MAC – A Fantasy of Flowers – Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th, so that was about a week ago… My apologies for just now getting to these reviews but I’ve been hard at work showing this collection to my customers hehe. Fortunately, that also means that I’ve had a lot of time to test these products on both myself and a whole bunch of other people!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. All of the colors are bright, but soft, and that applies to everything, not just these lipsticks. It’s right on trend for the upcoming Spring season and is such a nice change from the dark lips and bold eyes of fall/winter. To me, this collection is a perfect representation of Spring and reminds me of walking through a beautiful botanical garden when everything is in bloom. The best part of this collection is that it truly works for all ages and skintones since nothing is TOO bright or TOO bold. It’s definitely worth checking out whether you’re a faithful MAC addict or if you’re just passing by your local MAC counter or store!

FoF Lipsticks 1

All of the lipsticks in the A Fantasy of Flowers collection have a Lustre finish. That means these lipsticks are somewhat on the sheer side but still give you a pretty pop of color with a lustrous sheen. Lustre finish lipsticks are smooth and apply easily. They wear for 4-6 hours… About 4 hours with no liner or primer and closer to 6 hours with Prep + Prime Lip and a liner applied first. While that doesn’t seem like a long wear time, it’s pretty average for most lipsticks that have this type of sheen, which is one of my favorite things about Lustres… They have enough of a sheen to not NEED a gloss on top of them, even if you’re used to having a shiny pout.

The A Fantasy of Flowers collection is available now both online at www.maccosmetics.com and in stores/at counter. These lipsticks are all limited edition and I know a few are sold at at some locations already but most should still be available, especially if your local MAC is having an event for this collection, they may have held back some stock for it. If you can’t find the color that you’re looking for, you may also want to check the website too, since MAC will occasionally do restocks online. These lipsticks sell for the usual MAC price of $16 (yep, there was a one dollar price increase) and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. All MAC lipsticks have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

FoF Lipstick Labels

FoF Lipsticks with Names

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

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

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia

Dreaming Dahlia:   Dreaming Dahlia is a “sheer red coral” with a Lustre finish… It’s a soft, medium, warm toned coral that can show up more pink or more orange-ish depending on the natural color of your lips. It has a really pretty sheen with super fine, golden pearlized particles. Color payoff is good, but as a Lustre, it’s not as boldly pigmented on the lips as it is in the tube. Coverage is somewhat sheer but can be layered. The texture is very smooth and applies easily and evenly. Wear time, as I mentioned in the general review, is 4-6 hours. This color is truly flattering on all skin tones and ages!

Liners:   You can use a neutral type of liner with this if you want a softer look… For that, I suggest MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture or Spice, whichever is closer to your natural lip color. If you want a brighter liner to enhance the color and intensity of this lipstick, you can try Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil from MAC.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many great dupes for Dreaming Dahlia… Vegas Volt is much brighter, a bit lighter, and more pink. Sushi Kiss (from the All About Orange collection) is the closest dupe I can think of, but was limited edition.

Overall Rating:   4 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Fleur d'Coral

Fleur d’Coral

Fleur d'Coral

Fleur d’Coral

Fleur d’Coral:   This lipstick is a “pale creamy peach” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, warm toned, almost milky peachy nude with a warm, pearly sheen. Color payoff is lighter on the lips than it is in the tube, but that’s normal with Lustres. Coverage is semi-sheer but builds up well. The texture is silky, but since this color is a little milky, it can emphasize dry areas on the lips unless it’s applied over something like Prep + Prime Lip or a lip balm. This lipstick wore for about 5 hours before fading. Since Fleur d’Coral is a warm toned nude, it works best on pale to medium skin tones.

Dupes:   Creme d’Nude is more intense, opaque and more of a true nude with no pearly particles. Pure Zen is more pigmented, a bit darker, and peachier. Shy Girl is more opaque, peachier, and deeper.

Liners:   With a lipstick like Fleur d’Coral, I like to go with something light and neutral. My favorites are Naked Liner (for a very nude look) and Subculture Lip Pencils or Summerfruit Cremestick Liner (all from MAC).

