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MAC’s new spring collection, Flamingo Park, launched just over a week ago and is full of bright hues, most being pinks and corals. I love this collection because it’s a nice change from all the dark colors and super matte textures of fall and winter. Even if bold colors aren’t necessarily your thing, you’re still sure to find something you love in this collection!

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Be Silly – Have Your Cake – Flocking Fabulous – Long Legged & Fabulous – Nice To Meet You – Please Me – Saint Germain – Silly – The Fashion Flock

 

MAC Lipsticks are high quality and highly pigmented, though the amount of color payoff, coverage, wear time, shine, and shimmer differs between each finish. Most of these are Matte or Cremesheen, so you’ll either get high pigmentation and little to no shine, or moderate-buildable color payoff and a pretty, glossy sheen. Sometimes with Matte lipsticks, especially really light, bright, and nude 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 (definitely beneficial with Cremesheen lipsticks). Using a liner will also make your lipstick wear longer without fading or feathering outside the lip lines, which is a must with brighter colors!

Most of these lipsticks are limited edition, with only Saint Germain and Please Me being permanent. They’re all out now and can be purchased at your local MAC store or counter, or online at www.maccosmetics.com. As of right now, they’re all in stock online. They sell for $17 each and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. Like all MAC lipsticks, they have a subtle vanilla scent but no flavor.

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Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC20 skin.

 

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

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Be Silly

Be Silly: This lipstick is described as a “hot fuchsia pink” and has a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, bold pink with cool fuchsia undertones and a creamy matte finish. While I’m not typically a fan of bright pinks, I found this to be really flattering on my skintone, as well of everyone else’s who I’ve seen put this on!

As a typical matte lipstick, the texture is smooth and almost creamy, and dries down to a true matte not long after applying it.  The color payoff with Be Silly is super intense and also gives full coverage. Wear time, as with most mattes, is around 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited) is perfect with Be Silly, and was released with this collection. It has also been released several times in the past. As for permanent lip pencils, Talking Points works well, or you can even use something like Currant or Vino to create a darker, more ombre look. If you’d like a longer wearing liner, you can try More To Love Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Melt’s Shady Lady is similar, but darker. MAC’s Candy Yum Yum is lighter and warmer toned. Pink Pigeon is slightly lighter and less fuchsia, but is the closest permanent dupe I’ve found.

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

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Flocking Fabulous

Flocking Fabulous: This is a “bright coral red” and has a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium, bright pinky-coral red with a warm, pearly sheen and a warm undertone. This type of color works well for all skintones, and since it’s a Cremesheen, you can apply a little if you just want a hint of color, or you can layer it up for full color payoff.

It has a very smooth texture and isn’t the least bit drying. Color payoff is bright and looks nearly the same on as it does in the tube. Flocking Fabulous also has pretty good coverage, though it’s not completely opaque. I got about a little over 4 hours of wear before I needed to touch up.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: You can use a wide variety of liners with this lipstick, since it has pink/coral/red tones to it. Chic Trick, which was repromoted with this collection, looks perfect with Flocking Fabulous. You could also use Cherry or Redd if you want to go with a more red tint. For a brighter more coral look, you could try Lasting Sensation. I’ve also seen this with Auburn and Mahogany, which will tone it down and deepen it a bit.

Dupes: I can’t really find any great permanent dupes… Ladybug and Cockney are both soft, semi-sheer reds, but they’re not as coral/pink toned. Watch me Simmer (Shop/Cook MAC) is similar, but lighter.

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

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Have Your Cake

Have Your Cake: Have Your Cake is a “bright magenta” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, bold magenta with a matte finish that has a hint of a satiny sheen. While I personally am not drawn to colors like this, it is really pretty on most skintones, but I do find it to be most flattering on anyone NC/NW30 and up. That said, it still looks great on lighter skintones too, but it does look very bold if you’re naturally fair like I am!

