Saturday, February 13th, 2010

MAC Riveting Collection
Lipsticks: Metal Maven, Show Orchid, Bubbles, Riveting

MAC Riveting Collection: Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

I know, Riveting is like… what? I’m not even done with Spring Colour Forecast. Well, don’t rest on your laurels, because Riveting debuts the 18th (next Thursday), while Tabloid Beauty launches the 25th (but don’t worry, it’s all repromotes…), and then you have Too Fabulous, which launches on March 4th. But let me just tell you, if you’re a mineralize blush fan and you like things that look pretty, Too Fabulous is *totally* up your alley.

Riveting contains four lipsticks–two are ones we’ve seen before. Bubbles (repromote–last seen in Sugarsweet, I believe) and Show Orchid (PRO), as well as two new one: Metal Maven and Riveting.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

Bubbles is an iridescent, frosty sheer warmed up silvery-white. It has a glaze finish, so it’s smoother than a frost (and doesn’t catch every imperfection on your lip in the light), but it has a frostier look. Bubbles is probably not designed to really wear alone, but more to layer underneath a lipglass. Try it with True Babe on top (will show you later this week).

Metal Maven is a metallic-frosty light silver. It’s more opaque than Bubbles, and it is distinctly silver (whereas Bubbles reads more like whitish with a tinge of silver/metallic-ness). Again, unless you want to rock a metallic silver lip (then layer with Rock Out lipglass!), more to layer with than to wear alone. Try it with True Babe on top (will show you later on this week).

Riveting is a very brownish-gray with a plummy touch to it. It’s a glaze lipstick and looks and feels more like a glaze than Bubbles. It actually has a surprising amount of coverage, going on nearly opaque on my lips. This isn’t quite a vampy shade, because it doesn’t hold the boldness of it, but it’s still dark even though it’s muted.

Show Orchid is a retina-burning bright fuchsia with fuchsia-purple sheen and rich, full coverage color. I love the amplified finish (one of my personal favorite finishes), too. This is available year-round at PRO stores, and MAC finds a way to make it show up on the consumer website once or twice a year. Always a fun choice!

What are your favorites? Which would you wear? TELL ME you’re going to get Show Orchid!

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection – Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper for Viva Glam – Swatches & Product Photos

Viva Glam is an absolutely amazing campaign. Period. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate MAC, it’s an incredible campaign that truly cares about its cause. The entire selling price of every Viva Glam Lipstick/Lipglass goes towards MAC’s Aids Fund. Every penny. That’s not proceeds, that’s not a portion of–that’s 100%. To date, MAC Aids Fund has raised over $150 million for the cause.

  • Viva Glam Cyndi is a muted coral-red with a glossy finish and goes on semi-opaque. You get a good amount of color out of this, despite it being a lustre finish.  It reminds me of some limited edition shades, but nothing quite with the same finish/look.
  • Viva Glam Gaga is a slightly cool-toned, bubblegum pink with a glossy finish and also applies semi-opaque. Again, despite its lustre finish, there’s a good amount of color pigmentation. While Cyndi didn’t seem immediately dupe-able, Gaga is similar to shades like Snob. (Though, if you’re going to buy one, why not go Viva Glam so you can donate $14 towards MAF?)

MAC did a standout job with the two latest, limited-edition launches of Viva Glam. The packaging is thoughtful and classy but still fun. Each Viva Glam Cyndi/Gaga Lipstick is housed in traditional black cardboard packaging, but each celebrity’s signature is embossed in metallic red, sprawled across one side of the packaging. The lipstick is the traditional Viva Glam black bullet with a metallic red ring around the center, but uncap the lipstick, and each lipstick also has the celebrity’s signature printed in black inside. I just think this attention to detail is particularly exceptional. Well-done, MAC!

Read all about how MAC AIDS Fund works and what $14 can do at www.macaidsfund.org.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00) is a softened pinky-beige with a light, glossy finish and nearly no distinguishable shimmer. At first, I thought Gardenia was similar to Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick, but this is significantly warmer and brighter. I think maybe it was just that very creamy, solid color with a glossy sheen that made me connect the two. Of course, at $45, it wouldn’t have been the more affordable option! ;) Rouge Gs are always outstanding in their color pigmentation–very near full coverage in most instances, and the feel of these is amazing. It’s a comfortable lipstick that goes on smooth, creamy, and keeps lips moisturized while its worn. I get four to six hours with these, depending on the shade (lighter ones tend to fade faster).

Is this the right peachy nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

MAC Cherish Lipstick
MAC Cherish Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Cherish Lipstick

MAC Cherish Lipstick ($14.00) is a rich, creamy beige nude. It has an incredibly smooth and creamy feel with a light glossy sheen. I love it, because it’s well-pigmented and gives me nearly full coverage on my lips. Cherish is one of my go-to nude lipsticks for whenever I wear a really dramatic, smoky eye. It works well to complement the look without competing with it or washing it out.  Like all MAC lipsticks, it’s vanilla-scented (but not too sweet or cloying–one of the best lipstick scents of all-time, in my humble opinion!), comes in a black bullet, and lasts a good four hours or so on me.

Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Monday, February 8th, 2010

Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick

The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #124 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a petal pink with yellow undertones and soft pink shimmer. This is a gently warmed up pink, which isn’t always the easiest kind of pink to find, and it looks glossy and pretty-in-pink on the lips. Extra Silky Lipsticks are creamy, smooth, glossy, and decently pigmented (I haven’t tried the full range, but the ones I’ve tried have good pigmentation).

Cle de Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks really have an exceptional formula–check out my first post on them here for my full rave review–with an exceptional price tag, of course.  I will also have to reiterate that I really think and wish they would give you a little bit more (say 0.12 oz.) for your money as well–at least to stay in line with the average lipstick size.

I’m a firm believer in that, for some, Extra Silky Lipsticks are worth every penny of the $52 (which is a recent price increase of $2, by the by). Often, this is the kind of lipstick you may find your holy grail color in.  I have heard from so many who aren’t lipstick lovers but have fallen in love with the feel and texture of these. Certainly extravagant, but if you can afford it, no shame in that game!

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Sunday, February 7th, 2010

MAC Angel Lipstick
MAC Angel Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Angel Lipstick

MAC Angel Lipstick ($14.00) is a softened, pale rosy pink that’s not quite “milky pink,” but it comes close. It has a very creamy look with a light, glossy sheen but no shimmer or frostiness whatsoever. It gives lips a semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, but those with more pigmented lips may find their lips still look quite red underneath this pink. On my lips, it’s a pretty pink that enhances my natural lip color and doesn’t look too pale.  The lipstick is vanilla scented and comes in classic black packaging and a fairly affordable price tag of just $14.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

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