MAC Studded Kiss review, swatches and comparisons.

MAC Studded Kisses.

MAC Studded Kiss.

My red lipstick collection grows on a weekly basis.  What can I say, at heart I’m more Marilyn M. than Bridget Bardot.  Red lips are sensual, bold, colorful, confidence boosting and just so darn pretty to look at. In high school, when all the girls were sporting frosted pink lips, I was sporting the brightest red Brucci lipstick I could find (it was the 80’s…don’t judge).  So when MAC came out with the Punk Couture Collection mid-December, I knew MAC Studded Kiss ($15 US/ 3g) was the color for me.

MAC Studded Kisses.

MAC Studded Kiss.

MAC Studded Kisses ingredient list.

MAC Studded Kiss ingredient list.

The Pros:

  1. Burgundy-red color with a brown undertone.
  2. Matte formula allows for minimal transfer when drinking.
  3. Lasts an astounding 5-6 hours depending on your lip activity.
  4. Layers well over my Daliia Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (here).
  5. The matte texture allows for a gloss to be layered lightly on top.
  6. Applies smoothly for a matte formula without any tugging or pulling.
  7. Can be worn as a stain during the day and full-on for the evenings (lip balm is still need in both cases).
  8. Formulated without parabens with the typical vanilla fragrance (not my favorite, but better than perfume scented lipsticks).
  9. Pairs beautifully with MAC Red Necessity Huggable Lipcoulour for added moisture and dimension (review coming soon).
  10. Would look spectacular on darker-skinned beauties.
  11. Unbeatable price for the amount (some drugstore lipstick are up to $12).

The Cons:

  1. The matte texture will latch onto any dry spots on your lips.
  2. The matte formula tends to dry out the lips after the two-hour mark.  A gloss or lip balm is needed throughout the day.
  3. Oddly enough, I did experience slight feathering around the third hour of wear; a lipliner is recommended.
  4. Limited-edition, already sold-out online.  I was able to call Nordstrom and reserve the last tube in-stock.  According to Nordstrom.com new shipment is scheduled to arrive the beginning of February.
MAC Studded Kisses lip swatch.

MAC Studded Kisses lip swatch.

MAC Studded Kiss full face.

MAC Studded Kiss full face.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

MAC Studded Kisses with Red Necessity Huggable Lipcolour on top.

L-R:  MAC Studded Kiss, Tom Ford Black Orchid, MAC Red Necessity.

L-R swatches:
MAC Studded Kiss, Tom Ford Black Orchid, MAC Red Necessity.

Comparison Reds:

L-R: Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: in natural light
Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: with flash.
Diorific Diorling, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R: Dior Diorific, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Estee Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R:
Diorific Diorling, Guerlain M27, Guerlain M69, Laura Mercier Sienna, MAC Studded Kiss.

L-R: MAC Studded Kiss, Kevin Aucoin Bloodroses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Lauder Ruby Glow.

L-R:
MAC Studded Kiss, Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses, Nars Majella, Shiseido RD501, Mac Viva Glam I, Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet, Lauder Ruby Glow.

Wear Test:

Lip color remaining after one swipe with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after one swipe with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after two swipes with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after two swipes with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after several swipes with a baby wipe.

Lip color remaining after scrubbing my arm with a baby wipe.

As predicted, MAC Studded Kiss (as most red colors) leaves behind a noticeable stain and lasts well even after my battle with a baby wipe 🙂  **Please ignore the scratch on MAC Viva Glam I…the perils of taking down Christmas decorations.

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

Makeup would tell you if are in the market for a reasonably priced burgundy-red lip color, then MAC Studded Kiss lipstick would make a good investment.  Despite Studded Kiss’s lovely color and longevity, the drying formula hinders a first-rate review.  Of course, this is a very personal distinction and may not effect others.   Regardless, will you be tracking down this shade or move on to something else?  Be well and stay safe.

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