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      01.12.2014 16:05
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      • "Unique Shade"

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      • "Softens over time"

      Best For Lucious Lips?

      I've had a MAC lipstick in the variety 'Frost CB 96' in my collection for a while. I bought it because of all of the recommendations for this brand from friends and family. I've also used other products in the MAC range and although I find them a bit expensive I know the quality is usually very good.

      The lipstick comes in a 3g or 0.10 oz sized stick. The outer packaging is a sparkly black plastic capsule. This has a silver interior printed with the logo which you grip before twisting the base to push up the lipstick. The lipstick is lightweight, easy to carry around and has a secure fitting top.

      The variety I have is a 'Frost finish' lipstick. It's labelled as being 'Frost CB 96 A11' on the bottom of the lipstick case. The shade is an orangey-pink with a golden shimmer. It's very shiny and reminds me of sunlight bouncing on the surface of snow. The term 'frost finish' might make you think of 1970's style lip fashions but this MAC product is bang up to date. The 'frost' effect merely brings depth of colour and a vibrancy and brightness to the lips. I like the way that the colour seems to move with the light source so the shape of your lips seems enhanced.

      The lipstick is very easy to apply and is quite soft so you can apply to dry lips. Once on the lipstick has very good staying power. It doesn't feel too thick or sticky. However, there can be some transfer onto other surfaces like drinking glasses etc. The formula of the lipstick has caused mine to become a little squidgy over time and the product has sweated even though I have stored it at just room temperature. My lipstick has also squashed up a little inside the case and looks a bit messy. Since it has softened over time it has become slightly wobbly when applying, which can make the application process more difficult.

      However, I do really like the way this lipstick looks and feels on my lips. I think this orange shade would suit every skin tone although it probably stands out for brunettes. I think the lipstick is quite versatile as the pearly sparkle is quite jazzy and you could wear this for a party or night out but you could also wear it through the day as the shade is quite a cool shade of orange.

      This lipstick cost me around £15, but I bought it outside of the UK so it may not be widely available now. I do think it's quite expensive and have used lipsticks that are much cheaper that performed almost as well. However, I think if you want to treat yourself and are looking for a unique lip colour and effect then this may be suitable for you!

      http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/

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      22.11.2014 22:55

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      • "smells wonderful"
      • pigmented
      • "long wearing"

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      • pricey

      better than cheaper products

      Macs lipsticks are wonderful and definetly worth the price just as long as you choose your colour correctly. I have in total 6 mac lipsticks viva glam 1 and velvet teddy are my personal favourites. Velvet teddy is a dark nude which is famous for being worn by kylie jenner and would probably go wonderful with all skin types. I am personally very pale and was doubtful if it would suit my skin but to my surprise it looks beautiful. Viva glam 1 on the other hand is a beautiful matte deep red with blue undertones. It looks stunning and smells like sweet vanilla. I cannot beat this lipstick at all. The best thing about viva glam mac lipsticks are every single penny you spent on them goes towards mac charity for people surviving with aids and hiv. So you arent just buyng lipstick you are buying someone hope and supplies to live. In the uk mac lipsticks cost quite a lot - £15. I think this is quite a reasonable price for such good quality. Most high end makeup brands cost a lot more than this so it is quite a decent price although not the best if you are struggling with money. In conclusion i would definetly reccomend mac lipsticks over any drugstore brands. I've found they are more long wearing and i always find drugstore brands have really off putting smells and unflattering shades but all mac lipsticks smell of vanilla and come in a wide range of colours.

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      09.11.2014 01:46
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      • "looks good"
      • "glides on"

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      • costly

      Top price but top product!

      I first fell in love with mac lipsticks after asking what colour/make of lipstick a friend had on, I loved it and had to go and purchase one.

      The Product ....

      Mac lipsticks come in a matte black tube with a small silver band around the middle and the Mac logo also in silver on both sides of the cap. The tube reminds of me a bullet shape with the cap being rounded at the top.