Like some Matte finish lipsticks, Have Your Cake has an extremely creamy texture, which also results in it having the slightest amount of sheen that never seems to turn 100% matte. Color payoff is great, though it tends to look warmer toned on the lips than it does in the tube. It’s mostly opaque, only having some trouble staying put in the center of the lip for some people. I got 5-6 hours of wear before I noticed any fading, and most was in that pesky center area. Overall, I like this lipstick, but it’s not what I expect from a Matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Embrace Me (limited), which was rereleased with Flamingo Park, works with this, but will make it more pinky toned. Magenta is an obvious choice, as is Fashion Boost Pro Longer Lip Pencil. If you want to use a darker pencil for a more ombre lip, try Vino, Currant, or even Nightmoth.

Dupes: Heroine is darker and more of a true purple. Flat Out Fabulous is also a bit darker and more cool toned, but it’s pretty close.

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

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Long Legged & Fabulous

Long Legged & Fabulous: This lipstick is a “soft baby pink” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a light, warm toned, yellow based, milky pink with a soft pearly sheen. Because this lipstick is so light and milky, I definitely recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you won’t have anything settle in the lines of your lips (like it did in this photo).

Like most Cremesheens, Long Legged & Fabulous applies smoothly and feels creamy. Color payoff is actually really good and very similar to how it looks in the tube, despite the fact that this is only about 85% opaque. I got just over 4 hours of wear before it began to fade. This finish/texture does seem to cause the dreaded “slime line” towards the inner part of the mouth after a couple of hours, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: In Synch is permanent and was released along with this collection, and works well with this lipstick. You could also try Rosy Rim, Soar, or Dervish if you want to stay in the light-medium pink range. There are many other liners that will look great as well, but those are a few that I’ve actually tried.

Dupes: Real Doll (limited) is darker and more pink. Sweet Experience (limited) is more coral and intense. Catty (limited) is more coral, but pretty close. As for permanent dupes, Creme Cup is more nude-pink, but is quite similar, especially if you use a brighter, warmer toned liner with it.

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

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Nice To Meet You

Nice To Meet You: Nice To Meet You is a “deep pink red” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a medium-dark, bright, warm toned pinky red with a pearly golden sheen. I love this color because you can apply it lightly, rub it in, and it looks like a gorgeous, natural type of glossy stain. This type of color is beautiful and easily wearable on all ages and skintones.

It has a very smooth texture and glides onto the lips easily. The color is not quite so intense on the lips as it is in the tube, but it’s still very pretty. Coverage is alright, but I would say it’s only about 75% opaque… It’s hard to tell though, since it’s just a bit brighter and more colorful than most people’s natural lip color. That also comes in handy when it begins to fade, making it less noticeable… I got just over 4 hours of wear time with Nice To Meet You.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: If you want to take a more reddish route with your liner, you can try Redd or Cherry. Lasting Sensation and Chic Trick are also nice, and both have more coral undertones. If you’d like this to look more pink, you can go with something like Talking Points, or Dynamo Pro Longer Lip Pencil.

Dupes: Party Parrot (limited) is actually really similar in color, but it’s more intense, more pigmented, and matte. For a permanent dupe, Impassioned is bolder, more pigmented, and more pink. Fusion Pink is pinker and cooler toned.

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Please Me

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Please Me

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Please Me

Please Me: This is one of the two permanent lipsticks being repromoted with this collection… It’s a “muted rosy tinted pink” with a Matte finish. It’s a medium, slightly warm toned pink and is still creamy, even though it’s matte. Please Me has been one of MAC’s best selling pink lipsticks for years, and for good reason. It’s not too bright, not too light, and has just the right amount of a yellow base, so it doesn’t make anyone look washed out.

For a Matte lipstick, Please Me feels buttery and applies without any tugging. Color payoff is good, though doesn’t tend to look as bright as it does in the tube.  Coverage is opaque, except in the center of the lip sometimes, but this is common with Mattes. Wear time usually lasts 5-6 hours for me.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: Nearly any pinkish liner can be used with Please Me. A few of my favorites are Soar, Dervish, Whirl, or even Half-Red, Embrace Me, or Talking Points if you want to add some more dimension. You could also use In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil if you’d like to add to the wear time.

