Friday, May 27, 2016

Mac Halsey Lipstick | Ka-pow in a Tube

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Hello all!

Exams are almost over and I can't wait to get back into the blogging scene. I was going to wait until exams were completely over to do this post, but I simply can't wait any longer. Nobody puts this tube of glory in a corner!

You've most likely rocked grey nails, maybe grey eyeliner, but get this: a statement grey lip. The past-me would probably have gone yikes and returned to the comforting embrace of a peach lippie, but the present-me has thought, I could give that a go

This lipstick is part of the four-piece Mac Future Forward collection, a collaboration with four rising music stars. Alongside Halsey, artists Tinahe, Lion Babe and Dej Loaf have released an eyeshadow palette, a Lipglass, and a gold eyeliner, respectively. 

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Enter the Halsey Mac lipstick: a slick AF blue-toned grey with a matte formula. One swipe delivers pretty good pigmentation, but the colour can be built up to give an opaque lip. The matte formula is not drying whatsoever, a quality I'm glad is present in all of the matte Mac lipsticks I've tried. 

mac future forward halsey lipstick

The lipstick comes housed in a gorgeous blue paint-swirl box with what seems to be Halsey's signature in white. It's a nice touch that personalises the lipstick, as typical Mac lipsticks come in plain black boxes. 

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Once the announcement came out on Instagram, I knew I had to get my hands on the lipstick. I absolutely love Halsey as an artist and a fashion/beauty icon, so it was kind of a no-brainer. Well, except for the fact that the lipstick was grey... it's not exactly your conventional lip colour. Eventually, I somehow justified placing an order.

I'm so happy to say that I love this colour! I've been playing around with more crazy colours recently (Nyx's soft matte lip cream in Moscow anyone?), so I was pretty excited to get my hands on this lipstick. In the pic below it's a little lighter and shinier than the arm swatch because  I a. left my lip balm on when swatching on my lips and b. applied with a light hand. I suppose it's way to test the waters, as it's not as in-your-face as a BAM grey. 

I like that the shade is not a Halloween-y shade; it's wearable without you looking like you're prepared to go trick-or-treating. When this shade's on my lips, I feel as empowered as Khaleesi burning down the Temple of Dosh Khaleen.

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Don't mind the dark circles, that's what staying up late waiting for the release of Zoella's new collection on Superdrug will do to a gal (and yet I never made it).

So allow me to explain the ordering process. When Halsey released her own Instagram post, slaying everyone in the lip colour, she (at the time) specifically wrote that the lipstick would not be sold in China. It had something to do with how the lipstick was not tested on animals but China condemns testing, or something to that effect. I was hoping that HK would be counted as an independent country in this case, but alas the verdict was no. *tear*

I went through the Instagram tag #machk and eventually found an account that helped people order products from the US and had them delivered to HK. Typically, a Mac lipstick costs HKD$155; my total, including the local postage fee, was $167. Not bad at all, considering markups can be a lot higher! I ordered the lipstick off this Insta. The girl who runs the account was super friendly, and the lipstick was delivered to me at ease. Everything from start to finish took about 3-4 weeks, so if you're interested in ordering just bear that in mind. 

In conclusion: Halsey is queen, she and Mac have totally nailed this lip colour, and I will definitely be using this in the near future. World, get ready for this bold, beautiful lipstick!

Have an amazing day! x

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