The first lipstick by MAC to be reviewed today is "Brave Red".
Before moving on with the review I would like to tell you that MAC lipsticks come in nine different finishes, which are as follows:
- Amplified Creme
- Retro Matte
Brave red is a cremesheen finish lipstick. First thing that would come to the minds of many would be what exactly does cremesheen lipstick mean? Cremesheens are the most popular MAC lipstick finish. They are glossy, opaque and long wearing. The colour pay off is always really strong and they stay put on the lips for really long time. They are quite a thick lipstick so you can easily apply too much and have the constant feeling like you need to wipe your mouth. They are incredibly creamy and flattering. Colour selection is really good. Cremesheen has a total of 25 different shades.
This lipstick comes in a black, hard plastic container with MAC printed on it in silver. This was my first ever MAC lipstick. Brave Red is a bright yellow red. Which means this red comes with yellow under tones. This is in fact really good as it suits me perfectly. It is neither too orangish nor with blue under tones. Thus it suits my skin tone amazingly and this is what I like the most about this colour! For the reference I am NC 30.
Texture of this lipstick is really nice, my lips feel hydrated and moisturised the entire time I'm wearing it over my lips and so I do not need prior lip balm application. Since the finish of this lipstick is cremesheen it gives more of this dewy look when applied. One thing which turns me off is that this lipstick is not transfer resistant, which was expected to some degree!
Brave Red is a bold, gorgeous, striking, fancy colour and is the best for evening wear. I don't remember wearing this lip colour during the day time ever. Although if you want you can wear it during the day time by dabbing it to give a more natural look. I usually wear it with my Colour Studio lip artist lip liner in Ooh La La which basically prevents it from bleeding. And honestly I haven't noticed bleeding of the lip colour till now. Although the colour feathers away after sometime especially after taking meals. The longest this lipstick have stayed on my lips was for around six hours straight, with no re-application in this between!
Price and Availability: Can be bought from Naheed's Super Market, EBCO located at The Forum or Agha's Super Market. Worth 2700Pkr.
Points in favour:
- Travel friendly packaging
- Huge shade range
- Colour pay off is amazing
- Longest wearing time
- Does not bleed
- Hydrates and moisturises the lips thus not arising a need for prior lip balm application
- Best for evening wear
- Will make a perfect red pout.
Points not in favour:
- Not transfer resistant
- Feathers away slightly after meals.
Rate: I would rate this 4.8/5.