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Lipstick Love ... MAC Vegas Volt

It's a really long time since I bought a MAC lipstick and I re-discovered this in my drawer the other day.   I bought this one from eBay, unused and boxed, the colour really appealed to me because it's a more orange-red than pillar box red, it's called Vegas Volt.  

I've had mixed results with MAC lipsticks, I don't like the matte ones, they don't suit me in any colour and I don't like the gloss either because to me it feels sticky.  I do have Ruby Woo which I love (and incidentally is the best selling MAC lipstick of all time).  Ruby doesn't come off easily, she's there to stay, bless her.  I also have Velvet Teddy which is also really popular but it's a bit matte for me so I don't wear it often.  

Anyway, back to Vegas Volt ... to be honest, at first I wasn't sure if it was for me as it's quite bright but after a while I really liked it.  What I liked most is that it's a very creamy, moisturising lipstick and though it isn't particularly long lasting it does at least fade from the lips elegantly rather than leaving a dark outline which I hate.  The longevity of this could probably be enhanced by applying, blotting then reapplying or perhaps with a lip brush, I find lipsticks last longer when applied with a brush but I'd be lying if I said I did this very often, usually it's whoosh whoosh then out of the door (or applied in the car in the car park with the sun visor mirror!).  

I tend to wear it in the summer as I am quite pale and need some freckles to give me a bit of a glow so the colour doesn't look so stark.  The photo below doesn't really do the product justice but it does give an idea of the colour, I had layered it quite thick which is why it's bright, I think for me it's probably more flattering as a paler colour.  

I think I would replace this one if I lost it or it ran out, that's why it's made my Lipstick Love ... list!

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Lipstick Love ... Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red

I love it when Max Factor release a new lip product, perhaps because they are my favourite brand for lipsticks, they never let me down.  I've been wearing a lot of lip balm lately as its still cold outside and I've also had a cold which basically renders a normal lipstick useless as it keeps coming off.

I happened upon these Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms the other day in Boots (I only went in for paracetamol and tissues).  I remembered that I had seen them mentioned in a magazine (Look, possibly?) but other than that I don't think they have been very widely advertised, which is a pity because they are a really nice lippy product that will see you through the transition from Winter to Spring.

I chose Luscious Red because I am naturally drawn to reddish colours but there are paler colours in the range too.  Generally, I don't find balms particularly pigmented and sometimes they are a bit pale on my lips; not so with this one, it gives a good dose of colour with only one or two slicks and leaves a very pretty sheen.  It lasts about as long as a balm should and wears off gradually.  I loved Maybelline Babylips last summer and this is right up there with them.  My only slight gripe is that the packaging is a bit non-descript and if you're looking for a particular colour you have to really strain your eyes to find the place they put the little sticker that tells you what the name is (its the same with their Flipsticks which I reviewed last summer). Unlike their lipsticks they don't seem to print the name and number on the bottom of the casing, I'm not sure why. 

Result?

Regardless of that little moan, these babies are £8.99 in Boots at the moment (same pricing as Flipsticks and about the same as their Colour Elixir lipsticks), and true to form, I will be buying another in the same colour next time I go to Boots, just incase they don't take off and they don't end up being one of their longer lasting products!

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm - Luscious Red
A hint of Luscious Red

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