New Fascinations: Colour/Lips

Continuing with my last New Fascinations post, I’m still focusing on makeup. Ironic given that I rarely wear it.. I know, I know. This time around, it’s colour products (highlighters, blush, bronzer, etc) and lip products – the things that’ve been launching the most lately. I’ve picked out the ones that stood out slightly more than the same-old face kits and high-coverage concealers, did some vague research and written some thoughts. Anyway, let’s get to it:


COLOUR


Lancôme,  Belle De Teint Mosaic Palette:
A summery limited edition, I am enamoured with this packaging. A giant diamondy compact is already all I want and need, but the inside is gorgeous too. Two contrasting colours of blush, and two of complimentary bronzer. The paler version is so-so, but just LOOK at that deeper one. Red blushes are my weakness.


YSL, Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick:
 This launch feels very Korean-cosmetic-inspired. An extension from their existing Baby Doll Kiss & Blush liquid stains, this is a matte dual-colour balm that you can use on the lips and cheeks. It’s apparently very pigmented – I’d love to give it a go.


Benefit, Hoola Lite:
 Pale kids, rejoice. The cult bronzer is available in shades that won’t make you look like Jersey Shore! Definitely on my wish list – but I feel weird about buying it unless Benefit are planning to release a corresponding ‘deep’ shade too. Whitewashing isn’t cool.


BareMinerals,  Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer: 
I saw Ruth Crilly swatching this in a recent video, and I’m mesmerized. It was smooth, gently pigmented and most importantly, not too warm. Get me to a Mecca so I can swatch it!


RMS Beauty,Magic Luminizer:
  The younger sister of a cult favourite, this is a champagne-toned, very natural cream highlighter. I think the original Living Luminizer will suit me better, but I’m glad they’ve released this for a wider range of tones.


BECCA,  Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector:
NOBODY NEEDS A PURPLE POWDER HIGHLIGHTER. Please, stop the fuckery.


Lancôme,  My Parisian Pastels Limited Edition Shimmer Cubes
 Apparently you can use these things as a highlighter by swirling your brush across the cubes, or pick up a cube and apply it straight to your eyelid. Thing is, if they can be picked up and applied, it can’t be a very soft formula.. and the idea of dragging a sugar-cube of glitter across my eye makes me wince.


YSL,  Touche Éclat White Strobing Pen: 
Like the Touche Éclat, but instead of colour-corrective luminising goodness, it’s just white and ultra-super-glowy. I think this will either be god-awful, or absolutely stunning – no middle ground when it comes to Touche Éclat. If there is a problem, I suspect it’ll be in the blendability as this is where liquid/cream products tend to fall down. But if it’s good.. this will be a big seller.


LIPS

Revlon,  Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours: I’m not a big fan of matte lipsticks on the whole, so anything promising a moisturizing, comfortable texture and a decent pigment is something I’m keen on. I love the slimline packaging, too – much more elegant and precise than the usual. The shades I fancy the most are two pinky-plum ones: ‘Dawn’ and ‘Vineyard’.

Bobbi Brown, Art Stick Liquid Lip:  Bobbi have revamped their (excellent) Art Sticks to create a thick, demi-matte cream housed in a squeezy-tube, and these things are ace. ‘Azalea’ is the brightest and best new lipstick I’ve seen in a long time, and ‘Vintage Pink’ is one I would wear on the regular too. Selinah tells me these last for ages and don’t turn your lips into a desert, but Fleur de Force doesn’t agree – nonetheless, I need some for myself.

Antipodes, Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks: I quite enjoyed the previous incarnation of Antipodes’ lipsticks; it always impressed me how relatively opaque they were, given the all-natural ingredient list, and how well they wore. The whole line has had a face-lift, and new shades added – apparently the new formula is even more pigmented than before. I’m eyeing up ‘Queenstown Hot Chocolate’ and ‘Piha Beach’ Tangerine.

Benefit,  They’re Real! Double The Lip: These are supposed to be a combination of lipliner and lipstick – separate shades in the same cartridge, and shaped so the liner stays sharp. I can see how it should work, but what I don’t see is why you’d want one of these in such wildly opposing shades. Some match up and look quite nice, like ‘Lusty Rose’ (god, you can tell I’m on a Rose roll at the moment); but others such as ‘Pink Thrills’ just don’t match up for me.

