Lippie Lovin’: MAC Ronnie Red + Comparison Swatches

Hi ladies! I’m back for the other half of the MAC Archie’s Girls lipsticks that I purchased from Carefreeshopper!
Make way for RONNIE (Red)!

Ronnie Red’s ingredients printed on the box at the bottom.

As I’ve said in my post for Betty Bright, I have a lot more of Ronnie in me. I’m quite impulsive in buying clothes or makeup whenever I have cash. These lippies were a planned purchase using my online earnings so they don’t count, but still! Also Ronnie can be a scheming b***h sometimes, and I’m not so squeaky clean, though I try to be kind and good. I believe Ronnie, despite her vanity and desire for the finest things in life (yes FINEST not just finer), at the core she is really a good girl.
Ronnie Red is matte!
Surprisingly, this isn’t as drying as Russian Red! It’s “less matte”.
I don’t have Ruby Woo but I’ve heard that it’s even more drying than Russian Red.
I still want to get Ruby Woo.
Hurray for choosing lipstick addiction over my lips’ health!

Hello there, gorgeous!

Sweaty rin si Ronnie?
Ronnie Red  applied lightly in order to achieve what would hopefully pass as a “tint”.
Mug shot w/ light application of Ronnie Red.
Two swipes.
Mug w/ regular application
MAC Ronnie Red is described on the website as a “bright red” with a matte finish.
To me it’s a pink-red with blue undertones (as Temptalia has also described it).
I agree with her that this isn’t the traditional matte that could make your lips dry and chap so bad.
And this is what was left 10 hours after initial application WITHOUT retouching.
Staying power is superb!
Yep, I ate merienda and dinner and this is what was left!
Pinkness is obvious!
A vain shot of me with Ronnie Red. See the pinkness peeking through?
Now for some comparison swatches with my humble red lipstick collection!
Taken in the shade, natural light
Beauty UK in Passion has more pink in it than Ronnie Red I think, (especially on the lips). Still bright on its own though. Not exactly a dupe, but if you’re lemming for a pink red, this one is good enough.
Avon Totally Kissable in Make Out Red which is part of Avon’s latest lipstick collection is also a pinky red! They’re in the same color family but this is also a wee pinker than Ronnie Red. Get this one if you don’t want to spend a lot of money for a limited edition MAC lipstick.
I don’t know for sure how to describe how Passion and Make Out Red are more pink than Ronnie Red  especially when worn on the lips. I’ll try with this: I think Ronnie Red’s pinkness has a way of going into hiding under all her red. Then the pink tone shows up as the lipstick fades on your lips. Hope you get what I mean!
MAC Russian Red is obviously darker, bluer and a truer red
Ever Bilena Love That Red is less blue but a truer red
Avon Ultra Moisture Rich Rose in Carmen Rose is a demure red with some hints of pink as well. It looks more red in my skin swatch and on my lips as you can see in this post.
Under warmer natural light
(Sorry, was lazy to repeat the labels waha)
All in all, I love Ronnie Red better than Betty Bright!
Have an awesome week everyone! ☺

Lippie Lovin’: MAC Betty Bright + Comparison Swatches

Hey ladies! I have for you a quick review of a lipstick from my favorite MAC collaboration/limited edition collection yet, the Archie’s Girls Collection!
I got these from Carefreeshopper. Shout out to Ms. Armie! 😀
I just loooooove this collection. I know some ladies find white packaging tacky, but I couldn’t care less as long as I have my favorite comic book characters on them! IMHO it added to the cute appeal! 😛
Yeah I got the shades with Veronica and Betty’s names in them. Online swatches helped me choose the shades as well of course. I sort of regret not getting Oh Oh Oh (a repromote as a Betty lipstick this time) and Daddy’s Little Girl (from Ronnie’s side. I can’t help remembering my father because I’m his little girl *sob, I miss you Daddy!* Plus the shade is a lovely pinky purple! There are lots of similar shades for this one from MAC and other brands though so yes it’s dupeable).

