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MAC Cosmetics Amplified Lipstick in Brick-O-La.
RRP: £15.50.

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It feels like a small eternity has passed since I last posted a ‘Lipstick Loveliness of the Week’ post and I’m here to put that right. This week, I have opted for a wonderful shade, perfect for the transitional period between Winter and Spring. I bring to you – Brick-O-La. It is described by MAC Cosmetics as a ‘mid-tone berry’ but it is a very subtle berry shade and quite pink toned with a lovely glossy sheen. Brick-O-La applies like an absolute dream with it being an amplified creme lipstick – it is completely opaque in one quick swoop over the lips and it offers zero tug with its beautifully creamy texture. I found the formula of this lipstick to be quite incredible – it didn’t dry out my lips at all and it wore really well for at least five hours or more. Like most MAC Cosmetics lipsticks, Brick-O-La offers amazing pigmentation and longevity which is one of the reasons that I’m always going back for more. I just can’t get enough of those little black and silver bullets. I really adore the colour of this lipstick so much – it is subtle enough for everyday wear at the office but would look fabulous with a smokey eye for a night out. It is super versatile. Brick-O-La is a newbie to my ever growing stash of lipsticks and I wish I’d purchased it a long time ago.

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What are your thoughts on Brick-O-La? What are your favourite transitional lipsticks, moving from Winter to Spring?

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MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Smoked Purple.
RRP: £15.50.

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Smoked Purple from MAC Cosmetics is one of the nicest and darkest shades I’ve ever laid eyes on. It is described by MAC as a ‘deep eggplant purple’ or a deep aubergine purple if you will (for us UK folk). It is a very cool, blue toned, dark purple and an amazing shade for the Autumn/Winter months and I adore it. It’s deep, it’s dark and it’s vampy – right up my street I tell you and not too dissimilar to MAC’s Cyber. I love teaming Smoked Purple with either Currant or Night Moth Lip Pencils from MAC – it looks fabulous and they are a match made in heaven. Now as much as I love this shade of lipstick (and believe me, I really really do), it isn’t without some major flaws. It is a matte lipstick which is typically my favourite finish but Smoked Purple is incredibly dry and it applies with some difficulty, unevenly and with a lot of tug. It isn’t sounding too good right now, no? Well, I’d certainly recommend some decent lip preparation before hand with some lip scrub and a fair amount of lip balm or lip primer to help with the application, appearance and finish. If you’ve got your lip prep spot on then this lipstick looks absolutely stunning when it’s on. C’mon, just look at it – beautiful.

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What are your favourite shades for A/W?

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Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Cherub.
RRP: £18.50.

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Yes my lovely readers, I know exactly what you are thinking and yes I do own other lipsticks that arent’t MAC Cosmetics. Every now and again, I like to throw another brand in to the mix as I do own A LOT of lipsticks but yes, the majority of them are from MAC. This weeks lipstick of choice is Cherub from Illamasqua’s Glamore Nudes collection which was released a few months back. It is described by Illamasqua as a ‘soft warm coral’ with a satin finish and it is a beautiful shade that I can’t get enough of this week. What I adore about Illamasqua’s Glamore lipsticks is that they are an absolute dream to apply unlike their original line up which can be terribly drying – formula wise they are miles apart. These lipsticks are creamy, easy to apply and completely non-drying. They are wonderful and offer a slight glossy sheen. The Glamore release was a great one which saw seven varying nude lip shades that work for different skin tones – neutral, warm and cool. Cherub was my absolute favourite of the bunch and I’m sure you an see why. It is a fabulous, wearable, every day kinda shade that can be built up for more intensity. Illamasqua lipsticks retail slightly higher than MAC but they really do have the most wonderful formula, shade range and intense pigmentation that they are well worth the additional £3.00.

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Did you get your hands on any of Illamasqua’s Glamore Nudes range? If so, what shades?

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MAC Satin Lipstick in Twig.
RRP: £15.50.

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This weeks lipstick of choice is a relatively new addition to my collection and I am loving it. Twig is described by MAC Cosmetics as a “soft muted brownish-pink with a satin finish” and it is a gorgeous, neutral, every day kind of colour. I absolutely adore warm dusky pinks that have a lovely brown undertone – I can’t get enough. It’s wonderful shade for everyday wear in the Autumn and Winter months. This lipstick applies completely opaque in one swipe and because it is a satin finish, it is mostly matte but it adds a fabulous sheen that isn’t too over the top or glossy. It’s just right. The pigmentation and the colour pay out is fantastic like most MAC lipsticks. Satin lipsticks from MAC are definitely up there with matte as one of my favourite finishes. They can be slightly drying after a while so I’d highly recommend a primer or a slick of lip balm before applying and some decent lip prep beforehand too. I think Twig is such a beautiful shade and I can’t get enough of it right now. I am loving these kinda pink and brown shades lately like Mehr, Crème In Your Coffee, Velvet Teddy, etc. The wear time with Twig is pretty good too – it wears well for around 4-5 hours before it needs to be applied again. I have been sporting Twig on my lips every day for work and it is incredibly comfortable. I’m hooked.

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Do you have Twig in your lipstick collection?

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MAC Glaze Lipstick in Pink Poodle.
RRP: £15.50.

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This week’s lipstick of choice is the only glaze lipstick that I own from MAC Cosmetics, believe it or not, and it was one of their MAC by Request shades – Pink Poodle. It is described by MAC as being a ‘vivid fuchsia-pink and it is now freely available to purchase online. I found Pink Poodle to be a very cool toned fuchsia-pink with quite a bit of iridescent shimmer throughout, similar to but not the same as Show Orchid. If you think Girl About Town meets Show Orchid then you’re nearly there. As this lipstick offers a glaze finish, it applies semi-opaque with a fair amount of translucency but boy oh boy, it is a wonderful shade. I’m really loving my bright pinks, magentas and fuchsia’s lately – I just can’t get enough. They are the best colours to wear around this time of year – bold, bright,, vibrant and striking. Now I have to admit that the glaze finish isn’t my favourite finish from MAC (y’all know that it’s matte) but this lipstick wore well for a good 4-5 hours which is pretty impressive. It was slightly drying so a good slick of lip balm or primer beforehand wouldn’t go a miss. It’s a great colour, packed with pigmentation and a perfect Summer shade.

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What are your favourite MAC pinks?

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