MAC collections are coming out left and right these days – some are majorly overwhlemed they can’t keep up that they give up, others are struggling to keep up but love the brand so much they want at least a piece of the newest collections – and then there’s me. Probably the last to know from true-blue-MACaholics on Twitter, hearing it without really paying attention – but whenever something catches my fancy, that’s when I pick up my MAC magnifying glass and go into full Sherlock mode.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
There are some MAC collections we can relate to more than others. For example, I hunted high and low for the MAC Archie Collection lipsticks simply because I spent my childhood saving my allowance so I could buy Archie comics every week in National Bookstore. The Simpsons collection, however, swept like a cold breeze in my face that I just crinkled my nose at it and moved on.
Rocky Horror Picture Show was almost just another one of those breezes. But a peek at that Twitter photo with the lipstick swatches had me googling the collection pronto. Never mind that I didn’t even know what Rocky Horror Picture Show was – fyi, it’s a 1975 musical comedy horror (I repeat, comedy horror) film about a loving couple, a few monsters and a transvestite from transsexual Transylvania. Someone watch this with me, I’ll provide popcorn.
You can check the whole collection in the pros’ websites – Temptalia
, Makeup and Beauty Blog
– as I only have the Greasepaint in Black*
and Frank ‘n Furter lipstick*
MAC Greasepaint Stick in Black
My first time to try a MAC Greasepaint Stick – because honestly, I haven’t even heard about these until this collection. Too. focused. on. their. lipsticks. Anyway, these sticks are multi-purpose – they can be used as eyeliner, eyeshadow base or even full-on eyeshadow. I tried all three and there is a slight learning curve to it.
They glide on like smooth eyeliner but have the crease-resistance of the MAC paint pots. The texture is not greasy as the name suggests – it has a tiny amount of slip just for even and non-draggy application – you can smudge it for a few seconds to your heart’s content but once it sets, it’s almost un-budgeable. Almost because even when it’s dry, you can still smudge it but with a lot of effort. It also has the tendency to dry up so if you over-apply, it may flake and smudge on its own.
The shade Black isn’t jet black – it’s a darkened purple black that adds a nice dimension. The shimmer isn’t very apparent when worn as compared to the swatches above where you can really see them. I liked using this as an eyeliner best because it doesn’t smudge the whole day unless I rub my eye unconsciously. Had to keep sharpening though because once the tip flattens, the lines drawn become thicker.
I also tried using it as an all-over eyeshadow and smudging it out (see below) – and I’m surprised I like it! Smudging with the fingers was doable but messier than I anticipated (ended up with smudges all over my face) so best to do it with a small smudge brush or even a blending brush.
Matte Lipstick in Frank ‘n Furter
Frank ‘n Furter
isn’t my top lipstick pick in this collection – Sin
is, as it’s a dark vamp I don’t have yet. But I’ve had my eye on Sin even before this collection, I just couldn’t get myself to purchase it because MAC matte expert Rae
told me it may not be the matte for me – what with these stubborn, sensitive peely lips I’m blessed with.
Frank ‘n Furter was my second no-brainer, definitely-me pick because it’s a deep raspberry wine shade that my lustful lipstick heart automatically covets. Not sure if it’d be unique among my stash (like Sin would be) but its matte formula won me over. Because of this, I officially think MAC mattes should have subcategories.
Frank (shortcut, plz) has a slight creaminess to it that it applies evenly without drag, but not so much that it leaves a sheen on the lips. Full attention please: it is not drying (!!!!) as I left this on the whole day and it didn’t make my lips crack or peel. Hallelujah! Speaking of the whole day, this stayed on for around 5 hours with a meal in between fading ever so slightly. Around the 7th hour and xx glasses of juice later, it leaves a beautiful reddish stain.
On the photos, it looks brighter because of the lighting but I tried my best on the face shots to show how it really looks on me. Quite dark, wine more than raspberry but when blotted out – appears the opposite. I also swatched Frank beside my other reds and it looks unique to me. The only issue I encountered – being a matte, it clings on to dry patches and peelies so key is to exfoliate as with most mattes.
And because it’s halloween..
I am absolutely pleased with Frank ‘n Furter because it’s been a long time since my lips embraced a MAC matte. The Greasepaint – I will have to use more so I could put a dot on my thoughts but so far – I like using it for my waterline because it lasts and lasts without fading in a blink of an eye. I also find that when I don’t rub my eyes (bad habit, sorry), this is as unbudging as eyeliner can get. I even have to use a bi-phase makeup remover for the swatch I did above because micellar just doesn’t cut it.
Have a happy halloween weekend, everyone! Did anyone pick up anything from this collection? Do share!