MAC lipsticks are some of the best lipsticks out there. They’re definitely not my favourite, but I do really love them. Throughout the years I’ve build quite a stash of MAC lipsticks, but this summer I figured it would be time to expand that collection a little bit. I ended up buying one of the Amplified Creme lipsticks from MAC in a shade called Craving. A shade that seemed to be the perfect colour for autumn. Today it’s time for the review. If you’re interested in finding out whether or not Craving actually is the perfect autumn colour and whether it’s good or not, make sure to continue reading!
The packagings of MAC lipsticks are all pretty much the same and in my opinion they do look really good. They’re shaped like a bullet and they are almost completely black with a little bit of shimmer mixed in them. In the lid it says MAC and when you open it up it also says MAC on the silvery part. The packaging itself feels really nice and sturdy and overall it’s just a good packaging. There’s not a lot more I can say about that to be honest!
MAC lipsticks come with a few different finishes. So far most of my MAC lipsticks are either cremesheens or lustres. I do like those finishes, but I was willing to try something new. This lipstick has an amplified creme finish. This means that it’s a very nice and creamy lipstick, it has a rich texture, it’s very pigmented and it’s longlasting.
MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Craving – €19,50
Moving on to the colour. Craving isn’t your usual nude colour. Normally when I buy more expensive lipsticks I like to buy very wearable shades so I’m sure I’ll get enough wear out of it to justify the amount of money I spent on it, but because I already have so many nude lipsticks I wanted to try something else. Craving is a bit of a berry shade, but not as full on berry as some lipsticks can be. For me this is a combination between a nude lipstick and a berry lipstick. It’s a little bit bright, but it’s not too extreme and out there.
Autumn is coming up relatively soon and since that’s my favourite season I though this might be a nice colour to try. Because I’ve been trying to wear more daring shades for a couple of weeks now this isn’t something too extreme for me, but if you’re really not used to wearing anything but nude this might be a bit of a daring colour for you.
Aside from the colour being really nice, the quality of the lipstick is great as well. Like I mentioned before the Amplified Cream lipsticks from MAC are rich, creamy and very pigmented. This one is exactly like that. I have to say that this is probably one of my first Amplified Cream lipsticks or at least the first one I know is one, so I didn’t have much of an idea what it was going to be like. Because of what I heard about it I did have high hopes when it comes to the texture of the lipstick and I have to say, I’m not disappointed at all.
The lipstick really is creamy and rich, almost like butter. It glides on so easily and smoothly. By going over the lips once you’ve already got a full coverage lip colour. It’s easy as that. And aside from going on really smoothly it also feels very nice. I can’t say it’s lightweight or that it feels like a thin lip balm, but it does feel very comfortable and nice, like it’s a bit hydrating or something like that.
The only downside to this lipstick regarding the texture is that if you mess up, you’re going to have to struggle really hard in order to get it to look good again. I once applied this while sitting in a car (I wasn’t the one who was driving btw) and I accidentally went a little outside of my lip line and wanted to correct it using the only tool I had at that moment – my fingers, and boy that was a bad idea. I looked like a clown. Because it’s so smooth it does blend really easily, one light touch and your chin is bright pink. Of course the effect is quite big because it’s quite a bright colour, but that does really make it a lot more difficult to apply it. And also during the day when you accidentally touch it, you really have to make sure you don’t touch something else with that same finger or that area of your body will be red/pink as well.
When it comes to pigmentation I think this lipstick is a winner. I applied it pretty sparingly on the swatch, but if you put a normal amount of pressure on your hands while applying it – so not very light handed but also not heavy handed – you will get even more colour out of this lipstick. But overall I think it looks good on the pigmentation part. It has great pigmentation, the colour pay off is amazing since it only takes one swipe to get this look and that’s just very impressive. Good job MAC!
When it comes to staying power I’m impressed but I do have mixed feelings. The thing is that this lipstick does stay in place literally all day, and if the creamy part is gone your lips will still be stained for a good couple of hours. However, it is very transferable. So if you drink, eat, kiss, whatever, this lipstick will transfer onto that object or thing or human and not just a little bit. So after a while I actually hope it will finally fade so I can eat peacefully without worrying about the lipstick going everywhere. Of course that’s just a personal think, but the fact that it is this transferable is a big con in my opinion.
Overall I’m really in love with the colour of the lipstick. It’s the perfect fresh autumn colour and I love wearing it, it turns every look into an autumnal look and it just adds something extra to your makeup look. The quality is incredible as well, the texture feels amazing, the colour pay off is great and it does stay in place all day. The only down side, for me, is the fact that it does transfer very badly and that does annoy me a little. Aside from that I’m in love with this gorgeous looking lipstick!
And that’s everything for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s review and be sure to let me know what you think of this lipstick and what lipstick is your favourite for autumn.