EL HUB: Hi, sweetie.
EL HUB: How’s it going? Have you had lunch yet?
ME: I’m at Petco.
EL HUB: Getting gravy for Tabs?
ME: No, I’m looking at snakes.
EL HUB: …
ME: And I’m listening to Biggie on my headphones and actually doing The Snake while I watch them.
EL HUB: Not.
EL HUB: Why are you doing that?
ME: It’s research…and I’m looking for inspiration to help me write about the new MAC Year of the Snake collection lipsticks.
EL HUB: [LAUGHING] Okay, is it helping?
ME: It is! I’m doing like Don Draper. Remember that Mad Men episode where he said, “Think about it deeply, then forget it. Then an idea will jump up in your face”?
EL HUB: No.
ME: Well he did.
EL HUB: Maybe you could just write about how weird it is to do The Snake in the middle of Petco while actually looking at real snakes.
ME: Hmm… It does sound weird when you say it that way.
What was the first thing I noticed about the three new lipsticks in the Chinese New Year’s-inspired MAC Year of the Snake collection? That’s easy — their righteous reptilian packaging!
Those intricate snake patterns along the sides of the bullets? So cool! I just love those kinds of little touches. It turns something as ordinary as a tube of lipstick into a little work of art.
MAC included two brights — Cockney and Plumful — and one neutral — Freckletone — with the collection, all of them in the MAC Lustre Lipstick formula, which is one of my favorite MAC formulas on account of how easy it is to wear.
Lightweight, smooth, shiny and moisturizing, the Lustres last for me from 3-4 hours. When I want to wear a lipstick but feel like my lips are parched and desperately seeking TLC, I’ll often reach for a Lustre.
MAC let the fountain flow freely with pigment when they concocted these, and then lit a light under them to crank up the shine. Only a little of my natural lip color still peeks through.
And these do remind me of snakeskins I’ve seen in the past. Same high-shine with the light playing along the scales.
Sometimes with MAC collections, I feel like there’s a piece missing from the puzzle when it comes to the lip products, but here, despite there only being three shades, MAC covered their bases.
Unlike the challenging new Viva Glam Nicki 2 pieces, all three of these are hyper wearable. I could easily see myself throwing all three into a makeup bag and covering all of my lip color needs for a week-long trip.
Bright yellowish red Cockney could put the finishing touches on a classic pin-up look, and neutral peach Freckletone would go great with day looks and/or smokey eyes.
OOH! And I bet plummy rose Plumful would look bangin’ with eye looks in taupe, purple or gray.
Three wearable, comfy lipsticks that look like art in their tubes. Only thing missing: Britney on stage with that cray-cray yellow boa wrapped around her, like that time at the VMA’s…
PRICE: $15 each
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,