19 4 / 2011
.:: MAC SHEERTONE SHIMMER BLUSH (DOLLYMIX) ::.
This blush stood out from the rest with its bright, rosy hue. Sitting amongst so many light pinks and nude peach blushes, I fell for the uplifting colour that seemed perfect for days when you need an extra boost! The colour is extremely pretty, and somewhat similar to the Napoleon Perdis Color Disc I reviewed last review. Even though one is a blush and one is an eyeshadow, both are very pigmented. Where they’re different is in the appearance – Napoleon Perdis’s Pink Slink is matte, while this one (as implied in the name), has a shimmer and subtle metallic quality to it.
The make-up artist at MAC, Langham Place in Hong Kong was evidently very talented. She made the blush work on me, even though I’ve never worn a blush quite so bright before! Like its name, it certainly has a very doll-like quality once applied to the cheeks – it makes your cheeks glow, like you’re beaming with happiness from within - perfect for winter when the cold tends to reflect on your face and make it appear pale. When it comes to skin tones, I think it compliments olive and darker skin tones best.
Its longwear is definitely one of its strengths along with its beautiful colour result: I learnt the hard way that it’s incredibly long-lasting, when I made a faux pas and found it difficult to rub off or fade! Even using a tissue, or blending with a brush, doesn’t do much to fade it, proving this blush will last hours and stay true to its original colour. For a hard-working blush, I’ll surely be adding the MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush to my beauty repertoire, instead of light pink blush or bronzer everyday, and would recommend it to anyone else looking to switch up their routine a bit. Just make sure you tone down your other features, eg. don’t make it compete with a dramatic smokey eye and bright lipstick!
.:: MAC LUSTRE LIPSTICK (LOVELORN) ::.
This lipstick is one of the best I’ve ever come across. I purchased it for the colour (described by MAC as an “emotive blue pink”), but it completely surprised me with its texture!It feels incredibly moisturising, which gives it the feel of a lipbalm without the sometimes harsh feel of lipsticks. At the same time, it doesn’t comprise delivering excellent colour!
Which is why, even though I would usually opt for lipbalm or gloss as a lighter option over lipstick during the day, I’ve made this lipstick a handbag essential. After reading the ingredients, I’d say the amazing smooth texture that feels so comfortable on the lips is thanks to ingredients like shea butter, glycine soja (soybean) extract, lanolin oil, and beeswax. As for what I originally fell for, the colour is a very versatile shade that can suit all sorts of make-up looks – whether it’s a romantic, feminine look or a fun, playful one. Needless to say, I really like this lipstick, and though they’re both shades of light pink, Lovelorn is to me more versatile than Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick in Make Me Pink – it simply has a more modest quality to it in comparison (though Make Me Pink is very pretty).
In terms of longwear, it doesn’t disappoint either – it lasts considerably well for a number of hours, but it’s not great for resisting coming off if you eat or drink. Overall, I’d still recommend this, and it’s one I’d be likely repurchase.