Thursday, 4 April 2013

MAC cusp of dawn lipstick

Hello all! Sorry this post is a little late today but I've been revising all day and any break I did take I used to just relax and catch up on the blogs that I have unfortunately had to neglect recently. I've been really bad with reading blogs recently and it's so annoying to have a backlog of posts because it makes me feel so 'behind the times' but it's so nice to have lots to read though!

Anyway, today's post is on a MAC lipstick that I picked up from the airport last year I think when I went to Egypt (my memory is appalling with these things!). I've been meaning to review this product for a very long time but I actually lost the first set of pictures when my laptop went bust and then I've just posted about other things instead. However, here it finally is - my thoughts on the MAC Cusp Of Dawn lipstick!

Now this is only my second MAC make up so I'm not going to pretend to be a pro on the beauties that they are but I'll just give you my honest opinion. I also own the Nicki Minaj Viva Glam lipstick (the neon pink one) and I feel that it is very matte but not actually that drying. On the other hand, this one, the second I got my hands on, appears quite glossy and shimmery when I apply it (the box and actual bullet say it is a lustre lipstick - not that i actually know what this means. i am so useless with the different types of mac lipsticks!) but I also find that it is really drying on the lips. After a few hours of wear, it seems really drying on the lips and I have a really big urge to apply some Vaseline. Unfortunately, as a sufferer from very dry lips (as seen in the above swatch pictures), this is a huge problem and the colour (well, what colour there actually is... more on this later!) clings to the dryness on my lips.

This lipstick is from the Heavenly Creatures collection (sorry but it was released last year! i'm sure you can still get your hands on a few products though) and I was attracted to it because it seemed just 'a bit more' than a nude as it contains a whole lot of shimmer. However, it's safe to say it's a bit underwhelming. It really isn't that much of a nude and it's just more of a metallic 'sheen'. When it's first applied it's very sheer and you do have to add a few layers to it to at least get some colour. It is nude when you first put it on but it wears down pretty quickly and the more you look at it, the more you realise it's just a sheen really. As a result I'm pretty disappointed as I always expect high end lipsticks to be pigmented but this one isn't. When I swatch it on my hand it does release a clear colour but I think it's because the skin on my hand is pretty pale compared to my quite pigmented lips. However, I must point out that the colour has grown on me and I'm thinking of just keeping it in my bag so that I can use it when I'm out and about during the day and don't really want to apply a full colour.

Unlike the sickly scent of Viva Glam Nicki, the smell of this one is very pleasant. It's sweet and sort of vanilla-ry which means I'm very happy when applying it. It also has a pretty long staying power and still, at the end of a day of use, there are hints of it on my lip. Also, after I'd taken the photos I took a shower and I could still see where the swatch was/had been on the back of my hand. On the other hand, it does smudge easily after application. When I swatch a product on the back of my hand I tend to rub a finger over it to see how it fares out. Unfortunately this one doesn't do so well but I haven't actually found this problem on my lips.

Overall I would say that I do recommend this as it is a MAC product and so is high end and thus does produce a nice look but there are other, better colours that would probably do well on the whole pigmentation front. You also need to do some prepping when you use it as it does cling to the dry areas but it does work as an every day colour.

Anyway, that's all I really have to say on it and I know I'm not the best at giving reviews as I'm not a huge make up expert but it's just my honest and basic opinions that I hope some people appreciate!

Now I'm going to head to bed because I'm shattered and have watched too much pointless television. Hopefully another post tomorrow so keep your eyes out for that one! :)


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  2. Such a nice colour! x

  3. This is a great in-depth review but the colour wouldn't really suit me I don't think. I prefer pink lipsticks (like the Viva Glam Nicki you mentioned) and soft nudes, this looks quite harsh, but if I want a 'my lips but better' shade, I would definitely pick this thanks to your review!

    Christina | Passion Obsession

  4. I love the colour of this, such a pretty nude :)
    Daniella x

  5. I've not seen this shade on blogs before it's lovely isn't it? xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  6. This is such a pretty and unusual colour!

  7. I've never seen this shade before :) it looks really nice for a casual day look but I know what you mean about expecting more pigmentation from a high end lipstick.great review xxx

  8. it's a pretty colour! i find MAC lipsticks to be really drying so always use a lip scrub and korres lip butter beforehand :)

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