MAC MONDAY | Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Ahhhh, Give Me Liberty of London. As one of the first MAC collections I was able to scope out on counter, it gave me my first taste of that little thrill you get, playing with a limited edition collection, debating over whether you really need them and inevitably giving way to temptation! MAC's limited edition packaging doesn't come much prettier than this, in glossy white adorned with prints from the classic British brand, Liberty of London. I have a few pieces from this collection but as is often the case, the lipsticks are the standouts for me. Here are all four from the 2010 collection.

MAC MONDAY | Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
There are three different finishes in this collection, all with MAC's signature vanilla scent. Ever Hip is a Cremesheen, a sheer and evenly pigmented formula; Peachstock is a satin, a strongly pigmented lipstick with slight sheen. Blooming Lovely and Petals & Peacocks are both Amplifieds, strongly pigmented and semi-glossy. I didn't find any of these drying.

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Ever Hip

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

Ever Hip is described as a 'creamy light coral' in a Cremesheen finish. This was one of my first major MAC lemmings! I was living in Hamilton when the collection came out, back before there was a MAC counter in Hamilton and on a day trip to Auckland I tried fruitlessly to find it at a few counters. A kind friend even called around the other MAC stores in Auckland for me but no such luck! It was rereleased in the Fashion Flower collection (2011) but the colour wasn't the same - nooooo! I tracked it down a few years ago but after all the hype, I think I'd built it up in my mind and I really wasn't that impressed. Don't get me wrong, the formula's okay - a touch streakier than some of MAC's other Cremesheens, but it was non-drying and lasted for almost six hours. Ever Hip just isn't the magical unicorn shade of coral I was expecting. I'm not entirely sure why it was the big seller of the collection instead of Petals & Peacocks or Blooming Lovely, it's quite dupable, really.

MAC Ever Hip Lipstick Swatches & Review

Peachstock

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

Peachstock is described as 'neutral peach' in a Satin finish. This is a colour I've never quite been able to get to grips with and consequently, I've bought it twice and destashed it each time. I really should just learn to leave it alone! I have no complaints on the formula, it applies smoothly with decent opacity and wears comfortably for five hours. I think it just pulls too yellow overall on me. Have you tried Peachstock? It's in the permanent range now, though at the time of Give Me Liberty of London's release, it was a pro-only colour repromoted for this collection.

MAC Peachstock Lipstick Swatches & Review

Blooming Lovely

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

Blooming Lovely is described as a 'creamy greyed lilac mauve' in an Amplified finish. To be honest, that colour description sounded like it would be horrendous for my skin tone on paper and I only bought Blooming Lovely in the throes of bargain hunter and collector frenzy! Along with the other two limited edition shades in this collection, Blooming Lovely tends to fetch eyewatering amounts among collectors, but I was lucky to find this for around $15NZD, from memory. To my surprise, I absolutely love it! The colour is a warmer purple than the description would lead you to believe and I really like the way it looks on me (albeit not with those brows - what was I thinking?!).  Blooming Lovely applies smoothly, has strong opacity and lasts for just under seven hours on me.

MAC Blooming Lovely Lipstick Swatches & Review

Petals & Peacocks

MAC Petals & Peacocks Lipstick Swatches & Review

Petals & Peacocks is described as a 'creamy bright magenta pink' in an Amplified finish. Whoa, mama, this is what I'm all about! I'm going to be devastated when this runs out, even though I've got similar shades, nothing quite compares to Petals & Peacocks. It has strong colour saturation and applies and wears beautifully, lasting seven hours on me without being drying. Unsurprisingly, it is a stainer.

