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MAC Mattene Lipstick – Potent Fig

3 Oct

Happy Monday, readers! Can you feel it? It’s really fall outside! That’s my favorite part about my birthday – it truly kicks summer to the curb and brings the crisp autumn weather out from wherever it’s been hiding.

The gifts help, too.

To share with you today, I have one of the many beauty-related birthday presents I received last week – MAC Mattene in Potent Fig. Mattene lipsticks are part of the Posh Paradise collection and are limited edition, so if any of the colors I show on the blog intrigue you, snap them up. I had a few in high school and I have to say – MAC really improved the formula. These are much smoother, creamier, and moisturizing than they used to be. As a matte lipstick, they’re still drying, but they last a long time without making the wearer suffer, which is something to celebrate.

MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

I have been on the search for the perfect purple cream lipstick for a while now. You know, something that shouts “purple!” without looking like I chugged a bottle of wine or have joined any covens. And I mean a true purple – no burgundy, no wine, no mauve – so while it’s a lovely shade, Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst is out of the running. I have my lilacs and lavenders covered for the most part, but a true purple has been missing from my collection.

MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Potent Fig Mattene Lipstick

I am sorry to report that while this is a very pretty color, it is not for me – or at least not for regular wear. Not only does this Mattene make me look like I’m on trial in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1692, Potent Fig doesn’t boast the fabulous ease of application that its release siblings do. I had no troubles with the other Mattene shades I received, but this one didn’t didn’t apply nearly as evenly or smoothly.

That’s not to say that someone out there somewhere won’t like Potent Fig. I didn’t hate this! Because I promise, I’ll let you know if I hate something. It’s just not what I wanted out of the product. If you have a darker skintone, I’m sure this lipstick will look much better on you (if you don’t mind the application issues of this particular color too much). It did leave a very pretty stain after I wiped it off, as all the Mattenes have. And it’d be wonderful for many Halloween costumes (but not mine…I’ll let you know soon)!

My search for the perfect creamy purple continues…

You can find MAC Mattene lipsticks, including Potent Fig, here for a limited time. What do you think of this color? Do you know of any purple lipstick shades that I might like? Please let me know in the comments!


That Girl Is So Dangerous – MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

11 Aug

Good afternoon, gang! It feels like Friday to me today for some odd reason – just one more day!

After yesterday’s post featuring red lipstick, I thought I’d tell you about the one I wore yesterday – MAC Lady Danger.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

As I’ve explained, I really enjoy bright, unusual, and eye-catching shades of lipstick. If you’re looking for showstopping red lips, this is a great option! Of all my lipstick shades, I would say that this is in my top five of the being asked “what lipstick are you wearing?” category. I know in the picture that it appears orange, but I promise it is not (I have other options for you). MAC describes it as  “a vivid bright coral-red,” which I would not agree with. If you’ve seen beads made out of cinnabar, that would be a serious match, but if you’re unfamiliar, think of a nearly ripe tomato. If you’re looking to get into the orange lipstick trend that has been oh-so-popular, this is a great way to ease yourself into it if you’re not ready to paint your lips the color of a traffic cone. There is nothing subtle about this lipstick, which is exactly why I like it.

Pros: Great, heavy pigmentation. It’s a matte shade (no shimmer or glossy appearance), which is one of my favorites. And just because matte has historically been a drying finish doesn’t mean this one will dry you out – I’ve found that MAC produces mattes that apply smoothly – like buttah! A few other brands I’ve tried have matte lipsticks that are so devoid of moisture that it’s like putting chalk on your lips. Gross. I’ve also found that it generally wears evenly, even through eating.

Cons: Like most matte reds, once it’s on, it’s staying on. Most people look for that in a lipstick, which is totally reasonable, but that also means that if you apply a little crookedly, it’s going to take a lot more than a tissue to fix your error. (Tip: remove as much as you can and then apply a concealer over it with a concealer brush or q-tip.) My only other complaint is that this color is not that innovative. If you’re all about red lipstick and hoard them like I hoard all beauty products – sigh – then you might have something comparable in your collection. Double check!

Lady Danger looks great all year round, but I especially love her in the summer. (P.S. This lipstick looks great with Nantucket Red shorts!) However, she’ll carry over well into autumn as well – red lipstick is a major trend for fall. Check her out here on MAC‘s official website.

Me Wearing MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Me wearing MAC Lady Danger lipstick

Do you have MAC Lady Danger? Is it one of your must-haves? Or do you have a dupe for it in your own lipstick stash? Tell me in the comments!

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