      The product cap pulls off fairly easily but I have never had one come off inside my handbag. Once off the neck of the lipstick is silver with the mac logo repeated this time in black on silver. To use you simply twist the silver neck and the lipstick rises.

      Most of my lipsticks are the matte look ones because I am not a fan of shiny lipsticks, one plus of this also is that the matte ones tend to be around for years so it is easy to replace my favourite colours.

      I find the lipsticks have one of the best consistencies out there, it glides on really easily but also is always nice and smooth I never need to bother spreading it with a brush or anything to even it out as I do with some lipsticks. They also seem to last forever for me, I still actually have my very first one I bought and its now 7 years old, not joking. I have gone through my favourite colours a few times over though and they tend to last me about a year and a half which is still good going.

      Cost ....

      Mac lipsticks are not cheap they retail for around £15 but you can buy them for as low as £8 for some discontinued colours.

      Summary ....

      I really like these lipsticks, not only do they have amazing pigments they do last for a good amount of time. I love that they have so many colours, there really is one for everyone and I adore the fact they stock matte lipsticks for people like me who prefer them. I think they are an outstanding quality, in my opinion the best out there and I do not mind paying for them.

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      26.10.2014 15:24

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      • "Shade Range"
      • "Highly Pigmented"
      • "Long Lasting "

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      • "Pricey "

      Fave lipstick of all time!

      These lipsticks are fabulous, recommend them to anybody wanting a high pigment long lasting lipstick.
      Amazing quality, the shade ranges to die for lovely colours in a vast amour of different finishes, matte being my favourite!
      Also lovely limited addition shades come out but sometimes have to be quick to snatch one up, can sell out very fast.
      They can be pricey but i feel its well worth the cost as they do last a long time don't have to keep re applying like some lipsticks.

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      15.10.2014 15:19
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      • "Well Pigmented"
      • "Comfortable on the lips"
      • "Long Wearing"
      • "Great Colour Range"

      Disadvantages

      • "Can be quite expensive"

      A cult item for a reason!

      I bought my first MAC lipstick, Pink Plaid, this April and I have not looked back. This was the most gorgeous cool toned pink and was a matte finish. This blots pefectly and stays on my lips for around four hours before I need to reapply.

      My natural lipline almost looks smudged and often lipstick can make this look worse. These lipsticks do not do this and for the first time ever I can over draw my lips!

      The lipsticks have are a number of different formulations and what to pick depends on your personal tastes. I have tried the following formulas.

      Matte - a full matte lipstick, creamy to apply and only slightly drying. Opaque finish.

      Retro Matte - again full matte, this time very drying. Very high colours pay off and extreme long wear.

      Cremesheen - a glossy almost sheer finish, very comfortable on the lips. Not as long wearing but great of people who have dried/damaged lips.

      Amplified - a creamy finish with a slight gloss, but can be blotted to a semi matte finish. Amazing colour pay off and great wear.

      There are also glazed, satin and frosted, however I am yet to try any from these formulas as they are not ones I would choose.

      The mattes are my favourites in the line due to the long wear and the colour range across the board is amazing.The packaging is lovely and sleek and looks amazing in my draws too!

      These retail for £15.50 ( they have recently put the price up - kind of annoying), but the limited edition ones can cost more. These can be bought from a number of outlets and the MAC website has a really good store locator.

      I adore these lipsticks and I am forever suggesting these to my frends - there is a reasons they are a cult item.





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      15.08.2014 17:29
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      the best lipstick ever!

      Mac is probably my first choice when it come to lipstick. They are more expensive than most other brands i have tried over the years but I think that they are worth it .

      Mac is quite a well know mainly department store brand which also has a couple of mac stores.