MAC Petals & Peacocks Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Most shades had great colour payoff and applied smoothly
  • Wear time was between five and seven hours
  • Non-drying
What I didn't like:
  • Ever Hip is slightly streaky
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Notoriously Morbid COTM/CCOTM Mystic Mattes Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid's Mystic Mattes have been one of my favourite liquid matte lipstick formulas since I first tried them but they speak to the collector in me, too. Our is a multi-faceted love. In addition to the comprehensive permanent colour range and Mystic Monthly subscription (see the first three instalments of that here), Color of the Month shades and Customer Created Color of the Month/Crypt Creations shades are occasionally released. Here are a couple of the past releases, sometimes Carrie from NM does bring shades back by popular demand, so keep those fingers and toes crossed and you never know!

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Oscillate Wildly is an interesting warm tan shade with golden-green shimmer. I wasn't mad on it at first but as you naturally press your lips together during the course of wear, the shimmer becomes more and more prominent and really transforms the colour - I'm sorry that I don't have pictures of that! I hope this comes back someday. Oscillate Wildly lasted for five hours and wasn't drying. It was the August 2016 Customer Created Color of the Month, inspired by the song of the same name by The Smiths.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Oscillate Wildly Swatches & Review

Evil Woman

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Evil Woman is a metallic blackened cherry. It reminds me quite a lot of the discontinued Ancient Mystic Matte, Hatshepsut, but with finer shimmer and an overall redder look - Hatshepsut leans more towards purple. I find Evil Woman to be on the sheer side but the formula is pretty easy to build up and doesn't streak or cake while doing so. It lasted six hours on me and wasn't drying. This was the January 2016 COTM. 

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Evil Woman Swatches & Review

Dagon

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Dagon is a pale lavender with strong green sheen. This is so unique and cool! I don't know that it really suits me but I can't bring myself to part with it either... lipstick addict problems, huh? Dagon goes on smoothly with excellent colour payoff and a green sheen that becomes more dominant over the course of wear. This was insanely popular when it released, I wouldn't be surprised if it resurfaced one day. On me, Dagon lasted five hours. It was the June 2016 Customer Created Color of the Month.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Dagon Swatches & Review

Stay Duo

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me/Break the Spell Swatches & Review

The Stay duo was the May 2016 COTM, inspired by the Shakespear's Sister song 'Stay'.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me/Break the Spell Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me Swatches & Review

Think of Me is described as a 'dark pink with violet sheen'. I reswatched this recently and was reminded of how much I love it! I really must pull it out more often. It's a very pigmented pink with a stellar seven and half hour wear time. 

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Think of Me Swatches & Review

Break the Spell

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Break the Spell Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Break the Spell Swatches & Review

Break the Spell is described as a 'gray purple loaded with blue and violet sparkles'. It's so much fun to wear, especially as the sparkle comes out more during wear. Although sheerer than Think of Me, it still packs enough pigmentation to keep me happy. Break the Spell lasted seven and a half hours on me.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - Break the Spell Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadows - Victorian Gypsy, Montauk Monster, Fight For Beauty, Timeshift and Use Your Magick Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadows - Victorian Gypsy, Montauk Monster, Fight For Beauty, Timeshift and Use Your Magick Swatches & Review

Let's take a look at another batch of Notoriously Morbid eyeshadows! All but one of the shades I have to show you today are part of the permanent range, I'll note the discontinued shade below for you. Here's the nitty gritty on these:

Notoriously Morbid have plenty of eyeshadow sizing options to suit everyone's preferences and budget. The mini-size ($2.75USD) has approx. 1/3 tsp of product in a 3g jar, the full size ($5.50USD) has approx. 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of product in a 5g jar and the deluxe size ($7.50USD) has approx. 1 to 1 1/4 tsp of product in a 10g jar. Personally, I always opt for the mini size, except where full size is the only option, as it's rare for me to finish an eyeshadow!