L’Oreal Paris,  Infallible Matte Lip Colour: L’Oreal bringing in the weird and impractical packaging once again. These consist of a sponge tip applicator with a condensed pigment packed into the lid, so when you screw it on, it re-colours the applicator. There are obvious practicality issues here, but I also worry about the longevity of the sponge-tip applicator. Regardless, I want to try them. The reds and oranges look ridiculously pigmented, and ‘Virgin’ is a nice everyday colour.

Hourglass,  GIRL Lip Stylo: Everyone loves Hourglass: fact. No surprise then, that these new lip stylos have been such a hit. If I’m honest, I was a little disappointed – no innovative or particularly unique colours, and the formula seems a little less pigmented than I’d expect. However, I definitely have a bit of a hankering for two shades – ‘Activist’ and ‘Inventor’. Not too out there, but still interesting and flattering.

Kevyn Aucoin,  The Molten Lip Colour – Top Coat:  I’m pretty sure a lip colour ‘top coat’ is just a gloss, but I’m willing to put that aside for these gorgeous-looking things. They’re designed to be worn over lipsticks to add an extra dimension of holographic shine, and unlike most ‘holographic’ makeup, I am on board.

Lime Crime,  Diamond Crushers: These are a mega intense version of a lip top coat and are aptly named, because they do look like you have kissed diamond dust. I love the duochrome shift in most of them, and based on swatches, ‘Acid Fairy’ and ‘Trip’ look like the best. Having said that, I’m still not over the excessively dodgy antics of the company a few years ago, so I’ll pass.

So that’s it! There’s my thoughts on the newest things in makeup. Look out for the skincare edition coming up soon. In the meantime – is there anything I’ve mentioned that you’d love to or have tried?

September Favourites

LUSH Fresh Farmacy Solid Cleanser
I picked this up on a whim back in May, I use it almost every day and it’s only just become half the size. It’s a solid facial soap and has calamine, chamomile, rose and lavender and is astringent but soothing, so perfect for a breakout-face.

Bdellium Tools 776
I have 3 of these brushes, and they are amazing. Morgan over at Hyacinth Girl compared this brush with the iconic MAC 217 and concluded that they are basically identical. I don’t have a 217, but holy fuck do I love these brushes. Perfect for everything, and it’s now a staple in my stash.

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
In my room at my new flat, I have to really contain myself to one makeup item of each type at a time. As such, for the last 3 weeks I’ve been using this palette and adoring it – the pink and rose gold tones compliment my eyes wonderfully and it’s an easy thing I don’t have to think about.

Lipstick Queen lipstick in Central Park
Hi, new favourite red lipstick. Pigmented as fuck, nice and bright and doesn’t move off my lips. Also, can we talk about the compact yet luxe matte-finish, metal tube? Lipstick Queen, you are incredible.

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream
I’ve actually been using this more as a night treatment for my hands than anything else lately, as I ran out of my Elizabeth Arden Intensive Hand Treatment. This is a little harder to work in (figures), but it does the trick in a pinch. I also like it for the face but not as much as my HG winter moisturiser, hence the repurposing.

What have been your favourite beauty products this month?

Top 20: Lipsticks (2014 edition)

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Welcome to 2015, everyone!
I’m starting this year on my blog with a round-up of my favourite lip products I came across in 2014. I’m a bit mad about lipsticks, and last I checked I had upwards of 110 lipsticks/glosses/stains/coloured balms in my stash. 2014 was an excellent year for me makeup-wise, and lip products are by far the area that’s grown in size the most. So I chose my favourite 20 I purchased this last year, and I’m going to tell you about it, in colour order. I’m hoping I can make this an annual thing, but we shall see.. let’s go!

THE NUDES

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L-R: L’Oreal Contour Parfait lip pencil in #656 Honey; ArtDeco Hydra Lip Booster in #36; Australis lip pencil in Miss-Behave; L’Oreal Color Riche Naturals for Brunettes – #378 Velvet Rose.

Both of my lip pencil picks are in this lot, as I don’t have that many lip pencils – if I’m putting a bold colour on, who’s going to know if the lipliner I’ve used doesn’t match? I may as well just have one or two in a nude colour that go with everything. So that’s what I’ve done! The L’Oreal one I found on my travels overseas in a Boots, and it’s a true My-Lips-But-Better nude for me. I would wear this puppy on it’s own (..if it wouldn’t be excessively drying), it’s that good. Super pigmented, doesn’t run out too quick, and compared to most of my other lipliners, doesn’t grab and tug at my lips too much. This pencil actually goes really well with the ArtDeco lipgloss next to it – I came across this gloss when a customer asked me to find it for her, and I fell in love. Anyone who knows me intimately knows I usually hate lipgloss, but this is the gloss that changed it all. It’s a perfect nude that disappears on my lips, doesn’t have any sparkle, and doesn’t migrate or taste like shit.

