I love the whole Back 2 MAC system because it's the perfect way to 'buy' products when you just don't have any money to spend! I had enough empty packaging for 3 free lipsticks and since a girl can really only use so many, I took one of my lovely friends, Chrissy, along with me to MAC to see if she could find a lipstick love. When I asked for some recommendations, I got told to check out Angel and See Sheer. I ended up coming home with See Sheer but Angel was too light for my pigmented lips unfortunately. Chrissy loved Angel but they were sold out so she tried Speed Dial instead and it's gorgeous!
I usually only do swatches on my lips but since she was with me the whole day, I thought there'd be a fair few of you who would love to see the products on a less pigmented lip. First up is Speed Dial and it's a Cremesheen finish so it's really moisturising and creamy and feels lovely on the lips. It's quite a cool toned medium pink and I didn't like it on me. I would love a pink at this intensity that leaned more warm as I think it would be much more flattering on me...
But I absolutely adore this shade on Chrissy! She's somewhere between an NC20-30 and this pops against her skin tone and just brightens up her whole complexion. This is such a gorgeous Spring and Summer shade and it's so wearable. This is one of those colours I'd recommend to girls who wanted to start trying out brighter pinks but are too scared to get it into the serious brights.
The next colour is See Sheer and it's a Lustre finish. I usually don't like Lustre's as I find them too sheer and uneven but this goes on surprisingly opaque. It's a lovely coral shade and while I did like it, I think it's one of those shades I have to use a lipliner with or my lips just end up looking really undefined.
On Chrissy this shade is perfection and yet again it works so well with her complexion. Because her lips aren't as pigmented as mine, the brightness of the coral doesn't get muted and it shows up more true to what you see in the bullet. This is another one of those really wearble shades that's perfect for Spring or Summer and it's a perfect introduction into the world of red lipsticks.
Do you have either of these shades? How do you feel about them and what eye makeup do you pair them with? Also, do you find the swatches on two different skin tones more helpful? Leave a comment below!