Dupes: Since this is a permanent lipstick, I don’t think that dupes are completely necessary, and to be honest, I don’t really have any in my collection that are very similar!

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

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Saint Germain

Saint Germain: This is the other permanent lipstick that’s been repromoted with Flamingo Park. It’s a “clean pastel pink” with an Amplified finish… It’s a light to medium, pastel pink with a very blue/lavender, cool toned base and a soft shine. Amplified lipsticks are known for their luxurious quality, creamy texture and high pigmentation, and Saint Germain is no exception. Because this is a light, somewhat milky type of pastel, I do recommend applying Prep + Prime lip first so you don’t have to worry about settling into the lines of your lips.

As I mentioned, this lipstick is very creamy and applies easily without any tugging. Color payoff is intense and is nearly as bright as it is in the tube, though it may look less cool toned if you have naturally very pigmented, warmer toned lips. Coverage is nearly opaque and I only ever have any trouble with it staying on the center of my lip, but that’s easily fixable if you just smudge it around a little with your finger. Wear time for me is 4-5 hours, which is typical with most Amplified finish lipsticks.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: I love Hip ‘N’ Happy lip pencil with this because it’s cool toned and a bit darker, so it works perfectly. You can also use pencils like Soar, Dervish, or even Candy Yum-Yum or Embrace Me for more contrast. I also like Shock Value Pro Longer Lip Pencil when I’m looking for something with a longer wear time.

Dupes: Again, since this is permanent, dupes aren’t needed, and I can’t find anything very similar anyway!

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Silly

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Silly

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Silly

Silly: Silly is a repromote, as it’s been released before, but it’s still limited edition. It’s described as a “bright white pink” and it has a Matte finish… Silly is a medium, bright, slightly warm toned pink with a creamy type of matte finish that doesn’t go completely matte or feel dry at all. The part about it being a “white pink” can be confusing, but it means it has a white base so it shows up intense and true to the color it is in the tube!

The texture is smooth and this lipstick applies well with no tugging like you may get with drier types of mattes. Color payoff is equally bright and intense on the lips as it is in the tube. I got full coverage with Silly and a great wear time of about 6 hours.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Liners: There was actually a Silly Lip Pencil released with this in a previous collection, so naturally that’s the perfect match… If you don’t have that, you can use Embrace Me, which came out with Flamingo Park, or something like Candy Yum-Yum or Talking Points.

Dupes: Pink Nouveau is a little cooler toned, but it’s close, and it’s permanent. Pink Pigeon is also very similar, though perhaps a bit darker and cooler toned.

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

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The Fashion Flock

The Fashion Flock: Last but not least, The Fashion Flock is the only online exclusive lipstick from this collection and it’s definitely worth ordering! It’s a “bright pink coral” with a Matte finish, and it’s stunning on everyone I’ve seen wear it! It’s a medium, bright, warm toned pinky coral with a creamy matte finish that never looks too dry.

Like the other Mattes in this collection, this lipstick applies easily, though you may want to put on Prep + Prime Lip first to keep it from settling into the natural lines and creases of your lips, especially if they’re dry or dehydrated like mine were in these photos! Both color payoff and coverage were fantastic, and I got a solid 6 hours of wear, only noticing some fading in the very center of my lip after a little while.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Liners: Chic Trick, which is permanent, but was also promoted with this collection, looks fantastic when paired with this lipstick. If you want to play up the coral tones, you can also use something like Lasting Sensation or 18C Aqua Lip Pencil from Make Up For Ever. To emphasize the pinky tones, you could do Embrace Me, or even In Synch (these require some blending). Rosy Rim is also great and is right between a pink and coral.

Dupes: Vegas Volt is darker and more orange based. Coral Bliss is lighter and peachier. Lipblossom is close, but must softer and less pigmented.

 

 

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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… My apologies for just now getting to these reviews but I’ve been working SO much lately, which actually gave me about a week to really play with all of these products!

