Product Type: MAC makeup
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MAC Lipsticks - Shades Better Than Any Other Make!
Member Name: Machair1
Date: 02/07/11, updated on 02/07/11 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Lasts all day after application and has so many colours and finishes to choose from.
Disadvantages: Slightly more expensive than I would like.
MAC- All About Them!
MAC sell a mid-price range of cosmetics and these are used by make-up artists worldwide. You rarely see adverts for this company as their products sell themselves, and they have loyal customers all over the world, many of whom say they will never choose another brand. You can either purchase from MAC themselves, or from department stores including larger branches of Debenhams, and many airports have a MAC counter. As I have said in many reviews I try so hard to research make-up lines so carefully before purchasing, especially with regard to colours, as it is so easy to make costly mistakes. This is where YouTube has become my best friend recently, as no other make-up purchase has had me deliberating so long about shades. This video site has presentations from experts and customers of MAC, and all you have to do is to type in the shade you are thinking of purchasing and you will always find someone who has tried it and will swatch it on the back of their hand so you can see the real colour. With over 100 shades of lipsticks, and a selection of different finishes, I was completely at sea to begin with as to what to choose. My nearest MAC counter is more than twenty miles from where I live, and so I opted for mail order. This is why these make-up tutorials really helped to me make my purchases more easily, and to choose the right colours for what I wanted. Here is the story of what I bought and how I feel about MAC lipsticks.
Choosing My Lipsticks
First of all I must say that the lipsticks I purchased were all from the main collection. They do have specials from time to time, but I wanted to find some favourites which I could re-purchase that were not from limited collections. The lipsticks I purchased were all from Debenhams and were £13.50. I am a member of their beauty club. It is free to join and you can then have cosmetics delivered free of charge. You also have other perks during the year such as extra points, so it is a card well worth having. You can accumulate points and then use them as discounts off future purchases. I also clicked through from Topcashback (a cashback site at www.topcashback.co.uk) which furthered reduced the price, and I had a voucher code too- so for a little over £10 I made my first purchase some months ago.
It's All About The Finish
The lipsticks are in 7 different finishes which need a little explaining, and within these finishes there are a range of shades to choose from. The finishes are as follows:
Amplified Cream- really pigmented colours and very creamy, mostly bold looks except Blankety which is a lovely nude shade. These are similar to lipsticks from the cremesheen collection but are more pigmented.
Cremesheen- some pigment and creamy with a slight shimmer.
Frost- very shimmery and pigmented. Medium coverage and pearlised.
Glaze- very shimmery- more like lip gloss but with some colour.
Lustre- shimmery with less pigment- demi- sheer with moisturising qualities. Gives that moist lip look.
Matte- a drier look with no frosting or shimmer. Very pigmented. Good intensity of colour and coverage.
Satin - pigmented and intense colour and coverage similar to Matt but has a slight gloss and shine.
These categories are, as I see it generalisations, and within each category there are differences. For example in the lustre category, which is shimmery, some shades are more shimmery than others, and some may resemble lipsticks from other categories in their look, and so for this reason I feel these categories should be used as a general guide rather than a clear cut definition. Having said that if you dislike the glossy finishes then Matte will be the place to start, but that is not to say that you won't love lipsticks in other categories as I did! Cremesheen, Matte and Satin have the least shimmer in the ranges so if you dislike the glossy look then choose from these groups first.
My Purchases And My Velvet Teddy!
So to my first purchase! I love lipsticks which are someway between brown and dark pink - a neutral look which blends in with soft tones as I tend to do my eye make-up from a natural colour palette. For this reason and also because generally I like to wear matte finishes during the day I chose a shade called Velvet Teddy from the matte collection. This is a gorgeous shade of mid pink with brown undertones and it smells gorgeous! Presented as all MAC lipsticks are in a classy black bullet style case, this is a pleasure to use and to apply. There is a vanilla scent to the lipstick which applies with ease, and the main attribute this has is that it lasts all day. I was amazed by this as I normally have to re-apply several times during the course of one day, but with this product it stays put even after several meals and drinks. I wasn't expecting this so it really was an added bonus. Just as the name suggests this finish has no shine, but for the look I like to wear in the day this is perfect for me, and the colour is so pretty. I have to confess I prefer everything about this lipstick to the Ruby and Millie one. It outshines it on looks and on longevity. I would however point out that the matte finishes are very dry and have no shine to them at all, so this would not suit a person who has dry lips unless they moisturised well before application.
Sunny Days And Freckleton
So for the second look I like to do I chose Freckleton from the lustre collection. This is a peachy pink shade and I was also delighted with this, as it really does give that sun-kissed moist lips look. I like to wear this shade on hot days as it looks very pretty for holidays with a tinted moisturiser. Again I found this colour by watching YouTube tutorials, and so when it arrived I knew what to expect, and I wasn't caught out by the colour or the finish -it was exactly as I had expected. I don't find this lipstick lasts as long as the Velvet Teddy from the matte collection, but it looks very pretty when applied and certainly lasts longer then my previous lipstick ever did.
Something From The Satin Collection
My third purchase was a shade called Faux which is a satin finish and a lovely muted pink. This gives decent coverage and has a slight gloss to it, but is more similar to the matte collection shade Velvet Teddy, but less matte with more pink and less brown undertones. I like this shade but it is my least favourite of the three I picked, as it lacks the brown pigment which I prefer and gives an overall more solid pink look. It is however more moisturising than Velvet Teddy and it looks really pretty when a gloss is applied over the top.
For my next purchase I am planning to buy Blankety which is an amplified cream. Most of the shades in this collection are dark and bold, but this one interests me as it is a muted pink but should have a good amount of pigment and comes highly recommended from other reviews I have read.
I can honestly say that I don't miss my old lipsticks and I have become a MAC convert! I love everything about the products. They are beautifully presented, look really pretty on application, smell lovely and I also value the fact that they are as far as possible grouped into clearly labelled finishes which helps the purchaser to really understand how the lipstick will look. I think Velvet Teddy is my favourite of all my three purchases so far. It has made me forget Ruby and Millie and the lipstick shade I was attached to for so many years. As time goes on I plan to purchase more and will update this review as I do. I have been so delighted with these lipsticks and I am beginning to understand why so many people choose MAC over all other makes for their cosmetics.
This review is also posted on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Summary: The best lipsticks I have tried