Sunday, 16 November 2014

New MAC Lipsticks - Show Orchid and Viva Glam Rihanna

Show Orchid (£15.50) and Viva Glam Rihanna (£15.50)

Like most beauty bloggers and makeup addicts, I am a huge fan of MAC lipsticks. I really do think the quality of them just doesn't compare to any others I have tried and they have such a great range of colours and finishes. On a recent trip to London there was no doubt that I was going to have to take a trip to MAC and have a look. Going to a MAC store is always a treat for me as where I live there is nowhere that sells MAC nearby :(. This is probably a good thing though as I would be in there all the time...

The latest lipsticks to join my MAC collection are Show Orchid and Viva Glam Rihanna. I have an ever growing list of MAC lipsticks that I have my eye on and these are two that I have wanted for awhile. So, I thought I would treat myself. Is it just me or does being in London make you want to splurge a lot more?!



Rihanna has two shades of Viva Glam lipsticks for MAC, a warm mauve copper colour and the classic red which are both lovely shades. I went for the red, with Winter on its way I wanted a gorgeous red to add to my collection as most of my lipsticks are colours more suitable for summer. 

This lipstick is a blue-red shade which means it is a 'cool red' i.e., a blood red or purplish red colour. In comparison, a warm red would have orange tones. I didn't used to notice the difference that much,  but since my makeup obsession / knowledge has developed I can see clearly if you compare a cool red to a warm red that the warm red will be a lot more of a orange colour. 

This lipstick comes in MAC's Frost finish meaning it is very glossy and shimmery. I know this is not for everyone but I absolutely love how easy this makes the lipstick glide onto the lips. It is so creamy and moisturising which is perfect for dry lips which I often suffer with during Winter. I love the Frost finish but the only downside is that it doesn't last as long as others.

The last aspect of this lipstick which just has to be mentioned is the stunning limited edition packaging, it is such a gorgeous deep matte red with Rihanna's signature written around it.

The second lipstick I chose to purchase that day was Show Orchid. Although I definitely don't need another pink in my collection I jus couldn't resist this beautiful bright colour. Show orchid is a vivid hot pink colour with an Amplified finish. This means that the lipstick has the same pigmentation of a matte formula just without the drying quality and it has a slight sheen to it. This is the first Amplified lipstick I have and it is now definitely one of my favourite kind of finishes. Show Orchid has incredible pigmentation and gives great  coverage with just one stoke. The colour pay off is amazing and lasts for hours on the lips without fading.


Above shows swatches of each, Show Orchid on the left (look at the amazing pigmentation!) and Viva Glam Rihanna on the right. What do you think of these colours? Have you tried either of them?
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