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 the lip products. While half of these Cremesheen Glasses are brand new, Star Quality and Galaxy Rose have been previously released, and Pagoda is part of the permeant lineup.

FoF Cremesheen Glasses

Cremesheen Glasses have a lovely, creamy texture that’s not as sticky as MAC’s normal Lipglass formula… It’s very comfortable to wear and feels somewhere between a Lipglass and Cremesheen Lipstick, but isn’t as heavy as either one. Cremesheen Glasses are well pigmented and usually give fantastic color payoff and coverage. This formula always feels somewhat moisturizing and never leaves a heavy “slime line” around my lips or shows dry or chapped areas. The wand has the same type of doe-foot applicator as other Lipglasses so the product glides on easily and evenly. Like most other MAC lip products, Cremesheen glasses have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste.  Cremesheen Glasses is typically offer around 4 hours of wear time, since they’re not quite as heavy as other MAC Lipglass formulas. You can get longer wear time when you layer this over Prep + Prime Lip and a liner and/or lipstick.

These are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at counters and stores. These sell for $20 and contain 2.7 ml / 0.09 US fl oz of product. They have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste at all.

FoF Cremesheen Glass Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy

Flare for Fantasy:   This Cremesheen glass is a “mid-tone pink beige” and has a shimmery finish. It’s a light to medium, warm, peachy-pink nude that may lean more pink or more peachy depending on how naturally pigmented your lips are (mine are very pink). Flare for Fantasy has a really gorgeous warm golden, peachy micro-shimmer that’s very similar to the pearlized appearance that the Lustre lipsticks in this collection have. Color payoff isn’t quite as dark as it is in the tube, which is normal with Cremesheen Glasses. Coverage is pretty good, with Flare for Fantasy being about 75% opaque, but having a very even sort of coverage. The texture is super smooth and creamy and won’t settle into the lines of your lips. Wear time is typical and around 4 hours.

Dupes:   MAC’s Dynasty at Dusk Cremesheen Glass, which is permanent, looks similar in the tube but is lighter and less pigmented on the lips. It is pretty close, though.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose

Galaxy Rose:   Galaxy Rose is a “mid-tone violet pink” with a creamy finish. It’s a somewhat warm, medium-dark, bright, berry hued, reddened pink and has a creamy finish with no shimmer. The color payoff is really good but it does look cooler toned in the tube than it does on the lips. Coverage is awesome for a Cremesheen Glass and gives nearly full opacity. This is super creamy and feels smooth on the lips with no stickiness. With Galaxy Rose, I got a little over 4 hours of wear.

Galaxy Rose was also released with the Heavenly Creatures collection in Fall of 2012, so this may look familiar to you.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any glosses I own that are close to Galaxy Rose at all… This is a really unique color!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet

Nectarsweet:   Nectarsweet is one of the new Cremesheen Glasses in this collection and is a “soft pink peach” with a pearly finish. It’s a light, warm, peachy nude with a golden/champagne shimmer. The only pink I see in this is when I apply it to my lips, and that’s likely just the natural color of my lips showing through! Color payoff is good, though it’s not as intensely peachy once applied. Coverage is good to, but is semi-sheer. It feels creamy and smooth and even though this is a lighter color, it won’t settle in lip lines or look milky. I got about 4 hours of wear before Nectarsweet started to fade.

Dupes:   Double Happiness Cremesheen Glass is permanent and is really similar!

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda

Pagoda:   Pagoda is a “frosted cool pink” with a semi-pearly sheen and is one of MAC’s permanent shades of Cremesheen Glass. It’s a light, cool toned pink with a very soft pearl. The color payoff is fantastic and is pretty much the same color in both the tube and on the lips. Coverage is nearly opaque, but not quite. The texture is very smooth and creamy, feeling a little thicker than some other Cremesheen Glasses, but not in a heavy, sticky way… This is probably due to the heavier, milkier type of coverage (which also makes it settle into the lip lines without a primer or lipstick underneath). I got about 5 hours of wear with Pagoda before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Pink Fade Lipglass is really close, but has more cool, lavender tones and no shimmer… That one was limited edition… Stay Sweet Lipglass from the Archie’s Girls collection is also close but lighter and had no shimmer. It was also limited edition. I can’t think of any dupes that are permanent at this time.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal

