I actually considered passing on this palette. I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in the head, and I didn’t think I would love nearly as much as I actually do.
The pigmentation level is soooo good, even with the mattes. And while they don’t swatch the best with fingers, they really pack a punch in practical application. The metals are DIVINE. All buttery soft and gorgeous to boot. All of it comes encased in a massive palette that is more than worth the $60 asking price.
Here are the metals:
Here are the mattes:
I am completely in love with this palette. I never thought I’d like it as much as I do. I’ve been playing with it for about a week, and so far it’s holding up very well… particularly for the price. I haven’t used a drop of primer (you guys know how I feel), and there’s been no fallout, no creasing, and no fading on any of the colors.
Okay, so at first I was not understanding the massive deal about this lipstick. I mean… it’s a Rihanna collaboration inspired by her favorite color… Ruby Woo, right? Since it’s not at all my favorite red (pulls scarlet on me)… I was set to pass. And then I thought… what the heck. So I clicked ‘buy’ — sat around in the MAC waiting room for a few minutes… and checked out.
It got here this week. And now, I take back everything I just said.
It’s not like Ruby Woo. It’s warmer and deeper, but with that same amazing matte finish. It doesn’t pull pink on my warm skin tone at all. I was also worried about it going on too dry (a problem with some mattes), but it goes on very smooth… grabs the lips… and stays put.
Now with the flash, this color appears to finish ‘satin’ … but it’s definitely matte. So I took a few shots outside in natural light.
Since this was a designer collaboration, the demand for this lipstick was insane. It sold out pretty quickly. Not to worry… it’s coming back in June. I feel that it’s worth the wait. I really like this lipstick. I didn’t expect to be impressed, but I am.