Review: Mac x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam II

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I’m not that into Miley Cyrus’s music, but I am definitely a fan of her MAC Viva Glam II lipstick! I got this bangin’ hot orange-red recently and I fell immediately in love with it. I love orange-reds regardless, but buying one that ALSO helps people who suffer from AIDS made it doubly worth it. If you are not familiar with MAC’s Viva Glam campaign, here’s a quick brief: they collab with celebrities to produce highly coveted lipsticks, which they then sell and donate 100% of the profits to men, women, and children who suffer from AIDS. A very worthy cause, in my humble opinion.

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As you can see, this is a very vibrant, bold orange-red, with some coral in it. It seems more orange in my pictures than it really is–on the MAC website, they describe it as a neon orange, but I would classify it as a red, personally. It’s similar to Lady Danger, also by MAC, but it’s much cooler-toned. Lady Danger has more of a yellow base to it. I think the two are different enough to warrant having both, especially since Miley Cyrus Viva Glam II supports a good cause. It has a matte finish, but it isn’t drying. It feels creamy on my lips and goes on extremely pigmented with just one swipe. This is easily my favorite MAC lipstick ever. It’s got a punky/pin-up vibe to it, which I love, and it really brightens up my face. Here’s what it looks like on my roughly NC15 skin:

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Who says pale chicks can’t wear bold shades? I think this would look phenomenal on any skintone, just another reason to go snap it up!

XOXO, Phaedra

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Review: Lorde + M.A.C. lipstick in “Pure Heroine”

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Hello, kittens! Today I am happy to show you the new Lorde + MAC lipstick, called “Pure Heroine” after Lorde’s album. I’ve always liked Lorde’s vampy lipstick choices, so when  I found out she was releasing a limited edition collaboration with MAC,  I was pretty excited. I snatched the lipstick up the second the collection showed up on the MAC website, and I would advise you ladies to do the same, because this is one heck of a lipstick. It’s described as a deep plum, with an amplified lipstick, and looks like a cross between the original “Heroine” and “Cyber.”

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It is dark and vampy, but it doesn’t have that Goth feel to it the way “Cyber” does. Also, the amplified finish is exceptionally creamy, making it easy to apply even without a mirror. I know some bloggers have said it seems more like a Fall color than a Summer color, but really, as far as I’m concerned, rules like that are completely arbitrary. I think it’s lovely regardless.

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Sometimes, the MAC lipsticks with the amplified finish don’t last too long on the lips, but “Pure Heroine” does. I wore it all day yesterday with no touch-ups, and it still looked great. I think  this MAY be my favorite MAC lipstick that I’ve ever had…as of right now, it’s still available on the MAC website, but I’m sure it will sell out quickly, so if you want it, grab it.  It’s the perfect purple lipstick, and I think it would look great on all skintones. Seriously, I love this stuff. ❤

 

New M.A.C. Maleficent Lipstick in True Love’s Kiss

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Good evening, kittens! I have something special to show you today: the beautiful red lipstick from M.A.C.’s new collection, inspired by the “Maleficent” movie. Although I wasn’t too wowed by most of the collection, the one item that did stand out to me was (of course) the red lipstick. Called “True Love’s Kiss,” the M.A.C. website described it as a bright, clean red with an amplified finish. To me, it looks like a deep, glowing ruby-rose color with red shimmer running through it.

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It applies like a dream, smooth and creamy and very pigmented. While I usually prefer a matte finish with my lipsticks, I actually do like the “amplified” finish of this one. It’s nice and shiny, almost wet-looking, with a slight metallic look to it.

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Although the color itself is gorgeous, what I love the most about “True Love’s Kiss” is how darn comfortable it is. It may be a bright red, but once it’s on, it feels so lightweight and hydrating. It may be the most comfortable lipstick I have ever worn, and it has good staying power too. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if this collection truly represents the evil Maleficent in all her dark glory, but regardless this is a really glamorous lipstick to have.

Other products used:
Face:
Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel in Luminous
L’Oreal True Match foundation in n1
Nars matte multiple in Laos
Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Eyes:
Urban Decay Naked Basics