Playful Petal:   Playful Petal is a brand new shade and is described as a “electric magenta”… It’s a medium but soft, bright, cool toned pinky-magenta with a super iridescent, multidimensional shimmer that reflects fuchsia, blue, purple, teal, and pink. Playful Petal has a really unique type of iridescence to the base gloss color as well. Color payoff is definitely not as dark or bold as it is in the tube… It shows up brightest if you have naturally very pigmented lips to begin with. Coverage is minimal… It’s very sheer and you mostly just get the effect of the iridescent, multidimensional shimmer. The texture is lightweight and smooth. Wear time alone/over a primer was only about 2-3 hour but it did last longer when layered over a liner and/or lipstick… Playful Petal is actually best worn over something to add shimmer and a hint of color, rather than by itself.

Dupes:   Extra Amps Dazzleglass is a bit warmer, while Funtabulous Dazzleglass is more purple and cooler toned, and Love Alert Dazzleglass is warmer, brighter and more red/pink. Dazzleglasses also have a lot more shimmer, but it has the same kind of iridescent, super reflective particles.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  2

Color Payoff:   3

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality

Star Quality:   This Cremesheen Glass is a “bright orange coral” with a creamy type of finish. It’s a medium, warm tined pinkish coral with no shimmer. Color payoff is good but it looks more pink and less orange on the lips than it does in the tube since the natural color of lips show through a little bit. Coverage is semi-opaque… Not quite full coverage, but almost. The texture feels creamy and a little on the thicker side for a Cremesheen Glass, which also helps it wear longer! I got over 4 hours of wear before Star Quality started to fade away.

Star Quality is a repromote and was also released with the Reel Sexy collection in Spring of 2012.

Dupes:   There are’t any permanent dupes I can think of, although Fever Isle Cremesheen Glass from the Tropical Taboo collection (Summer 2013) is super similar in color, but has shimmer and is a little less pink.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

There were four lipsticks released with the Magnetic Nude collection, however, I only purchased two. One of them is Morning Rose, which is what I will be reviewing in this post. I also picked up Close Contact. The other lipsticks are gorgeous but I didn’t get them because I either have something similar or it just wasn’t something I needed in my personal or professional kit.

Morning Rose 1

 

Morning Rose Lipstick has a Cremesheen finish, so it’s fairly well pigmented, as well as smooth and somewhat glossy. Cremesheen lipsticks wear well for about 4-5 hours before fading and have good color payoff. Because this is a frostier type of Cremesheen, you it may emphasize chapped areas on the lips, but that can be solved by applying Prep + Prime Lip first… Prep + Prime Lip will also increase the wear time of any lipstick. Of course you may want to use a liner too… This will not only define the lip and add contrast if you like, it will also keep the lipstick in place longer, increasing the wear time. Applying a liner first will prevent smudging or feathering outside the natural lip line as well.

The lipsticks from the Magnetic Nude collection are available now and were released on Thursday, December 26th. These lipsticks can be purchased online at www.maccosmetics.com or at any store or counter. They sell for the usual $15 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product. MAC lipsticks have a subtle vanilla scent but no taste.

Morning Rose Label

 

Morning Rose 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Morning Rose swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Morning Rose swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight as well as lighting from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight as well as lighting from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Morning Rose:   This lipstick is a “soft cool rose” with a Cremesheen finish… It’s a somewhat warm toned, medium rosy pink with a warm, golden pearly type of sheen. Color payoff is true to the color that the lipstick is in the tube. Coverage is good, though not completely opaque but that’s normal with Cremesheens. The texture is smooth, however the pearly Cremesheens do feel slightly drier than the normal formula does. Without a liner, I got around 4 hours of wear with Morning Rose. With a liner, I got closer to 6 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Liners:   My favorite liner to use with Morning Rose is In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil… It will dramatically increase the wear time too, since it’s the Pro Longwear formula. Other options for Lip Pencils are Dervish, Soar, or even Beet.