For pinky nudes, the Australis lip pencil in Miss-Behave is the bomb.com – it works with corals or pinks, and HOLY CRAP. It’s pigmented, creamy and $14NZD. I only got it the other day, but I’ve already made my Aunty buy one. It also happens to go really nicely with the next one, the L’Oreal Color Riche in #378 ‘Velvet Rose’. I’d been eyeing this lipstick up for ages at work, and when a buy-two-get-a-third-free deal on L’Oreal came up in a catalog, you betcha it was first on my list. It’s definitely a pink, but on me it reads as a pink-leaning nude, and I love it. I reckon the whole ‘naturals/bolds for blondes/brunettes’ thing the Color Riche line has is a bit squiffy – I can’t remember how many times I’ve recommended customers try it, but it has seriously suited everyone I’ve ever seen with it on, and most customers that try it buy it. Go see how it looks on your mug!

THE PINKS

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Clockwise, L-R: ArtDeco Lip Brilliance lipgloss #10; MAC Retro Matte lipstick in All Fired Up; Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick #423 Pink Velvet; MAC Amplified lipstick in Craving; Australis Velourlips in Mi-A-Mee.

A bit more exciting and stereotypically ‘girly’ than nudes are pinks. And boy, do I have a range of ’em! We have another ArtDeco lipgloss in here, this time in the ‘Lip Brilliance’ formula. If I’m honest, I’ve noted almost no difference between the Lip Brilliance and Hydra Lip formulas, but Lip Brilliances come in a square tube, are longer and smell very nice – like vanilla icing. Yum! They’re super-duper pigmented, and #10 is a great universal darker-pink shade that again, I think everyone would suit. On the other end of the spectrum is MAC’s All Fired Up, a bloody bright and in-your-face fuschia.It’s awesome, but certainly not an easy shade – you’ve gotta go real easy on your eye look if you wanna rock this baby well. Not to mention your lips have to be in VERY good condish, as the Retro Matte is the most drying of all MAC lipsticks, and it WILL tug on your lips. But if you play by it’s rules, All Fired Up will put on an amazing show, with your lips as the star.

Revlon’s Pink Velvet is a very popular shade, and I can totally see why. The moment I swatched this at work, I needed it. It’s a very wearable bold pink, for days when I want to stand out a bit, but not scare customers off. The Creme formula of the Super Lustrous range is absolutely wonderful, incredibly pigmented, lasts for ages and doesn’t dry your lips out. Need a good trusty pink that’ll suit any situation or outfit? Pick this. For a darker version, try MAC’s Craving, another lovely shade I chose on a whim. It’s dark enough to be sultry, but light enough for daytime wear if you like. Another colour that would probably work on everyone, and it’s in the awesomely opaque Amplified formula. Best impulse decision ever. Well, after agreeing to go on a date with John.

Oh, but you need a bold, bright watermelon-pink lipstick that will NOT budge until you want it to (and even then sometimes won’t)? Pick the Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Mi-A-Mee. Over in NZ, everyone loves Australis Velourlips – the second they dropped into our pharmacies and department stores, they were snapped up immediately, and have been selling steadily since. In Southern Hemisphere spring, Australis released 5 new shades, and my god they’re nice! This is my favourite – uber bright, but not neon*, so I LOVE it. Of course you’ve to be careful how you apply it, as with all the Velourlips range, but this will definitely be a staple in my collection.

THE CORALS

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L-R: Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss #20 Firefly; MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Crosswires; ArtDeco Lip Brilliance lipgloss #29; MAC Lipglass in Viva Glam Cyndi.

Remember how I said I hate lipglosses? My long-standing hatred of glosses comes from those terribly sticky and badly fragranced kid glosses you’d have found in every 8-year-old’s bedroom circa 2002, and it has taken me a fair while to get past that, but for the sake of the following gloss, I’m so glad I did. Bobbi Brown’s Firefly lipgloss is absolutely stunning – it’s sparkly and pretty and shiny and opalescent.. and not a sticky, expensive mess. Everything I’d want in a gloss. I only got this recently along with some other glosses from Bobbi Brown, but it’s shot to the top of my list for go-to shimmery glosses. I have my friend Selinah to thank for this discovery, and I’m so glad I listened to her recommendation – Firefly is now discontinued, and I really don’t feel I could be complete without this gloss in my life. In a similar vein is the lipstick I’ve decided is my #1 lipstick to date, my all time do-gooder of a colour – MAC Crosswires. I love the Cremesheen formula, and this is just the perfect muted corally-pink. It goes with virtually anything, I look LOVELY in it, and I just generally feel 78% more put-together when I wear it. I picked it up because Estee from Essie Button mentioned it a long time ago as her favourite, and I can see why. Heaven in a lipstick, right here.

