Mac Lipstick Review & Swatches - Lustre, Amplified & Matte Formulas*


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One of the very first make-up brands that I spent my paycheques on in my my teens was MAC Cosmetics. I remember allowing myeslf  to get either a lipstick or a blush every so often, and MAC Studio Fix Powder was my go-to. Back then, it was save 5 empty MAC containers and get one free lipstick, so I only used the Studio Fix Powder. Funny story, I was at my parents a few months ago, going through some of my old stuff, and was about to throw away a cosmetics bag when I found about 6 of the Studio Fix Powder Compacts. *jackpot!* I immediately went to trade it in for a free lipstick - haha.


Anyways, after quite a long intro, what I wanted to say was when I (my blog) finally had the chance to work with MAC Cosmetics, I was so excited to be able to work with one of the very first brands I fell in love with. 
I was sent a PR package featuring some shadows and lippies, but I wanted to focus this post (my very first MAC-focused post) on the lipsticks. The best way to do so, would be to do a swatch post (both on my arm and on my lips). My skin tone is a NW 30 (now that it's summer, winter I'm a NW 25).

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For the three formulas sent - Matte, Lustre and Amplified, I found them all to be very smooth in consistency and pigmented - it did not drag or skip when applied. What I love about these lipsticks that were sent, was that I was sent products I might not necessarily have bought myself. It allows me to experiment and get out of my comfort zone, and realize that I can wear a dark blue and not look totally crazy.

My favorite color is "Aim for Gorgeous" - it's what I naturally gravitate to. 
An unexpected color I found myself really quite enjoying is "Stylist's Tip", a purple. and a fresh summer take would be "Sweet Venom".

Since "Pressed & Play" is a Lustre and it is a "wetter" or creamier product, I find it to settle into lines more. So make sure you have exfoliated your lips or it will settle onto dry patches. "Lust Extract", required a few good swipes to make sure the color distribution was even, unlike "Breathing Fire", "Stylist's Tip", "Sweet Venom" and "Aim for Gorgeous". 

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If you are looking at purchasing any of these lipsticks, I hope that my swatches are able to help you out :) If not, maybe this will inspire you to go out and pick up a color you never thought you could wear and totally own it :)

Until next time, XO - M. 

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