Thursday, September 8, 2011

MAC Semi-Precious Gem of Roses Lipstick Review & Swatches


I'm on a bit of a lip product purchasing ban, ok maybe restriction.  I was able to Back to MAC for the MAC Semi-Precious Collections Gem of Roses Lipstick. It is a smooth Lustre finished lipstick.  It is described as a midtone strawberry pink. Gem of Roses is one of those pretty not just a neutral lipsticks that goes with lots of looks.  It doesn't scream look at me, neither is it a shade that quietly hides away your lips. It's just the right amount of pink I can see myself using regularly.

It has a slightly creamy shiny finish with a smooth application.  I like Lustre finishes due to their lower level of pigmentation compared to a Satin or Amplified finish. I like how they can end up blending into the lips more readily (although this can be terrible for brighter shades). While a lip liner is always nice to define the lips, I don't find Gem of Roses really needs it.  Straight from the tube, it works without causing a fuss. 





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