Betty vs. Veronica!
Ho-hum, ze ingredients. Betty Bright’s box on top and Ronnie Red at the bottom.
This review is for Betty Bright!
Who doesn’t love Betty? She’s the All-American girl-next-door. She’s big-hearted yet sometimes she likes to get even with Ronnie (though she usually reverts to being good; she can’t go far from her very nature to be kind and sweet heh). I wish I could be more like her! I have lots of Ronnie in me I think! 😛
Yep. Betty Bright is satin folks! The not moisturizing yet not too drying formula of MAC. I sometimes skip using lip balm because I’m bullheaded like that *smug*.
I ♥ staring at it in its unused glory.
Betty came to me a little sweaty. (Ooh, that rhymes) She’s, I mean IT’s not like this anymore.
On ze lips applied lightly.
Please forgive my makeupless haggardo versoza fezlak due to reviewing for the board exams.
Two swipes this time. ☺
It’s opaque as you can see from the photo above and this one below.
Full mug.
I initially thought the shade would wash me out, but I think it works out just fine with my skintone. Whatcha think? (Am I an NC20-25? Someone enlighten me please!)
It’s described as a light vibrant peach on the website, but it obviously has some pink in it to be labeled as “peach”. It’s more of a coral pink. I guess that’s how it shows on my skintone and lip pigmentation (my lips are a bit pale most of the time hehe). Maybe wearing a pink top brought out more of the pinkness. Also, if I took the photo nearer the sunlight, the warmer coral tones would show up better, methinks. Anyway, it’s a great spring/summer color!
Here is Betty Bright compared to the other peachy pink/coral pink lipsticks in my collection. I predict that I will use this set to the point of abuse this season. 😛
Wet n Wild Pinkerbell is obviously pinker and more matte (said to be a MAC Viva Glam Nicki 1 dupe!)
Etude House Dear Darling Ultra Shine Lips in Peach Shine is peachier and of course has a different finish.
L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Stick in Sunset Angora is more peach as well, has a different finish.
Avon Ultra Moisture Rich Rose in Apricot Nectar Rose is similar, albeit a tad pinker. It’s a great budget similar color! I don’t have a swatch but I think Maybelline Color Sensational in Angel Rose (also pinker) could also be a good alternative. What sets Betty Bright apart from the two is its “brightness” and it is lighter in color.
Barry M Lip Paint 153 Pink Ribbon looks obviously out of place. Just wanted to compare how a neutral pink looks versus a warm-toned one. 😛 *excuses excuses!*
Revlon Super Lustrous Pink in the Afternoon is a more subdued warm and rosy pink, has a satin finish with a bit of sheen to it. It’s one of my favorite lipsticks of all time. (nyaha OTT much)
Will I buy it again?
Definitely. I could only hope Betty Bright could make a comeback and stay for good even if MAC chooses to rename it.
There ya go!
Have you treated yourself to a product from the collection?
Are you loving it so far? ☺
P.S. It’s so darn hot in the Philippines! Summer is really here!
Kung mayaman lang ako ipina-aircon ko na buong bahay namin! 😛

Lippie Lovin’: MAC Candy Yum Yum

I was very late to join the MAC Candy Yum Yum bandwagon. In fact, I only knew about this shade when it was already out of stock everywhere, and everyone on ebay was selling it for ridiculously exorbitant prices.
I’ve resorted to looking for dupes, but even if I liked the way they looked on my lips I knew in my heart (naks!) that there’s no other lipstick like CYY. I was so delighted when MAC By Request was held in late August. I voted for CYY whenever I could! But you know what? I never had the chance to order it on the MAC website. I went to the site on the day of the online selling, but after one refresh, it was sold out!
Then a few days later, as I was preparing to go to the review center, I checked my Facebook account and saw Carefreeshopper’s status on the news feed, saying that they had new stocks for their MAC lippies. The owner didn’t reveal the available shades outright but hinted that she may just have what we’ve been looking for! Thank goodness I was awake at 7 AM! I immediately added it to my cart and hit checkout! When I got home that night, I checked the shop’s Multiply site again and saw that there was no more stock. CYY and I were meant to be! 😛 I was a little guilty though because I went crazy with lip products that month. What sane girl purchases 13 lip products in a month?!?! Don’t worry, I was lippie-happy nung August lang naman.
Enough of the backstory and on to the short review (because I know you’ve already read countless reviews about CYY and its dupes) and swatches!

CYY has a matte finish and was described as neon pink on the MAC website. You can depend on CYY to not abandon your lips after consuming a hearty meal. One pass of makeup remover and a deeper pink stain remains!
Neon pink it is! CYY just bursts of energy and playfulness, don’t you think? It’s just so bright, it’s almost glowing. I haven’t worn this out at night yet though. My friends won’t miss me in the crowd methinks. =))
With sunlight shining down on me…
…last closeup lip swatch promise!
I prefer wearing CYY with just concealer and powder foundation (or BB cream/liquid foundation when I’m not so lazy). