Happy Monday everyone. I hope Mother’s Day went well for you all and I apologise for my radio silence over the weekend – you know what family is like. But my family packed weekend gave me the chance to try some of my new makeup in front of some of my biggest critics so I got a lot more out of this weekend than the usual arguments, fatty foods and jokes and giggles. Today I will be telling you about my new lipstick and some disturbing news.
I have been avoiding MAC products for years. I don’t know why but I have. I go into the shops every time I walk past one, I look on their website constantly and whenever I see a blog post about them I read it and covet the product. With the new COOK MAC collection came a lipstick that looked like my ideal shade. I saw it online fell in love and decided to take the plunge. Unfortunately, when I got to the shop I realised that the colour looked nothing like the online representation and felt really disappointed. But as I was set on buying a MAC lipstick I had a little nosey around (again) and found one.
And I found this little number. A frost lipstick in the shade Plum Dandy. It’s a lovely shimmery, glossy lipstick that’s very similar to the colour of my lips with just a hint of plum and gold. As I’m really pale this is a great shade for me but I can see anybody wearing this great shade. It’s subtle enough to wear all day long but it provides enough of a contrast to draw attention to the lips. It’s really easy to build up colour too so if you want something a bit more noticeable you just have to add a couple more slicks.
The application is smooth and even, though with the frost formula it is easy to put too much on your lips so be careful. It doesn’t create any drag and leaves your lips moisturised and doesn’t leave them feeling too heavy – though my lips did feel a little sweaty at times. The colour stays on your lips for a good four-five hours and the shimmer isn’t too overpowering.
It’s a great lipstick and I will use it happily for almost any occasion. However, my boyfriend keeps moaning about the cost. And he’s kind of right. This lipstick is £13.50 and though it is fairly good quality and fairly long lasting, it’s not the best lipstick I own and it’s not twice as good as some of my other cheaper brands. I was kind of disappointed with the difference of colours on the website compared to the shop samples and the fact that out of all the lipsticks on display I only found one I was really interested in. I think next time I would much rather buy a Tom Ford or Illamasque or Chanel.
Now my real crisis with this product. I purchased this lipstick a few weeks ago. During that time it was announced that MAC are no longer classed as Cruelty Free and have been taken off PETA’s list of approved companies (Estee Lauder was announced last month but being a bit slow on the uptake I only found out that MAC has been specifically removed recently too). I am fully aware that MAC, only tests on animals if required by law but this has made me a little sick. I am very disappointed and I feel a bit deflated. For years I resisted MAC despite their “We test on models not animals” campaign and the beauty world going crazy for them and as soon as I buy a product I am faced with this news. It has definitely tainted my lipstick and I doubt I’ll be purchasing from them again even if they do gain approval from PETA again.
So that is my dilemma. What are your thoughts? Will you continue purchasing MAC products knowing about this regression from the fashion forward company?