Saturday, August 14th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains - Cruella
MAC Venomous Villains — Cruella de Vil

MAC Disney Venomous Villains Collection: Cruella de Vil Review, Photos, Swatches

There are four “parts” to the collection, with each part being represented by each of the characters. After much indecision, I finally committed to reviewing everything by character, rather than product type! First up is Cruella de Vil, the villainness from 101 Dalmatians. Cruella’s “collection” includes two lipsticks, two lipglasses, three eyeshadows, one Penultimate eyeliner, one beauty powder, and one blush.

All of the character images are stamped on the products; they are not stickers. You can find official promotional imagery and color descriptions here. The collection launches on September 30th, 2010 at all MAC locations, October 2010 internationally, and approximately September 28th for online. You may also want to check your local store to see if they are holding an unveiling/preview party for the collection.

Lipglass ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Wicked Ways is a brightened cherry red that’s semi-opaque with subtle golden shimmer.  I think this is going to be a very nice red on both warm and cool skin tones.  It leans just a tiny bit blue, I’d say… but very close to neutral.
  • Devilishly Stylish is a semi-sheer white-shimmered, slightly champagne nude. Not exactly the most original shade, but with some darker eye/lip products, will be a nice relief for those who need something softer.

Lipstick ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Innocence, Beware! is a semi-opaque pinky nude with a cremesheen finish. It’s a little glossy, not overly creamy, and I found it accentuated every imperfection on my lips. Make sure to exfoliate shortly before applying this shade. It seems like a pinker Blankety or paler Plink!, as well as in the family of nudes like Creme d’Nude and Hue.  This shade is more opaque than the latter three, but the texture is best in Hue (smoother, less accentuating of flaws).
  • Heartless is an almost neutral red that applies nearly opaque; if it leans in any direction, I would say slightly orange, but it really seems closer to neutral. It has an amplified finish. The closest dupe in the permanent MAC range seems like it would be Brave Red or perhaps Ladybug (which is probably a bit sheerer).

Blush ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Darkly My Dear dirtied brown with just a mere hint of plum. It looks plummer in the pan than it is in actuality–it’s rather brown when worn. It can be built up or used sheerly depending on the look you’re going for. It’s kind of like a browner, much darker version of Blushbaby. It’s supposed to have a matte finish, but it seems like it has a hint of pearl/satin sheen to it, though very near matte on cheeks.

Eyeshadow ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Sweet Joy is a pale gold with soft yellow undertones and a frost finish. This was originally included in the Passions of Red holiday palette (quite awhile ago). It’s similar to Dreammaker (Starflash) but less frosty; also similar to Creme Royale (Hello Kitty) and Creme de Miel (Style Warriors). It’s yellower than Nylon, much less gold/yellow than Goldmine.
  • De-vil is darkened, orange-y copper with a veluxe pearl finish. It’s just the tiniest bit less red and a hair darker than Coppering, darker and deeper than Amber Lights (not even really comparable, IMO). It seems a little darker than Brash (Cult of Cherry), possibly similar to Courage (Untamed).  But it’s really close to Coppering.
  • Carbon is a matte black–can be packed on for an intense black, but like some mattes, better applied than swatched. This is a permanent shade.

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Her Own Devices is a sheered out champagne-shimmered medium nude. It gives just a hint of color on my NC25 skin (“medium”), but I think it maybe a nice shade for highlighting medium to dark skin tones, because it’s natural but it has shimmer–since it’s not pale, it won’t turn darker complexions ashy.  I’ve had a few readers ask about how it compares to Shell Beauty Powder, but the two look completely different on me.

See product photos and swatches!

Please note: As a press event attendee, I received samples of the full collection packaged in a “tower” with four boxes (one for each character), and as far as I know, it’s press packaging — therefore not something you will see or be able to purchase in-store.

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Top of the Tower o’ MAC!

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Side of the Tower o’ MAC!

