MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity review and photos.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

The cold weather seems to have taken hold of all the moisture in my being.  Lately, I am not satisfied with any of the recent lip products I have purchased.  Some formulas are too dry, some start off feeling heavenly and within the hour my lips go from looking like a succulent grape to a shriveled up raisin, and other formulations are just flat-out odd.  My latest go-to product for a hydrating red lip has been MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity ($20 US/3.2g).  The balm-like texture provides hydration, shine, and comfortable wear.  The following description is used by MAC to describe Huggable Lipcolours:

When it comes to gorgeous lips, don’t compromise shine for colour. You can have it all in a new formula inspired by Asian trends, hugging your lips in 12 hues that stay bright and luminous for up to six hours. Featuring an array of creamy emollients, Huggable Lipcolour provides a lasting, glossy finish that leaves lips smooth and sculpted.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

The Pros:

  1. Beautiful cool toned raspberry-red color (makes teeth appear whiter).
  2. Gel-based formula provides a silky texture that glides on seamlessly and truly “hugs” the lips.
  3. Sheer color tone with substantial color payoff.
  4. Appropriate for daytime; not as opaque and bold as regular lipsticks.
  5. Gorgeous shine makes lips appear plump and luscious.
  6. Milder vanilla scent compared to MAC’s regular lipstick.
  7. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  8. Pairs beautifully with drier matte formulas in MAC’s lipstick range, to provide depth and moisture.
  9. Attractive gunmetal packaging.
  10. 12 colors in the range to suit every taste.
  11. A very close dupe for Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine (reviewed here). MAC is a touch deeper in tone and has more of a shine than Chanel.  In person, my husband barely saw a difference between the two colors.
Comparison L-R: Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine vs. MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

Comparison L-R:
Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine vs. MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

Top Lip: Chanel Esprit Rouge Coco Shine. Bottom Lip: MAC Huggable Lipcolour in red Necessity.

Top Lip: Chanel Esprit 88 Rouge Coco Shine.
Bottom Lip:  MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

The Cons:

  1. Saturated color requires a mirror for application.
  2. Not as long-lasting as advertised; on its own, the color and moisture lasted for 3 hours.
  3. Reapplication is possible, but color build-up can result in feathering.
  4. Due to the emollient nature of the formula, a lipliner is a must if one wishes to avoid feathering (if this is an issue for you).
  5. As expected, Red Necessity does transfer easily on a variety of surfaces (cups, faces, other lips, shirt collars…you get the point 🙂 ).
  6. Limited-edition.
MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity ingredient list.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity ingredient list.

Application:

My favorite use for MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity is to pair it with Studded Kiss (a dry matte formula).  I prefer to use dabbing motions instead of sweeping the color across my lips.  I have serious issues with feathering; therefore, this method works perfectly for my needs.  I have worn Red Necessity on its own (lightly) and with a lipliner and the results were equally as lovely.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity with Trust In Red Prolong Wear Lipliner.

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity with Trust In Red Prolong Wear Lipliner.

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THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are in the market for a lipstick that provides surface hydration, saturated color, shine and comfort then MAC Huggable Lipcolours are for you.  I truly enjoy this formula, but I have to admit, I was hoping the six-hour claim would be true.  Sadly, the “up to six hours” term is an ambiguous statement; bless those advertising executives and their crafty wording.  Up next, L’Oreal Extraordiniare by Colour Riche review.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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