Here’s my mysterious look!
I tried to look mysterious for this picture because I was wearing the new $16 MAC Matte Lipstick in Men Love Mystery, and I was shooting for sultry and elusive…but these are what I got instead.
Haha! I have no idea what’s going on in this picture…
I think I may have been halfway through a “Haaay” move when the camera shutter button clicked.
Yeah… Hard to tell now. 🙂
Men Love Mystery is one of the 22 matte MAC Lipsticks in the new The Matte Lip collection, which is en route for the permanent line and coming to the MAC website May 28, and then to MAC counters and stores a little later on June 11. They’re all $16 each.
This color though! It has shown me the way… Now I have come to realize that I’m all about violet matte lips.
I’ve worn similar colors before that were creamy or glossy but never a matte quite like this. I think that the finish, because it’s matte, sort of tones down the natural brightness and intensity that this violet would otherwise have, to make the whole effect more serious and, dare I say it, mysterious…
Of course I love the color because it’s ah-maze-ballz. And I also love almost everything about the formula — how smoothly it applies, the classic MAC vanilla flavor and scent, and the six-hour wear time (when I apply, then blot, then apply again, although it’s pigmented enough to get away with a single layer if you don’t mind sacrificing some wear time) — but at the risk of sounding like a broken record, or at least a stuck CD, the MAC Matte Lipstick formula is fairly drying. Maybe I notice it more because of my lips, which are naturally dry, but it still might be something to keep in mind if you’re thinking about this color or one of MAC’s other mattes.
I think you’ll probably also really want to use this color with a lip liner, because when I tried it both with one and without, it looked wonky without.
Turns out that matte violet lipsticks are totally unforgiving (like many red lipsticks and bitter ex-boyfriends!). It needs a clearly defined boundary because otherwise it looks messy.
I don’t think you need to run out and buy a separate matching violet lip liner, though. I just use a shade close to my natural lip color, in this case Hourglass Panoramic Lip Liner in Eden. I line the edges of my lips first before applying Men Love Mystery on top (bringing the color up to the edges of the lip liner) with a lip brush.
Sometimes I’ll stop at one layer, but if I want a little extra wear time, I’ll blot and then apply a second layer. Then I’ll grab a face brush loaded with a little face powder and dust that lightly around the perimeter of my lips to take the edge off of the line and soften it.
PRICE: $16, one of 22 matte lipsticks in the The Matte Lip collection
AVAILABILITY: Permanent collection, and coming to the MAC website May 28 and to stores and counters June 11
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy Tuesday. How was your Memorial Day?