Surprise, surprise, another ArtDeco gloss. This time it’s #29, which is the same but a bit paler than Crosswires. Formula’s great, colour is summery and happy – a nice light coral. A dark coral/red-leaning-pink that is very similar in formula, texture and scent is MAC’s Viva Glam Cyndi. I ummed and aah-ed about this gloss for ages, but finally caved and bought this off Trade Me, and thank goodness. It’s opaque in one swipe, and it is just stunning. I am crossing my fingers that MAC bring it back in another collection one day – if it is, you bet I’ll be snapping up 56 of them.

THE PLUMS

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L-R: L’Oreal Color Riche Intense for Brunettes #374 Intense Plum; ArtDeco Lip Brilliance lipgloss #10; MAC Amplifed lipstick in Pure Heroine; Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquer #304 Eclipse.

Ooh, the vampy shades! Another Color Riche lipstick I fell in love with in 2014 is #374, Intense Plum. Probably the darkest lipstick L’Oreal do (that they’ve released in NZ, anyway), but it’s a good’un. It does wear off faster than other colours (2-3 hours on me), but overall it’s another super pigmented, moisturising and badass colour – I haven’t had much of a winter in the past year, but I’ll be rocking this when I finally catch the right weather. I’ll also be slathering on ANOTHER ArtDeco lipgloss – another Lip Brilliance, this time a beautiful deep raspberry (shade #57). Whenever I get bored and have a play with the tester of this gloss at work, I average 3 compliments an hour. That’s a hell of a lot for a store full of people who see you basically every damn day. It has a bit of sparkle, but it doesn’t really show on the lips which is fine by me because I’m in love with the colour as is.

The true vamp of the colours in this round-up is the lovechild of MAC and NZ goddess Lorde, and it’s an incredible deep purple – the goth-leaning cousin of the popular shade Heroine. It’s another Amplified, which I love – the obvious choice was a matte formula, but I love the opaque creamy gloss look Amplified formulas give, and it really is the cherry on top of such an awesome shade. This lipstick will make you feel invincible and effortlessly cool – basically, just like Lorde.

Last up in this lot is basically the liquified version of L’Oreal’s Intense Plum. It’s one of the Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers – #304 Eclipse. I wish I could put all the Apocalips shades I own here – they’re all super opaque, long lasting, non-sticky, and if you use a lipliner, won’t slide all over your face. Also, they’ll stain your lips slightly so if you eat/drink while wearing them, you won’t look like a dork.

THE REDS

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L: MAC Frost lipstick in Viva Glam Rihanna I. R: MAC Matte lipstick in Frank-N-Furter.

I’ve only two reds to report in this line-up, and they were easy to choose. Both from MAC, too – Rihanna’s first Viva Glam lipstick, sporting (what I believe is) the first Viva Glam product not to come in the usual black packaging, just with red trim. Rihanna isn’t one of my favourite artists at all, but DAMN she chooses good lipstick. I thought I’d hate a Frost formula, and I actually love this. Not too dry and sparkly as anything, but you barely feel any grit from the glitter, and it doesn’t budge. I also love the Viva Glam Rihanna II lipglass, and her Riri Hearts 2013 line. I’m telling you, she must know a thing or two about lip product.

My second red pick is one I’ve already written at length on – Frank-N-Furter from the September Rocky Horror Picture Show line. Oh man. This lipstick is the best matte I’ve ever experienced, and it’s my favourite red lipstick I own. Read more on it (and the rest of the lipsticks in the collection) here.

And finally..

THE STAR OF THE SHOW

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MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Goddess of the Sea, from the Alluring Aquatic collection.