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Cover of the four boxes…

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Cover of Cruella Press Box

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Cruella pop-up inside of the box

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Products from the Cruella de Vil part

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Lipglass: Wicked Ways, Devilishly Stylish

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Lipglass: Wicked Ways, Devilishly Stylish

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Lipglass: Wicked Ways, Devilishly Stylish

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Lipglass: Wicked Ways, Devilishly Stylish

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Lipglass: Wicked Ways, Devilishly Stylish

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Lipglass: Wicked Ways, Devilishly Stylish

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MAC Wicked Ways Lipglass

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MAC Wicked Ways Lipglass

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MAC Devilishly Stylish Lipglass

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Cruella Lipsticks

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Cruella Lipsticks

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Lipstick: Innocence, Beware!, Heartless

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Lipstick: Innocence, Beware!, Heartless

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Lipstick: Innocence Beware!, Heartless

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MAC Innocence, Beware! Lipstick

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MAC Innocence, Beware! Lipstick

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MAC Heartless Lipstick

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MAC Heartless Lipstick

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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MAC Darkly My Dear Blush

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Wearing MAC Darkly My Dear Blush (Innocence, Beware! on lips)

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Eyeshadow: Carbon, Sweet Joy, De-Vil

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MAC Sweet Joy Eyeshadow

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MAC Sweet Joy Eyeshadow

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MAC Sweet Joy Eyeshadow

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MAC De-Vil Eyeshadow

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MAC De-Vil Eyeshadow

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MAC De-Vil Eyeshadow

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Coppering (left), De-Vil (right)

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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

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MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

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Eyeshadow: Sweet Joy, De-Vil, Carbon

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MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder

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MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder

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MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder

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MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder

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MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder

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MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder

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Wearing MAC Her Own Devices Beauty Powder (Innocence, Beware! on lips)

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187 thoughts on “MAC Venomous Villains: Cruella de Vil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sylvia

    Loving the lipsticks!

  2. Helen L.

    yay! I’m excited to see the collection!

  3. oh, my! wicked ways lipglass is absolutely gorgeous! im not sure where i’d wear it, but i might just get it incase any special occasion comes up…good enough excuse? :D

  4. omg, the “Her Own Devices” Beauty Powder looks so pretty on you… think it’ll be too dark for nw15-20s? :(

  5. Avatar of Jenn Jacey

    Do you think Sweet Joy would make a good highlight shade?

    • IMO, it’ll be too frosty and yellow to look natural. Like you could use it for a highlight… but I’d say for certain looks not as your go-to.

  6. Meheen

    Wicked ways looks AMAZING! I don’t even like Disney but I want most of this collection lol

  7. Her Own Devices Beauty Powder is gorgeous!

  8. Avatar of Joyce Joyce

    Oh my goodness Christine you look absolutely GORGEOUS in the last photo with all the products on your faaace (=

  9. migdale

    are you going to do a post on this makeup look fr mac venomous collection?

  10. Ay Dios mio, I want it all!

  11. Nicole

    I can cross Innocence beware off my list :) But I need the red lipglass now! So Devilishly Stylish and Devil :)

  12. Rachel

    Wicked Ways and Innocence, Beware are near definites. De-Vil is pretty, but I’m not sure if I need another copper-y color. But, it’s lovely. I probably can’t justify Sweet Joy, but I think it’s nice too.

  13. Lisa

    I am loving Darkly My Dear and Wicked Ways but it seems a little similar to Double Dare cremesheen. Am I wrong?

  14. Did all of the prices go up, if so Is it a permanent change?

  15. Alexis

    Oh man I am lusting over Heartless! I may pick up a backup. Its so gorgeous!

  16. Christine both times you say you are wearing Heartless lipstick it’s actually Innocence Beware? Sorry just a lil confused :)

  17. Mel

    Definitely getting more excited for the BPs… You rock Christine!!!!

  18. Heather

    i wish they sold the press kit… i would pay a pretty penny for it

  19. cmferrets

    thats really too bad that we wont be able to buy the makeup in that cute packaging. why didnt mac think about doing that individually for the makeup boxes? i want it all .

