Review : M.A.C Giambattista Valli – Charlotte

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I have to start this post by saying that I have zero necessity of another red lipstick, but I saw this, I liked it, and I had to have it ūüėÄ Veni, Vidi, Vici! I’m still not a big MAC fan as I’ve mentioned previously, but I couldn’t pass up a gorgeous red lippie which was limited edition.

The MAC Giambatistta Valli collection brings 5 shades in the range, however I decided to pick up just the one red as the other shades looked too garish for my tastes. Tats & Eugenie looked pretty cute I might add though.

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Charlotte on the other hand is a brick-red, blue based matte lipstick which instantly spoke to me the moment I saw the swatches online. The packaging is matte as well (unlike the rubbery ones found in the Toledo collection), mind you, so I really liked it.¬†One of my favorite things about this lipsticks is that the packaging is the same color as the shade inside. You know how annoying it is when you’re ruffling through your bag and you can’t locate the lipstick that you want so this eliminates that.

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Swatches! I love the red, seriously. It’s so dark and deep¬†and¬†has a good color payoff that covers my lips evenly and smoothly without dragging during application. The color lasts about six to seven hours but I felt that it was¬†somewhat drying over time.

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Since we don’t wear lipsticks on our arms, here it is on me ‚̧ Love, love, love the red! Oh and eyebrows are by Anastasia Beverly Hill’s DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown. Review on that surely coming soon, its been one of my favourites recently.

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Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Ozokerite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Paraffin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vanillin, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Stearyl Stearoyl Stearate. +/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 21 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Red 33 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 10 Lake

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¬†Did you pick anything up from this collection or even anything from the 100 or so collections that MAC has released since? ūüėõ

The MAC Giambattista Valli Collection lipsticks were priced at RM86 (if I recall) and is not available anymore since it was LE.

Say hi in the comments, & see you guys soon. ‚̧



[Review] M.A.C Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection – Love at First Swipe

Hola muchachitas!

BTW, that means hello girls in Spanish ūüôā I’ve been eyeing the recent¬†M.A.C limited edition collections that have been launching recently one by one, and oh boy can I say, some of them are really pretty! The most recent ones include Cinderella Collection, the¬†Bao Bao Wan Collection, and of course, the M.A.C Isabel & Ruben Toledo Collection. I’m no big fan of M.A.C and their limited edition collections, but once in a while they do make really gorgeous products which I cant say no to.¬†

To be very honest, I was slightly impressed with the service at M.A.C at Sunway Pyramid from my previous purchase with them, so I went back there again to pick up something from the LE collections. From all the swatching and browsing, I finally decided to get the¬†Isabel & Ruben Toledo Lipstick in the shade Opera. I did want Oxblood, (which isn’t even oxblood in colour wtf which I don’t understand =_=”) but it was all sold out. Anyone seen it lurking around at any of the MAC outlets?

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Fashion’s most romantic couple, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, are renowned for their award-winning and imaginative work in fashion design and illustration. Isabel and Ruben Toledo lend their vibrant eye for fashion and art to a collection of irreverent colour designed to inspire endless play. This unique collaboration with M·A·C pairs Isabel’s sensational penchant for colour with Ruben’s vibrant energy in a palette of hues designed to sculpt, paint and transform the face. Specially designed white packaging features Ruben’s illustrations, an array of graphic lines and red-lipped faces brought to life with his one-of-a-kind aesthetic.


Have fun watching the video, I found myself dancing to the tune¬†<3 They look like they’re having so much fun!

Product Description: Formulated to shade, define and showcase the lips in a rouge-y matte range of reds. The iconic product that made M‚ąôA‚ąôC famous. Specially designed white packaging features Ruben‚Äôs illustrations of graphic lines and faces in his one-of-a-kind aesthetic.

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The lipstick range comes in 6 beautiful limited edition shades, & I was initially torn between Tenor Voice, Opera & Victoriana, but finally decide on Opera, which is a blue based matte red shade. Victoriana was a pinky based red, and Tenor Voice is an orange based red, and I really really wanted them but, sadly, I’m saving up for upcoming Spring/Summer releases that I’ve been eyeing, especially from Givenchy, and Hourglass.

Swatch pic of all shades via: Musings Of A Muse


From left: Tenor Voice, Victoriana, Barbeque, Opera, Oxblood, Sin.
Don’t you just love those gorgeous reds?