Dupes:   The closest permanent dupes are Lovelorn, though it lacks that golden pearly sheen. Sunny Seoul is also close, but lighter. For a limited edition dupe, Venus lipstick from the Heavenly Creatures collection is a nearly perfect match.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

To go along with some of the lipsticks released with this year’s holiday colour collection, MAC has four gorgeous new limited edition Cremesheen Glasses! They share the names with four of the five lipsticks and match up quite nicely when layered. That said, they can also be worn alone or with a liner for a less intense look.

These were all released last week, both online and in store/at counter. The packaging for these is only slightly different than usual, with more matte caps and golden detail for the text on the tubes. As I mentioned in the previous post about the lipsticks, all of the holiday packaging this year is very classy, using matte black with gold and creamy white accents. That applies to all the sets with bags that were released today as well.

Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses 1

Cremesheen Glasses have a lovely, creamy texture that’s not as sticky as MAC’s normal Lipglass formula… It’s very comfortable to wear and feels like it’s somewhere between a Lipglass and Cremesheen Lipstick, but isn’t as heavy as either one. Cremesheen Glasses are well pigmented and usually give fantastic color payoff and coverage. This formula always feels somewhat moisturizing and never leaves a heavy “slime line” around my lips or shows dry or chapped areas. The wand has the same type of doe-foot applicator as other Lipglasses so the product glides on easily and evenly. Like most other MAC lip products, Cremesheen glasses have a very subtle vanilla scent but no taste.  Cremesheen Glasses is typically offer around 4 hours of wear time, since they’re not quite as heavy as other MAC Lipglass formulas.

These are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com (if they’re still in stock), as well as at counters and stores. Because of the special packaging these sell for $22, rather than the usual $20, but they actually contain a bit more product with 2.7 ml / 0.09 US fl oz compared to permanent Cremesheen glasses that contain 2.4 ml / 0.08 US fl oz.

Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses Labels

Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses with Names

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Cremesheen Glasses swatched on NC15 skin.

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery

Flair for Finery:   This Cremesheen Glass is a “cool nude” with a creamy finish. It’s a light, only slightly cool toned pinkish nude with no shimmer, but a beautiful creamy sheen. It truly is the gloss version of the lipstick that shares the same name! It’s semi-sheer, but does give good color payoff. It appears warmer and pinker on the lips, especially on mine, but I have naturally very pigmented lips. Depending on your own lip color, it may look more nude.

Liners:   This will, of course, show up more true to tube color if it’s applied over the matching lipstick… However, if you want to wear this alone you can! A liner will give you some more definition and keep it from slipping around outside the lipline… Some Lip Pencils I would suggest are Dervish, Soar, Whirl, Subculture, or Boldly Bare.

Dupes:   This one is hard to find a perfect dupe for… C-Thru Lipglass is close, but more of a true nude, while Underage Lipglass is peachier. Both are more opaque and, of course, stickier… As far as Cremesheen Glasses go, Fashion Whim is pretty darn close, but has a very slight shimmer and is peachier and warmer, while Fashion Scoop is warmer, pinker, and has that same slight shimmer.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure

Prepare for Pleasure:   This is described as a “bluish red” and has a creamy finish with no shimmer. It’s very close in color to the lipstick with the same name… It’s a medium to medium-dark, bright, slightly cool toned pinkish red. This obviously doesn’t give fully opaque coverage, but the color payoff is perfect! It did settle into the lines of my lips a bit in this pic, but any other time I wore it, it didn’t do that. I’m thinking that maybe my lips were exceptionally dry because I’d been testing some ultra-matte lipsticks for a few days prior to taking these photos (this problem can be solved by applying Prep + Prime Lip first). Anyway… It felt creamy, but not sticky, and gave me about 3-4 hours of wear before it began to wear off.

