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?

New Fascinations: Eyes/Base

In the past year, I’ve noticed a steadily increasing stream of product releases. It seems every few weeks, multiple brands release new items into their arsenal and take the blogging world by storm – emails flood inboxes, flatlays are instagrammed, and YouTube hauls cut away to slick close-up demonstrations. Now more than ever we’re bombarded with overwhelming newness and hyperboles on the necessity of beauty products, but I’m easily bored when it comes to makeup. With such a steady stream of newness, my eyes start glazing over – for the most part, it all looks like the same contour palette. Despite this, over the past few months I have found myself with quite a wee list of interesting new products so I’ve done some poking around, swatching and investigating, and have a few thoughts on the latest items in the beauty world. This is a collection of things beyond highlighting drops and liquid lipsticks, that stand out and seem to offer us something different. Read on, and see if I’m as enthralled as people with affiliate links.


EYES


YSL, The Shock Mascara:
 This looks like YSL’s answer to Too Faced’s Better Than Sex (even the same colour cap). Very volumising, I hear it gives the oomph you want for lashes that seduce; and it comes in burgundy. Oh yes please, so long as it isn’t too sticky.


Nude By Nature, Eyeshadow Trio:
 Not the newest of the new, but I was so blown away by Nude By Nature’s relaunched single shadows, that I went in search of more. Their 3-pan palettes are well-curated and so, so tempting – the rose one is just begging to be mine.


Lancôme, Grandiose Liner:
 If you hadn’t heard, Lancôme have made a liquid eyeliner with a really weird handle on the brush. Word is the packaging innovation is just okay, but the formula is absolutely bomb. I’ve been looking for a smudge-free alternative to my Napoleon Perdis Matte Eye Ink, and I think this is it.


Rimmel London, Precise Eyeliner:
 Who doesn’t want royal-blue liner? It’s unusual that the more affordable brands take big colour risks in such products, and I’m glad – Rimmel are known for some excellent eyeliners, so I expect a solid product from them.


Maybelline, Eye Studio Master Drama Nude Eyeliner: 
This is a few months old now, but all my blogging friends are raving about the new (very long-named) Eye Studio liners from Maybelline. I was super impressed with their Colour Show liners a few years ago, and these are reported to be just as creamy and pigmented, with shimmer involved.


Benefit ,They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender:
 3 words. What the fuck?! The only good things I’ve heard about these were in a very-obviously sponsored video by Shaaanxo, and the rest has been (rightfully, it seems) negative. It’s 2017 – we’ve just begun to forget our unhygienic sponge-applicator sins of past, so please don’t bring them back.


L’Oreal Paris, Brow Artist Maker:
 This looks MAD. A kabuki-style, dense brush for your eyebrows? Attached to a plastic barrel of powdery stuff? I have Googled, and I can’t figure out how this could possibly work, but I am fascinated and desperately want to get my hands on one.


Stila, Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow:
 Another hugely popular recent launch, I was at first uninterested – I’m not keen on forking out $40 for a tiny tube of cream eyeshadow. But then the reviews started coming in, and I hear its incredible. Long-lasting, properly metallic and non-scratchy removal. Oh god. I DO need it.


Clarins, 4-Colour All-in-One Pen: 
Straight off the bat, this was never going to work. Clarins, what were you thinking? Making a pen with 4 thin cylinders of liner with no oxidation protection was always going to result in brittle, scratchy and dry liners that hurt people’s faces. I do love a good bit of stationery, but perhaps not when it comes to a product that’s going near my eye.


BASE

Estee Lauder, Perfectionist Serum Compact: I loved the original fluid Perfectionist foundation when I tried it, and I want a new compact solid cream foundation. This looks especially lovely, and has had good reviews.

Bobbi Brown, Retouching Wand: Yeah, these came out like 6 months ago.. but I still haven’t managed to swatch one. The idea, however, is right up my alley and Sophie reckons it’s good so of course, I want it too!

L’Oreal Paris, Fixing Mist: It’s not often I bother going all-out when doing makeup on myself, but when I do, it pisses me off when it starts transferring (though it’s usually due to a fault with my face). I refuse to drop lots on a setting spray and I hear great things about this, so I’d like to give it a shot.

Shiseido, IBUKI Smart Filtering Smoother: So I should’ve realised when I read the ingredients list that this wasn’t a thick, tub product. But I thought it was. Regardless I was excited, especially due to the SPF content. Then I searched actual, not-PR images and it’s a flat, squeeze tube thing. HALF the height of it is just the damn lid. Not excited anymore.

Urban Decay, Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer: The aforementioned Shaaanxo video introduced me to this – I watched her put it on her face and I actually saw a magic difference, so I thought I would very much like it. Now I’m torn, because I’ve also read a few bad reviews. I’ll need to get a sample.

NARS, Soft Matte Complete Concealer: Another big-scale launch in Beauty Land. Apparently this is no normal pot concealer; it really is soft! It won’t tug at your eyes! Velvety as fuck, and as always with NARS, very sleek packaging.

Kevyn Aucoin, The Loose Powder Brush: I love the shape of this thing, it looks like a broom you’d find on a spaceship. It’s goat hair, which I do love in a powder brush, and is a nice size – smaller than others I have, but still enough for my moon of a face.

By Terry, Hyaluronic Hydra Powder: To be honest, I haven’t looked up reviews for this. ‘Hyaluronic’ + ‘Powder’ are not words I normally pair, so my interest is piqued. The mini is $17 at Mecca and I have decided I’ll have it. Don’t talk me out of it.

BECCA, First Light Priming Filter: Yeah, fine concept.. let’s be real though, most consumers can’t be arsed getting on the colour-correcting train. It’s vital for makeup artists, but we have other tricks that don’t have a pants-shittingly expensive price tag.

What new beauty things have caught your eye recently?

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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“The true beginning of our end..”

First of all, I’d like to clarify the opening title of this new venture of mine. See, it’s my intention to title as many of these posts with a quote from a text I like as I can – in this case, it’s from the prologue, delivered by Quince, from Act 5, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s not as ominous as it seems out of context; in fact, the term ‘end’ here means ‘purpose’ – “(It is) the true beginning of our purpose”. It’s in reference to the bumbling ‘play’ the players are about to put on for the Lovers and Co.*, the purpose being to entertain their audience.

In a way, that’s sort of my purpose here. I’m Lucie, and I’m starting this blog in order to complete a challenge I’ve set myself for the next year; that I will find something at least mildly interesting to document in this blog, every single day. It’s an idea largely taken from my intelligent and fabulous buddy Sam Brooks, who is an ace writer and has started a blog to do something similar – you can find it here if you like (I highly recommend you follow it). I intend for my posts to be in a myriad of different formats – written paragraphs, photographs, videos, poems and perhaps the occasional song. The idea behind this is to keep myself working on creative projects. I’ve had a crazy year or so, and having something creative to do long-term and reflect on sounds like a pretty good idea.

Whether or not I have any kind of audience doesn’t matter – though I can’t deny that it’d be nice – as it’s more of a personal development. Not a diary by any means; I have to say that I  am not and never have been a fan of the notion of documenting my personal thoughts and feelings, so fear not. I know that at the moment the way I write sounds painfully pretentious, but I’m hoping that I can develop more of a casual ‘voice’ over time – please bear with me!

Anyway, as it stands I’m feeling pretty ill, so I’ll sign off for the evening.

Sayonara, kids – I’ll see you tomorrow.

Lucie

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* The Lovers and Co. would be a brilliant band name.. who’s up for it?