      **The range**
      In the range they offer a few different types of lipstick-mainly matte,glaze,lustre and amp(amplified). Each type has a good range of colours.
      They also bring out limited edition ones quite often. Past collections have included liberty of london,beach collection,hello kitty , disney villians . The difference with these being that instead of the black packaging you normally get the packaging on collections is normally themed- so like the beach collection was orange with seashells. Within collections they still normally bring out lipsticks with different finishes but not always a big colour selection.
      I dont have a finish i like more than any other. If i had to pick a least favorite it would be glaze just because it is not that noticeable compared to the other colours/finishes and I think the idea of lipstick for me anyway is for it to be quite bold/noticeable (like lime crime)
      The colour selection is great. I do think I have a habit of sticking to the same sort of colours though so I have about every pink shade on the colour wheel.
      The lipstick itself stays on quite a long time and I don't notice a taste or smell- that may sound like a weird comment but I hate the smell and taste of rimmel.

      Prices are around £15 depending on where you buy. One good thing about mac is if you take back 6 emptys you get a free lipstick- i think i have had a few this way from empty foundation bottles,perfume bottles,depotting my eye shadow

      Overall I do recommend them. I don't like many cheaper brands (with the exception of barry m 101) and the other brands I like are more expensive so this is the best option for me.

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      18.07.2014 14:30
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      Advantages

      • "Different textures and finsihes"
      • "Variety of Colours"
      • "Excellent Pigmentation"
      • "Long Lasting Colour"

      Disadvantages

      • "Too much choice"
      • "Can be drying"

      Pure Zen is the perfect shade to highlight femininity and use with every outfit effectively.

      Item: Pure Zen
      Collection: Marilyn Monroe Limited Edition Range (now available in Cream sheen formula)
      Price: £16.50
      Retailer: MAC @ House of Fraser

      The perfect everyday shade I rely on all the time. For that moment, that I''''m sure many of us can relate to, when your lips are dry and colourless and your in a rush- Pure Zen is the one. A primarily nude pigmented lipstick Pure Zen has a undertone of pink and peachy tones to give it an evident softness and the ability to suite any skin tone and complement any outfit. Pure Zen is a must for any womans makeup collection. Cream sheen formula is a step down from Matte for its coverage and at first I was reluctant as normally I stick to Matte lipsticks. However, now after this I am more open to different formulas as this nourishes the lips more than a Matte lipstick and also gives a long lasting coverage. My only qualm would be I have to keep repurchasing as it is my everyday colour and they are often out of stock and also, if you don''''t apply a lip balm or base underneath you might notice the lipstick being to hang ever-so slightly into the creases and imperfections on your lips. A final thing I adore about Pure Zen is its ability to go from day to night- on a day its perfect on its own no lip liner required because of the subtelty of the shade but on a night adding a lip liner that''''s a darker nude (normally I go one to two shades darker) creates a different approach to the normal statement red lip that everyone seems to do these days.

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      12.06.2014 18:25
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      • "Available in an amazing range of colours and finishes"
      • "Stays on lips for a long time"
      • "Has a lovely subtle scent of vanilla"

      Disadvantages

      • "Expensive though ultimately worth every penny"
      • "Many limited edition shades are brought out and then quickly discontinued"

      Lipstick royalty

      I own a number of MAC lipsticks in both dark and pale shades and I have to say that, on the whole, I find MAC lipsticks pretty hard to beat. They come in sleek, stylish packaging and are a great size for handbags. The MAC name features on both the lid and inner chamber of the bullet. The lipsticks themselves have a delicate fragrance and slight taste of vanilla to them, which is something I absolutely love. It's so different to a lot of the high street lipsticks which I've found can have a chemically, chalky or generally unpleasant smell/taste to them. Even the MAC lipsticks which I've owned for over a year have kept their vanilla fragrance. MAC lipsticks offer a wide range of colours and finishes, making them very versatile and personalisable. They are also very easy to use alongside each other, so you can easily achieve your desired lip colour. The pigments in MAC lipsticks are really superb, in that the majority of shades can be worn both as a delicate wash of colour as well as an out and out strong lip, depending on how much you apply. In terms of longevity, I would also sing MAC's praises. I recently tried a very bright plum/red colour when passing the MAC counter that, even after going for a coffee with my mum, stayed on my lips. With my usual shades I've never had to keep reapplying them, as I've found they do stay put on my lips for a good length of time. As a general rule I don't find MAC's lipsticks overly moisturising, but nor are they at all drying. I tend to suffer from dry, cracked lips, but even when they are having a bad day MAC lipstick goes on and looks good. The consistency of the lipsticks I've tried is very even and the bullet always glides across my lips without any tugging. The one criticism I would have is that, on a number of occasions, I have fallen in love with a limited edition shade, only to suffer heartache when it disappears from the counter/online. MAC are always bringing out limited editions and, although this is great in a way as it allows the company to shift with the current trends, it can leave you saving up to buy just a couple more in that one amazing shade, to stash away in your cupboard for later.

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        10.06.2014 20:02
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        • "easy to apply and come off"
        • "satin finish"

        Disadvantages

        • "can be dry"
        • pricey

        Would recommend to everyone

        Ive just reviewed MAC''s Viva Glam II - a light pink-mauve colour. Lovely colour - blends in well and perfect for neutral days. Full review here: http://bit.ly/1ikZF1H

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        30.01.2014 19:58

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        Good for everyday use

        Oh my,if you thinking to buy a new lipsticks, I would definitely recommend from MAC, why ? Cause me and my friends are using them and we love it to pieces.
        The good thing about Mac lipsticks are that they have tons of colour for you to choose from, from bright red to pink to peach to orange to purple,you think of a colour they most likely to have it.
        I got the peach colour, it really stands out and easy blend into the make- up. I don't like putting on heavy make-up , i usually go nude make-up so the peachy colour really suits me. It last long and doesn't give you that terrible taste which normal lipsticks gives you.
        But what i don't like is it's quite dry, i always have to put a lot of lip balm before apply to the lipstick

        But overall its really good :)

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        09.01.2014 18:59
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        Amazing lipstick, excellent quality but not right for me!

        I have had a fascination with MAC lipsticks for a long time. I've dragged my friends into many shops to stare at the range and test them all out but I have never been able to justify parting with the cash to actually purchase one. Safe to say, when one of these friends that I have dragged around with me many times brought me one of the Lustre lipsticks for my birthday I was beyond excited to try it out! The colour she brought me is called Plink! and is described me MAC as 'a warm seashell pink'. To be honest, seashell pink doesn't really mean anything to me, but the colour is a very shimmery light rosy pink.

        The packaging for this product is very stylish. In typical MAC fashion, it is very simple but very sleek. The tube is made from plastic but feels very sturdy and once you take the lid off, the lipstick is encased in an inner metal tube, from which it twists up. What I like most about the design of this lipstick is the shape of the lid, it is curved at the top and when but onto the tube, the whole thing is a bullet shape. This is unusual because most lipsticks have a cylindrical lid and it is very effective. The tube is quite thin and would easily fit into a clutch or evening bag.

        I have already mentioned that this lipstick is very shimmery and when I initially wore it I was a little disappointed with the colour. This lipstick is very sheer and with one coat on I could see more shimmer than colour- I looked as though I had eaten something shiny! However, once I applied a few more coats the pink colour started to come through. This colour on my lips is a lot lighter than it looked in the tube, almost like a bubblegum pink. I have fair skin so this colour washes me out a little and I would prefer if it were a bit darker. However, I will still find use for it in the summer when my skin is (hopefully) a little more tanned. I think for someone less fair than I, this lipstick would be really pretty. Because the colour is quite sheer, I have found that when I have worn it I have had to reapply quite often to keep the pink colour, especially if I have been drinking from a glass.

