Some say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
My chapped lips and I have to politely disagree. I mean, sure, diamonds have some cool things going for ’em. They’re all sparkly, and allegedly you can use them to cut mirrors and glass (I’ve always wanted to try that!), but what good are sparkly, shiny baubles when your lips are all flaky and you want to wear a bright orangey red lipstick like the new matte Scarlet Ibis or a frosty nude like Pure Zen ($16.50 each; both part of the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection)?
I’ve been so jazzed about these colors and their three siblings since I got wind of the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection earlier this year. I imagined re-creating MM’s signature sultry lips while happily stepping over a subway vent and having my skirt fly up for the whole world to see my Spanx…
Okay, maybe not. But I’d still love hot makeup like Marilyn’s, and it’s easier to get with these lipsticks. Both lay down loads of opaque, solid color, and a single swipe takes me from lowly pet assistant to polished screen siren.
If your lips are already in great shape, apply either shade, and you’ll be ready for your closeup in seconds.
But for my fellow gals with chapped, dry lips, you may want to prep your lips first with a rich, moisturizing balm, as both of these colors are so intense that they seek out every tiny flake, crack and vertical lip line.
What else can you tell me about the Marilyn lipsticks?
- Creamy Pure Zen lasts from 2-3 hours on me, while Scarlet Ibis, with its matte finish, lasts from 5-6
- They have MAC’s signature light vanilla flavor and scent
- Grab your lip liner and brush, because these are so opaque that I haven’t gotten great results applying them directly from their tubes
Like the other pieces in the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection, Scarlet Ibis and Pure Zen are all decked out in limited edition packaging, so you can admire Marilyn’s saucy style while you play up your pout.
I really like these classic colors and love the packaging…but I do wish these lippies were a little more forgiving.
PRICE: $16.50 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming October 4 to MAC counters and stores (they’re currently available online, but as of tonight, 10/1/2012, all of them are sold out!)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
When in doubt, add kittens!
If I were a drag queen, I’d be sweating glitter right now. That’s how hot it is here in Novato tonight.
It’s hot, hot, hot! We’re having one of our famous early fall heat waves here in the Bay Area, and the only thing keeping my mind off the heat is Animal Planet’s live action kitten cam (thanks, Alexandra!). I’ve been checking in with the kitties, who live at the Washington Animal Rescue Lounge, every couple hours throughout the day.
I’m particularly fond of the tortie because she reminds me of a hotel kitty named Tortie Girl I met on Kauai.
Other than broiling in my chair, I’m doing just fine. I hope your week got off to a good start.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,