SPRING BREAK WOOOO
The weather may suggest otherwise, but I’m now on spring break. That doesn’t mean very much in ABD world, since I should technically spend every waking hour chipping away at my dissertation, but I’m still planning to use my extra free time (or the illusion thereof) to write some reviews I’ve been putting off. While looking over my lipstick inventory the other day, I realized that I have yet to review ten of the lipsticks and glosses I’ve acquired in the past year. I’m not sure how many reviews I’ll be able to write in the next week, but I’d like to knock out at least a few so that I can move on to more creative posts. Longtime readers of my blog will remember that in its early days, I had a series called Lipstick Chronology, in which I reviewed all the lipsticks I owned in chronological order of purchase. Now that I have a substantial backlog of unreviewed lipsticks, I think it’s time I made another chronology in reverse. Let’s begin with my newest lipstick, MAC Whirl:
After Kylie Jenner revealed that she used MAC Whirl lip pencil for her signature brownish nude lip, MAC capitalized on the ensuing hype and created a matching lipstick, which debuted in 2015 in a collection of nine new matte shades. Not being in the habit of taking beauty tips from someone a decade my junior, I didn’t pay much attention to Whirl and its numerous knockoffs until this year, when I got it into my head that I needed a taupey medium-brown lipstick. I had a dark violet brown, a warm reddish brown, and a brown that was practically gray, but I didn’t have that iconic mid-2010s murky rosy coolish brown, a brown subdued enough for professional wear but still distinctly eccentric.
When Renee heard that I was thinking of buying Whirl, she kindly sent me a mini Whirl from one of MAC’s Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick Kits from last holiday season. (The “nude” gift set came with four mini lipsticks: Creme Cup, Nouvelle Vogue, Kinda Sexy, and Whirl.) I’d never seen a MAC mini lipstick before and was pleasantly surprised at how substantial it was. My tube of Whirl is 1.8 g (0.06 oz), whereas a full-sized MAC lipstick is 3 g (0.1 oz):
Whirl looked very cool-toned, almost purple, on Renee, but it pulls much warmer on me. It’s nearly identical to Topshop Lip Bullet in Motel, which I destashed earlier this year because I hated the formula. In different lights, I detect hints of peach, gray, and plum.
Like the other MAC matte lipsticks I’ve tried, Whirl applies smoothly and evenly, with no patchiness:
L-R: Revlon Fierce, Whirl, Milani Matte Naked.
Though I’m glad I got the chance to try Whirl, I’m also glad I didn’t pay $17 for the full size. Whirl is a beautiful color, but I don’t think it’s my color. It’s simply not made for pale, cool-toned folks, and I accept that. In the look below, I’ve tried to cool it down with plummy makeup and a purple top. On my eyes, I’m wearing ABH Buon Fresco in the crease and Antique Bronze in the outer corner and lower lashline; Seventeen Statuesque on the lid, and Urban Decay Whiskey eyeliner on the upper lashline. My blush is Urban Decay Rapture.