1. I'm afraid of lipstick, and
2. I am indifferent to MAC.
I know a lot of people swear by MAC etc etc etc, but up until last week (ish), I had never met a MAC MA who could be bothered to give me the time of day (which is weird, considering it's their job to sell makeup, yes?) and all of their constant releases/promotions/limited editions/etc just feel ridiculous to me. With that in mind, I do appreciate their charity efforts and the diversity of their campaigns (we'll ignore the Rodarte fiasco for now, shall we?). I was just never that interested in the brand. Plus, I couldn't be certain that their products were paraben-free (when will companies start to post full ingredient lists online?) and from what I've seen on beauty blogs, there's so. much. MAC.
This was confirmed for me last week when I actually walked into the store. There are like, fifty lipstick "finishes." Okay, that's a slight exaggeration. Maybe just thirty. But seriously. If the kind MA hadn't taken pity on me, I would still be lost in lipstick limbo, trying to figure out the types of finishes and what that means for a girl who has super dry lips, several allergies (including several undiagnosed ones, see this post) and absolutely no idea what kind of lip color suits her. I wear eye shadow, eye liner, and blush. And foundation, if I can be bothered. Lipstick is a whole other thing. I don't wear gloss, either, because it's sticky. All of that stuff gets in the way. And you know, I like kisses. Boys don't appreciate colored, sticky lips.
Anyway. I do own a lipstick, but it's the Korres liquid lipstick and it's not your traditional lip...stick. It is applied with a doe foot applicator, it's moisturizing and wet, and not sticky or waxy at all. It does have a pretty noticeable color, but I've worn it all of, um, twice. At night. In the dark. You get the idea.
So, prodded along by certain bloggers, I went to buy a lipstick. The MA was extremely sweet and helpful, and she picked out a few colors that I actually liked: Syrup, and Hot Tahiti. And a tinted lip conditioner, in Fuchsia Fix. I ended up with the lip conditioner and Hot Tahiti - I didn't pick up Syrup because I figured that the tinted lip conditioner would be good for every day, and the more pigmented Hot Tahiti was a nice "going out" color, and really, does a girl need more than one lipstick? (Hahaha. It's a joke. Mostly). So, without further babbling on my part: Hot Tahiti.
|Ingredient panel! Click for larger.|
|Hot Tahiti is a "glaze" finish. It's a permanent shade...I wasn't going to run the risk of falling in love with a limited edition shade!|
|Looks very different on the hand than on the lips.|
As everyone prolly already knows, lipsticks run $14.50 per at MAC. Their lipsticks are lightly scented (vanilla) and come in a multitude of finishes. (And I like this so much, I went back to get Syrup last Saturday night. I'll let you know how that goes at some future date. I guess a girl does need more than one lipstick. Sigh. And the collecting begins.)