Friday, September 27, 2013

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Lipstick Review, Swatches and Photos

Since the last RiRi Hearts MAC online launch sent their website into all day crash and burn mode, I decided it would save time and frustration just to make the 45 minute bus trip to the mall and purchase things in person.

I hauled a bunch of the RiRi collection, but today I have the lipsticks for review. Photos taken in natural light on NC 35/40 skin - the photos were taken late in the afternoon, so are touch on the dark side, my apologies.

The packaging is a super shiny, metallic rose copper plastic, with a pink brushed metal interior and Rihanna's signature screened on the tube. Her signature can also be found embossed on the bullet of the lipstick. All lipsticks are LE ($20.00 CA, $16.50 US).

 Left to right: Nude, Who's That Chick, Talk That Talk

Left to right: Nude, Who's That Chick, Talk That Talk and RiRi Woo

Nude - Described by MAC as a "cool nude cream," Nude is a Matte finish lipstick that is a medium dark, brown based nude with grey tones. The texture is creamy for a Matte finish and is very opaque. Grade: A

Who's That Chick - Aptly described by MAC as a "mid tone orange frost", Who's That Chick is a semi-sheer, tangerine  frost with golden shimmer. This colour is quite unique and would look great on its own or layered over other lipsticks for some warm golden highlights. Grade: A

Talk That Talk - Described by MAC as a "matte dark plum", this lipstick has  Retro Matte finish and is deep burgundy.The texture was very dry and stiff on this lipstick, and needed several layers to achieve opaque coverage. Unfortunately, though I love the colour of this lipstick, I can't handle the uncomfortably dry texture....I really wish this was a Satin finish!
Grade: C-

RiRi Woo - A "matte cool red" with a Retro Matte finish is a beautiful, classic deep blue red. It has a creamy texture and glides on the lips easily. Grade: A

I think the RiRi Hearts MAC collection of lipsticks offers an interesting range of shades. What I particularly like about the colours are that they are generally deeper in tone, and will thus be great for darker skin tones. With the exception of Talk That Talk, which I found incredibly dry, the textures and finishes are good and are on-point for fall. I particularly like Who's That Chick and Nude as both colours are less dupeable. MAC doesn't frequently offer nudes in the medium to dark end of the spectrum, so it's very nice to see a nude that won't wash darker skin tones out.

P.S: There is no MAC Pro discount on this collection (at least at the stores in my city).


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