Many of you may already be aware of the December 26th Punk Couture Collection that MAC will be releasing (and if you were lucky enough to catch Nordstrom’s brief online pre-sale you might already have your hands on the collection). The collection includes pigments, an eye shadow quad, lip glasses, and 4 lipsticks. This review focuses on the lipsticks in the collection.
The 4 lipsticks in this collection are:
All 4 lipsticks are matte in formula and are vampy, which fit with the current trend.
Hautecore originally released on Black Friday (and quickly sold out) so if you missed out you’re in luck. This is the same color (matte black).
It applies creamy but takes a bit of layering to get to full opacity. I’ve read some reviews that described it as patchy and compared it to Talk That Talk. It is not remotely as dry as TTT (which is a Retro Matte) and it’s not patchy…it’s just not as pigmented in one or two swipes like some may have anticipated. It initially has a slight sheen that seems to make the finish appear semi matte but once it sets it begins to look more like a traditional matte lipstick. It’s not as drying as some older MAC matte formulas have been and reminds me of how the recent RiRi Nude matte formula feels. This is true for all 4 lipsticks in this collection.
Studded Kiss applied the creamiest and smoothest out of the 4 lipsticks in this collection. It is also one of the most misleading when trying to photograph. It looks lighter in the swatch, but when looked at in the full face photo you can see that it is much darker (I’m wearing it in the photo with the light colored sweater). Some people have mistakenly thought that it had an orange tone to it due to some swatches that have been posted online but I do not see any orange in it at all. It’s a darkened red that leans towards a brick red color.
Punk Couture was a color I initial thought would be close to Heroine (which is being rereleased and will be permanent to the MAC lineup!) but was surprised to see that it was a great deal deeper due to it’s grape purple coloring. It makes Heroine appear a lot pinker. You will see a difference in the look of the color in the swatch and in the pic of me wearing it (it’s the one with me in the blue shirt below) at full application strength. It took on a much stronger blue-based purple tone when I wore it with full makeup but it applied lightly you can control this.
Instigator is a darkened berry-wine color that reminds me of Talk That Talk. I’m not sure if it’s an exact dupe (I haven’t actually swatched the two next to each other) but the formulas are night and day. If TTT was a nightmare for you to deal with then you will be very happy with the application of this. I honestly feel like this is worth having even if you already own TTT.
Are you planning on checking out the Punk Couture collection when it comes out?