MAC Huggable Lipcolours (Cherry Glaze, Commotion, Fashion Force,
Feeling Amorous, Fresh & Frisky, Love Beam)
MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) are supposed to be long-wearing for as long as six hours, pigmented, hug lips while providing a glossy finish that gives lips a “smooth and sculpted” appearance and “immediate moisture.” If you’re familiar with MAC’s lipstick formulas, I would describe this as a cross between the Cremesheen finish and Mineralize Rich Lipsticks. They wear a little longer than Mineralize Rich Lipsticks and Sheen Supremes, but they have a thinner, clingier consistency that is much more like the Cremesheen finished lipsticks; I don’t think they’re very similar to Sheen Supremes, as they have a lot more slip, creaminess, and a glossier shine. The consistency isn’t lightweight, because it’s noticeably there, as it does feel a bit gel-like, slightly glossy, but mostly… clingy–maybe I mean huggable. It’s a little tacky, too. I wouldn’t describe the consistency was creamy, as the bullet does skip and tug at the lips. The best way to apply is to rest the bullet against your lip for about five seconds, and then slowly pull to glide the color across the lips–this seemed to give me the best glide and smoothest results. I’ve only worn four so far, and I have eight to go, but these four were somewhat hydrating. They did not feel immediately hydrating to me; there was some hydration over time, though.
I think someone who likes a glossier shine to their lipstick formula, fair amount of color payoff (but not fully opaque), likes their lipstick to hug (or cling) to their lips and not slip around at all, and doesn’t mind a little tackiness may like this formula. Some people will definitely find it uncomfortable to wear. As I wore these, I found they were unforgiving on flakes, dryness, and did not reapply well. They were best applied over freshly exfoliated, hydrated lips, and to reapply, you really need to remove whatever may be left. It’s also a product that takes about five minutes to smooth out on the lips; I suspect as the warmth of your lips heat the color, the color becomes more blendable, so it smooths and evens out just so. If you like Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy formula, you’ll probably like these. Their biggest downside is really that they about average for wear–not long-wearing.
It is a new (and limited edition) formula that launches online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).
Cherry Glaze is described as an “orange red.” It’s a warm, orange-toned, medium red that’s brightened but not quite neon red. It had semi-opaque color coverage, a light sheen, and applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for five hours and did leave a slight stain behind. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $21.00) is shinier but very similar. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is also similar but not quite as warm-toned. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.
Fashion Force is described as a “cool coral.” It’s a light-medium, slightly muted, pink-tinged coral with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied to the lips. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.
Fresh and Frisky is described as a “soft neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium, orange-peach wih a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. It applied mostly evenly and wore well for three hours on me. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more matte, lighter. Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet (LE, $23.00) is sheerer, lighter. See comparison swatches.
Out for Passion is described as a “soft warm rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips. It appeared mostly even when I applied it and lasted three and a half hours. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is lighter, shimmery. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Revlon Lover’s Coral (P, $7.99) is brighter. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is less pink. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is pinker, a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.