It’s been a couple of years since I’ve reviewed Cockney, and when I first did, it was semi-opaque–there was some translucency–but when I applied the shade from Year of the Snake, it was closer to opaque than anything resembling sheer. There’s a really subtle translucent quality to this version, but you and I both know this is not sheer! (And even the previous tube I had, it wasn’t sheer.) At the end of the day, I look to the brand to give me guidance on what their product is supposed to do and look like, and this just isn’t sheer.
The Lustre finish really sings here, because it gives a shiny, luminous finish that’s reflective but not frosted or metallic. It just looks lush and juicy on, even though there’s no gloss! When I wore this shade, it lasted for five hours on the lips (which is particularly long for a Lustre finish!), but it was a bit drying (on par with my experience with Lustres, though). The embossing of the snake pattern on the lipstick did not seem to affect the texture or quality of the lipstick. I was also surprised that there was no price increase for the embossing.
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MAC Lipsticks: Cockney, Neon Orange, Something New, Style Curve
MAC Stylishly Yours: Lipsticks
There are four shades of MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) being released with Stylishly Yours. Two are new: Something New (creamy bright blue pink) and Style Curve (bright clean violet purple); and two are permanent products: Cockney (sheer yellow red with multidimensional pearl) and Neon Orange (bright clean orange, PRO only).
Cockney is an orange-based semi-opaque red with subtle gold shimmer. This has a lustre finish, and it was originally released with Euristocrats in 2009, but it was added to the permanent line. It is also similar to Ladybug.
Neon Orange is a brilliant, neon orange with a creamy finish and opaque color coverage. This has an amplified finish, and it is permanent at PRO stores. If you can’t find it at PRO, Morange is close enough (just slightly lighter).
Something New is a medium-dark pink with a creamy finish and opaque color coverage. This has an amplified finish, and it is limited edition. It is cooler-toned, brighter and lighter than Girl About Town. It is similar to NARS Schiap, which is brighter. Smashbox’s Flirty is also similar, though perhaps a touch more purple. It is a little pinker and brighter than Love Forever.
Style Curve is a semi-opaque fuchsia violet with a subtle sheen. This has a cremesheen finish, and it is limited edition. It is significantly more fuchsia and less opaque than Violetta. It is closer to Show Orchid when worn, but it is sheerer, glossier in the finish, and less iridescent. I wish they would have made this an amplified finish. It took several layers to build up the color.
All of the lipsticks were as expected, based on their finish, with Cockney being surprisingly pigmented (well, not really surprisingly, since we’ve swatched it here before!). I really do think that MAC could have made Style Curve a really fun, bright and opaque shade had they gone with an amplified formula (like they did with Neon Orange and Something New). It did have a glossier finish than other cremesheens, though, which was nice.
Cockney and Neon Orange best suit warm-toned skin, as they both have orange undertones, while Something New and Style Curve best suit cool-toned skin, as they have bluer-bases. While Neon Orange will be the most difficult for cooler skin tones to pull off, warmer skin tones should still find both Something New and Style Curve easy enough to wear as neither is too strongly blue in its base.
MAC Stylishly Yours Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North America, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: Overall, I really liked these lipsticks. They were true to their finishes; lustres tend to be sheerer and glossier and Cockney was just that (even more pigmented than the average lustre, actually), while cremesheen finishes vary from semi-sheer to opaque, Style Curve falls in the middle.
AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)