Amid all the holiday glitter, a very unexpected collection from MAC recently launched, Dark Desires.
Bathed in black, fuelled by the darkest desires, rich colours in their deepest versions simmer against a mysterious backdrop.
As night falls, sinfully delicious lips, sultry stares, and noir-hued nails emerge from the evening’s depths. It never felt so good to be bad.
From this bathed-in-black collection, I’ve been trying out three different ways to share my dark desires. There’s the MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Unzipped*, the MAC Lipstick in Black Night*, and the MAC Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz*. The MAC Dark Desires collection features plenty more products, including a new unique eye shadow formula called “The Well Eye Shadow” which has a well in the centre for water so it can be used wet and dry.
The MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Unzipped is a blackened green creme. This was my first time trying out a MAC polish and I loved the formula although it wasn’t my favourite brush. This shade required 2 coats for an opaque, very glossy finish. I really liked this shade because although it is very dark, there’s definitely still a hint of green to it. I found the wear was about average for me (3-4 days).
I own quite a few MAC Lipsticks, but one shade I definitely did not own? A black. The MAC Lipstick in Black Night is black with red and gold shimmer in a cremesheen finish. I’ve never tried a cremesheen from MAC before (I always go for Lustre or Amplified) but unsurprisingly it has a very creamy consistency although I could very slightly feel the shimmer.
The MAC Lipstick in Black Night has a strong vanilla scent, but no flavour, and it actually applies really evenly for a black lipstick, with coverage that is semi-opaque but buildable. It has a very glossy finish and is definitely a unique shade in my makeup collection! Although the shimmer is less noticeable from a distance, it does give the shade a pretty complexity.
The final product I tested out from the MAC Dark Desire Collection is actually a permanent one, the MAC Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz. This is a black gel liner with a fine gold shimmer. Although my gel liner application skills could use some work (this may be the first time I’ve worn it) I was really impressed with this product.
The MAC Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz was opaque in a single pass and wore well through a whole work day–about 9 hours–and still looked great at the end of it. On the eye, the gold shimmer is very subtle, but I think it’s a really pretty shade and if somebody want to teach me to apply liner, I would definitely reach for it more often.
I paired my attempt at a cat eye using the MAC Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz with the MAC Lipstick in Dark Night for the above look. I was wearing blush, but the camera washed it out, so the end result is extra ‘goth chic’. I’m also wearing the MAC Upward Lash Mascara I reviewed recently.
As unexpected as the MAC Dark Desires collection is, I was really impressed with all three products I tried from it. If you are bold enough to wear it, I do recommend the MAC Lipstick in Dark Night, but otherwise you can stick to near black shades of liner and polish like me!
Are you picking anything up from the MAC Dark Desires collection? Or have you already?