It was only a few months ago that I was able to count the amount of lipsticks I own on one hand. Now, my collection has spread out across a 24-count lipstick holder, and I'm already considering buying a second one just for my MAC ones. It's a sad state of affairs, really it is. One would think I'm starting a stockpile just in case MAC spontaneously goes out of business tomorrow (can you imagine??). But there is one good thing that's come out of this recklessly-expensive lipstick-hoarding addiction of mine (besides me single-handedly keeping my local MAC in business...well..). After trialling almost every finish that MAC have to offer, I've found that their matte lipsticks are some of the best I've ever tried.
I own a handful of the Rimmel Kate Moss mattes, and while I do love them as a nice and affordable drug store lip option, there simply is no beating MAC's mattes. The finish is pigmented, strongly opaque, and offers full lip coverage. After a few hours of wear, there is some definite lip-drying that occurs, but it's not uncomfortable, nor is it visibly noticeable on me. This can be amended by slicking on some balm beforehand. And even though the lipstick does dry a bit, it doesn't come off in ugly chunks. In fact, I've noticed that MAC's mattes (the longest lasting of any of their lip finishes) very rarely come off on their own. In the case of Embrace Me (the bright pink in the middle, very similar to Candy Yum Yum) a makeup artist at MAC attacked my lips with some of their Lip Product Remover after tissues and makeup wipes weren't cutting it, and I was still left with a gentle pink stain (not necessarily a bad thing!).
Russian Red has never let me down either. It's a cult classic, and although I'm only an occasional rocker of the red lip, this one is probably my favorite matte of the bunch. It lasts for an insane and suspiciously unnatural amount of time, and has even seen me through a looong 10 hour day, complete with two iced coffees, a breakfast sandwich, and lunch, with no funky lipstick marks on the straw (or my teeth).
Kinda Sexy is the creamiest of the three, and one that I've talked up time and again. It's my favorite "my lips but better" color, and one that I wear when all else fails. It doesn't seem to be as long lasting as the other two, but it is by far the least drying matte I've tried yet, and one that I will repurchase when I run my current bullet into the ground.
I also quite like the Amplified formula from MAC, but that's another post for another day. Do you have a favorite MAC formula or lip color? Let me know some of your favorites. Come on, fuel my addiction!