Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet cream.” It’s a red-toned purple that can look pinker when sheered out, but it’s still more purple than it is pink, no matter how sheer you go. If you’ve ever wanted a “true purple” blush, this gets you close. I couldn’t think of a comparable blush shade; MAC Azalea Blossom isn’t as purple, and MAC Sakura is much pinker. If you’re looking to replicate it as a lip color, MAC Seasoned Plum is slightly darker, MAC Playtime is pinker, MAC Goes and Goes is darker, less pink, and MAC Go For It is slightly less pink.

This is a new (and limited edition) product and shade. MAC describes the new formula as “[v]ersatile, lightweight all-in-one colour for cheeks and lips … [c]reamy, super-blendable, barely there” with vitamin E. I think the best way to think of this product is like this: you’ve spent all day at the beach, and you don’t have time to go home and get ready for an evening out, so you quickly pat on one of these on your lips and cheeks–you look a little dressed up, but it’s never over-the-top, and it’s always natural and easy-going. That’s the best way I can describe the formula in a big picture sense. (The only problem is that this scenario isn’t exactly hygenic usage of this product.)

As a Cream Blush

If you like matte and loathe words like “dewy” and “glowy,” this isn’t the right cream blush formula for you. These are rather dewy on my normal-to-dry skin, and they never seem to dry down completely for me. It feels a little “oily” to the touch; it doesn’t seem oily or greasy, but there’s some kind of slickness that enables it to be pushed and moved around even after a couple of hours after application. I was expecting it to wear off quickly as a result, and while the two shades I’ve trialed (Evening Stroll and Weekend Getaway) so far haven’t made it a full eight hours, they both wore for six hours before starting to look faded.

The consistency is soft, pliant, and creamy without being too thick (it’s not as thin as the Cremeblend Blushes, but it’s not as thick as the Blushcremes were), so it spreads and applies over the skin easily. Though it’s not sticky, there is transfer when I pressed my finger against my cheek or even just put a cloth against it (I wanted to pretend that it was clothing, because there have been many times where I’ve transferred makeup onto my fiance’s shirt). Because not a lot of product is applied to begin with, it’s not as if it all “kisses” off, but some does transfer over. It is vanilla-scented, though I didn’t notice any odd taste when using it on my lips.

I found the best application method was using fingers, because it enabled it to melt better against the skin and blend out evenly. I also liked the 188 and 130 brushes, and both achieved a similar result, they just took a little longer. It blends well over foundation and on bare skin, though I prefer the look of it over foundation, because I don’t have perfect skin, and it just seemed to make my cheeks look splotchier than usual more often than not, and I felt like my pores were beacons in the night, but I’m also more sensitive to “dewy” finishes.

The spectrum of dewy to oily is always hard to judge, because it really ends up being a matter of taste. There are times where I love the glowy, dewy finish of a product, and a reader will comment about how oily my skin looks–and there are times where I think something makes my skin look oily, and then a reader will comment about the glow! On my skin, it read slightly more pronounced than natural dewiness finish–there was a definite sheen and shine that went and went for nearly the entire time it wore.

As a Lip Color

Oddly, though, when it is applied to lips, it has a tendency to really dry down and set, almost feeling clingy without being sucked into every nook and cranny on the lips. It is incredibly lightweight and natural-looking on the lips. Despite the thin consistency on the lips, it’s not drying. It wasn’t moisturizing, but  it wasn’t drying. I recommend using lip balm prior to applying this product, and possibly exfoliating lips, because it does cling and will emphasize any flakes or roughness on the lips. It’s more forgiving than a true matte lipstick, but it can do so. On the lips, I was able to get four hours of wear out of Evening Stroll.

MAC was very generous with this product; it contains four times the amount of most lipsticks or twice the amount of most blushes (for instance, this is over double the size of the Cremeblend Blushes). This is great, except, this is a tub of product that is best applied with fingers yet cream products are much more prone to inhibiting bacteria. I would use this by taking a small amount out with a clean utensil (like a cosmetic spatula), and then using your fingers at that point. Otherwise, I think this is the type of product that will easily spoil before you finish it. A little goes a long way, both on cheeks and on lips, so this oversized pot of color will last you quite awhile.

