Oh look who’s on the MAC lipsticks wagon? I finally gave in and bought two lipsticks from MAC Fantasy of Flowers Collection in Rose Lily and Naked Bud. To be honest, I was having a push and pull moment on this purchase and had to get some confirmation from hubby* (price per lipstick was not made known haha) and when I got the OK, I went to peruse of what was left on Nordstrom website. I tell ya, MAC’s newest range always sell like hotcakes on their official website, it’s unbelievable!
↓Check out the washi-fied lipstick tube below↓
This retailed for $16 each and thank goodness shipping was included with 3 FREE samples of my choice. Although these are my first bullet lipsticks, it’s not my first time of trying MAC lippies, since I also own this little gem palette that houses Candy Yum Yum, Violetta and Moxie, from their MAC x Antonio Lopez collection. That was my splurge of $28 at the MAC counter last year. Oopps!
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from these lipsticks and note to self, next time hit the MAC counter to swatch these babies just to be sure. Here’s why:
Rose Lily is described as ‘sheer pastel pink’ and Naked Bud is your ‘neutral sheer nude’ with luster effect. I’m really ok with sheer coverage type lipsticks because sometimes I love to go for a no makeup look than sporting a red or bold lip color, and Rose Lily would have been my ‘signature pastel pink’ lipstick if only it was easy to even out! This lipstick is no smooth operator and you have to be patient to achieve an even-looking finish otherwise all you get are patches of this color on your lips. It’s sad to say but I don’t think Rose Lily and I are meant to be.
Warning: Wrinkled-looking arm, it’s one of those days, my apologies.
Naked Bud on the other hand, is wearable and workable. It glides and color distribution is much better and seems to compliment my complexion more than Rose Lily, which makes me look darker (?) I sense that Naked Bud will be my go-to nude lipstick along with my Stormy Sahara from Maybelline, which by the way is way cheaper but has a buildable coverage.
MAC Rose Lily might suit lighter skin tones and will give that effortless ‘fresh look’ effect while Naked Bud is perfect for those with light to medium skin tones, in my opinion. And if unsure, just visit the nearest MAC store you have for swatches to avoid any disappointment. Don’t expect these lipsticks to last you a few hours though, longevity is not their forte — 1 hour to 1 hour and half tops!
Q: Over to you… Which shade would you prefer? What was your first ever MAC lipstick?
*As for my hubby, he was mortified when he finally realized how much each lipstick costs! 😕