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My husband treated me to a MAC lipstick late last year.
I chose the colour Ruby Woo – a well-known lipstick, which is matte and a bright red colour.
~ Price and availability ~
This lipstick is available for £15.50 from maccosmetics.co.uk and also from MAC cosmetics counters, usually found in department stores.
~ Packaging ~
The lipstick comes in a black case with a rounded lid, like the shape of a bullet. ‘MAC,’ is written on the lid of the lipstick in silver lettering.
~ In Use ~
I have had this lipstick for a while now and have worn it on a number of occasions. For me, a bright red lipstick is a bit too much for everyday wear, but I choose to wear it now and again.
It is a lovely shade of red. It is very bright. The colour pay off is excellent. I tend to wear bright lip colours along with more subtle eye looks, rather than having dramatic eyes and dramatic lips together, which I think can be difficult to pull off especially if you don’t usually wear dramatic eye make-up.
The lipstick is very easy to apply. I usually apply it directly to my lips, but you can also use a brush.
The lipstick is matte, but it isn’t drying on my lips at all. The lipstick itself does seem quite dry and it goes a bit bitty like when you use a crayon and debris flakes off.
I have been very impressed by the staying power of this lipstick. It is probably the best I have ever known. It lasts on my lips even when I am eating or drinking, which doesn’t seem to happen with many other lipsticks. I was wearing this lipstick before I started an intensive workout the other day and decided to leave it on and it was still in good shape after I’d worked out for an hour (and had drank one bottle of water during this hour) and it hadn’t smudged outside of my lip line. It didn’t even look as though it needed to be topped up.
It doesn’t fade too much when I am eating either, but I do usually find it could do with a top up after having something to eat. I always find lipstick tends to fade/ rub off the middle of my lips first.
I think the great staying power has a lot to do with it being a matte lipstick. A more glossy lipstick might slip and slide around a bit and be more susceptible to being rubbed off, whereas a matte lipstick doesn’t have as much moisture to be sliding around.
I find it easy to remove with one firm swipe of a make-up wipe. It doesn't leave my lips stained.
I love this lipstick and would recommend it to anyone who likes to wear or would like to try a bright red lip. It is fantastic quality, long lasting and not too pricey either.
I am a huge fan of Mac cosmetics and I am building up a nice collection of their make up products now. I don't wear lipstick on a daily basis but I do wear it on special occasions or when I am simply meeting a friend for lunch. Mac have a wonderful range of lipsticks all in different colours and finishes. I usually opt for bright red colours so the shade I recently purchased was called "Lady Bug". I paid £15.50 for my lipstick and it is 3.0g in weight. The packaging is sleek, elegant and feminine.
What I like the most about this lipstick is the quality. The colour is rich, bold and highly pigmented. The lipstick itself is soft and creamy and an absolute pleasure to use. It just glides onto my lips with hardly any effort from myself. One coat will usually suffice, although you can coat your lips more than once if you like bolder colour. You can press the lipstick onto your lips as softly or as firmly as you like, the lipstick will not break up or disintegrate. Like I said before, it's excellent quality and definitely the best lipstick I have ever tried. The red shade I have goes well with my dark hair.
The colour is long lasting and very rich. I can apply this lipstick in the morning before going out and it will still be visible on my lips by the time I have got home. I can eat and drink with this lipstick on my lips and it does stay put much longer than other lipsticks I have used before. I would recommend Mac lipsticks above all others. They are worth paying that little bit extra for, in my opinion anyway.
There's plenty of shades to choose from if you don't like red shades. There's a nice plum shade that I have my eye on at the moment!
Mac lipsticks are one of my favourite products ever to exist and something I use every single day no matter what my makeup is like for that day. The shade range is immense, ranging from pale nudes to dark plums and reds so there really is a colour for everyone. The pigmentation of the lipstick is amazing, and they glide onto the lips so easily. I currently own 7 mac lipsticks, and I am planning on buying a lot more. There are different formulas, such as matte and lustre finishes so there really is many to chose from. Although expensive, you can really tell that the price does have a huge effect on quality sometimes, making these lipsticks a must have for all makeup junkies. They also last ages on the lips which is great for when you are in school or at work all day and don't want to keep reapplying.