The title of Lipstick of the Year 2014 goes to Goddess of the Sea from the Alluring Aquatics collection. First off, that packaging is STUNNING. I want everything from that collection just for the gorgeous textured packaging. It is a shining, slightly (pleasantly) lumpy turquoise beacon in my make-up bag. But the colour.. that seals the deal. It’s a cremesheen, so it’s super comfortable on the lips, doesn’t stick too hard or little, and is pretty damn opaque for a mid-tome dusty purple. I was actually thinking about this lipstick the night I got it, admittedly a bit tipsy, and wrote myself some notes on it for when I eventually reviewed it. As is typical of me, I never got around to reviewing it, but I do remember what I jotted down – “sexy raisins”. This lipstick is the colour of sexy raisins. It’s the best product MAC released in 2014, hands down. Frank-N-Furter is a close second, but the packaging is what pushed it over the edge. If you can, get this lipstick, just to say you own it. Don’t worry about the other shades in the Alluring Aquatic lipsticks, they’re pretty average. This one is a must-have is everyone’s lipstick holder.


And that’s it. My thoughts on the best lipsticks of 2014. I suggest you go and buy them all – that way you will have at least 20 good things in your life this year!

No, but really – I hope you all have a lovely year, and keep reading my blog. I’m intending for it to get good.

Lucie x

*I hate neon. I can’t do it.

MAC x Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection 2014 – NZ Launch Event & Lipstick Swatches!

“Welcome, my darlings!” Magenta cooed as she pulled me into the store, introducing me to Riff-Raff and Frank-N-Furter as I drank in the surroundings – fabulously dolled-up artists lining the walls, greeting me and looking as truly excited as I was; Dammit, Janet! blasting through the speakers; drinks in glasses rimmed with red sugar; a photographer snapping away as I and everyone else present gawped over the collection we had waited SO LONG to reach our shores.

Now I’ll not deny it, I hadn’t intended to try and buy my MACxRHPS items in New Zealand stores. I actually stayed up 2 nights in a row (for the original launch, and then for the delayed launch) to attempt to catch the online launch and snap up the items I’d scoped out. On the second night, I got to 7AM NZT (12PM UTC) before I gave up and ordered some other items before finally hitting the hay. Of course, when I woke up later that day I found that a mere hour and a half after I placed my order, the collection had launched. “Agh! So much for saving money!”, I thought, resigning myself to buying in-store here in NZ.

The preference to buy MAC items online is entirely justified, I think, for a New Zealander. It’s not just that MAC stores are few and far between if you live anywhere but Auckland, but also that the cost of the products is ridiculously high – a lipstick at full price in stores is $40 NZ, whereas the cost of one bought in the US translates to $2o NZ (at full price). Limited Edition products go up even more. However, I’ve gotta tell ya.. after my experience with this collection, I have officially been converted to supporting the physical MAC locations in NZ. I can’t buy all my product from them due to prices, but I’ll definitely be buying my Limited Edition products in-store from now on. Not only is it easier to procure what I want, but every time I’ve been after a LE item in-store, the artists are wonderful. Every MAC employee I’ve had the pleasure to chat to has been just as enthusiastic and ridiculously excited about the products as I am, especially LE ones, and has done everything in their power to get me one. Not to mention the incredible amount of wonderful experiences members post about MAC artists in Makeup Obsessives! So let’s have a look at the event that changed my mind!


 THE EVENT

Held at MAC’s only NZ PRO store, in Britomart’s Atrium on Takutai, we were greeted by Riff-Raff, Magenta and Frank-N-Furter, eagerly pulling us into the store and thrusting the massive display right in our faces – a large RHPS presentation holding a display of the make-up and on a small raised platform adorned with the same design that coats the inside of the product packaging.

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The Frank-N-Furter, Magenta and Riff-Raff of the night with yours truly (covered in lipstick swatches as usual!)

The first thing I did (after a moment or two of staring in awe at the products) was head over to a lovely MAC artist and ask when we could buy the product. She seemed taken aback by how ready I was to buy, but I quickly explained that I had scouted out the collection and knew exactly what I wanted. She grabbed me my lipsticks and kindly held them while my friend Jorgia and I continued wandering around. We were soon approached  by another lovely artist who offered to try some of the products on us – Jorgia tried on the Sculpt & Shape compact (which she then bought), and I had the  pigment It’s Not Easy Having A Good Time patted on top of my make-up* – holy christmas that shizz is gorgeous – and I made a mental note to purchase it the minute I get paid. I quietly told the lovely artist my massive faux pas I’d realised in the taxi – I forgot mascara. I don’t even know how I did that – and she kindly popped some Extended Play on me (another must purchase.. that brush is amazing!). Then we had a good look around, snacking on the sweet wee refreshments and drinks offered – they even had cookies shaped and iced just like the iconic RHPS lips!

