Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lipstick. Show all posts

Dec 30, 2012

REVIEW & SWATCHES | M·A·C Strength Collection - Lipsticks

REVIEW & SWATCHES | M·A·C Strength Collection - Lipsticks

Flex your femininity with a colour collection that's fearless, elegant and strong. Strike a powerful pose, stand out, redefine the notion of beauty - and do it with strength too irresistible to ignore.



Lipstick
Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.
3 g / 0.1 US oz  
US$15.00


Absolute Power - Rich Red
Strong Woman - Bright Violet
Party Parrot - Bright red-pink
Pink Pigeon - Bright cleanest pink

 Pink Pigeon                 Party Parrot                 Strong Woman             Absolute Power


 Availability:  December 26, 2012 - Online and Freestanding Stores (North America)

PRO Discount Available


The M·A·C Lipsticks are priced at $15 for 3 g / 0.1 oz of product. 

MAC Lipsticks are on the cheaper end of the mid-to-high-end brand pool. MAC comes in much cheaper than Make Up For Ever, NARS and of course much cheaper than Chanel, Dior and Tom Ford. Even drugstore brands such as Revlon and L'Oreal are still close in price to MAC Lipsticks.



 

These new shades of M∙A∙C Lipsticks are only available for limited time with the MAC Strength Collection. They are available for purchase at M∙A∙C stores as well as online.


 

The M∙A∙C Lipsticks are packaged in the usual black bullet shaped tube with a click-close top. They are also vanilla scented as is typical for MAC Lipsticks and lip products.








 

 The M∙A∙C Strength Collection features 5 limited edition shades of Lipsticks. Two of the shades - Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot - are repromoted shades from the MAC for Iris Apfel Collection from January 2012. Since I already own the two repromoted shades I only grabbed two other colors that appealed to me.


TEXTURE & FINISH
The 5 new shades are all matte in finish, however, there is one - Firm Form - which has a slight golden pearl. These lipsticks feature the new MAC matte formula which is less drying than the previous version.

PIGMENTATION & APPLICATION
Matte lipsticks are known for having great pigmentation and these are no different. All these lipsticks have intense color payoff in a single swipe but can also be built up in intensity by layering the color. They apply well directly from the tube or can be used with a lip brush for more precision. Since these lipsticks are matte in finish, it is best to ensure that lips are exfoliated and well moisturized before applying. This will allow for a more even application and long-lasting wear.

WEAR
These lipsticks wear for 5-8 hours on well moisturized and exfoliated lips. The lipsticks also leave a stain on the lips due to the intense color payoff.
 

 
I am absolutely in love with these new shades and the improved formula. Absolute Power is my overall favorite because it is the perfect red for anyone who has wanted to try a red lip that isn't too bright or in your face.



Are you getting any of these lipsticks? 


 


 



Pink Pigeon - Bright cleanest pink
This is a gorgeous medium tone blue based pink. Although it's a bright pink, it is still wearable on light to medium deep skintones without seeming too neon.







Party Parrot - Bright red-pink
This is a medium tone coral with a red hue. It is a great bold coral for medium to deep skintones. This color will look a bit brighter and more intense (still gorgeous) on lighter skin.



 
 Strong Woman - Bright Violet
Ever thought of wearing a purple lip? Here's one to try. Beautiful medium tone neutral purple - leans blue or red depending on skintone and lip color.






 



 Absolute Power - Rich Red
I fell in love with this red! It's a gorgeous deep true red that leans on the blue end of the spectrum which means....whiter looking teeth. It's the perfect red for those who want to try a subtle red. It's not too bright or orange toned. It should complement a multitude of skintones.
 


Dec 6, 2010

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick - Thoughts and Swatches...

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick - Thoughts and Swatches...

Leaving no shade unturned,  Urban Decay's huge assortment of colors and textures tempt you to stray from an otherwise predicable palette. The luxuriously creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with Vitamins A, C, and E. Hyaluronic Spheres (found naturally in the body) are added to stimulate cellular function, prevent dehydration, and fill-in lines and wrinkles-now, how many Lipsticks can do that?! The teardrop-shape bullet (etched with an Urban Decay logo) is infused with a decadent crème caramel scent and flavor. Yum.

Fill Weight: 3.7g e 0.13 US oz
Price: $22.00


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My 4 Ps

Price
The Urban Decay Lipsticks are $22 for 0.13 oz. This is definitely pricey for a lipstick but when compared to other similar brands I guess it's not too severe. Compare these to MUFE Rouge Artist Intense which go for $19 for 0.12 oz, Too Faced Lip of Luxury go for $20 for 0.12 oz and NARS goes for $24 for 0.12 oz. And it's nowhere close to Chanel, YSL or Guerlain lip products which are upwards of $30. So the price is not out of the box but when compared but MAC Lipsticks, which go for $14.50, the price does have a sting to it.

Packaging
The packaging for these lipsticks does have it's good points and one specific drawback. First off, the package is trendy and hip with a dagger at one end, a tapered cylindrical tube and a decorative cover. Also the label is color coordinated with the lip product that is contained. The inner tube is a metallic purple while the outer cover has a cool purple swirl design. Even the actual lip product has a nifty dagger and Urban Decay imprint.Very pleasing to the eye...until...you try to store it. The colored label is great until you realized it's not that handy because you have to store these with the label facing downwards since the dagger in on the other end. The tube is also thicker than average lipsticks so it won't fit in smaller lipstick holders. So for the awesome packaging you will have to suffer a tiny bit in the storage department.




Product
What a gorgeous red! This is a true red that does not register any orange tone at all. In fact it leans more towards the cooler, more blue based end of the spectrum. Because it's such a neutral red, it should work well with most, if not all, skin tones. It has a creamy silky texture and a glossy sheen finish without shimmer, glitter or frost.

The color is pigmented and you get full coverage in just one swipe. It's best to go over the first layer to intensify and lock in the color.

The lipstick smells like vanilla sugar to me and I guess I can detect that crème caramel scent that is touted. I didn't get a flavor though - it just tasted like lipstick. The scent is a bit intense and it lingers so if you are sensitive to smells definitely make sure you take a whiff before committing.


Performance
It really feels like Urban Decay achieved exactly what they claim. It applies smoothly to the lips and leaves a silky sheen without any hint of shimmer. It has a very creamy finish and I did not find the need to add any lipgloss since the lipstick itself is super moisturizing.

The lipstick did not settle into any lines - in fact it filled them in. It kept my lips hydrated and smooth for a great 4-6 hours of wear. And it doesn't leave a stain which I prefer with darker lipsticks. I just don't want to deal with stained lips after I take my lipstick off. I didn't wear a liner with this lipstick but I don't have issues with lipsticks bleeding and straying outside my lip line so I can't really judge this aspect of wear.

  
Overall
If you can get pass the price and smell and you are willing to splurge a bit for a great red lipstick then go for this one! It's a great formula and a universal red color.
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