MAC & Marilyn Monroe Satin Lipstick in Love Goddess – Review, Photos & Swatches
If I’m not mistaken, the Marilyn Monroe Collection was already released sometime September/October last year, and was re-released this May. Not sure if it was via online or both though. But regardless, according to some of the articles I’ve read, this collection was sold out in minutes last year. Wouldn’t blame the masses though. This collection is gorg! Te lip colors, OMG. Like I said, I try to steer clear of red lipsticks but for this collection, I’ll definitely make an exemption.
PACKAGING – The packaging is pretty similar to all of MAC lip products only this one, since it’s a limited edition, is a bit different. Compared to the plain, bullet type packaging of MAC in their permanent line of lipsticks, this one has a black, glossy finish with Marilyn Monroe’s picture at the bottom of the tube, then the MAC logo & Marilyn Monroe’s signature at the cap. It’s sleek and sturdy just like most MAC lipsticks are like and it’s very elegant looking too. The box is also a bit different too. It has a glossy finish and another cover, with a larger photo of Marilyn Monroe, along with the MAC logo and Marilyn’s signature.
SHADE – Love Goddess is described to be a “mid-tone pink red” with a satin finish. Well, they couldn’t be more right. If you’re like me who is a bit uncomfortable wearing red lip colors then this is the perfect lip color for you. I’d like to think that it gives everyone the illusion that you’re wearing a red lip color while clearly, it’s not. (Okay, I hope I made sense right there). However, if you’re a bit tight on the budget, there’s one I can recommend. Revlon Cherries in the Snow is very similar to this lip color only it’s a bit darker, but they both have a pinkish tone into them. (Click here for reference. But please note that it I am under a different lightning so they really do look like a spot-on dupe).
FORMULATION/CONSISTENCY – Typical to most MAC lip products, this one is also very creamy. It did not however highlight any/all fine lines of my lips. The color is also very buildable, it may appear a tad sheer during the first layer but like I said, you can build it up to be more opaque and vibrant.
APPLICATION – I did not encounter any problems applying this lip color. It glided on smoothly even with out a lip balm. Honestly, when it comes to MAC lip products (except for matte finishes) I sometimes don’t bother applying a lip balm because they glide on so well just as if you applied a lip balm. Further, like I previously mentioned, it did not highlight any dry parts of my lips, or the fine lines.
PERFORMANCE/LONGEVITY – I had some ‘transferring’ issues with this one during the first 30-45 minutes while wearing it, but I didn’t blot so I guess that was my mistake/understandable. Therefore, I suggest when you wear this, you blot because it’ll definitely transfer during the first hour. However, after that, I didn’t see the lip color transferring any more. Also, despite it transferring, it was still as vibrant like before. It lasted on me for more than five hours and that was with no retouching, without eating oily foods, but with drinking of course. Afterwards, it did fade gracefully, but it was still pretty noticeable since it stained my lips for more than an hour or so. I also did not experience any bleeding or feathering, and I find it quite moisturizing as well.
• Shade | Love Goddess (Satin)
• Price | 1,100 (Approx $25) • Net Wt | 3 g | 0.1 US oz
• Avalability | (Not sure if it’s available locally, but there was none at TriNoma); SassyFabShop
SCENT – Typical to most MAC lip products, the scent of this one has a hint of vanilla. It’s definitely not overpowering and not in any way different to those which are already in their permanent line.
| Sleek, unique & sturdy packaging
Comes in five shades (from the Marilyn Monroe limited edition line)
Color is true to the tube
Glides on smoothly on my lips
Doesn’t feather and/or bleed
No longer need a lip balm when applying
Has a sweet vanilla-ish scent but definitely not overpowering
No particular taste
Faded gracefully but stained my lips for more than an hour or so
Lasted for approximately 5 hours
| Limited Edition
Not sure if it’s locally available but I’ll check.
Overall, I love, LOVE, love this lip color and I find that it can really be a good transition color if you really want to wear red lippies but just a bit hesitant to try. It’s very smooth and creamy but it doesn’t highlight your lip’s imperfections. It’s almost perfect if only it’s not limited edition and it’s not that pricey.
Nevertheless, I still love it, and I’ll definitely wear it often. At least I can now give my MAC CYY a rest.
For me, it is definitely worth the moolah, and I’ll definitely repurchase it again.
Infact, I’m thinking about buying Charmd, I’m sure. Aah! Somebody stop me now! (lol)
So those are my thoughts regarding the said lip product. I hope that you find it helpful. How about you? Do you like wearing red lip colors? What’s your favorite? Let me know!