Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Price: April 5, 2012
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This review is for the 3 new, limited-edition Lipstick colors releasing with MAC’s upcoming Reel Sexy Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Pink Popcorn (lustre): lavender
- Reel Sexy (amplified): light bright coral
- Heroine (matte): bright violet plum
These lipsticks come in standard MAC packaging. The tubes are made of plastic and can easily be taken on-the-go.
Pink Popcorn is a semi-transparent mix of lavender and pink with tiny silver glitters. The pink predominates over the purple, so MAC’s description of this being a “lavender” isn’t quite accurate. Budding Love is a slightly pinker version of Pink Popcorn. Play Time is a more purple version. If you have Budding Love, which was just released with the Chen Man Collection, you can pass on Pink Popcorn. There is no grittiness and the formula glides onto the skin smoothly.
Reel Sexy is a slightly milky coral-orange with a somewhat glossy finish and no glitters. The formula is creamy and the color is opaque. Flamingo is paler and has a stronger peach tone. Ever Hip is quite close in color, but is slightly more coral, has a glossy finish, and doesn’t have the dense pigmentation Reel Sexy has.
Heroine is a medium purple that leaves a slight sheen on the surface of the lips despite being a matte formula lipstick. It is stiffer than the other 2 colors, but is creamy for being a matte shade. The color payoff is wonderful and the finish is opaque. Spitfire and Riveting Rose are in the same color family, but aren’t similar enough to Heroine to be dupes. Spitfire is distinctly more berry-toned and Riveting Rose is a deeper plum color. Plus, they have different finishes.
These are 3 high-quality lipsticks. Pink Popcorn isn’t as purple as MAC makes it out to be, which on one hand makes it more wearable but on the other makes it less unique. Reel Sexy and Heroine give bold, vibrant color to the lips without drying them out.
Ease of Use: 9/10
These colors glide on the skin fairly easily, with Heroine giving the most resistance due to its less creamy matte formula. Reel Sexy and Heroine need to be applied more precisely than Pink Popcorn because they are brighter and opaque.
These are the same size (3 g) as regular MAC lipsticks and cost $14.50 each.