Beauty Haul November 2017: MAC Retro Matte Lipcolour

I should have published this before November ended but struggling with Malaria at the time, I was unable to meet my deadline. Regardless, this post features MAC Matte Liquid Lipcolour for dark skin and some update on my acne situation which I talked about in October’s Beauty Haul.

Matte Liquid Lipsticks have been the rave in the beauty industry for more than 3 years now and I’ve been dying to get my hands on them.

In May, I tried one by Rimmel London which retailed for £2. I was excited, got 3 for me and even 2 more for my sister. I mean, it’s Rimmel right? Wrong. it was a tragedy. I pursed my lips together like we all do to smoothen out the lipstick colour and distribution, and it all just peeled off. My lips looked a chapped mess.

Consequently in November, I retraced my steps to my MAC store. Amaka will say I have started but the truth is, when it comes to make-up, you can be sure that MAC will make you happy…90% of the time.

Having done extensive research on suitable colours of Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour for my dark skin tone (NW48) on the company website, I went out to try on a few of them at the store in Jabi Lake Mall. I tried High Drama and it was quite nice. Then I asked the price and they told me N12,000 and I lost interest. I decided I wasn’t ready for that level of financial commitment and said goodbye.

But as I left with High Drama still on, I kept glimpsing my reflection and I looked fierce, that Rihanna kind of fierce. Then my dad said “if you want it, you better talk now. You know our house is far“. (Yes, I went makeup shopping with my dad. He couldn’t believe that foundation costs up to N20,000. Don’t worry, I’m a grown woman, I paid for my purchases)

Long story short I think it’s smarter to buy your lipsticks from foreign MAC stores. If you have someone going or coming in from the UK, US or South Africa. Using N365/ N480 to $1/£1 respectively, one lipcolour costs about N8,400. (which is 30% less including freebies)

1.Dance With Me
This is described as a Deep cranberry red. If you read my post on my best-friends wedding you’ll know that these colour-nomenclachure exhausts me. However, I’m in love with it. It goes well with Night moth or Cherry pencil. Try it and let me know what you think.

2 High Drama
This is a deep plum. I wear this when I’m feeling extra and it always gets heads turning. It’s very dark and dramatic and perfect with Nightmoth pencil.

3.Topped with Brandy
I haven’t used this a lot. It’s a deep dirty rose that I pair with Chestnut lip pencil around my lips.

  1. So Me
    This is said to be a greyed plum but I’m not sure. I haven’t worn this much because it got broken. I should use it quickly before it dries out.
  1. Cafe Au Chic
    When I got this, I was hesitant and then regretful. This colour is described as greyed beige and my lips looked ashy and dead. However, with chestnut lip pencil, this has become my work-favourite. It is fantastic for nude make up and my greatest discovery yet.

Summarily, I’m quite happy with all of them and I certainly recommend them. These lipcolours are very pigmented and dry quickly. They blend beautifully with lip pencils when you squish your lips together. Absolute perfection and they last a hell of a long time.

However, they can be quite drying on the lips, so I had to moisturize my lips prior. For the price, the quantity is small and I find myself being miserly and not wanting to clean it up at the end of the day. This lipcolour does transfer, not a lot but some and will leave a stain. Finally and to my greatest disappointment, the containers are quite fragile. A small fall from my dresser and the neck broke off just like that.

Broken and taped with a plaster

If you use any of the MAC Retro Matte Lipcolours, please tell be about your experience and favourite shade.

Murad Review: Acne Update
I’m really thankful for all the support and advice I got from you all on getting rid of my acne. They are all gone except for the scars.

I’ve used the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum religiously everyday for about a month and I can see some improvement. The spots are less visible, my skin is somewhat smoother, more radiant or perhaps just a little lighter, I’m not sure but you can decide for yourself in my before and after pictures below.

However, I found it to be quite drying for my rather oily skin and had to complement it with a moisturiser. It also dries quickly so I had to dampen my face with warm water before applying it. Next, it’s got some alcohol in it so it hurts if you apply it on an open pimple. Heaven help you if this gets in your eyes. Finally, at N22,000 I expected to have a spots-free face by now. I mean, it did say “Rapid”.

Summarily, Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum appears to work but I don’t know if I will repurchase. At this price and speed, I’d rather go back to using my Cocoa Butter Vitamin E Scar Serum.

The Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Cream Samples were fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on the full size. After a week of continuous use, I couldn’t help noticing how soft and smooth my face had become. I’m definitely getting some along with their Double Serum but that would probably be next year.

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