Friday, February 24th, 2012

MAC Annelie Lipstick
MAC Annelie Lipstick

MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($22.50 for 0.15 oz.) in the new Marcel Wanders 2 Collection: Annelie (soft peachy beige with pearl), Annemiek (soft neutral pink with pearl), Felicienne (dirty mauve with pearl), and Inez (plum with gold pearl). These are specially packaged in “chrome” so they come at a higher price point than regular MAC lipsticks.

  • Annelie is a metallic gilded beige with a frost-metallic finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque’ it’s sheer in places but opaque when the light hits it because the reflective quality is so high. MAC Quietly Please is darker, less opaque. MAC Gel is much more golden. MAC Tanarama is darker, yellower. MAC Bechbound is more golden. Benefit Fame Game comes the closest but is less metallic.
  • Annemiek is a light-medium pink with a frost-metallic sheen. The color coverage is semi-opaque, but this shade doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like it to. Chanel Candeur is similar in color but less metallic. Guerlain Rouge Innocent is darker and less metallic.
  • Felicienne is a muted pink with a hint of mauve and a bright silver metallic finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque. MAC Lazy Day reminded me of this shade, but due to the metallic finish, they are pretty different. MAC Win-Win is similar but sheerer. MAC Whirls & Twirls is similar but a touch pinker.
  • Inez is a berry-plum with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque. MAC Aristo-cat is similar but less purple. MAC Plum Bright doesn’t have the shimmer and is much more intense. MAC Courting Lilac has a much lighter base.

All four shades have a frost finish, but these tended to run more metallic-frost than regular frost.  The frost was a little finer, and the sheen was more reflective akin to metal.  These are a very specific look to be sure, so it may not work for everyone.  Because of the high frost finish, these do not apply as evenly as other lipsticks, and while they seem soft to the touch, they do not glide over lips effortlessly.  I tested Annelie and Inez for wear, I was able to get to three hours or so, but both shades felt drying.  Not terribly so but left my lips noticeably dehydrated after wearing each for four hours.

These are vanilla-scented like other MAC lipsticks, but the fancy packaging did include an increase in product size: normal MAC lipsticks only contain 0.10 oz. while these contain 0.15 oz., which is 50% more.  (Funny how percentages work–50% sounds like so much more than 0.05 oz. more!)  The packaging is a magnet for fingerprints, and it felt a bit cheap in my hands.  It’s very lightweight, so it lacks the heft of true metal packaging, but even though it is lightweight, the lipstick itself is fairly bulky.

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MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

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Not overly impressed with this set of four, which is a shame, because the price increase at least comes with a quantity increase, so it's not quite as painful as it could be. These shades don't apply evenly, tend to cling to lips, feel a bit drying, and wear only three hours (four hours is my average).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics, $22.50 each (March 1st).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Sweet & Sour Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo (has fall out issues), Burberry Trency Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Hyper Dream Liner, Hourglass Film Noir Mascara. On cheeks: Tom Ford Love Lust Blush. On lips: varies based on product swatched, so see the label beneath the photo.

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55 thoughts on “MAC Marcel Wanders 2: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Michelle

    They all look good on you though. I wonder what colors won’t match you, Christine. Coz everything looks good on you, seriously.

  2. Marieke

    Terrible finishes make terrible lipsticks. I do like the Dutch names!

  3. I only find Inez interesting.. Good for my wallet! Do you happen now if this would be released in Norway, and if, when?

  4. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    The last one is so pretty!

  5. Avatar of Linda linda

    o.O gotta have Inez!!!

  6. Taryn

    Meh. I was originally going to get Annemiek, Felicienne and Inez, but that’s before I knew they were $8 more than a normal lipstick (and before they got a not-so-great rating). It’s not even a good deal, you only end up “saving” like 75 cents in the long run. And if the quality isn’t up to par and it doesn’t wear well, what’s the use? MAC is getting a little carried away with their business practices lately, I’m not loving it. I think I’ll skip these

  7. neva

    What happened to “Love it or Leave It”? That was the fun part!!!

  8. Pass. But Christine, I’ve noticed you don’t include packaging photos for lipsticks. Any chance you’ll start to? Sometimes I’ll buy a shade I have a dupe of if the packaging is pretty, so I don’t think it is unimportant. Thanks for considering and doing what you do :D

    • I’m not a very good photographer, and unfortunately, I have not figured out how to take photos of really metallic-like packaging (since this looks like metal but it’s cheap plastic), which is why I did not include packaging photos for this product. I’m so sorry! I very often do include product packaging for lipsticks – the first time I’ve tried it, but not every single shade I ever review since the packaging doesn’t change, just the shade :)

      • Avatar of futuralon futuralon

        There are some techniques you can use for very reflective surfaces. You need to modify your lights to be diffuse rather than specular. On-camera flash and the sun are examples of spectular light. It’s opposite is diffuse light, such as window light or open shade like under a tree.
        http://www.learnmyshot.com/How-to-photograph-Shiny-Reflective-Objects-Silver-Chrome-Metal
        Keep an eye out on magazine advertising – many products are reflective (cars are–and are always shot at night or sunset to avoid specular sunshine!). Small product photography is a whole subspecialty so you might think of yourself as a beginner but the evidence speaks otherwise! There’s all sorts of resources available for taking it to the next level. I suggest going down to Calumet Photographic over in the mission and see if they can help you with some new equipment.
        In terms of beauty portraits, the eyeball is reflective and therefore mirrors the lighting setup used. Look at any Cover Girl ad and you will see a white ring or panel reflected in the eyeball ( Sometimes you can see the photographer’s silhouette!) Ring, umbrella, and box flashes cause these and give a diffuse light to the skin, flattening out textural imperfections. A ring flash and a remote controlled camera, tripod mounted, with a longer lens (or optically zoomed) from further away will give a professional look to portraits.

