I’m always interested to see what limited-edition collaborations MAC is going to release, but few have gotten me as excited as Giambattista Valli x MAC. I’m no expert on a technical level in regard to fashion, but I do know what I find aesthetically pleasing, and I have a huge appreciation for Giambattista Valli’s aesthetic as he never shies away from color or floral prints and manages to maintain a certain level of softness without being cheesy.
The collection launches tomorrow, July 9, and MAC sent it to me to review. It’s pretty much as fabulous as I expected.
The collection consists of five matte lipsticks and one gloss, all inspired by colors and prints featured in many of Valli’s pieces.
Crystal Glaze Gloss in Lena
Lena is meant to be worn solo as well as on top of the lipsticks in this collection. This gloss has a subtle iridescent, pearl-pink finish. MAC glosses can sometimes be a bit sticky for me, but I found that this one was actually not as tacky as their traditional Lip Glass. It’s about as creamy as a Cremesheen Glass (or NYX Butter Gloss) and it’s not overly goopy.
I don’t often wear non-pigmented gloss by itself, but I’ve taken to wearing this one solo because I like the subtle color.
Bianca B was my least favorite of the bunch. While it was very opaque and applied smoothly, it still seemed to settle strangely in the lines of my lips (which were exfoliated and moisturized), and was a bit drying. Additionally, I was not at all digging this shade, and I don’t think the matte finish really helped either.
If you’re into a very mod look, I think it could work, but I would suggest using a primer underneath.
This peachy shade was one I thought I was going to dislike but actually ended up liking. It glided on smoothly and with solid pigmentation, but I did have a little bit of settling with this shade as well, although not at the same level as Bianca B. The finish wasn’t what I would consider a true matte (at least as far as MAC’s mattes are concerned) but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a satin either.
I love a good hot pink shade, and this definitely falls into that category. Very intense pigmentations, smooth application, and pretty comfortable on the lips. Again, it’s more of a semi-matte finish than a true matte but still nice.
It leans a bit cool (more fuchsia than just straight-up hot pink), but I like blue undertones in my brighter shades. I also didn’t find that it settled strangely in my lips.
The only other red I own from MAC is Ruby Woo and all though I LOVE the shade, it’s sooooo dry. Charlotte, on the other hand, is a beautiful, deep poppy red and isn't as dry or uncomfortable as Ruby Woo. The finish is again, semi-matte, but it wears and feels a bit more like the Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipsticks, which I love.
My brain is pretty much set on only wearing super-dark hues in the fall/winter, so I CANNOT WAIT to wear this shade as soon as the weather starts cooling down. It is a beautiful black-cherry shade that actually applies well and wears comfortably on my lips.
One of my favorite things about all of the lipsticks is that the packaging is the same color as the shade inside. If you're anything like me, then you probably have a minimum of six lip products in your purse or makeup bag right now and probably have to open each cap to figure out which shade is the one you want. I love that I can find these lipsticks immediately in my bag because the shade is right there on the tube.
- Which shade is your favorite?
- What do you think of color-coordinated packaging?
- If you could decide MAC’s next collaboration, what would it be?