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The super wonderful Magenta, who I may have taken a bit of a shine to, and a glorious RHPS cookie!

It was my first MAC collection launch, and I certainly don’t hope it’ll be my last, because I had a wonderful time. I’ve been a fan of Rocky Horror since I was a (time)warped teen, and it was an awesome way to kick off the collection. The artists I interacted with (and also the artists that gave me my invite in the first place – they recognised me from Makeup Obsessives and I was SO honoured!) were all so lovely, and just as excited as I was. Several of the complimented my make-up, and I have no doubt they meant it. The whole time we were there we were constantly asked if we were okay, if we needed more refreshment, if we had a chance to try everything we wanted – you could really tell the artists and all the employees there were really interested in what we thought, and were really invested in ensuring we had a great time. Despite the store being absolutely PACKED, they never seemed rushed, annoyed or too busy for us, and were more than happy to help out in any way. My other experiences with MAC artists in NZ (regardless of topic, but in particular, regarding LE collection items I’ve been after) have always been real highlights of my make-up consumerism – they always seem interested in what I have to say, and always go that extra mile to make sure I get what I want, and answer my questions. I can’t quite afford to purchase all my product from MAC stores in NZ, but I have well and truly decided that no matter the expense, I’ll always pick up my LE items from a physical store. It’s just so gratifying and a great shared experience when someone else is as excited as you are about the product you’re after. I love helping my customers find what they’re after, and it’s so lovely to experience others that genuinely enjoy helping people in regards to make-up. The passion I have is never unmatched by the MAC artists I meet, especially regarding Limited Edition products, and that’s why I’ll keep coming back, regardless of the price tag!

Now let’s get onto the most highly-anticipated part.. the swatches!

*FOTN shown better and with list of products used at the bottom of this post


LIPSTICK SWATCHES & REVIEWS

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The 3 lipsticks from the collection I picked up – Frank-N-Furter, Oblivion and Strange Journey – pictured in their original boxes.

I’m going to do this in alphabetical order, to appease my need for small order.


FRANK-N-FURTER

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Frank-N-Furter photographed in the tube in direct sunlight

Frank-N-Furter is described by MAC as a “deep raspberry wine”, and I’d say that’s fairly accurate. This was by far the most anticip…ated (ha,ha) of the lipsticks worldwide, and was released online at a delay after the other lipsticks in the collection. This was the one I was most excited for, and it’s a good thing I missed out on the online launch as I hear it sold out almost immediately online, and some shoppers had the shade yoinked out of their website carts if they weren’t fast enough! So what do I think of it?

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Frank-N-Furter swatched on bare lips in the sunlit shade

..it’s GORGEOUS. None of the swatches I took or any others I’ve seen online can compare to the actual thing. It’s just lovely, a slightly blue-based, true matte red. It slides on so beautifully – truly a creamy matte – and doesn’t patch up or stick together in lumps like some matte formulas do. I wore this for a good hour, through my late breakfast and sloppy morning coffee (dancing and drinking coffee is a hard thing to do, guys), and it definitely left an imprint on my mug, but you’d never notice just looking at my lips. Perfect, even coverage, and a formula that makes lipstick application a dream. That creamy, thick pigment sliding across the lips and instantly making my face look better..  Frank-N-Furter shows up every other matte red I own or have ever tried, and I really think it may have stolen the spot of Holy Grail Red Lipstick from Viva Glam Rihanna.

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Apologies, the photograph angle makes it look as if the prettiness is fading in this picture – I assure you, not the case!

It’s definitely a raspberry base with that blue in there, and it is just SO flattering on. I had a good dance around the living room with this puppy on! I wore no other make-up when I swatched it, but it truly was a I-feel-like-Beyonce colour – instant confidence and power emanates from this lipstick, and I think it does wonderful justice to the iconic Frank-N-Furter and his perfect red. It pleases me to no end that this lipstick meets all the hype it’s had – it should, given it’s named for the #1 Transsexual from Transylvania. This right here is my favourite of the collection.


