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MAC Pro Lip Palette: Editorial Reds!!

Happy Hump Day!!

Sorry for being out of touch, I had to sort out a few technical issues with my new internet security suite and firewall, but all is good now 😉

So onto the pretty stuff – I had this nifty little MAC lip palette on my “buy me!” list for a month or so now and finally was able to get it last week and I’m not disappointed 🙂

It is the MAC PRO Lip Palette in Editorial Reds. They also have Preferred Pinks, Editorial Oranges, Select Plums and Modern Browns. Oh how I wish I could have them all, but since I couldn’t splurge to that extent, I opted for the Editorial Reds palette.

ArtsyArchitette MAC Pro Lip Palette Editoral Reds Lipstick

Each palette comes with a $40 price tag, and personally, I feel it is worth the money for what it is.

MAC would be considered a luxury/department brand, with some of the price tags to match, but worth it – if you know which products to go after.

There are many MAC products that I would recommend (and some I would pass on), but MAC lipsticks, with their high quality, staying power and pigment payoff, are ones you should really consider testing out; which is why I think these palettes are a perfect option.

The palette comes with six (6) MAC lipstick shades, 1g each, for a total of 6g of product. A single MAC lipstick, 3g of product, costs $15. So to get each of the included colors alone would cost you $90 and with the palette you get 6 pans of some of their top shades for $40.

Yes, you do get less product, which is the exact reason I chose the Editorial Reds palette, since most of these are not colors I wear every single day, but rather just when I want that bold lip look. I also think this is perfect timing, since I LOVE a bold lip especially during this time of the year.

If you need some convincing that you can wear a bold lip too, or just need a few tips, check out my Beauty 101: Bold Lips post here.

ArtsyArchitette MAC Pro Lip Palette Editoral Reds Lipstick Swatches

Remember a good lip brush is a must with this palette and I suggest avoiding finger application, as these shades do stain due to their strong pigments and staying power.

Quick Shade Overview:

“Dare You” – A brown red cremesheen lipstick that applies slightly sheer, very buildable.

“Lady Danger” – A bright orange-coral red matte lipstick, very pigmented.

“On Hold” – A yellow-pink-based red cremesheen lipstick, slightly sheer and buildable.

“Russian Red” – A true vivid blue-based red matte lipstick, great color on almost everyone.

“MAC Red” – A bright blue-pink-based red satin lipstick, very smooth on the lips.

“Ruby Woo” – A true blue-based red retro matte lipstick, very matte and slightly less vivid that Russian Red.


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MAC Haul

Yay!! I was finally able to buy a few new products, after what seemed like forever, and I just had to get my hands on some products from some of MAC’s new collections.

What I ordered:

  • MAC Fix + (long-time favorite! I use this spray daily)
  • “Jungle Camouflage” Face Kit (From the Carine Roitfeld Collection)
  • “Eden Rouge” Mattene Lipstick (From the Styleseeker Collection)
  • “Copper Beech” Pro Sculpting Cream (From the Face & Body Collection)
  • “Coffee Walnut” Pro Sculpting Cream (From the Face & Body Collection)
  • “Pure Sculpture” Pro Sculpting Cream (From the Face & Body Collection)
  • “Day Gleam” – NC30 shade – Pressed Pigment (From the Face & Body Collection)

A compact that showcases Carine Roitfeld’s sophisticated and seductive smoky eye and rouged cheek. Features: Dew, “Camo,” Bad Lieutenant and Carbon Eye Shadows, and Cremeblend Blush in Bootcamp Bronze. Limited edition.

My Thoughts:

  • The packaging is cute and compact, plus it includes a mirror. This kit would be great for travel.
  • Loving the cremeblend blush/bronzer! Blends beautifully, sheer but buildable, with a natural finish.
  • I chose the “Jungle Camouflage” because it is the cool (yellow) toned kit. Also comes in “Desert Camouflage” which is a warm (pink) toned kit.

With its streamlined design, this new slimline lipcolour, features the traditional glamour properties of a matte lipstick – intense colour and semi-matte velvety finish – while offering a creamier, softer, more glide-on application. Non-caking, non drying. Moisturizing and incredibly wearable yet absolutely matte.

My thoughts:

  • LOVE this lipstick – MAC really should make the mattene lipsticks part of the permanent line.
  • Eden Rouge is a bright blue red! Would be great on probably every skin tone. Read more on bold lips and application here.
  •  I would not classify it as a true matte lipstick. It has a slight semi-matte sheen to it, which I prefer even more.
  • Highly pigmented, about 85% opaque. Non-drying, so great if you are looking for the matte look but without your lips drying out.
  • Good staying power, but will still transfer. Add liner to extend wear.

A cream-to-powder formula for sculpting and shaping key features. Silky-smooth, easy-to-blend and neutrally-shaded. Apply where extra dimension is needed, eyelids included. Provides moist, skin-soothing, natural-looking sheer-to-medium buildable coverage.

My thoughts:

  • I have been looking for a product just like this for a long time now and I’m not disappointed!! 🙂
  • Copper Beech and Pure Sculpture look similar, but when applied are very different shades.
  • Love the formula. It is described as cream-to-powder, but it does not have a very powdery finish, but enough that it self-sets.
  • Natural finish, with a sheer application, but very buildable without caking.

An intensely creamy highlighter offering extreme pearlescence and versatility of finish. Apply dry for a high shine, or on damp skin for a dramatic wet look. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care.

My thoughts:

  • I was a little wary of purchasing this one at first, but I am glad I did. Day Gleam is described as an NC30 shade.
  • This product is not for the inexperienced and a light hand is suggested.
  • May look a bit scary to the more novice make-up user. I would recommend those unfamiliar with pigments, pressed pigments and highlighters should pass on purchasing this product. 
  • Does have a high “glitter/shimmer” content, but the more you work the product the smoother it looks. Works very well with damp brushes or on damp skin.

Overall I’m very excited to wear and work with these new products ♥

Side note: I have been planning to do a subscriber giveaway for a while now and it is going to be awesome!! So stay tuned, I will probably be announcing it next month 🙂