Current Fave: Burgundy Lipstick

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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.
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Runner, Runner

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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  1. July 19, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Runner looks amazing on you, Shari!! I’m glad you were able to get it! 😀

  2. July 19, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    Deep, dark shades suit you a lot!! A deifinite YAY!! I’ve been obsessed with Lime Crime’s Wicked Velvetine. I was once stopped by an officer in Soho because she wanted to know what shade it was.

  3. July 19, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Yay on you! Deep reds suit you better than bright reds in my opinion 🙂

  4. Karen
    July 20, 2015 / 12:52 am

    love the lippy Shari. And your foundation is flawless 🙂 (or is that even a foundation? lol)

  5. July 20, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    This is such a beautiful shade! I am obsessed with deep, burgundy lips as well. I find that they just complete a very simple makeup look. x

  6. junnelyee
    July 20, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    love the color on you but you might as well line your lips first so that it looks even. just sayin’ 🙂 im still a follower

  7. July 21, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    I love this color on you!!! 🙂 So smexy! 🙂

  8. November 11, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    It’s so weird as I back read and see your photos with long hair. The long bob looks so good on you (too!).

    Anyway, dark lipsticks look good on you. And even when some of the dark pigments clump in a few areas of your lips, I liked the look. Parang crushed berries — perfectly imperfect.

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