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid

Heavenly Hybrid:   Heavenly Hybrid is described as a “midtone berry” and has a Lustre finish… It’s a medium-dark, cool toned, almost magenta type of berry pink that’s surprisingly bold for a Lustre. It has the pretty, pearly sheen that’s typical with the other Lustre lipsticks in this collection. Color payoff is really close to the color of the lipstick in the tube, though a bit lighter. Coverage is almost opaque but not quite. The texture is smooth and applies well. Wear time is about 6 hours with Heavenly Hybrid. This lipstick looks nice on anyone, really, just as long as you like bright lipstick! This lipstick was the first to sell out online and at a few locations where I live, so get this while you can if you find it!

Liners:   The obvious liner choice is Magenta Lip Pencil which is my personal favorite because it gives definition without altering the color of Heavenly Hybrid. You can also use More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. If you want more contrast or an ombre lip, try a darker Lip Pencil like Vino.

Dupes:   Girl About Town is much more intense, opaque, and less pink/berry. Flat Out Fabulous is brighter, deeper, and completely opaque and matte.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Naked Bud

Naked Bud

Naked Bud

Naked Bud

Naked Bud:   Naked Bud is a “neutral sheer nude” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, warm toned, sort of peachy nude with a pretty golden sheen. The color payoff is good, but if you have pigmented lips it may look sort of pinkish (like it does on me)… This is because it’s semi-sheer. The coverage is good and even, it’s just not very opaque, like many Lustres. It applied smoothly with no dry feeling at all. With Naked Bud, I got a little over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade.

Liners:   Since this lipstick is really neutral, you can use so many different liners with it… From lightest to darkest Lip Pencils, try Subculture, Dervish, Whirl, Soar, Spice and Chestnut. You can also try any other peachy, pink, or nude lip liners. It’s a very versatile lipstick so you can play around with the color a bit depending on the liner and gloss you want to use!

Dupes:   Viva Glam V is darker and more pink. Japanese Maple and Pure Zen are similar but more pigmented.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Rose Lily

Rose Lily

Rose Lily

Rose Lily

Rose Lily:   Rose Lily is a “sheer pastel pink” with a Lustre finish… It’s a light, somewhat bright, cool toned pink with some lavender undertones and that typical, gorgeous golden sheen seen in all the Lustre lipsticks in this collection. The color payoff is great and it looks just about the same on the lips as it does in the tube. Coverage is also surprisingly awesome, especially for a Lustre! It’s nearly opaque and luckily since it’s a pink and so are lips, the tiny it of sheerness isn’t really noticeable. The texture felt really creamy so Rose Lily glided right on. I had this lipstick on for nearly 6 hours before I noticed it beginning to fade in the center.

Liners:   Hip & Happy Lip Pencil is nearly the same color, so it works really well with Rose Lily. Magenta is a bit darker and more purpley and intense, but also works if you blend and soften it so there’s no harsh line. You can also try Soar or Whirl Lip Pencils. Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also gorgeous with Rose Lily!

Dupes:   Saint Germain is super close as far as color goes, but it’s much brighter, more pigmented and lacks the lustrous sheen. It does look nearly the same if you just pat it on lightly, though. I can’t really think of any other permanent dupes for Rose Lily! If I find some, I’ll post it later on!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon:   Snapdragon is a “mid tone blue pink” with a Lustre finish… It’s a medium, cool toned pink with magenta undertones and a lustrous sheen. The color payoff is good and looks very close to how the lipstick is in the tube. Coverage is great too and is almost, but not quite opaque. Snapdragon felt a little different than the other lipsticks in this collection, I think because it seems to have more of the microparticles of shimmer in it… It was still smooth to apply but felt a bit drier. Wear time was close to 6 hours with a liner.

Liners:   Magenta Lip Pencil is a good liner with this since it’s a little darker and more bold. Shock Value Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a great option too that will wear for nearly 8 hours… You can also do a more neutral pink like Dervish, Soar or Whirl if you want that no-liner, blended in look. Beet is brighter, darker and warmer but looks pretty cool. More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is also darker and brighter but works.

Dupes:   Milan Mode is brighter, darker and a little warmer but is somewhat similar has nearly the same type of sheen… I can’t really think of many permanent dupes other than that, though!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

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