MAC Lippies and the saga of the hunt for the best red lipstick

Normally, I practice a more prudent choice for lip colour that’s why either the MAC lipstick in Cosmo or NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita are my go-to everyday lippies. However, as the year ended and a new one began, I found myself gravitating to a more adventurous lipstick shade and, what’s more surprising, that I would experiment with not just one particular shade but several.

Welcoming the Year of the Snake, like any creature of habit, I made a beeline to the MAC counter at Changi Airport in Singapore and brought home the Cockney lippie edition celebrating the Chinese zodiac. The embossed snake was a big draw for lil’ ol’ dorky me. Personal reasons, haha.

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Of course, the embossed snake isn’t the sole reason, silly. Fact is, I’m still on my personal quest to find the best red lipstick. If you’ve been following the blog, you would’ve come across the first time I mentioned it. For the sake of those who are new to the blog (hello and welcome, btw!), feel free to read this post: CoverGirl Lip Perfection and the search for the best red lipstick.

I’m not sure if it’s because of my age or that I know I’m too lazy to do touch ups, I’m admitting to my attachment to lip liners. But hey, if you’re like me and you really don’t buy every friggin’ tube of lipstick that might catch your fancy, personal preference or trend, the you’ll understand that lip liners are a great thing to have in your makeup arsenal (more on this on a later post).

Take the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in More to Love, which I decided to get with the MAC Lustre Lipstick in Cockney, for example. Though I initially bought it to wear with the Cockney lippie, I know its use won’t be limited to one lipstick alone.

Cue in lippie combo comparison visual. Note that I’m wearing the same lip pencil on both.

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On the left, I’m wearing it with MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup + MAC PlushGlass in Ample Pink.

On the right, I’m wearing it with just the MAC Lustre Lipstick in Cockney.

I’ve also tried it with other lipstick shades in various combos but there wasn’t time for a photo.

Impressions on the MAC Lustre Lipstick in Cockney

It’s easy to control on application. Texture is shiny, luminous orange-red finish with a touch (hardly noticeable, really) gold shimmer. It has no hint of frost or metallic as how some shades achieve shine. It makes the lips look luscious. Colour stay on long, surprisingly, esp since I notice that it borders on sheer than opaque — depending on how it is applied. It can be the latter if used with a lip liner.

Impressions on the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in More to Love

It’s medium to easy in terms of application control. Texture is an opaque, solid, matte bright fuchsia pink finish and it can deepen depending on the skintone. I noticed that once on, dabbing or lightly wiping it won’t rub it off. Initially, I was worried that since I experienced dryness whenever I used longwearing, matte lip makeup, I’d experience the same thing. Quite happy that things were different this time around. I also remember my hesitation in getting it. I thought it too fuchsia pink for my taste. Hey, this is one of the times I’m cool with being wrong (no buyer’s remorse, haha).

Do feel free to share your own thoughts if you’ve tried them yourself. I’d love to hear them!

Duty-free rates: MAC Lustre Lipstick in Cockney retailed for S$25 (roughly around Php 862.00) and MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in More to Love, S$26 (roughly around Php 897.00).

We’re at this post’s end and I guess you might be wondering how the Cockney fared on the best red lipstick category, eh? Well, though I’m loving it right now (yes, I wear it a lot these days, haha), I reckon it’s still not it. A strong contender, yes, but my search is not over, unfortunately. However, I’ll be happy to look it over again when I have something to compare it to. So, ’til the next red lipstick!

Have you found your best red lipstick?

Sasha <3

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  1. I like the lip color on the left! That shade of pink is so nice! For red lipsticks, I’ve only tried mac ruby woo. It’s great!! Ü

    • Would you believe that I discovered that colour with just experimenting? Thanks, Pia! Oh yea, I’ve never tried that mac shade. I’ll check it out one of these days. :-)

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