        Hope that helps,
        Former photography student!

  9. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Christine, you are a true beauty and so these colours look better on you than they probably would on 3/4 of the population. With the exception of Inez, they really don’t even do anything for YOU and you make a lot of unflattering products look better than they are! I have a dear friend whose daughter is named “Anneli” and I actually thought of getting that for her (the mom) but it’s not a shade she’d like either. Inez, though, looks very nice.

  10. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    Welllll… That’s disappointing. On the plus side, I love the new ‘what are you wearing’ at the end!

  11. Anna

    Hi, Christine. It’s too bad the textures are so disappointing. Thanks for providing dupes of each shade. Is Felicienne similar to Soft Sable from MAC Holiday 2011?

  12. wow these are really frosty =( pass on all… especially because of the price increase. That blush, however, looks awesome on you

  13. Avatar of Karine FiaSpice

    I was really looking foreward “Inez” but your review had me re-think the purchase, specially with the “couture” price. Thanks for this helpfull review.

  14. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    Ugghh, why are they all frosts?!

  15. Ines

    do i need inez for the name? maybe…

  16. Annoula

    LOVE Inez!!!

  17. monica

    I have always wondered…what foundation are you wearing in your photos?? It looks lovely on you!!

  18. Miss J

    This looks like some futuristic 80s stuff. Frosty metallic-ness. Yeah, ok, MAC.

    Pushing the imaginary “leave it” button right now. :)

  19. Wow, I love Inez and then realized it’s because it looks so similar to a Wet N’ Wild lipstick I have, 502A. Pinky mauve with gold shimmer and a little frosty, and goes for only $1– whaat!

  20. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    These have a very 80′s feel to them. Not interested, esp. for the steep price tag.

  21. Avatar of Laura Laura

    I dont care what everyone else says -I kinda like frost lipsticks! Sometimes they need a dab of gloss but some of my favourite lipsticks are this finish :) Anyway, I dont really want to get anything from this collection because of the price, but I *might* be tempted by Annelie and/or Felicienne. I’m glad I have Courting Lilac, Plum Bright and Aristo-Cat so I can happily skip Inez.

  22. AuntieG

    Alas, nothing for us brown skin girls, so I will pass on this collection!

  23. Avatar of Anita Anita

    Ohh I appreciate the “What makeup are you wearing” section (:

  24. So much frost! Such a shame cos they all look such nice, wearable colours but I hate frosted lipsticks :( bummer.

  25. Carla Souza

    Chris,
    Thanks for the review! Just one question… how does Inez compare to Oh, oh, oh from Mac me over?

  26. Patrick

    I never really cared for their first Marcel Wanders collection, I wish MAC would just release more paint pots and a better version of CARBON eyeshadow. Oh and make those kissable lip colours permanent, THAT would be a dream!

  27. I agree with some of the other comments that these look so frosty. Not my cup of tea at all. They look beautiful in the tubes though.

  28. Inez is pretty, but since I already have Courting Lilac, Aristo-Cat and Purple Haze, which all look kind of similar, I really don’t think I need it. Kind of disappointing, because when MW1 came out, I bought three of the 4 lipsticks and still love them.

  29. Nicole

    It’s sad that these were given a poor review as I tend to trust your reviews. They are so pretty and love the sheen! I still might pick one up though. :)

  30. Avatar of Brittany Brittany

    This is so disappointing! Inez, that kind of plum/berry with gold pearl/shimmer/reflect, is one of my favorite kinds of lipstick ever, and I’d love to have a new one, especially from MAC! But alas, this will not be it…

  31. Oh God…Inez is soclose to Aristocat, which I lost my tube of last year. MAC, REPROMOTE ARISTOCAT, I NEED TO BE REUNITED WITH MY LOVE!

    Ahem. I actually dig the superfrosty look of these.

  32. Liz

    ugh, frost central!

  33. Avatar of artemis artemis

    they look pretty cute tho :P

  34. Inez is interesting, it reminds me of Oh Oh Oh from MAC Me Over Collection. How would you compare the two, Christine?

  35. Violet

    Inez is a really awesome colour.

  36. Natalie

    They’re so frosty and blah! Oh well, money saved!

  37. Hmm. The swatches look beautiful, but I’m not wild about the finish when I actually see it on your lips. That high metallic sheen is something I associate with overly frosty drugstore lipsticks. Maybe that’s just me!

  38. Andrea

    Oh goodness, even frosty lipsticks look good on you. On me, it looks like i’ve been eating cupcakes!

  39. Yikes… those are awful!

  40. Vanilla

    These Frost finishes are so meh. Not that appealing at all :( Only slightly interested in Annemiek (least frostiest of the 4) but still, with the price… I guess I’ll pass.

  41. Annemiek

    Don’t like the finishes but I’m still gonna get the Annemiek one. It screams my name! Literally. YEAH!

  42. I have to check these out. The packaging is so pretty. I love all of them, the Annemiek looks like a great pink.

  43. Avatar of Soo Soo

    thank you for your (always) lovely lip swatches, Christine! after seeing these and watching the video, I convinced myself to get Inez even though I told myself I’d pass on this collection :B

  44. Avatar of Lydia Lydia

    Ugh. I love that you took time to swatch these but I hate the lipsticks. Eeek!

  45. Minze

    Inez looks a lot like Creme de femme to me, but more lilac! )

  46. Toni

    Hi Christine,

    Wow – looks like all those colours suit you. I was wondering if you could tell me what eye liner you used? love the ones you used for the bottom eye lids.