OBLIVION

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Oblivion photographed in the tube in direct sunlight

 Oblivion is the only Amplified formula of the lipsticks released in this collection, described as a vivid blueish-red. It certainly is that, and was certainly the one that makes my teeth look whitest! It comes off a bit sheer, and more of a cherry-pop red than the darker red it appears as in the tube. It may well be coming off sheer as it’s mostly being swatched alongside the other lipsticks in the collection, which have the more intense matte formula, but I’m not sure – even compared to other Amplified red/deep pinks I have, this one seems a bit sheer. It is the most difficult of the four to apply and has a shorter wear time – these are again most likely due to me swatching them in comparison to the others, but once my hour of Oblivion (what a good alty-emo band name!) was up, it was noticeably patchy and slipping around my mouth despite having done absolutely no eating or drinking, and very minimal talking. It was also incredibly hard to apply – so slippery that it almost feels like a Lustre finish, and it’s very easy to mess up. This means that my swatch of this one is probably my least favourite of the ones I took.

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Oblivion swatched on bare lips in sunlit shade

 Having said all that, I do still like it. It’s a nice bright blue-based red, one we don’t get enough of. I have lipsticks with similar formulas and colour payoffs that I also love (Blood Red from the DSquared 2009 collection springs to mind), but they are very much a pink/raspberry base. Oblivion is still blue-based, but very clearly a bright red. You’ll have to be careful with this one on, but the colour may well be worth it. It is definitely coming off as a cherry-red on my pale skin, and to me it’s a clean, summery red that’s super wearable given the thin formula, but high colour payoff. Not to mention that it’s a rare summery red that doesn’t pull yellow, meaning I can wear it and be slightly less self-conscious about my teeth!

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The unique slip of Oblivion’s formula is evident here, and it’s a good shot of how beautiful this lipstick appears when first swatched.

 I’m not sure if MAC intended Oblivion to turn out so sheer and bright  – it certainly doesn’t seem to match Magenta’s lip colour, as it’s supposed to emulate, and feels like a strange colour to bring out in autumn (for the majority of the world that’ll be accessing it at time of release, anyway). Nonetheless, I do love this colour, and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it this summer, so no regrets here – just a bit of surprise. Oblivion is beautiful when you manage to get it even, and when you do it initially sits gorgeously on the lips, I just wish it would stay that way a bit longer!


STRANGE JOURNEY

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Strange Journey photographed in the tube in direct sunlight

Strange Journey is the lipstick I was planning to drop if I had to, but I’m glad I didn’t. It’s described by MAC as a brick yellow-red, and while I guess that’s true, I’d describe it more as a tomato red. It’s very much a yellow-leaner, and it’s very much a matte. It’s slightly drier to apply than Frank-N-Furter, and will start wearing off in patches, as I discovered after having afternoon tea with the cat. I wore it for 2 hours inclusive of the meal and despite wearing away a little, it was generally pretty okay. It’s a very thick formula – as most of MAC’s mattes are –  and dries out the lips a fair bit. but it didn’t budge outside where I’d applied, which was nice. I was sure I’d end up with red bleeding into the corners of my mouth, but none to be reported!

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Strange Journey swatched on bare lips in sunlit shade

I must say that this is a very flattering shade to wear. While I wore it I felt brighter, happier – safer in the knowledge that I was wearing a truly kick-ass red lipstick that would stand out without migrating off my face. In the future when I wear it, it’s nice to know that the colour won’t dull down as it wears or reduce in impact very much. It’s a true fire-engine red in the vein of other yellow-leaning mattes such as Lady Danger and So Chaud, but not quite so neon, almost like Lady D and So Chaud’s more sophisticated sister. It definitely yellows the teeth (reminding me I should get around to whitening them), but when you’re wearing it it really doesn’t matter. It’s another confidence-booster of a lipstick that’s surprisingly easy to wear, and I love it!

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The yellow tones in Strange Journey do unfortunately bring out the yellow tones in my teeth, but if I’m honest I don’t really care. It’s so bright and exciting!

I didn’t think I’d like Strange Journey that much, but I cannot tell you how pleasantly surprised I was when I popped it on. My impulse decision to purchase it was definitely a good one, and along with it’s sibling Lady Danger, I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this lipstick this coming summer. Last year was the Pink Summer, and this year we’re going for Red – a bit out of my natural comfort zone, but why not?! I’m all about trying new looks at the moment, so this summer may well end up being a Strange Journey in more ways than lipstick!


SIN

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Sin (in it’s permanent packaging), photographed in direct sunlight

 Sin is the only lipstick in the collection that I didn’t purchase at the event, as I’d already bought it a few months earlier in the permanent line. As much as I love the packaging, I don’t personally see the need to purchase a second tube for the sake of packaging. When I finish this one I’ll have a go at finding the LE packaging, but that’s a LONG while off!