Liners:   Naturally, Cherry Lip Pencil is a great choice if you want to wear a liner with this. You can also do Trust in Red Pro Longwear Lip Pencil to bring out the more pinkish-red tone. Prepare for Pleasure also looks great when layered over the lipstick of the same name.

Dupes:   The closest thing I can think of that’s permanent would be Forever Rose Pro Longwear Lipglass… The only thing about those is that they’re heavy, sticky, and it’s much more opaque! It’s also a bit lighter and more pink. Russian Red Lipglass is also a great dupe, but it’s stickier and more opaque, which is typical with that formula.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Private Party

Private Party

Private Party

Private Party

Private Party:   Private Party is described as a “plum mauve with pearl” and has a very soft, pearlescent shimmery finish… It’s a medium, slightly cool toned pinkish plum with a warmer mauve pearly shimmer. It’s obviously moderately sheer and while the color payoff is good, it warms up, cools down, or becomes brighter and more pink depending on the natural color of your lips. As usual with Cremesheen Glasses, I got around 3-4 hours of wear with Private Party.

Liners:   You can use a wide variety of liners with this Cremesheen Glass… Some of my favorites are Plum, Dervish, Whirl, Soar, and Half-Red. Private Party also compliments the matching lipstick very well when layered over it, adding some shine and shimmer.

Dupes:   There aren’t many plum type of lipglosses from MAC in any formula, really… Not permanent ones anyway. Viva Glam VI Lipglass is similar but is lighter, more pink, more opaque, and much more shimmery! Spanking Rich Dazzleglass is also similar, but more truly glittery and berry toned, and was limited with the Glitter and Ice holiday collection in 2011.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

You've Got It

You’ve Got It

You've Got It

You’ve Got It

You’ve Got It:   This is a “nude taupe with green pearl” and has a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a light-medium, cool toned taupey nude with a subtle greenish gold pearly shimmer. This gave almost, but not totally opaque coverage and went on evenly, giving good color payoff as well without settling into the lines of my lips. This is pretty light and milky, but I feel like it wore better than many glosses with that type of appearance. Although it applied and covered well, it only gave me about 3 hours of wear before fading.

I did not purchase the Lipstick this shares a name with, but they do look nice when layered with one another… However, I actually prefer this over Exclusive Event Lipstick, which was released with this collection, because it plays up the cool toned taupey nude color and adds a nice sheen.

Liners:   Stripdown Lip Pencil looks nice with this because it’s cool toned, but not so cool that it washes you out. It is slightly darker than this gloss, so apply it lightly. You can also do something like Subculture for a warmer nude, or Stone if you really want to cool this color down even more.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many! The closest thing that comes to mind and is permanent would be Boundless Beige Pro Longwear Lipglass but it’s warmer, more of a true beige nude, and has a warmer, more golden type of shimmer as well as a much heavier, stickier texture.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

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.

Baking Beauties Lipsticks

 

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.

Baking Beauties Lipsticks Close

 

Baking Beauties Lipstick Labels

 

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

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

Lavender Whip

Lavender Whip

Lavender Whip on LipsLavender 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

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Pure Decoration

Pure Decoration

Pure Decoration on LipsPure Decoration:   Pure Decoration is described as a “light white peach” and has a Cremesheen finish. It’s a light to light-medium, warm orange-peachy nude with a soft sheen.

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

Application:   3

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Raspberry Swirl

Raspberry Swirl

Raspberry Swirl on LipsRaspberry Swirl:   Raspberry Swirl is a “light white blue pink” with a Cremesheen finish… It’s a light-medium, cool toned candy pink with a subtle sheen but no shimmer.

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

Application:   4

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Apologies for being MIA for the past month or so… I have been working on some other things with work and in my personal life. Fortunately, I’m feeling more focused than ever now, so it’s time to get this going again!

There is some cool stuff coming up on the blog this week, though! I’ll be reviewing the majority of MAC’s Styleseeker collection, as well as Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara, and all of the new Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks and Lipglasses.

As well as MAC, I have two drugstore cosmetics reviews coming up too! I’ll be reviewing Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadows and Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.

I promise things will be back on track very soon! Thanks for reading!