MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in D for Danger – £15.50.

 

This weeks lipstick of the week is one of my favourites of late and I absolutely adore the colour. D for Danger is another lipstick from ‘The Matte Lip’ collection from MAC Cosmetics and it is described as a ‘brick red‘ but I find it to be more of a pink berry red than a brick red. It has cool and slightly pink tinged undertones where as I associate warm and slightly orange undertones with the colour of brick. It is a really great colour that applies completely opaque and smoothy – no tug here thank you very much. For a matte lipstick, I expected it to be quite drying but D for Danger is surprisingly creamy which makes it such a dream to apply. As with most other MAC lipsticks, this one is intensely pigmented and it wears really well on the lips for five hours or more. Pretty impressive eh? Once it starts to wear off, D for Danger settles in to a pretty gorgeous red-pink stain that looks equally as fabulous as the lipstick. This is my shade of choice for a night on the tiles this Winter – I love it. It also leaves your teeth looking super white thanks to the cool undertones.


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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 Amplified Lipstick in Dubonnet.
RRP: £15.50.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a lipstick of the week and I’m back with a goodun, an olden but a bloody goodun – MAC’s Dubonnet. Dubonnet is described by MAC as a ‘deepened claret’ and it is a wonderful Autumn/Winter shade and one of my favourites along with the other A/W reds like Chili and Diva. It is a rich, deep, warm red with a definite brown undertone and it is one of those shades that would look flattering on almost any and all skin tones. Dubonnet has an amplified creme finish which means it applies to like an absolute dream, gliding across the lips with ease. It applies fully opaque in just one layer without clinging to any dry patches on the lips or sinking in to any fine lines – it leaves behind a gorgeous glossy sheen too. What more could us girls want from a lipstick? It packs an absolute punch in terms of pigmentation and staying power – it stays for around 5 hours before settling in to a gorgeous red stain. Dubonnet wears really comfortably on the lips like a balm and isn’t remotely drying – I love it.

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What are your favourite reds for this time of year?

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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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