The Glossover

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product

Evening Stroll

A-
I think a lot of people will love these, but there will be some who will not. If you don't like dewy finishes, or if you have really oily skin around your cheeks, I'd look elsewhere for a cream blush option. If you're looking for better wear out of your blush, I'd also steer you somewhere else. I liked it best as a lip color, surprisingly.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
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MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
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MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
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MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Evening Stroll Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

Product & Review FAQ

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Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

I couldn't think of a comparable blush shade; MAC Azalea Blossom isn't as purple, and MAC Sakura is much pinker. If you're looking to replicate it as a lip color, MAC Seasoned Plum is slightly darker, MAC Playtime is pinker, MAC Goes and Goes is darker, less pink, and

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Beth Mask Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner, MAC Beth & Glory Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow.

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57 thoughts on “MAC Evening Stroll Lip & Cheek Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. MeredithKnox

    formula wise, how do these compare to the Bobbi Brown pot rouge for lips and cheeks? 

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenn JennTozzi

    Too dewy on the cheeks for me, but very pretty on the lips!

  3. Amandale

    This must be perfect for someone, like myself, on a budget.  2 products in one and its actually a good product lol

  4. I was thinking of ordering in a different color, but think I will hold off now. Much too dewy on the cheeks, even for someone who usually loves the dewy look like me!

  5. corallista

    This isn’t quite my color but the formula seems good. Waiting for the other shade swatches and reviews! You look lovely here Christine!

  6. AlexisArcher

    ugh im in love with these…

  7. How bad do these transfer? Because it sounds like a useful product for travelling but I hate transferring my make-up on my friends. Are you going to review the other colours as well? This colour is not really something I would wear so I’m interested in swatches of the other colours.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dee GUSnail

    This won’t be my color, but I’d like to check out the formula.  I’m surprised how opaque it is on the lips.

  9. zekezakarberg

    Is it similar at all to Pink Popcorn from the Reel Sexy Collection?

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    I like the idea of this product; it seems the trend is toward matching lips & cheeks, which is a past trend I’ve always liked. It’s funny how something can considered “dated”, then all of a sudden, it becomes the latest trend, which is why I’ve never been into following trends. If I like something, I’ll wear it.

  11. ameliezo

    I love the look of this on lips! The finish and texture seem amazing. You look pretty as always Christine. :)

  12. LisaOmmert

    I love it! my pores are a little bit enlarged around my nose and between my eyebrows but on my cheeks these should work fine, shouldn’t they?

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

    You really give *the* best reviews. No-one else even comes close. I mean, seriously, how many people would assess the transferability of a product onto clothing?!? It’s like the time you wore a product into a steaming bathroom and then into the shower to assess diff. degrees of waterproof durability. Unbelievable. You’re a gem, Christine.  Plus, you’re funny as hell: “I felt like my pores were beacons in the night”… ROFL!

  14. Wow. This looks much nicer than I’d imagined.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ellie Screamer77

    wow intense color! I thought these would be sheer :)

  16. Wow, that is a purple! Goodness…

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Patricia Patricia Couto

    Christine, this and the Beth Ditto collections will be sold in Nordstrom too?

  18. ChelleBelle

    I LOVE this color. Should look amazing on my nc45 skintone!

  19. Brit J

    Ms. Christine, is this product at all comparable to MAC Up the Amp? And, if so, how do they compare? Thanks in advance for your reply?
    If anyone else has these two products, please don’t hesitate to respond to my inquiry. :D

  20. zekezakarberg

    Is this color similar to Pink Popcorn from the Reel Sexy Collection?

  21. Oh my GAWD!  LoL!!  Christine, you look beautiful in pretty much anything, but this one is giving me a giggle fit.  I imagine this would look fab on darker/cooler skin tones, but on you it is positively ghastly.  You are a trooper!  I would use this on halloween.. ’nuff said

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Leticia Leticia

    This color looks great on you, Christine! I did not imagine it would be so pretty! Then again, it’s lovely on YOU, but I’ll have to check it out in person to see if I like it on me :) ! I definitely don´t have any blush or lip color in my stash that looks like this, so it could be a nice addition!

