Happy Tuesday Everyone! Did you missed out on the March/April launched for Mac Cosmetics: The Fashion Sets collection?
It consists of 4 limited edition lipstick shades: Ablaze, Heroine, Embrace Me and Silly. It costs the usual $15 per 0.10 oz and features 4 bright and vivid matte lipsticks. Mac Cosmetics described the entire collection as shades that pop with a vivid edge and modern vibe. I always loved how creative Mac comes up with a lipstick color, however, I am not a fan of its formulation. Sometimes, it is really hard to pull it off. But for the sake of looking good, you can make it work. Just like wearing a 6-inch stilettos for the entire day.
The great thing with matte lipsticks is: better color pay-off and longer lasting. It averages 8-9 hours staying power with grabbing a bite and having drinks in between. OCC Lip tars are semi-matte and have greater staying power, better formulation than Mac lipsticks. And they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It is the most innovative lip product to date. An added edge is that you can customize your own lip shade.
If you missed it and you’ve got your lip tars handy, fear not, as I will share my recipes with you all to dupe this line. So have your pen and paper ready and let’s get it started.
It is described as a bright Apricot cream with a matte finish. If this will return for a re-launched or gets re-promoted, I will definitely purchase this. I am a fiend of warm coral lipsticks. This is close to Mac Lady at Play the only difference is, the formulation. Lady at Play is a mineralized lipstick that’s sheer with a very luminous finish.
The Recipe: 2 parts Traffic + 1 part NSFW + 1 part Grandma
It is described as a bright purple/violet with a matte finish. This is another shade that if it gets re-promoted, I will definitely purchase. Bright purple lips are huge this Summer 2013. If you’ve noticed, any makeup brand that launched their collection for Summer 2013, consists of at least one purple/violet lipstick shade. If you can pull off that bold purple lips, then go for it!
The Recipe: 2 parts Hoochie + 1 part RX + 1 part NSFW
Mac Embrace Me
It is described as a bright fuchsia cream with a matte finish. This is very similar to Maybelline’s Fuchsia Flash from the Colorsensational Vivids line. That’s a better formula at a very affordable price. However, it’s in creme sheen finish, just convert it to matte by following the easy steps at the end of this post.
The Recipe: 1 part Hoochie + 1 part Pretty Boy
It is described as a bright pink cream with a matte finish. This is a bright bubblegum pink color. Maybelline’s Pink Pop is an inexpensive dupe but if you prefer Mac, then Pink Nouveau is close but a tad cooler and bluer -based.
The Recipe: 1 part Pretty Boy + 4 parts Feathered (or Iced if you want a frosted finish)
How to convert to a Matte finish your satin, creme sheen or ultra-moisturizing lipstick:
1. Exfoliate your lips. Matte lipsticks are very drying so having a chapped lips to start with can be a point at issue later in the day.
2. Apply a moisturizing lip balm.
3. Apply a lip pencil that closely match the lipstick shade. But this is a completely optional step.
4. Brush lightly any setting powder of your choice with a flat-topped powder brush.
5. Apply the lipstick.
6. Blot dry your lips with a facial tissue or a “Kleenex.”
7. And your done!
Charisma’s Rating: A-
Price: $15 for 0.10 oz tube
Where to buy Mac cosmetics: It was available online March 28th and in-stores April 4th, 2013 (North America) May 2013 (International). It is no longer available now but I am hoping that with the Mac by Request on going by July 8th to 21st, one of these shade might be included. Fingers crossed.
I purchased this!