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.

So MAC Happened…

I was lucky enough to receive a MAC Lipstick from my mom for Valentines Day. Well kind of; knowing me so well, she got me a gift card because I am insanely picking as she knew not to deprive me from the whole picking experience and when I went in to pick it out, I ended up with an eye product as well. You should know by now that this tends to be a reoccurring pattern for me.
MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick ($19 CDN) 

I’m quite a fan of MAC Lipsticks but don’t own a ton and the shades I have tend to either be bold statement shades or nudes and I’ve been craving one sort of in between that can be worn on the daily but also has some instantly-brightening colour to it and this limited-edition offering from the Fantasy of Flowers collection caught my eye and fit the bill. It’s a warm-toned true coral shade with a lustre finish and I’d say that it’s rather pigmented for a luster (medium-buildable opacity) and while remaining comfortable and hydrating on the lips, wears for about four hours without requiring maintenance. These shades tend to be flattering on my skin but I’m hesitant buying these shades but I know I shouldn’t be. To me, this lipstick screams spring to me and if I were to make a prediction it’s going to get loads of wear this season.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Layin’ Low ($24 CDN)

I hadn’t expected to pick this sleek little pot up but I have to say that I’m not disappointed in the least. I’ve had an obsession with cream eyeshadows lately especially as bases in light of my primer crisis but I was looking for a matte one and I remembered using one of these a few years back and I found it to be a shadow-primer hybrid with better primer capabilities than the ever-popular Maybelline Colour Tattoos – these do crease on me a bit but it’s after hours and hours of wear and that happens to me regardless of what primer I use. Obviously these are longlasting as shadows in themselves and have the easiest texture to use, while setting for maximum longevity. MAC describes this shade as a “creamy beige”, but I think it’s warmer and darker than that; I would describe the matte shade as a very warm beige-brown shade that is notably more orange-toned and darker than the famous Painterly. I’ll try to keep you updated on this but so far so good!

The I’m trying to do these sorts of post detailing the products I’ve picked up but I’m still getting the hang of things and I’d welcome some advice. Thoughts on the products? Tell me what you’ve been loving lately …. please?

Maggie, x.

P.S. I’m wearing Layin’ Low on my lids by itself and Dreaming Dahlia on my lips!