        Whilst this colour is not amazing on my skin tone, the quality of this lipstick is amazing. It is so creamy and glides onto my lips with ease. It doesn't dry them out, in fact they feel moisturized after I have worn it. It is very easy to build colour or wear sheer and I like the versatility of this product. It also smells amazing and it doesn't taste bad either which is definitely a bonus with lipsticks! Even though I don't love the colour of this lipstick I can see why MAC lipsticks are so highly rated, the quality is amazing and they really have a lovely formula. I will definitely be looking at buying some other shades, even if my bank balance doesn't appreciate it.

        The one drawback for me, as with a lot of MAC's products is the price. At £15 this lipstick is expensive and you don't get a huge amount of product compared to other brands. Whilst the quality and formula is clear, I'm not sure that warrants such a big expenditure, unless there was a colour you were desperate to have and would wear a lot. I think for colours that you only wear on occasion, it is not worth spending that amount of money on them.

        Overall, I don't love my MAC lipstick, the colour just isn't great with my skintone. No matter how much I want to adore it and apply it regularly in the hope that it looks better than it has before, I can't find many occasions to wear it. However, this has not put me off MAC lipsticks because it is a fantastic product, just not the right colour for me and this is why I am rating it so highly, despite not really wearing it often. I will definitely be looking to get another colour of MAC lipstick, as they are the best brand I have used and the feel amazing on my lips. However, with the expensive price tag I might have to save for a while first!

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          28.08.2013 11:52
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          This lipstick made me feel like a Hollywood movie star circa 1960's

          Item: M.A.C Lipstick
          Colour: Ruby Woo (Matte)
          Price: £15.00
          Bought in: Debenhams

          I was out shopping with my Mum before my wedding and we decided to treat ourselves to some make up from M.A.C in Debenhams. I hadn't tried M.A.C before but it is really well known and a bit more expensive than my usual brands so I was really excited to pick out some treats. Today I am reviewing Ruby Woo red lipstick, which I didn't wear for the wedding, it was just an extra treat!! Haha I'm not usually one for mega red lips, but as this was going to be a treat rather than a 'necessity' purchase I wanted to start with something that I wouldn't wear every day and when I did use it, it would remind me of my day out with my Mum.

          Packaging:
          All M.A.C make up appears to come in some kind of black packaging. My lipstick was parcelled up in a small black box with white/silver writing across it. The cardboard of the box is thick and is good quality. The details on the box tell you that this is a lipstick by M.A.C and has info on the ingredients and the weight (3g). When you take the lipstick out of the box the tube is similar to the shape of a "bullet" as it is flat on the bottom but tapers towards the top. The tube is 1.5cm wide and 7.5cm tall. The tube is black with a silver band around the middle where the lid meets the container. M.A.C is written across the tube in silver writing and when you take the lid off the section that twists to push the lip stick up is silver with M.A.C written in back text. The name of the colour is attached to the bottom of the tube with a round sticker and is big enough to be easily readable. When fully twisted up the lipstick measures 2 to 2.5cm tall as it tapers. The tube twists easily and the lipstick goes up and down with little effort. The tube feels really smooth and as it is rounded is quite comfortable to hold. The lid clicks securely shut too and doesn't seem likely to come off by accident. I really like the look of this lipstick and although I do love a bargain I can really appreciate paying a bit extra for this as you can really feel the quality.

