MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick

I don’t think that any of my regular readers here will be shocked to hear that I’m impressed by this lipstick — come on it’s a coral shade in the lustre formula, what’s not to love? — but I have developed an unexpected love for this easy coral shade that adds a little bit of spring optimism to the freezing weather outside. It might not exactly be spring here in Canada yet but that doesn’t keep me from appreciating the lipstick here. Since picking it up, I’ve been reaching and reaching for it without growing bored of the shade or thinking that it looks odd in some way. Clearly this warranted a post of its own.

MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick ($19 CDN) regrettably was limited edition with the MAC Fantasy of Flowers Collection but there should still be some around and if comfortable-to-wear corals are up your alley, I’d recommend taking a look and see if you can spot it at your local store or counter before its gone. MAC was surprisingly accurate in describing the shade as “a sheer red-coral”. It’s a lustre finish and although this is only the second shade I’ve tried in the range, I have nothing good to say about lustres; the pigmentation starts out sheerer but builds wonderfully, it wears comfortably on dry lips and is actually somewhat moisturizing and it wears evenly. Although the lipstick lasts about 3-4 hours and will not withstand anything heavy, it’s so low maintenance and easy to apply that its no big deal. I wear this shade to class without having to worry about it if it means anything to you.

I’d say the shade is not exactly sheer – medium coverage on the lips that instantly builds up for a pop of unoverwhelming colour on the lips – and it’s a watered-down bright coral shade with warm undertones that isn’t so intense that it can’t be worn with a bit of colour on the eyes or cheeks. On my fair and warm-toned skin, this shade grants an instant boost without making it look like I tried too hard when I’m in a casual setting such as classes. And this formula is one of the only ones I can wear without irritating my sore lips and highlighting their dry patches to a level where there’s no point in wearing anything on the lips.

Dreaming Dahlia strikes me as a low-maintenance easy coral shade to transition into the warmer weather without looking out of place in the current state of affairs. I have a feeling this might just be my go-to lipstick this Spring!

the shade is picking up a wee bit more subdued on camera, if you were curious 🙂


What do you think will be your go-to lip this Spring?

Maggie, x.

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