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Luck (and Lips) be a Lady Tonight
Nothing says “lady” like lipstick. Gloss has its place in this world – and an extensive plot in my makeup caddy – but stick is still king when it comes to all-out glamour pusses and serious professional pouts. As luck would have it, MAC’s latest Mineralize Rich Lipstick collection (part of the permanent line) is created to appeal to both traditional lipstick aficionados and the lighter gloss and balm fans.
Each Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22) contains a seventy-seven Mineral Moist Complex meant to nourish lips with a light, non-sticky moisturizing formula. What this means for us is a super velvety-smooth application that feels effortless. The moisturizing formula feels like a balm but the color impact is all lipstick, baby.
All these lipsticks are housed in MAC’s classic black tube, made slightly more bulbous to perhaps suggest the size of the big bullet of color inside. The case snaps to a magnetic close, keeping the lid on until you take it off. Ladylike indeed!
The finish of these lipsticks is dewy, and the color is buildable. One stroke from the extra large bullet is enough for high-impact color that sticks to the lips like a stain and lasts nearly as long. A few extra swipes build to a more traditional-type creamy lipstick crescendo.
I tested three of the six lovely shades the we heart this team received for review:
Lady at Play – bright, cool tangerine cream
All Out Gorgeous – deep wine red
Posh Tone – warm medium nude
Dreaminess – milky cool pink
Grand Dame – medium rosy pink
Divine Choice – cool pink with a hint of fuschia
Lady at Play has a little more pink in it than the tangerine descriptor would have you think. This pink makes the color much more wearable than an all-out orange and makes Lady at Play my favorite of these colors for spring.
All Out Gorgeous is a dark, winey red – a color I usually retire this time of year. However, the balmy feel suggests a sheerness that is at odds with the opacity of color, making All Out Gorgeous a contender for all seasons. Why not wear it with that little black sundress?
Grand Dame is the one I had highest hopes for, and I can’t say I’m disappointed. The rose cream is a perfect nude for us fair-skinned neutrals. I imagine it will look just as good as spring gives way to summer and fair skin is tinged with golden glow. The name inspires me to wear Grand Dame beachside while sipping champagne as the sun sinks to the sand in Gatsby-esque fashion.
MAC is great at creating a narrative while giving the consumer superior products. Mineralize Rich Lipstick wrote the story ladies have been dying to tell: that of moist lips, sheer feel, and rich, long-lasting classic color.
Ladies – does a good lipstick make you feel like a new woman? It makes me feel fresh as a Daisy Buchanan.
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC 25/30 skintone
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MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Collection
$22 US/$26 CDN
Style Surge – Neutral coral cream
Luxe Naturale – Light beige cream
Glamour Era – Mid-tone warm brown frost
Posh Tone – Soft warm nude cream
Lady At Play – Mid-tone cool tangerine
Lush Life – Deep cool plum
Dreaminess – Soft cool pink cream
Grande Dame – Mid-tone neutral rose cream
All Out Gorgeous – Deep warm red
Everyday Diva – True red cream
Elegant Accent – Mid-tone warm rose cream
Divine Choice – Mid-tone cool pink cream