Formula overview:
I really enjoy Notoriously Morbid's eyeshadow formula. They're easy to work with, blend well, and are often completely unique to what's being put out by mainstream brands. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Victorian Gypsy

Notoriously Morbid Victorian Gypsy Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Victorian Gypsy Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Victorian Gypsy Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Victorian Gypsy Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Victorian Gypsy (discontinued) is a medium warm pink with red sheen and gold sparkles. I tend to be a bit leery of pink eyeshadows, hence this staying untried for so long but pairing it with copper worked so well that I wonder what I was afraid of! I think this may have been part of the original range but I'm not sure, my jar is a decanted sample baggie from a destash. It's very pretty and I especially like it over the sticky base, which highlights the red sheen and sparkles. 

Notoriously Morbid Victorian Gypsy Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used Victorian Gypsy on the inner third of the lid, Together Forever on the outer third of the lid and outer half of the lower lashline, Maple Bacon Bronze on the centre of the lid/inner half of the lower lashline, Gypsy Curse on the crease, He's Going Through Changes as the transition and You Have No Power on the inner corner. The lashes are Cala 1. 

Notoriously Morbid Victorian Gypsy Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fight For Beauty

Notoriously Morbid Fight For Beauty Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Fight For Beauty Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Fight For Beauty Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Fight For Beauty Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fight For Beauty is described as 'an arctic blue with an intense magenta shift'. Intense is right, how glorious is that pink shimmer?! Fight For Beauty works best with a sticky base, it's a bit lacklustre without it, but oh so worth the extra layer. I wish it was lip safe as I'm dying to play with it for lip art, but at least there are plenty of Changeling Top Coats to sate me instead. Fight For Beauty is from the Daoine Sidhe collection, which has all sorts of magical faerie inspired shades - I've almost completed my collection, so look out for more soon!

Notoriously Morbid Fight For Beauty Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here, I've used Nearly Headless Nick on the lower lashline, Tainted Love on the outer two thirds of the lid, Fight For Beauty on the inner third of the lid, Always Your Girl on the crease, She's Got Gidget Hair for the transition, It's the White Hats on the browbone and mixed with Head Key on the inner corner. The lashes are these ones from Ebay in the style 523.

Notoriously Morbid Fight For Beauty Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Montauk Monster

Notoriously Morbid Montauk Monster Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Montauk Monster Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Montauk Monster Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Montauk Monster Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Montauk Monster is described as 'a pink brown matte base loaded with honey gold sparkles and a copper sheen'. It was released in one of the most recent waves of the ongoing State of Fear collection and honestly, no matter how many sparkly neutrals Carrie releases, I am always grabby hands for more. They're never run of the mill or boring, she excells at complex yet wearable shades, of which Montauk Monster is a perfect example. It applies well, though it's best over a sticky base for maximum sparkle.

Notoriously Morbid Montauk Monster Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here I've used Gleaming on the crease, She's Got Gidget Hair for the transition, It's the White Hats on the browbone and inner corner, Montauk Monster on the lid and Spell Caster on the lower lashline. The lashes are these ones from Ebay in style 523.

Notoriously Morbid Montauk Monster Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Timeshift

Notoriously Morbid Timeshift Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Timeshift Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Timeshift Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Timeshift Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Timeshift is described as 'a cream base with golden shift'. It has a matte base which makes it slightly trickier to work with over a sticky base, although it is still very possible, as shown in the look below. This isn't a fault of the eyeshadow, it's an issue for anything with a matte base, just to be clear. The shimmer is really pretty and it blends out easily. I think it's a great browbone shade as it isn't too frosty. 

Use Your Magick

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Use Your Magick is described as 'a shamrock green with green and silver shimmer'. Words and pictures cannot convey how wondrously glowy the green shimmer in Use Your Magick is. In person it is absolutely mesmerising. If you even slightly like green eyeshadows, you need to get this now! It has a buildable formula on its own but is perfectly opaque over a sticky base. 

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look, I've used Timeshift on the inner third of the lid (over a sticky base) & on the inner corner (without a base), Use Your Magick on the centre of the lid, The Creatures on the outer third of the lid and lower lashline, Mayor Monster on the crease and She's Got Gidget Hair for the transition. The lashes are Ardell Wispies.

Notoriously Morbid Use Your Magick Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

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