the coverage. This lipstick feels smooth and creamy, applying easily with no tugging on the lips. Though it is a matte, it has a slight sheen for about the first half hour it’s on, which later dries down and mattifies. With a liner, I got just over 6 hours of wear with Pleasure Bomb. Since this is a bold, cool toned color, it looks great on all skin tones.
If you’re looking for a liner to wear with this that’s similar to the lipstick itself, I suggest Beet Lip Pencil or More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil also works, but will bring out more red tones, as will Cherry Lip Pencil. You can also try Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth Lip Pencils if you want to go for more contrast and create a vampy, ombre look.
Dupes: There are a few permanent lipsticks that are similar… I suggest something like Impassioned (Amplified Creme), although it does have a sheen, the colors are very, very similar. Girl About Town (Amplified Creme) is also close, but has the same sheen as Impassioned and has more blue-magenta tones. Lickable (Cremesheen) is lighter, less intense and much shinier. All Fired Up (Retro Matte) is close, but warmer, more pink, and even more matte.
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4