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MAC Riveting Collection: Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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!

See more photos, swatches, & lip swatches!

MAC Riveting Collection
Bubbles, Metal Maven

MAC Riveting Collection
Riveting, Show Orchid

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Bubbles Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Bubbles Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Metal Maven Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Metal Maven Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Riveting Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Riveting Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Show Orchid Lipstick

MAC Riveting Collection
MAC Show Orchid Lipstick

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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As you know I already have Show Orchid (haven’t worn it yet though), so I will be skipping these lipsticks. Interestingly SO is available on the Mac UK website for anyone to order.

WOW I never would have thought that Metal Maven would be so opaque! How would you make it wearable? Maybe a pink gloss on top? Because I can’t imagine how one could wear this shade. However, I think it’s really special and it would be boring to have just pink or brown shades.

So that’s where Bubbles lipstick came from.

I went to my Macy’s M.A.C counter thursday when Spring Colour Forecast came out and looked for Bubblegum and Fresh Salmon lipsticks since they were missing but the MA said they never got Fresh Salmon in and then proceeded to show me the Bubbles lipstick which was on the new display. Hmm.

but Riveting lipstick looks the most interesting.

I thought I would want Bubbles and Metal Maven but um, not anymore. Lol! just Show Orchid for me. thanks for saving me money, especially after Spring Forecast 🙂

Show Orchid is one of my all time fave lipsticks, love it !!
Even though Riveting doesn’t look too dark, I’m not really a fan of brownish lippies. The other two I don’t like at all 🙁

riveting is a definite. looks a little bit like “tease me” form a couple of years ago, although with less violet and more taupe. may end up buying either bubbles or metal maven, although i have the distinct feeling like metal maven is going to look horrible on me. we have a pro store here, so i feel like i can wait to decide on show orchid…

Okay! I will get Show Orchid! But I am telling everyone that I was peer pressured! LOL. Luckily I get my first B2M soon! And Show Orchid seems like such a great statement lipstick to have in the stash… 😀

Awesome sneak peak – thank you! I love your swatches and more importantly your lip demos! It makes all the world seeing these colours on lips 🙂

I like Riveting and looooove Show Orchid. I was going to pickup SO but I won’t be getting anything now since I splurged LARGE on Spring Forecast… and I have a MAC store nearby so I can pickup SO anytime 🙂

I still have quite a bit of bubbles remaining from before, but I have to get Riveting. It looks great in your pictures. The pictures really help as I wouldn’t have chosen it based upon seeing it in the tube. Thanks:)

Thanks Christine for the great post (as always!)
I have been wanting Bubbles and Riveting ever since I read about them on your website, even before I saw any pics, and even more than anything in Spring Colour Forecast. The swatches have clinched it…they will be mine on Thursday!!

riveting looks nice on you. i cant wear it though. =\
oh well!
but i love Show Orchid! holy hotness!, and im glad its pro so i dont have to rush out to get it.

I think they’re different – Hollywood Nights doesn’t have the same sheen as Show Orchid (all the fuchsia/purple cast in it) and it’s darker. I imagine you could say they’re similar, but they’re not the same to me!

Thanks!
Guess I need to adjust the brightness on my screen! I have both Girl About Town and Hollywood Nights and can hardly tell the difference when I have them on, especially when paired with a gloss… and I’d hate to get yet another one that is too similar!
I’ll be going in to do some swatching, for sure!

I have Show Orchid from a previous collection and it’s my favourite lipstick ever(and I have quite a lot). Everytime I wear it, I always get compliments. Even from young and old men! Women always say, “I wish I could wear that colour”. It always brightens my mood. Riveting looks really good on your lips so I may have to put that on my list.

I still want to try on Riveting and it looks good and wearable on you Christine! And I’ll try on Show Orchid but I dunno if I can justify buying it after I bought Lustering and Lickable a long while ago.

I dyed my hair black and yesterday I wore magenta lip liner with show orchid lipstick and electric fuschia lip glass. I got so many compliments on how my lips looked good with my new hair color. 🙂

I got riveting but it looks much more purple on me then on you.

It’s not a color I can pull off without a dramatic eye. Otherwise it just looks like my lip is bruised. Interesting color though.

I want to buy show orchid and I’d like a gloss to put on top : should I get True babe or Electric fuschia (from the color forecast collection)? It seems that I can’t made my mind ^^ Thanks again!

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