Sin is the darkest colour I own by MAC (aside from Cyber), and it’s very much a true vampy colour – a dark, dark burgundy that almost leans into brown, with slight blueish undertones and a heavy matte finish. MAC describe it as a “deep, dark blue-red”, and while it does have blue undertones, I don’t find them very obvious. I’d almost be tempted to call it a lipstick with neutral undertones. As you can see in the picture below, when built up it definitely pulls red – seen on my bottom lip – but when applied to an even, basic coverage the red loses it’s blue undertones (or at least it does on my lips – see the top lip for what I mean!). This is a bit unusual, but not necessarily unpleasant – it means you can play with your application to change the way the lipstick pulls on your lips. If you were wanting a colour emulating MAC’s lighter red Diva, then pat a thin even layer over the lips and team with some lipliner; otherwise you can build it up to get the true vampy colour.

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Sin swatched on bare lips in sunlit shade

 ne of MAC’s original Matte formulas and then immediately try one of their newer shades that you can appreciate the improvements they’ve made.” The texture of Sin is significantly drier than Strange Journey, Frank-N-Furter or any other recent matte lip release from MAC. It’s closer to Russian Red, which tugs on the lips and can turn patchy very quickly unless properly maintained. It definitely took a while to apply, and while I love me a hardcore vampy lip, I’m not sure I’ll reach for Sin very often on it’s own. It is incredibly thick, and in terms of actually wearing it, it doesn’t wear well as it dries out the lips and clumps up easily. If I want the darker tones in it I think I’ll use it in combination with other dark reds, almost like a blackout curtain on the lips before applying other colours. It’s heavy and hard to wear on it’s own, but I do just adore the vamp factor it carries!

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Sin certainly offers a great deal of fun when it’s on the lips – I was mesmerised by my lips whilst swatching this one, hence the strange kiss I blew you all

I have to say, this is actually the hardest to review of the lipsticks from the Rocky Horror collection. I really do find Sin an absolute pain to apply, as it’s an intimidating colour – if you miss your lines, there’s certainly no guarantee it’ll come off easily for you to correct, and as I mentioned, the formula is very drying on me, and hard to maintain. But at the same.. I just love the colour. Being a pale lady, I find it’s pretty easy for me to rock a dark lip – my grandparents may think I look a bit ‘goth’, but I love the drama of it. Cyber meets my needs for a deep dark purple lipstick, and Sin meets the criteria for a deep dark burgundy lipstick – at least colour-wise. As you can see in my above picture, I had a lot of fun with this on too. Once I had it on my lips, I couldn’t stop staring at them. That may be due to the fact that I am positively luminescent in the sunlight (seriously – comparable to MAC’s Lightscapade MSF..!), and the contrast between my skintone and Sin is one I find absolutely stunning, but my lips became so defined and well, sinful-looking. It’s awesome.


FINAL VERDICT

 I love Rocky Horror, and I think MAC has definitely delivered RHPS-worthy lipsticks in their collection dedicated to the cult classic. The matte finishes are the perfect choice for such vivid, opaque colours – but the outlying Amplified still works perfectly. Bright and deep, cool and warm – all your staple reds are covered in this collection, and while I don’t currently wear a lot of red lips, I can see plenty in my future with the help of these lipsticks.

I think if you’re after some exciting lipsticks that are well worth your money for the colour payoff, the opacity, the wearability and the excitement of limited edition – these ones are perfect. If I’m honest, I’d pay more than $44 NZ for these, that’s how much I love them. MAC, you’ve done it again. A+!

Let me know in the comments below what colours you like best of these lipsticks, and if you think you’ll try to pick them up before they sell out!

Enjoy, kittens!


FACE OF THE NIGHT

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Jorgia and I on our way to the event, en route in a taxi. Jorgia was doing her lipstick, and this is the photograph I realised I wasn’t wearing mascara in!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation in NC15

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 – Vanilla

MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC15

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint concealer in Fair

MAC MSF in Light

MAC Plum Foolery blush

Sleek contour kit in Light

MAC MSF in Lightscapade

MAC Eye Brows self-propelling pencil in Lingering

Jordana Brow Powder in 4 – Brown

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – colours Half Baked, Foxy, Bootycall and Snakebite

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up liner

Pixi Extra Bright eyeliner

Maybelline Super Stay 24Hour lipliner in Rosewood

MAC Amplified Creme lipstick in Craving

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