  20. Amy

    I’m leaving the same comment on every post on this collection…. but really awesome post Christine! Love the lpglosses as well.

  21. JessicaM

    I love this look on you :>

  22. KARYNA

    thank u so much cristi love ya and i really appreciate everything u do for us.

  23. Wow! Right before I saw this post, I was looking through Specktra thinking I didn’t want anything. I initially didn’t even like the packaging for the collection. Now with your lovely Temptalia pictures, I actually think it’s decent. I’m also starting to want some of the products! Agh.. this is a BAD thing. I just got back from Disneyland too so I think it makes me more excited.

    I love the towers -too bad we customers can’t buy them. =(

    • Ooh, did you have a blast in Disneyland? I wish I was there longer (I was only there for maybe 3-4 hours, only went on 2 rides, LOL!). Although the crowds were pretty huge!

  24. Alyx

    Well there goes my paycheck….and thats only one part of the collection. I love Disney and Mac just too much!! I will probably die if I dont get at least a few things from each part. :-D

  25. Kat

    Wicked Ways, one hell of a pretty colour!

  26. Claudia

    Christine, you look stunning wearing Innocence, Beware! God, I want this lipstick ! But you said it’s a skip because it’s dry ! Is it ‘ruby woo’ kinda dry ? As much as I love RW’s shade, I can’t stand its dryness on my lips !

  27. Wow you are soooo lucky! :D Having said that, nothing really interests me other than the beauty powder (maybe).

  28. Avatar of Etaoin Etaoin

    Love heartless and wicked ways! I don’t like innocence beware but then I never like nude colours really. Sweet joy would be good neutral that you could use under other eyeshadows.

  29. Jennifer

    Ooooh I love your eye makeup Christine. Are you going to do a tutorial on that one?? So pretty. Those are the pigments from Dr. Facilier, no?

  30. Mel

    Christine, I’m about an NC15. Do you think I could pull off all of the beauty powders? I love all of them. If not, which one(s) would you recommend? And are they really sheer? Sorry for the insane amount of questions. Just gotta plan my budget!

  31. Avatar of Dawn Dawn

    Must-haves for me from this sub-collection are Wicked Ways, Heartless and Her Own Devices.

    If I didn’t already have Coppering, I’d definitely be wanting De-vil too, as it looks that little bit darker. I already have Nylon and Goldmine, so do you think Sweet Joy is different enough to be worth buying?

  32. Misha

    I definitely want both the lipsticks!

  33. Liya

    Thanks so much, good review. But I have to add I’m soo jealous I want that box LOL :)

  34. Talita

    the collection is so poor of eyeshadows :(

  35. ilona

    hi christine,
    how would you compare innocence beware to hue?

  36. Ok, so I did the math and added the tax. In Canada this entire collection (Cruella de Vil) will total $208.62! Wowsa! That’s a lot of coin. I’m guessing MAC will only be selling these products individually, and not in the set? Only reason I ask is because I love this entire set (I was looking forward to Maleficent, but the colours are too dark for me) and would like to purchase the set… not each product individually.

  37. Ahh, give me the lipglasses, Heartless lipstick, and Darkly My Dear blush!

  38. Avatar of Maren Maren

    Is the Her Own Devices Beauty Powder close to Shell Pearl Beauty Powder?

  39. Ryan

    WOW You are beautiful Christine! =)
    I have a very light skintone (NW15/20) in winter.. Will the beautypowder work?

  40. Vijaya

    How did you do your eyes in that last post? You look beyond gorgeous!

  41. Ali

    The Innocence, Beware! Lipstick looks really good on you.

  42. classyclio

    I was hopeful that I could knock a few things off my list….but it’s just got bigger eeek!! You look super pretty in the very last picture btw :)

  43. Um..I’m not really feeling this villain’s collection. I’m leaving it.

  44. Nora

    Oh wow, that Wicked Ways lipgloss is insanely gorgeous.

  45. Avatar of Bobbie Bobbie C.

    Wicked ways lipglass and heartless lipstick for me!

  46. Marjan

    Thank you so much for this lovely review!