Personal Thoughts: The finish of these lipsticks are your typical MAC Mattes, but not as dry as the Retro Matte range. I think the finish is more like an Amplified. Packaging wise, it comes in a white bullet with the Toledo signature, and a funky design on the bottom of the bullet. The bullet material is slightly rubbery, so PLEASE do not get any lipstick on it, or it will stain forever and be doomed to ugly marks.

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The red is so vibrant against my tan skin! And this is just one soft swipe mind you ūüėÄ Ohh it’s so pretty!

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The colour and pigmentation of this lipstick is just crazy! One swipe of the red, and it was love at first sight. The colour is a deep, daring red, matte yet not drying at all. I get at least 7-8 hours of wear with this lipstick, with no smudging or wearing. It definitely is a long wearing lip colour, since it feels moisturizing all day long, with no discomfort.

The ingredients in case you were curious.

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I just love rocking that roaring red! ‚̧
PS: Necklace from Reds Revenge

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To sum things up, if you love pigmented, long-lasting lip colours, give this a go, and you may very well fall in love with it, just like I did. Packaging is an A+ plus too! I really have no complaints ūüôā

The M.A.C Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection Lipsticks retails at RM 77/3g at all local MAC outlets, and only while stocks lasts. 

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[Review] MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish – Lightness Of Being Collection

Hey beautiful people!

It has come to my attention that I’ve yet to review a single MAC product on this blog to date *the horror, but for a good reason*, and I couldn’t let that go on¬†now can I? I don’t want to be reviewing their lipsticks, goodness knows you guys have prolly have read a million MAC lipstick reviews by now, so let me get into the most recent¬†MAC item that I’ve¬†purchased, the¬†MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish, from their Lightness Of Being Collection.

To be honest, I’ve not had much interaction with¬†MAC Cosmetics here in Malaysia, mainly because their customer service sucks a**. For more rants, refer to my post from a while back about their “excellent service”. Anyway, I tend to stay away from MAC, and even when I want something from them, I either buy them online at¬† or I ask someone to get the item for me, simply because I can’t be fussed to deal with the snooty SA’s.

However, for this particular purchase (I’d been aiming for this particular baby for a while you see) , I decided to head to the MAC at Sunway Pyramid Mall, where I heard the service was much better, and true enough, it wasn’t great, but at least not as bad as the service one usually gets in MidValley Mall. I purchased this without much fuss, and without even testing it on my face.¬†Thank goodness for online swatches being true to life!

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It is Limited Edition as one might expect, since MAC comes out with LE¬†collections on a daily basis like there is no tomorrow. I kid, but yes, MAC collections are hard to keep up with. Keeping up with MAC collections is much like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, it costs me a lot of time, money, and energy wasted. I’d rather feed my¬†Guerlain Meteorites obsession instead. Though this is a LE, it seems that this product¬†a re-promote, so it has been released before in a different form I’ve heard.¬†

The MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish is described as a shimmery pale peach with lavender marble, golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted sheen.

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I fell in love with this mostly because of the design, with its interesting embossed grooves and veined colours. Call me a sucker for pretty designs! And MAC does classy packaging as always, no complaints there.

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When swatched, the MSF¬†produces a lovely sheen that looks luminous and glowy. It doesn’t appear sparkly at all, nor does it look like you’ve been glitter bombed. I half expected to look like a disco ball, but it produced this lovely highlight that I can’t achieve with any of the other products I own. For my olive skin tone, it is just right, not too pale, not too warm.

As you can see based on the swatch, it has a hint of golden sparkle, but not too overpowering. Trust me when  say it applies perfectly!

I usually apply the MAC Perfect Topping MSF with a small light fluffy blush, like my Zoeva 101 Luxe Face Definer or my Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish. 

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And for completeness, here is how it looks on moi ‚̧

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Personally, I love my highlights, and this is by far my favourite MSF to date. Though I have a feeling it may change the moment I find another amazing product lol.

Long story short, who will love this? MAC fanatics, highlight obsessed people like me,¬†someone in a market for a highlighter that doesn’t glitter bomb your face and a sucker for pretty designs. Price wise, its on par with most MAC products anyway, so I cant complain. (Though I’m severely tempted to complain about the ridiculous & exorbitant prices for their Prabal Gurung Collection that was released recently!)

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BTW: Wearing the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kiss.

The MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish retails at RM 125/9g at all local MAC outlets, and only while stocks lasts. 

For more info, useful links below! Now if only their customer service was better, I may be tempted to purchase more from them. :/ 

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