I absolutely love the packaging of these products as they are so simple and elegant and have become a well known image for all makeup junkies. The silver bullets are small and compact allowing you to easily carry them in your handbag, yet you will get tons of product for your money and I have not used up any of my lipsticks even though I use them almost everyday. At £15.50 for a lipstick, I would consider them at the higher end of the market, but they are amazing for the price when you consider them next to extremely expensive products such as the Tom Ford lipsticks.
I don’t get to wear it often because I do seem to work a lot of the time, but the days I get to be off and enjoy myself – I do like to do myself up and give myself a day of treats and pampering. So if I head out to meet a friend, or just for a walk around I always make sure I stick on a slick of lipstick.
I’ve not long got into lipstick, I was always a lip gloss kind of girl, and I’d always loved the MAC lipsticks – so when I decided I was going to buy into the whole idea of lipstick MAC was where I went to first.
I’ve got a few more than I care to admit but I’ll give you a bit of a thought about MAC lipsticks in general. What I find with them mostly, is that the choice of colours and finishes is absolutely astonishing, go to a MAC stand and there are more lipsticks than you know what to do with – I find it hard every time I go in to decide what I want to buy. The shades vary so much that there is something to suit every skin shade, no matter how pale or dark you are.
The lipsticks smell absolutely gorgeous – if I open the lid of my closest lipstick, and sniff it, it smells a bit vanilla like. It’s lovely to be able to apply a lipstick and have that kind of smell underneath your nose all day long, it’s an unadvertised bonus that comes with MAC lipsticks really. Along with the fact that despite shimmer and metallic looking lipsticks they are nice and smooth – and make my lips feel really soft and moisturised while I’m wearing it.
The colour pigmentation is great, they’re easy to apply and look so good when they’re on. They last a long time as well, provided I’m not eating lots I can easily make the colour last in excess of 6 or 7 hours – but it depends how much you apply in the beginning and if you put a protective top coat over your lipstick. The colour can transfer on skin as I’ve managed to transfer it by kisses to my other half when I’ve kissed him much to his dismay!
Lipsticks are around the £15 marker, I tend to by normal MAC lipsticks nothing limited edition which is £15.50 new – there are more expensive but I stick with my basics!
I love mac lipsticks so much. I recently bought a lipstick from MAC in the shade Brave as my old one had run out. This is the first lipstick which I have used up completely and then repurchased. The colour is natural and goes extremely well with my skin tone. I love this lipstick shade the most, however I like most of MACs lipsticks. This shade appears more natural than brighter shades which are available. For an everyday look I wear Brave but definitely tend to go for the brighter tones in the summer or on a night out. Mac have a great selection of dark lipstick colours too. This usually isn't my type but they are very flattering on surprisingly!
I think Mac lipstick formulas are great, not all of the formulas are my favourite but like satin, cream sheen and matte, they are the ones that I mainly like the most.
Mac lipsticks in general are a really really good investment. They are a little more costly than what you may expect for a lipstick but they are well worth the money. The stick lasts ages so you do not have to repurchase very often. The product has amazing colour pay off and stays on your lips without bleeding or creasing on my lips. I have recently began starting a mac lipstick collection which will hopefully grow throughout the year! When new limited time collections come out I always make sure to grab a couple of lipsticks. I rate mac lipsticks 5/5.
I LOVE ALL lipstick from MAC . Recently I have purchased MAC SATIN LIPSTICK CAPTIVE . Its shade is nice . It gives a satin finish to my lips . It is not only smooth but also creamy . I use it for regular use . Normally one swipe is needed for my lips . It does not settles in fine lines of the lips . So my lips do not look dry after application . It stays on for more than four hours after application . It never bleeds . So I like it .It has full coverage . So no need of any lip liner on its use . It also gives a good shape to my lips . I really love it .It is very good for pigmented lips .It brings a glow to my face .
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!
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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.
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.
Mac lipsticks are not cheap they retail for around £15 but you can buy them for as low as £8 for some discontinued colours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Item: Pure Zen
Collection: Marilyn Monroe Limited Edition Range (now available in Cream sheen formula)
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.
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.
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