Like silk. That’s how the 12 glosses in the new MAC Kissable Lipcolours line feel on my lips.
Coming in for a landing with the MAC Peacocky collection on January 6, these brash beauties take their cues from peacock feathers — bold but lightweight (like a feather) pink, coral, red, fuchsia, blue (!), brown and mauve — with a thin, non-sticky texture like that of a liquid lipstick, but the crazy shiny finish of a gloss.
What can we expect from the MAC Peacocky Collection? Brace yourself for intense lip and eye colors with dramatic finishes. The new Kissable Lipcolours are joined by a new line of pigmented metallic shadows. The Mega Metal Shadows ($19.50 each) will make eyes shine like the edge of a vorpal sword in shades of white, champagne, mauve, gold, violet, teal burgundy, copper, green, purple, navy and black.
The way these Kissable Lipcolours feel reminds me of how smooth and comfy the MAC Cremesheens feel, but they don’t look anything alike. These pack much more pigment. Where the Cremesheens whisper sweet nothings of light lip color, the Kissable Lipcolours SCREAM AND SHOUT! These colors are bold and cover lips with completely.
The two I’ve tried, Woo Me (a light pink) and Temper Tantra (a midtone reddish brown that must have been inspired by MAC Paramount Lipstick), set down a crazy amount of color.
Because of how pigmented they are, they can be a little tricky to apply. At first with these I struggled with streaking, but I quickly found that when I applied just the tiniest bit to my bottom lip with the included doe-foot applicator, and then rubbed my lips together, I got a very nice distribution of color. It works really well with Woo Me, which looks kinda gross and milky to me if it’s over-applied.
As for the texture of the Kissable Lipcolours, MAC’s elastomers definitely deliver. I could almost forget I’m wearing anything at all on my lips.
Polybutene, the very first compound listed in the ingredients, is an elastomer (generally considered safe for use in cosmetics and personal care), a non-drying compound commonly used to thicken the oils in lipsticks, eye makeup and skin products to make them feel slick, but the Kissable Lipcolours remain remarkably thin and light.
As delightful as these feel, smell and taste (like light vanilla) on my lips, and with a much-appreciated non-drying formula, I do wish they had better wear time. I get only about 90 minutes from them (2 hours tops), so if you long for lasting lip color, that might be something to think about.
The entire MAC Kissable Lipcolour line…
- Enchantee — a light bluish pink
- Woo Me — a light pinkish nude
- So Vain — a muted dirty coral
- Vanity Fiar — a mid-tone blusih pink
- Exxxhibitionist — a red-toned coral
- Strut Your Stuff — a bright red
- Scandelicious — a bluish fuchsia
- Peacocky — a sky blue with reddish pearl
- Super — a muted neutral brown
- Temper Tantra — a mid-tone reddish brown
- Flaunting It — a grayish mauve
- Love Peck — a blackened blood red
All told, I’m still on the fence about these… I’m blown away by their texture and pigmentation, but that weak wear time kinda fails.
PRICE: $18 for a 0.17-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: At MAC stores, counters and maccosmetics.com starting January 6, 2011 in North America; February 2011 internationally
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,