Dry lips, be gone! I will not have ye! — ’cause, honestly, I don’t want any flakes up in my mix when I’m wearing these new MAC Metallic Lipsticks, because flakes + metallic finishes equal nooo!
Metallic lips are back. In the event that you’ve been taking the longest cat nap ever (in which case, I’m so jelly because: naps!), they’re back in style and 100% Rosie-the-Robot chic.
If these are tickling your memory chips, you might be recalling the Metallic Lipstick launch from earlier this spring (remember the cray-cray green?). That was an LE collection, and so is this one, which will be available at all MAC locations and online from June 22nd to August 3rd.
Of the 17 shades, 10 are re-promotes from that earlier launch — deep royal purple Royal Hour, bright bluish pink Foiled Rose, cool reddish burgundy Hades Fire, cool neutral pink Pale Rose, silvery Silver Spoon, warm neutral In Lust, bronzy Jupiter, white frosty Pearly One, deep burgundy red wine Disobedient and blackened blue Anything Once. For swatches of those cuties, click here.
The other six shades are new. A few are bright and densely pigmented, making them perfect summer shades, like golden orange Coral Optix, bright fuchsia Ionized Iris, brick red Forbidden Romance and silvery rose Wild Nectar (the one that handles my not-so-perfect lip flake situation the best).
My lips, however, look a tad textured when I wear the less pigmented pinks and neutrals, like mid-toned pink Rose-dipped, light pink Love’s a Gamble and pale golden beige Metalwork.
Finding kick-@ss metallic lipsticks that don’t make my lips look and feel dry and eons older than they are isn’t easy, but these are pretty good… Maybe not as epic as the Tom Ford ones, which I love 1,000x. Those are sensationally smooth and moisturizing, and the pearl particles are ridiculously foine.
But these are a good mid-range alternative.
Metallic lipsticks generally aren’t mega moisturizing. In fact, most of them are downright vampiric in terms of sucking the moisture out of your lips, but these are better than most, which doesn’t make them moisturizing…but they probably won’t make a parched pout even worse.
I’ve also noticed that most metallic lipsticks don’t glide as smoothly as creams or glazes do, and some of them feel heavy, like old-school ’90s mattes… They feel like you’re putting raw flower on your lips.
The MAC Metallics Lipsticks, by contrast, slip and slide, and their pearl particles apply evenly, as opposed to seeking out your vertical lip lines and flakes.
Unfortunately, that probably leads to their mediocre wear time. They don’t last as long as thicker metallic lipsticks, but that’s fine with me. I’d rather have to reapply one of these every few hours than have dry-looking robot lips.
These may not be as luxe as Tom Ford’s metallics (to me the gold standard in metallic lippies), but I think they’re great for 17 bucks. They’re cute, comfy, and they aren’t drying. Coral Optix, Forbidden Romance and Wild Nectar are my faves from among the new batch.
I feel it coming…
I spent a lot of time driving all over the Bay Area last weekend, and FYI, don’t even think about relying on Siri when you’re driving around SF, because homegirl will take you on a messed up driving adventure.
Anyway, while I was zipping down the 101, I kept hearing the same song over and over again on the radio, and it’s still stuck in my head…
GOOD LUCK getting that out of your head now, LOL! 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,