    I was wondering about how similar De-vil is to Aztec Brick from the Spring Forecast collection? I’ve just compaired your swatch pictures & they don’t look similar that way, but I thought of Aztec Brick when I saw your De-vil swatch.

  47. Tiffany

    How similar are Instant Chic and Her Own Devices?

  48. Jean

    I never thought I’d be drawn to a red gloss like I am with Wicked Ways…I was going to get Devilish Stylish…but it seems too close to restore life for me.

  49. Dee

    How does darkly my dear compare to notable blush from MAC?

  50. Miranda

    Christine, how does Darkly My Dear compare to Notable?

  51. Avatar of Emily Emily

    Do you think someone who is NC15 could pull of Innocence Beware?

  52. Avatar of Taylor Taylor

    The Innocence, Beware! lipstick looks amazing on you!

  53. Tonni

    Thank you for all the swatches, Christine! You look absolutely gorgeous in the last picture. Are you wearing Her Own Devices as an all over face powder or just as blush?

  54. Emma

    Could you suggest a good dupe for Devilishly Stylish Lipglass? It could be whatever brand, I just can’t think of anything good off the top of my head.

  55. Ally_D

    As a child my grandmother took me to see 101 Dalmations (the original cartoon version) and I had nightmares for weeks afterwards. I think I was only 6/7 but I can’t look at Cruella DeVil since without shuddering. Even Meryl Streep as her in the recent films scares me.

    Needless to say I won’t be buying anything from this collection!

  56. ellie

    Should i get heartless or russian red? I’m NC25/NC30 and don’t own any red lipstick yet.

  57. Morgan

    Would you say “Innocence” is similar to “Close to real” lipstick?

  58. Thuraya

    OHH MYY GOSH YOU LOOK GORGEOUS!
    and im SOO buying the whole collection!!

  59. hi christine

    how does wicked ways compare to cult of cherry lipglass? what about heartless vs. russian red? tks!

  60. Barbara

    Christine, please, is sweet joy e/s similar to ricepaper e/s?

  61. Janet

    I am so excited you have posted all this already!!! So exciting! I wanted to know if you think the new Nars Douceur blsuh is similar to Darkly My Dear? Although I am a sucker for that shade I need to control my addiction!
    Thanks Christine!! You are amazing :)

  62. Avatar of aradhana aradhana

    christine, in your description of ‘sweet joy’, you say it’s similar to creme de miel from style warriors…do you mean soft force from style warriors, or creme de miel from naked honey collection? i suppose it doesn’t matter, since i have both of those, but do you think it’s similar enough to them to safely cross it off my shopping list?
    i guess if those are similar to sweet joy, and coppering to de-vil, then i can just focus on the lip and cheek products since i also already have carbon!

  63. Maricar

    Hey Christine :)
    Can’t wait for the new collection to hit stores :)
    I was just wondering about the lipstick prices that were posted. I see that they are 18.50 (CAD). And i thought the prices were just raised on Aug. 1, from 16.50 (CAD) to 17.50 (CAD). So does the 18.50 (CAD) mean that we should be expecting ANOTHER price raise?

  64. Is Innocence, Beware close to Fleshpot?

  65. Marie

    Hi Christine- thanks for these amazing pictures! This has got to one of MACs biggest collections, right?!

    Is Innocent, Beware! the same as MAC Fleshpot lipstick (PRO)?!

    I like the Wicked Ways lipgloss on you!

  66. Avatar of Emily Emily

    Is Innocence Beware anything like Creme D Nude? Or a lipstick version of Poetic License?

  67. Hope

    How does heartless compare to Ruby Woo. NC30 -I need to replace my red lipstick. Heartless or Ruby Woo or Russian Red?

  68. Hope

    How does her own devices compare to Prim and proper of LOL. Thanks

  69. Liya

    Christine can you please do a comparison swatch of

    Red Romp, Cult of Cherry & Wicked Ways LipGlass.
    Port Red & Heartless LipStick.

    TIA :)

  70. Alvina

    Is Her Own Devices BP close to Personal Style BP?