          Colour and application:
          The red I chose is proper old school Hollywood glamour (well I think it is) and is very deep. When applying the colour, I used a lip stick brush to make sure that it was applied exactly to the shape of my lips. With lighter shades I just glide the lipstick across my lips and if any gets nearly over the edges it can be easily wiped off, however with reds this is more difficult so I made sure to stay in the lines by using a lip brush. The colour goes on really smoothly. It is a matte colour so is much dried than the average lipstick but I wanted that to ensure that the colour stayed where it was meant to. The colour I chose is a bright red with almost a tinge of pinkness behind it. I find that this colour of red enhances the whiteness of your teeth as some other shades of red can bring out the yellow in them. So it's handy to do a colour test before you buy reds to check that. Once I had applied a layer of the colour I let is settle on my lips for a few seconds then did that thing where you dab tissue paper between your lips so ensure that the colour has set. (I learnt to do that reading Just 17 magazine back in the 90's!! haha) I then applied a tiny spot of clear gloss over the centre of my lips to give them the look of fuller lips. The colour does stay put reasonably well but as it is so bold any tiny bare patches are very noticeable. As I was wearing this when I went on a night out, I had it with me anyways for touch ups and was happy to reapply it a few times during the night. The colour is so bold and bright that I wore quite plain eye makeup, silver shadow with thick eye liner and heavy lashes and I loved this look. It's not something I could pull off every day (but would love to) but for the occasional night out when I am feeling a bit more confident than usual it is a real WOW lipstick.

          Overall I am super happy with my purchase. At £15 for 3g this is way more expensive than my usual lipsticks but the way it looks and makes me feel it is worth every penny. The packaging and overall look of the item is very timeless and of high quality too.

          ALSO this lipstick smells like a lovely fresh made sponge cake!!! Whoop, that's quite literally the icing on the cake for me haha :-)

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            10.07.2013 12:14
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            iconic lipsticks

            MAC is a brand which embraces all kinds of beauty and produce products to cater for those who favour a natural look to those who consider black lipstick a daily staple. The beauty of MAC is not just their beauty ethos but also how this translates to their products. They not only have colours to suit all skin tones but also have different finishes which drugstore products are unable to replicate. As my make-up weakness is lipsticks and going into a MAC counter makes my pulse quicken such is the vast array of shades and textures!

            As I have quite a few MAC lipsticks and I thought I would include a quick rundown of my MAC lipsticks and how they look on my pale skin tone which I hope is helpful!

            Pink Plaid - a strong dark pink (matte) - this shade is pretty "out there" but it looks lovely worn alone with minimal blush and eye make-up - you have your statement red shades well this is definitely a statement pink!

            Hot Gossip - a purple pink plum hybrid (cremesheen) - this shade looks a little drab on my skin tone, I think it would look amazing on dark skin tones

            Russian red - a classic burgundy blue toned red (matte) - a classic! I love it, it is full on glamour and decadence, many an oligarch would approve

            See Sheer - a deep orangey red (lustre) - I love this shade it very natural and flattering and is great for those wanting to rock a red lip without committing to a very bold colour

            Chatterbox - a Barbie pink - this is very pink but with just enough red mixed in to keep it from being too girly
            Vegas Volt - a true orange coral (amplified) - I love this shade its bright but very wearable

            Crème Cup - a flesh toned pink (cremesheen) - I think this would look great on olve skin tones on me it just washes me out

            Saint Germain - a blue toned light creamy pink (amplified) - I love a bold lip colour but this colour is beyond bold, suitable for raves

            Syrup - A mauve based muted natural red (lustre) - makes me look ill

            Regardless of whether the colour ultimately suited me or not I have found that despite their differing formulas all of the lipsticks are easy to wear. They are long lasting but don't cling or dry out my lips and the pigmentation and coverage - especially of the matte and amplified shades - is unmatched. When I have found a colour that suits me it is like I have struck gold and it becomes an instant favourite.

            I will continue to purchase these lipsticks as a little treat as they are iconic and brilliant in their own right. I feel high street make up brands have upped their game in terms of lipstick shades but there are some MAC shades which are not replicable! At £15 these are an affordable luxury and are a justifiable purchase!

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              30.05.2013 23:42
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              my favourite lipstick!

              As I've mentioned before I love Mac, it's probably my favourite make-up brand. They are constantly bringing out new collections, shades and exciting limited editions and I think thats what keeps things interesting. I'm always excited to go to Mac (I'm going tomorrow - yay!).

              I love lipsticks and this is definately my favourite. I was first introduced to the lipsticks whilst watching a make-up tutorial on youtube and the first shade I purchased was 'Faux' I've since repurchased this shade and a lot more besides!

