Product Review: MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection lipsticks (RE-RELEASED)

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

If you missed out last year or want to grab a few backups from the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection you are in luck. Macy’s has re-released the full collection! I took this opportunity to grab 3 lipsticks: Charmed I’m Sure, Deeply Adored, and Pure Zen.  All 3 lipsticks retail for $16.50 each and feature an iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe on the tube (which is a glossy black instead of the normal matte black). The photo and her signature adorn the outer sleeve that slides over the box that the lipstick comes in (something that true collectors may want to keep).

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Charmed I'm Sure lipstick

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Charmed I’m Sure lipstick

Charmed I’m Sure is a dark true red lipstick in a matte formula. It applies easily with a creamy consistency and no pull. It is not as drying as some mattes but it definitely is not hydrating. If you have naturally dry lips you will need to prep before using as matte formulas are not very forgiving. I was able to get 6 hours  of wear time and once removed there was a noticeable stain. Removing with a wet wipe helps remove most of the stain. This is a limited edition color.

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Deeply Adored lipstick

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Deeply Adored lipstick

Deeply Adored is a dark brown red lipstick in a matte formula.  It applies easily with a creamy consistency and no pull. It is not as drying as some mattes but it definitely is not hydrating. If you have naturally dry lips you will need to prep before using as matte formulas are not very forgiving as you may notice in the photo above. I was able to get 6 hours  of wear time and once removed there was a noticeable stain. Removing with a wet wipe helps remove most of the stain. This is a limited edition color.

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Pure Zen lipstick

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Pure Zen lipstick

Pure Zen is a frosted warm nude in a Cremesheen finish. It applies semi-opaque and is neither hydrating nor drying on me although some have stated that Cremesheens are often drying on them. I am able to get about 3 hours of wear out of this, which is on par with most other Cremesheen lipsticks that I own. To make the color a little more suitable for my skin tone I sometimes line my lips with a chocolate lip liner and blend it although wearing the color alone is fine. Pure Zen is NOT a LE color and can be found in the permanent collection for $15.00. This is something to consider if having it in the Marilyn Monroe packaging is not important to you.

I’m not sure how long the Marilyn Monroe Collection will be available at Macy’s so you may want to check it out sooner rather than later. It’s available on their website and at Macy stores that carry MAC counters.

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2 thoughts on “Product Review: MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection lipsticks (RE-RELEASED)

  1. Ben says:

    I am nc40 do you think pure zen would suit me.? Im afraid it might look ashy on me. Help!!

    • I think it should be fine. But you could always warm it up by using a little bit of a chocolate or other brownish lip liner if you feel like it’s too light for your liking. Hope that helps!

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