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I Ran For Runner
When the Nasty Gal collection came out, I ran to the MAC counters one day too late in a failed attempt to grab a tube of this vampy shade. Apparently, it was sold out in a few hours! Girl Boss Sophia Amoruso must have been so proud. Fortunately, I always find solace knowing I have one of the most resourceful ‘suppliers’ slash lipstick BFF a.k.a Death by Lipstick (online store) who I confided in about my predicament. Unfortunately, her Runner stocks also sold out immediately but she’ll get back to me if she could still find stocks. A month after, my girl was able to source a tube (probably the last in the world) of MAC Runner for me!!
I initially thought Runner would be similar to Lipstick Queen Entourage but it’s even darker! Love it. No dupes here! I think the closest dupe is MAC Sin, which I don’t have.
MAC Lipstick in Runner
Thanks to Death by Lipstick for being able to source one of these sold out babies for me!!! So ecstatic when I saw this in the mail. You are the best, darling!
Runner is a beautiful, rich burgundy of matte finish. The finish isn’t quite the suck-all-the-moisture matte though, more of a satin at first, then as the day goes by – the shine fades and that’s when it feels more ‘matte’. When swatched, it has major color pay-off that one layer is enough to achieve full opacity on the lips. Unfortunately, applying straight from the tube is quite problematic – it doesn’t glide on evenly. It skips some dry, flaky parts – even in areas where there isn’t much flake going on. It also feathers on the edges so I’ve concluded that lip liner and applying it on with a lip brush is the key to making it look ‘perfect’ (like all other lipsticks). But.. ugh, I ain’t got no time fo’ that.
Also, I don’t own any lip liner in this shade (or close to it) so I can’t show you how it looks ‘flawlessly’. Anyway, undone, cant-be-bothered-to-be-perfect lipstick is quite the thing nowadays so I’ll stick with this look for now. It does last long though, about 6 hours even with meals in between, just a little fading on the edges, but the color remains opaque and saturated.. surprisingly. So there, while it’s not quite the perfect formula, I’ll take it. I don’t have any burgundy shade like it in my stash and I can see myself abusing this in the upcoming wet/rainy/gloomy/punch-me-this-weather-is-adding-to-my-loneliness season.
Since I don’t think there is any tube of this left in any MAC stores anymore, check out Sin or Media if you’re interested. Based on some swatches online, Runner also seems like a more blackened, less red version of Diva.
What do you think?! Yay or nay on me?!
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