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A limited edition Lipstick that in shade, finish and spirit is the perfect soulmate for the M∙A∙C Chenman palette. The Chinese character for love, depicted on the outer sleeve, was created by Chen Man.
This review is for the 2 new lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s upcoming Chen Man Love and Water Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Force of Love (matte): Vivid honeysuckle pink
- Budding Love (lustre): Pale lavender
These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go. The outer sleeve-box packaging has a watercolor design on it.
Force of Love is described by MAC as a vivid “honeysuckle” pink–a description that is of limited helpfulness, since honeysuckles come in many different colors. I would describe this as a mixture of magenta pink with a bit of soft orange; it’s not quite a salmon or coral color. It’s a paler version of MAC’s Party Parrot from the Iris Apfel collection and is the color I imagine you’d get if you mixed MAC’s Watch Me Simmer and MAC’s Quick Sizzle together.
Although this is a matte formula color, it glides onto the lips smoothly, has a fairly creamy texture, doesn’t dry out the lips, and has a finish that still reflects light. The color is completely opaque.
Budding Love is a soft, blue-based pink with a subtle hint of lilac when applied to the lips. It’s a less-pink-and-more-purple version of MAC’s Naughty Saute from the Shop MAC / Cook MAC collection and is similar to MAC’s Asian Flower from the Seasonally Supreme collection.
Having a lustre formula, the color is translucent, allowing the color of your lips underneath to show through. This color also glides on smoothly and gives the lips some moisture. It has a sheen, almost-glossy finish.
These are both great quality lipsticks. I find the matte formula sticks to the lips more, lasting about an hour longer than lustre formula lipsticks, which last about 3 hours before requiring re-application.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
Because of the smooth and creamy formula for both colors, the lipsticks glide on without great effort. Of course, Force of Love requires more precise application since it is such a bright color, but given its matte formula and vibrancy, it is surprisingly easy to use.
These are the same size (3 g) as regular MAC lipsticks and cost $14.50 each.