MAC Shimmer & Spice Lipstick ($17.50) is one of several new, limited edition Snow Ball Lipstick shades that launched with the MAC Holiday 2017 Collection. Shimmer & Spice is marketed as a frost finish lipstick that’s a dusty Rose with shimmer. Yeah, sure, the frost factor scared me as I don’t do frost anything but I decided to haul this after reading it was a dusky rose with shimmer. Pictures of a pretty nude rose with a hint of golden shimmer frolicked through my mind! I felt at the very least a little clear gloss would go a long way at making this a wearable shade if the frost went terribly wrong.
Here’s how things went down with MAC Shimmer & Spice Lipstick.
One of the things that must be addressed before we get into this review is the gorgeous packaging on the MAC Snow Ball Holiday Collection this year. This lipstick comes housed in a gorgeous gold, crackled barrel. The ice crackling surrounding the barrel combined with the light beige gold makes for an outstandingly beautiful way to present this lipstick. This is a smooth finish as well which gives the entire barrel a polished look.
The lipstick shade is way off from being a dusky rose. No way, nothing about is rose. At a glance it has an almost brown plummy douchrome look with plenty of fine silver shimmer. There’s absolutely no frost here, it’s pure metallic shimmer on my lips and the shade is a very plummy brown. It’s pretty but it’s also really Mr Roboto in finish. It’s one of those shades that makes me looked like I stepped out of an episode of Lost in Space. Just not my thing! It’s a very strong metallic finish with a liquid metal look that’s very shimmery. Don’t panic though! A little clear gloss goes a long way at giving it a more “cleaner” less harsh finish.
The formula is slick and it glides on very easily but the finish isn’t quite as smooth as I had hoped and looks a little patchy if I don’t go over it a few times. It also leaves behind a good deal of shimmer and glitter as the color wears away which can be a pain as you’ll have a ring of glitter around your mouth if you aren’t careful about touch ups throughout the day! Wear time was around four hours for me and color faded by hour four. As with all MAC Lipsticks this has a vanilla fragrance and flavor that doesn’t linger.
MAC Shimmer & Spice Lipstick is an interesting and unique shade that might be worth exploring if you like dramatic metallic shades. Just don’t go into a purchase believing this is a dusky rose as that description is way off!
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