Oh em gee! A new post on current products! MAC’s Nasty Gal collection was released on Thursday December 4th online and at select store locations. These lipsticks are all Matte, all gorgeous, and all perfectly on trend for a collaboration with Nasty Gal, which is a website that sells some of my personal favorite clothing, shoes, and accessories. It’s also a name you may associate with the Nasty Gal empire, started by “Girl Boss” author Sophie Amoruso. These shades are intense, bold, and make you feel like you can take on the world when you put them on, making them perfect if you want to feel like your own Girl Boss!
MAC Lipsticks are highly pigmented and feel luxurious, without the outrageous price tag of most high end brands. Since these are all Mattes, you’re going to get awesome color payoff, coverage, and wear time! With any lipstick, especially Matte finishes (because they’re a little more dry), I suggest starting off by applying Prep + Prime Lip… It’s a silicone based primer that contains Vitamin E, so it adds a bit of moisture, locks in that moisture, and smooths out the lip so everything glides on easily and wears longer, even if you have dry or chapped lips! I also recommend using a liner before you put on your lipstick; This will help define and shape the lip, as well as keep everything in place and help prevent bleeding/feathering outside the lip line. Liners are SUPER important when wearing dark or bright colors, like these, to keep those lines flawless! You’ll see in the pictures that I did NOT have a liner on and how messy it can look when quickly applied without one lol… Keep reading to learn what liners work best with each lipstick!
TIP 1: Using a lip brush, like a MAC 316 or 318, will help you apply bold colors more precisely! You can also load up your 316 brush with lipstick, pop the cap back on, and toss it in your purse, clutch, or even wallet if you need to touch up later but don’t have room to take a whole tube of lipstick with you!
TIP 2: Since these are all Mattes, as I mentioned, Prep + Prime Lip is a must, especially during the winter when skin is dry and lips can be chapped a lot of the time! Another thing you might want to try if these enhance the chapped areas on your lips, is exfoliating… I like to use MAC’s Volcanic Ash, the same one I use on my face, because it’s super gentle. You can also try a mixture of olive oil or honey and sugar for a more natural lip exfoliant! Either way, I like to scrub my lips twice a week this time of year, followed by a good lip balm (my favorite is pure organic shea butter from L’Occitane).
All three of these lipsticks are limited edition and came out online and at select MAC stores on Thursday, December 4th. They’re still available online at www.maccosmetics.com with Gunner being the only one that seems to be sold out. Like other MAC lipsticks, these have the typical semi-matte black packaging, containing 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and sell for $16. Like all MAC lipsticks, these have a subtle vanilla scent, but no flavor.
Note: These photos may look a little different than they have in the past… I moved so I’m not used to the lighting setup I have right now and I’m still playing around with all the natural light! Also, if you see a weird shadow above my cupid’s bow on the lip photos, that would be my new philtrum piercing that’s not quite ready to debut since it got sort of irritated while doing all of these photos! I’ll show it off soon 😉
Gunner: This is a “deep purple” with a Matte finish… It’s a dark, cool toned purple with a soft Matte finish, meaning there’s a subtle sheen to it at first that later dries down to be more matte. The texture is pretty creamy and smooth for a Matte lipstick, applying fairly easily, though it will show chapped areas on the lips (like mine!) unless you use something like Prep + Prime Lip first, or exfoliate if your lips are severely chapped. Color payoff is not as intense or dark as Gunner is in the tube, but can be built up with some layering, preferably with a brush. As far as coverage goes, it’s not fully opaque, again, without layering. I got a little over 6 hours of wear with Gunner before it began to fade, and a little longer with a liner first to line and fill in the corners.
Liners: You can use a a few different liners with Gunner… It all depends on what you want to enhance or how you want to transform this color. I actually like using Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil (available online or at MAC Pro locations) or Ebony Eye Pencil for a really dark, intense black liner, which I bring into the corners for a finished look that’s a black to purple ombre. If you want more of a true purple liner, you can use Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil. If you prefer a formula that’s extra long wearing, you can try Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. You can also use the basic dark Lip Pencils like Currant, Vino, or Nightmoth.
Dupes: Cyber is going to be the closest permanent dupe, though it has a Satin finish and is a deeper, more blackened plum. Smoked Purple is a permanent shade that’s Matte, but is darker and has a warmer, deepened plum tone to it. Punk Couture (Punk Couture – Winter 2013), which was limited edition, is close, but a little brighter and more of a warm toned purple. It does have a Matte finish, though.
Overall Rating: 4.3 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 4
Runner: Runner is described as a “burgundy” and has a Matte finish… It’s a somewhat warm, dark, true burgundy with reddish-wine stained undertones and a creamy matte finish that starts off with a more satiny look, then dries down to a silky matte later on. Runner’s texture felt smooth and applied easily. Color payoff, like Gunner, is lighter than it is in the tube but is still very pretty. Coverage is good and even, without having to apply much product. It was not fully opaque without a little bit of layering, though. I got about 7 hours of wear with Runner, and slightly longer with a liner.
Liners: The same deep, reddish, wine toned liners that I would use with Gunner are ones that you can use with Runner… For Lip Pencils, Vino, Currant, and Nightmoth work especially well. Bespoken For Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is another good one. If you want to go extra vampy and dramatic, Ebony Eye Pencil or Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil are perfect. If you’d like something that blends in and gives your definition but no additional color, you can try Brick Lip Pencil.
Dupes: Sin is permanent and is a near perfect match with a Matte finish, just like Runner has. Diva is another permanent color with a Matte finish that’s very close, but a bit deeper, more pigmented, and has more wine-stained undertones. Fixed on Drama (Retro Matte – Fall 2013) was limited edition, but is similar. Another similar limited edition shade is Studded Kiss (Punk Couture – Winter 2013), is also a Matte, but is deeper and more red. Hearts Aflame (A Novel Romance – Fall 2014) is close and shares a Matte finish, but has more brick red tones. It was limited edition as well.
Overall Rating: 4.7 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 5
Stunner: Stunner is a ” red” with a Matte finish… It’s a bold, bright, true red with some cool, but pinky-red undertones and a silky matte finish… I say “silky matte” because while this has a soft sheen at first, it does turn more and more matte the longer you have it on and has a smoother, less dry appearance than most mattes do. This color is truly pretty unique in MAC’s lineup of reds and really flattering on everyone! The texture felt very creamy and glided on easily with no dryness or pulling. Color payoff, like the other lipsticks in this collections, is not as dark as it is in the tube, but still very nice. Coverage was fully opaque with little product applied. Stunner gave me 6-7 hours of wear before fading, and closer to 8 with a liner.
Liners: For a basic Lip Pencil, I would suggest Cherry to bring out the true red tones, or Beet to bring out the pinkish undertones. If you’d like something with a longer wear time, you could do Pro Longer Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick for a true red, or Trust in Red for a brighter, more pinky-red. Currant Lip Pencil also looks pretty with this if you want to darken it and give it a vampy twist.
Dupes: Ruby Woo is the closest permanent dupe that I could find… While it is more of a true, blue based red, it can be used with a more pinkish liner (like Beet or Trust In Red) to make a VERY similar color to Stunner. It’s a Retro Matte, though, so it will be drier and looks more matte. For a more recently released limited edition dupe, Damn Glamorous (The Matte Lip – Fall 2014) is slightly lighter, but is in the same pinky-red family.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5