              Mac is available in some department stores, in there own stores which are dotted around in the big cities and online. The website is very impressive with clear swatches and descriptions of the shades available which makes shopping online much easier.

              THE CLAIMS:

              * Colour plus texture for the lips

              * Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street!

              * What made M·A·C famous

              MY EXPERIENCE:

              I cannot say enough about this lipstick! It glides on smoothly and feels silky on the lips. Lips feel hydrated and the colour stays on very well! I normally find the colours that stay on well are drying and generally don't feel nice on the lips. The Vanilla taste/scent of the lipstick is gorgeous!

              SHADES AVAILABLE:

              There are over 150 shades available on the website! I'm obviously not going to list them all but not only are there so many shades there are also a lot of different finishes available:

              * amplified
              * amplified creme
              * cremesheen
              * frost
              * glaze
              * lustre
              * matte
              * satin

              An unbeatable variety! I can't think of any shade that is missing from the range there is definately something for everyone!

              PACKAGING:

              The Mac packaging is simple and classy, the lipstick comes in a black bullet-shaped container with the silver writing on the side.

              VALUE FOR MONEY:

              These are very high quality lipsticks and for £14.00 they are worth every penny! I love them and will no doubt be purchasing lots more! (possibly tomorrow ;) )

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              19.05.2013 14:27
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              Long lasting, high quality lipstick that gives me confidence.

              ~~~MAC Lipstick~~~

              Now owned by Estee Lauder, New York based MAC Cosmetics (Make-up artists Cosmetics) was started in Canada nearly thirty years ago. It's a well-known purveyor of beauty items; originally for those within the fashion world and then available later to us mere mortals.

              I have been using MAC products for approximately six years, which was when I was languishing in Heathrow airport with time to kill, treated myself to a MAC makeover and purchased several of the products. This was quite an impulsive action on my part, as I'm usually much more careful with my money, preferring to spend it on Cover Girl (or similar priced) products.

              The item I buy and use most often is lipstick.

              ~~~Shades and Finishes~~~

              Obviously there is a wide range of lipstick shades, but surprisingly there are also seven different finishes. Gone are the good old days of gloss and matte!!

              Some shades are available in just the one finish, others are available in several finishes. My preference is for satin. My favourite and most worn shade in this finish range is Twig, accurately described by the company as a soft muted brownish-pink. It's also one the company's best sellers according to its website.


              ~~~Packaging and Price~~~

              From memory I usually pay approximately £10 per lipstick from Heathrow duty free. The lipstick comes in a black and silver twistable tube with the brand name on the lid in silver writing. It's sturdy and the lid stays on well. Unlike other brands I used earlier in my adult life, I have never discovered a lidless MAC lipstick at the bottom of my bag.

              ~~~Application and Performance~~~

              This is a lovely lipstick that is smooth to apply. It feels creamy, but is not too heavy or too light. It gives good coverage. The colour does begin to fade slowly but is still very pigmented. During the day I need to reapply after several hours when I am not wearing foundation as a base coat. It has never bled or feathered.

              The MAC lipsticks have a pleasant, very subtle scent - possibly a light vanilla.

              I cannot say precisely how long my lipstick lasts, as I always have several shades on the go and also the same lipstick in three different places (work, home, travel bag). However I can say that I feel this lipstick is very long lasting and that I m very happy with its performance.

              ~~~ Finally~~~

              I feel that I cannot write about MAC without pointing out that such products should only be obtained from an official source. There are many counterfeit make-up products available on line, and in some circumstances even in-store. You can read how the Australians were recently duped at www.macarthuradvertiser.com.au /story/1480156/target-left-wearing-fake-cosmetics-as-us-supplier-vanishes/?cs=9

              ~~~Conclusion~~~

              Long lasting, high quality lipstick that gives me confidence. Highly recommended.

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