MAC Fall Colour Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) includes eight (yes, eight!) shades: Fleshpot (pale muted pinky beige), Fusion Pink (bright coral), Neon Orange (bright clean orange), Plum Bright (purple), Ruby Woo (vivid bluish-red), Show Orchid (vivid hot pink), Violetta (bright clean violet purple), and X-S (dirty red chestnut). These are part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and rolls out internationally in October. Plum Bright is the only new and limited edition shade, while X-S used to be permanent, I believe it was discontinued (I have old, old swatches of it but it’s not listed online any more). Ruby Woo is permanent at all MAC locations, and the other shades are permanent at PRO stores.
Plum Bright is a reddish plum-purple with semi-opaque color coverage and a glossy shine. The information I have lists it as a satin, but it feels like a lustre or glaze (and looks like it, too). It has a lot of slip and less color payoff than a satin and lacks the overall creamy texture. My tube is a sample and doesn’t have final labeling, so I can’t confirm either way. MAC Bust Out is lighter and purpler. It’s less red compared to Thierry Mugler Dream and MAC Riveting Rose.
Ruby Woo is a blue-based red with a matte finish and nearly opaque color coverage. It’s one of the driest lipsticks I’ve ever used; it’s kind of my benchmark for dry, actually. It does pull and drag a bit, but it wears like a champ (but it’s drying after four or five hours of wear). It is similar to a lot of other blue-based reds.
Show Orchid is a vibrant fuchsia-pink with fuchsia-purple iridescence. It has mostly opaque color coverage and an amplified finish. NARS Schiap is pinker and doesn’t have the fuchsia sheen.
Violetta is a reddened violet purple with soft shimmer. It has most opaque color coverage and an amplified finish. I can’t think of a dupe for this shade.
X-S will be reviewed when I am able to purchase it!
This set of lipsticks includes a lot of my personal favorites. Most of these shades are rich in color, comfortable to wear, and wear on the longer side (because they’re more intense, so they’re more apt to stain, while the finishes are creamier so they cling to lips). MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented, and I typically get three to six hours of wear from them. With amplified and satin finishes, I tend to get four to five, though shades like Ruby Woo are so dry and matte that they wear closer to six.
For the record, I’d like to state that releasing eight lipsticks in a full color collection this one is borderline ridiculous!
Most of these are permanent at PRO stores, which can be bought year-round, so if you're on a tight budget, you can always pick these up later!
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MAC Cosmetics on September 29th, $14.50 each
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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)
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MAC Neon Orange Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a traffic-stopping opaque neon orange. The name really says it all — it’s bright, in-your-face, and exactly orange. It’s unabashedly orange, and you won’t see it apologizing for anything any time soon! It has such a smooth texture with incredibly rich, opaque color. The finish is creamy, but it has a little bit of a sheen that lights it up. It really has an amazing feel, and it is one of MAC’s best lipsticks in terms of quality–even if the color may be a little hard to wear!
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The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.