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carmen CarmenChameleon

    I wonder how the color compare to Up The Amp. You should really get yourself an Up The Amp to compare all these new purple shades with, Christine. 

  24. crimson

    christine. casula colour collection and beth ditto collection not launched on nordstrom.com ? 
    i ask specific launch date to nordstrom live chat. they don’t have exact date.
    they said maybe in july 1st week… isn’t it so far than maccosmetics.com? do you have any information for this?

  25. lilinah

    I am MAD for this color, MAD!!! Natural? No, but i don’t care – i like the occasional dramatic makeup. I have previously gotten Sakura, Azalea Blossom Ombré, Vintage Grape Ombré, Full of Joy.
     
    I also really like the way these Colour Cremes feel on the face. I don’t find them too oily. I have slightly dry skin and even with BB Cream on, i had to add a little moisturizer to get them to blend out when testing then on my cheeks. On me, they weren’t too shiny and they wore the full 8 hours.
     
    I tested all 8 colors and they were all beautiful, although the orange and the red were not for me. I pre-ordered Evening Stroll, Lazy Sunday (cool pale pink), and Have A Lovely Day (light neutral) – and i’m thinking about getting Keep It Loose (pale peach). I think this is a terrific collection of colors – pale and intense, cool and warm, pretty much something for every skin tone.

  26. lilinah

    For those who think these cremes are “too dewy”, a light dusting of something like MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder will mitigate the glow, without hiding the beautiful color.

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    Whoa, that’s darker than I expected from the pot, but it’s very pretty worn.  I do own Seasoned Plum, though, so I think it’s close enough that I’ll be passing it up.  :)

  28. A Lip & Cheek Colour formula review! *o/* 
     
    I’m not crazy about this particular shade, but I love the way it photographs in the pan — very cool. 

  29. Chelle

    Hmmm I might’ve missed it, but a quick search turned up nothing. What’s the taste/scent of these products?

    • Vanilla :) Just like the rest of MAC’s lip products!

      • Chelle

         @Christine (Temptalia) You say “just like” but the tendertones were fruity weren’t they?  (That’s the only reason I asked… love the vanilla scent… despise the “fruit” scent.) Thank you though… you’ve brought me closer to buying this product. I swear you’re like the ultimate enabler. <3

  30. Mattered

    Do you think this would suit an nc40 skin tone? Looks like a super cool colour!

  31. Mattered

    Would this suit an NC40 complexion?

  32. lalalabreia

    I missed out on Heroine from Reel Sexy would this be a dupe?

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pippa Lumissne

    Just wondering – How does this compare with Lime Crime’s Airborne Unicorn, in terms of colour? As much as I love the colour, I refuse to buy from Lime Crime.

  34. WOw this one looks hardcore, would be cool to see some one actually rocking this out on the streets!

  35. imim6996

    Is this color like asian flower sheen supreme? So pretty? Please answer thanks

  36. Joni

    How does this compare to Full of Joy, color-wise?

    •  @Joni Full of Joy is less purple – more of a lilac/pink!

      • lilinah

        Also:
        1. Full of Joy is pale, whereas Evening Stroll can be blended out or bult up for deeper or more intense color.
        2. Full of Joy is somewhat frosted, whereas Evening Stroll is a satin creme – there’s some sheen from light reflection, but no shimmer or frost whatsoever.

  37. Emme

    W.O.W. This looks so stunning on you! :O Not everyone can pull off purple lipcolour and you actually make it look amazing.

  38. lizyviolet

    I LOVE THE SHADE!! see you soon Evening Stroll! =) Thank you for your review!

  39. Kbean

    Hi Christine! I believe this post also covered the general info about the product (not just specific color) & I checked the other posts as well, but didn’t seem to find the answer to my question…I was wondering if these can also be used on the eyes? Thanks! :)