Availability: MAC Pro
Used by M∙A∙C Artists backstage at fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris – six Spring/Summer 2012 shades including Warm to Bare, Preferred Pink, Fully Ripe, Louder Lilac, Make Me Melt & Pulse.
MAC has released a lip palette with 6 Spring/Summer colors, 4 of which are Amplified finishes and 2 of which are Cremesheens: Preferred Pink (Amp), Fully Ripe (Amp), Louder Lilac (Amp), Pulse (Amp), Warm to Bare (CS), and Make Me Melt (CS). This palette is currently available to MAC Pro members, and should be generally available soon.
This palette comes in a standard MAC eyeshadow quad compact with a magnetic-closure lid. The lip colors are housed in wells in a 2-by-3 layout. The palette makes it convenient to take around 6 colors in one compact. The only gripe I have is that colors can transfer into adjacent pans, so you either have to be careful about picking up the product or expect to be removing colors that end up in the wrong pan.
Preferred Pink is a medium, coral-toned pink. Fully Ripe is a bright, tangerine orange. Louder Lilac is a pale, creamy lilac. Pulse is a mix of bright rose and magenta. Warm to Bare is a light peach. Make Me Melt a very pale, cool-toned pink.
All of these colors fit the Spring color palette, which makes them fun and season-appropriate, but not always wearable. Make Me Melt is very light and will wash most skin colors out. It also goes on more unevenly than the other colors. Warm to Bare is so strongly peach-toned that it will be difficult to pull off in most situations and isn’t as opaque as the rest of the colors. Louder Lilac gets applause for being a very strong opaque lilac color, but again, isn’t the easiest color to wear around. Fully Ripe would be absolutely stunning on dark skin. Pulse and Preferred Pink are the most wearable.
The lip colors have the consistency of lip balms and have a light vanilla scent. The product doesn’t feel like MAC’s lipsticks or lipglosses, but aren’t as emollient as MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners. In fact, despite feeling like balms on the lips, the consistency of the product in the pan is very stiff and difficult to pick up.
I did find that the brighter colors (Preferred Pink, Fully Ripe, and Pulse) stain the skin–a big plus if you don’t want to consistently re-apply the color. Because of the stiffer formula, these last longer than MAC’s lipglosses, fading after about 3 hours of wear.
Ease of Use: 8/10
These are not the easiest lip products to use for 2 main reasons. First, the consistency is stiff, so you really have to swipe over the product for a while to pick up enough of it to cover the entire lip area. Second, the pan form means you need to use a brush or your fingers to apply the product. This isn’t as straight-forward as applying a lipstick or lipgloss straight from the tube. That said, this is a Pro product, and when you’re working with clients, you can expect to use brushes with your lip products to keep things sanitary.
But the above 2 factors combined means you’ll be swirling your finger around in the pan for a while (for me, up to 10 times) before applying and you’ll have to go back for more, in most cases. If you’re using a brush, application may take even longer, since you don’t have the benefit of body heat warming the product up and making it more emollient. It will take me much less time to use a brush on a lipstick in the tube or lipgloss that I’ve put onto an artist’s palette than it will if I use this palette on set because the product is so stiff.
For $38.00, you get 6 colors and a total of 6 grams (0.21 ounces) of product. With one MAC lipstick, you pay $14.50 and get 3 grams (0.1 ounce) of product. So even though you get twice the amount in this Spring Trent Lip Palette, you pay much more than twice the price. The only mitigating factor is that you’re getting a range of colors in one product.