If you’re familiar with M.A.C., you know the brand releases quite a number of limited edition products throughout the year. Few releases, however, have garnered quite the level of interest of their recent Giambattista Valli Lipstick! So what’s the big deal? We’ll get to that in just a moment; but right off the top we want to point out that hype aside, these are great lipsticks that perform amazingly well, which is why they earn our highest rating.
M.A.C. frequently collaborates with fashion designers for its collections, and there was a lot of excitement when they announced their partnership with Giambattista Valli. Valli, an Italian designer based out of Rome, is best known for vibrant floral patterns worn by some of the world’s top celebrities.
The lipsticks he inspired are similarly bold; they include bright pinks, corals, and a couple of rich red shades. One of the biggest points of appeal of these lipsticks is their packaging. They’re in the standard bullet-shape tube M.A.C. is known for, but instead of being black, the tubes each match the shade of lipstick inside, meaning you know exactly what you’re getting when you reach for it.
As for the lipsticks themselves, they’re M.A.C.’s standard matte formula that already exists in the line, just in different colors. The good news is that their formula is excellent—these lipsticks apply smoothly and evenly without tugging, and you get full color coverage in a single coat. The finish is truly matte, but not drying (though if you have very dry lips, it’s best to layer a lip balm underneath).
As far as performance, the Giambattista Valli Lipsticks wear remarkably well, with an even layer of color present at the six-hour mark. When they do fade, they fade to an attractive stain that sticks around. For the darker shades we recommend using a waterproof makeup remover to take them off at the end of the day—the stain really does last that long!
These lipsticks, like all of M.A.C.’s offerings, do have a light vanilla scent, though that is provided by vanillin, which is not a skin irritant. It’s something to note though if you prefer your lipsticks to be fragrance-free.
Overall, M.A.C. Cosmetics limited-edition Giambattista Valli Lipsticks are definitely worth checking out, and thanks to their top-notch performance, are ones we recommend.
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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