  71. ofir

    does HEARTLESS lipstick is kind of a dupe for lady danger or other red lipstick from MAC or is it a really unique color?

    p.s: i have really light skin tone, do you think HEARTLESS would be fine for it? thanks :))

  72. Jaime

    Do you think De-vil eyeshadow is similar enough to coppering to skip on buying it?

  73. Stephanie

    Do you think that heartless lipstick and wicked ways lipglass will look good on my NW15-NW20 skin tone? thanks :)

  74. Brianne

    Do you think “her own devices” would show up and look good on an nw20?

  75. Ashleigh

    Hi Christine! I can’t decide between devilishy stylish and strange potion lipglass… What would you recommend?

    Also I’m relatively fair, and I’m Asian so I guess I’m a little… Yellow? I don’t know what skin tone that makes me haha. Which do you think would look better on me?

  76. ugh.. i really hope innocence beware doesn’t turn into another 3n in the sense that i pass on it and it ends up being the best thing ever D:

  77. Marina

    I loveee your websitee! I thought i should get that out the way first. lol but i had a quick question. Would MAC Darkly My Dear Blush show up on a nw45 skin tone? I’m looking for just a natural glow. would you suggest it?

  78. Emma

    Is Darkly My Dear Blush similar to On a Mission Beauty Powder from the Style Warriors collection?

  79. Avatar of Tasha Tasha

    Hi. Christine.
    I was wondering if Heartless and Kanga-Rouge are similar?

    Thank You so much in advance!!

  80. Chastine

    Hey Christine,
    Do you think Innocence beware! is anything like peachstock lipstick or brave new bronze lipstick from Style Warriors?

  81. Hi!

    The Lipstick Heartless is a dupe for lady bug???

    the colors seem quite similar.

  82. vanessa

    im loving innocence lipstick on you!

  83. Mandi

    If I own Lady Danger, do you think I could skip Heartless and not kick myself for it later?

  84. shari

    are u wearing the cruella shadows in the last pic?! is sweet joy worth it, it looks like it would just be a good highlight color. i am very fair skinned, do u think that would even show up on me? because if that’s one of the colors u are wearing, it looks really pretty on you!

  85. Is Darkly my Dear blush similar to Prim & Proper blush from the liberty of london collection?

  86. Sonia

    Is wicked ways red IRL? It looks sort of pinkish on my screen. Do you think it maybe looks like RR lip glass but with shimmer?

  87. Nicole

    Would you say that the lipstick Innocence, Beware! is like the Pro lipstick Fleshpot? They look very similar. How would you compare the two?

  88. Hey Christine, is “Her own devices” anything like sincere blush from mac? I read comparisons that it may be, but just wondering what you think.

  89. Stephanie

    Does the “Wicked Ways” lipglass have the tendency to bleed easily?

  90. Leanna

    Is sweet joy similar to phloof?

  91. Brenna

    Bought Heartless lipstick today and am forever in love. It’s very flattering to my pale complexion, and I think I’ve found my red.

  92. Lisa B

    The search is over for the right red lipstick for me! I am loving Heartless. It wears a long time too.

    I bought a couple so that should last a good while, but what is a good alternative for Heartless?

  93. Jessica

    Christine do you think Innocenece Beware would look okay topped with the Strange Potion lipglass?

  94. tepi

    hey christine! i love MAC Red, will i skip HEARTLESS? I also have VENETIAN, is WICKED WAYS lipglass better than Venetian? ;-)

  95. Aqua

    Hi Christine!
    Would you recommend Heartless or Russian Red for yellow undertone, medium skin tone? I’ve tried duobonnet but I didn’t particularly like it. I’ve read Ladybug is almost the same as Heartless. I have viva glam cyndi and love it. Whats your opinions the shades of which would be best?

    Would be great if you could make a post about all the Mac red lippies that they have permie & not. Would love to find a lovely red :D.

  96. Katy

    I love the “her own devices” as a blush and I’m desperate for a dupe, any price any brand, help!