Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Dramatic

A perennial--possibly too perennial--topic on r/muacjdiscussion is that of the "white whale": the product or collection that you missed out on and will forever pine after. My white whale is unquestionably MAC's Give Me Liberty of London collection from spring 2010, released less than a year before I got seriously into makeup. It might as … Continue reading Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Dramatic

In Pursuit of ’70s Peach: MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Smoked Almond

I recently became obsessed with a very specific lipstick shade: the deep peachy brown often seen in mid-'70s fashion editorials. One of my favorite accounts on Instagram is that of the bisexual icon Sandy Linter, a makeup artist best known for her 1979 book Disco Beauty and her editorial work with Gia Carangi in the … Continue reading In Pursuit of ’70s Peach: MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Smoked Almond

Magenta Madness: MAC Rebel and Wet n Wild Nice to Fuchsia

Most makeup collectors have their color kryptonite, particularly when it comes to lipstick: pinky nudes, corals, blue-based reds. For me that color is, and has pretty much always been, magenta. Or whatever you want to call it: bright plum, dark fuchsia, anything that walks the line between purple and deep pink. I just did a … Continue reading Magenta Madness: MAC Rebel and Wet n Wild Nice to Fuchsia

MAC Metallic Lipsticks in Metal Head and Pale Rose, and a Lipstick Taxonomy

Now that beauty-throwback trends have slid forward in time from the Brown '90s to the Iridescent '90s, brands are releasing a flood of metallic lipsticks—or, at least, what they call "metallic lipsticks." But there tends to be a huge amount of variation between one formula and another, and even between one shade and another. Some "metallic" shades … Continue reading MAC Metallic Lipsticks in Metal Head and Pale Rose, and a Lipstick Taxonomy

Low-Buy 2017 Progress Report: March

I'm back with some makeup and some thoughts! New Makeup: L-R: Whirl, Metal Head, Men Love Mystery, Puff, Otherworldly. Swatches, same order. Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff: $14.40 (20% off) MAC Matte Lipstick in Men Love Mystery: $15 (15% off, plus tax) MAC Metallic Lipstick in Metal Head: purchased with Nordstrom store credit (usually $18) … Continue reading Low-Buy 2017 Progress Report: March

Reverse Lipstick Chronology #1: MAC Whirl

SPRING BREAK WOOOO ...oh, right. 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 … Continue reading Reverse Lipstick Chronology #1: MAC Whirl