First of all I just wanted to wish all of my fellow Americans a very Happy 4th of July! I will no doubt be able to catch a whiff of the independence, bbq, & firework infused Americana all the way over here! P.S. Be sure to wear some damn sunscreen while you enjoy the festivities people!
Now back to MAC!
I have to admit I have had some serious apprehension where MAC is concerned. Years ago when before my wedding I had gone to the MAC counter in a department store in Michigan at a friends urging to purchase some makeup for my wedding day. The girl at the counter was nice and friendly and after telling her that my wedding colors were silver and light pink, I requested something for my eyes and lips that was simple with a subtle shimmer since up until six months ago, make up rarely if ever graced my face. She then suggested a beautiful eyeshadow and one of their Lip Glass lip glosses which I did try at the counter. However, when I went home and reapplied the products I just was not in love with them. For one the Lip Glass just felt far too heavy for my liking and I also noticed that when I left the eyeshadow on longer that it kind of bothered my eyes. Luckily my friend told me that MAC has an amazing return policy so I was able to return these items for a full refund and then my mom steered me over to the Clinique counter where I had much better luck. So yeah, you could say that my first experience with MAC didn’t go very well, aside from the amazing customer service of course, and quite frankly turned me off of their products.
I am happy to say that my MAC boycott has now been lifted! The reason being is that I have been on the hunt for a red lipstick that I can actually pull off and that doesn’t make me look like a clown or a color blind prostitute. I tried Maybellines Fatal Red over a year ago and it was just all kinds of wrong so I kind of gave up. Then a few weeks ago I took up the cause once again, did some research, and decided to to ask around and even put a post on my FaceBook page asking for recommendations. The first person to come to my rescue was cousin Meredith (she’s technically Capt. Canada’s cousin, but I’ve claimed her as my own), and she told me to check out MAC’s Viva Glam I lipstick. Well you can imagine when I saw “MAC” my natural instinct was to disregard it. However, curiosity got the better of me mostly thanks to my love for and completely trust in cousin Meredith but also due to the power of suggestion thanks to the numerous blogs and YouTube channels I frequent. So yeah, after hearing so many amazing things about MAC, namely their lipsticks I decided that it might be nice to splurge just a little and give them another go. I spent an insane amount of time scouring the MAC site as well as looking at various swatches of all the many red lipsticks they had available and ended up with a list of shades I wanted to check out in person. The following are the shades I came up with: Ruby Woo, So Scarlet, Viva Glam I, Dubbonet & Russian Red. By the way, I found the color descriptions on the MAC site incredibly helpful as I knew I wanted to stay away from more yellow based reds as well as orangey reds.
This past Friday I was delighted that fate intervened allowing my husband to leave work early which in turn gave us the perfect opportunity to travel to Nürnberg, which just happens to be where the nearest MAC counter is, to do a bit of shopping. We also visited the PUMA headquarters & outlet, LUSH, as well as IKEA that day, which I will also being doing posts on later. Anyhow, we made our way to the city center after finding parking and then to Müller, which is a drugstore of sorts which also sells video games, movies and music. This Müller has a huge cosmetics section, which is much more extensive than in their smaller stores, that includes brands ranging from more wallet friendly up to more high end, MAC included. I am a no non-sense shopper and in all honesty don’t care for shopping at all so I was on a mission to get in, look at what I wanted, make my purchase and get out, much to my husband’s delight. I found the lipstick section of the counter and swatched the colors I was interested in and immediately narrowed it down to two, Viva Glam I and Russian Red. I was torn, so I asked the sales woman who preferred Russian Red, and my husband who of course liked Viva Glam I, which just happened to be the one I was leaning toward as well, so Viva Glam I it was. I did check out and swatch a few of the mineralize eye shadows, Gilt By Association and Smutty Green but passed as I just felt as though they were too glittery for me. So I picked up a Maybelline Color Sensational lip liner in Pleasure Me Red, and made my purchases and the rest as they say is history.
I have only worn Viva Glam I a few times now but I can honestly say that I am so happy with my purchase and I really do love it. I feel like this works well for me and my fair skin tone, it even looks okay with my new light purple hair. The past few days I’ve kind of been training myself to get used to having such a highly pigmented lipstick on though as I have only worn very sheer and nude lipsticks before this. I did wear it out on Saturday at the Captain’s urging and kept asking him “Are you sure I don’t look like prozzie?” Me in red lipstick, who ever would have thought! I’m sold though and I fully intend to pick up Russian Red and perhaps a few more colors. I’m just so impressed with the pigmentation and how long wearing this lipstick is. I can definitely see why everyone raves over MAC lipsticks and while I still like my Maybelline and Catrice lipsticks, they are just in a whole different class. Sad but true.
What do you think of Viva Glam I or MAC lipsticks in general? Do you have a favorite red lipstick? Please comment below. I will do a full review of this at a later time once I’ve put it to use a bit more. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.