Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Lipsticks

Gareth Pugh Lipsticks

Limited Edition
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

Company’s Description

Lipstick in shades reflecting Pugh’s trademark drama. His impeccable high style is evoked by the lipstick’s glossy black square casing and signature marque.

The Gareth Pugh collection comes with 2 Lipsticks in the colors “Restrict” and “Fervent”:

  • Restrict (cremesheen): Creamy grayed nude
  • Fervent (satin): Glossy blackened berry

Packaging: 9.25/10

Gareth Pugh Lipsticks come in rectangular, shiny black tubes. The caps have embossed “X” designs on the top.

Quality: 8.75/10

Restrict is a pale, greyish nude pink with a sheen finish. Fervent is a deep wine purple, also with a satin finish. Because Restrict is pale, it can easily wash you out if you over-apply it. Restrict, as you can see, is a very dark color that is almost opaque.

Both have decent color. Both have a slightly stiff formula, and you need to swipe and blot to build up and even out the finish.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

You need to work with both colors to get an even layer of color, but they transfer onto the skin without too much trouble. Both colors will show mistakes in application, so I would recommend using a lip brush to get a precise line.

Price: 8.25/10

Each tube contains 3 grams of product for $22. MAC lipsticks usually cost $14.50 and contain the same amount of lipstick. You do pay a lot more for the same amount of product, but this is expected with MAC’s special collaboration collections. And this is the only product so far that isn’t 2, 3, or 4 times as much money for less product than its counterpart in MAC’s regular line.

Final Grade


Gareth Pugh Lipstick Box Packaging

Gareth Pugh Lipstick Packaging

Gareth Pugh Lipstick Packaging

Gareth Pugh Lipsticks

Gareth Pugh Lipsticks

Gareth Pugh Lipstick in Restrict

Gareth Pugh Lipstick in Fervent

Gareth Pugh Lipstick Swatches: Restrict & Fervent

Restrict Applied

Fervent Applied

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5 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Lipsticks

  1. soesje200 says:

    They will be to much work for me, I love the colors but still…

  2. Sarah says:

    The Gareth Pugh Collection hasn’t landed in my MAC stores yet (I live in Australia, aka, the expensive, lack-of-makeup country haha) and I have to say that Restrict is a really nice pink-mauvey colour but it looks like it can make paler-skinned people (like me) a little washed out. Fervent looks pretty amazing though! Obviously not an everyday colour but the colour is so…dark and mysterious. I find it so alluring, although I’m not sure I’d actually pay for either of these lip-sticks.
    Again, thanks for the review! I’ve been having exams lately so I finally got the chance to update myself with your reviews! 😀


  3. Nuša says:

    Fervent is GORGEOUS!

  4. Lisa B. says:

    Those colors look REALLY hard to work with…and it’s awful that they don’t apply evenly. My regular MAC lipsticks apply evenly! I’m kinda weirded out by the greyish tinge of Restrict. Which one do you prefer?

    • Allura says:

      Well, I wouldn’t really wear either of them except on special occasions, and probably Restrict over Fervent at that. The unevenness isn’t that bad–it just take a little bit of work with layering.

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