M.A.C. Cosmetics Huggable Lipcolour may sound like a frivolous name for a lipstick, but its velvety-cream texture does really feel like it's "hugging" your lips, all while imparting a pop of color and plush shine. More to love, it is available in a surprisingly versatile array of shades that offer something for every skin tone (from fair to deep). Suffice to say, we're fans!
Part of what makes this lipstick unique is how satiny-smooth it feels without leaving a slick or greasy finish on lips. It's creamy texture is more substantial than a gloss, yet it still feels lightweight while coating lips with a moisturizing layer of color. Better yet, the amount of shine is spot on—just enough to give lips an alluring glisten.
Of the several shades we tested, each looked even better on lips than we had anticipated from its color in the tube (so don't be afraid to try some of the bolder shades offered). There's a good mix of trendy and classic color options that vary in their intensity and opacity. Some have a soft and semi-sheer finish (the pinky-nude toned "Soft Talkin'"), while others deliver vibrant, opaque color—like the red-hued "Dramatical."
While we didn't experience six hours of wear as the claims mention (this wears off after a couple hours like most standard cream lipsticks, taking its subtle vanilla flavoring and scent with it), the moisturizing finish feels wonderful on lips while it lasts. Some of the deeper/vibrant shades leave a slight stain of color—so lips aren't left totally naked after its worn away.
It's not every day that we get this excited about a lipstick, but Huggable Lipcolour has a lot to love due to its range of shades that offer something for everyone, and its comfortable, moisturizing finish. XOXO to M.A.C. for this one!
- Non-greasy, velvety cream texture that leaves a soft shine on lips.
- Surprisingly versatile shade range that includes classic and trendy options.
- Treats lips to a comfortable layer of moisturizing color.
- Uses vanilla extract for its flavor and scent, which is a non-irritating ingredient.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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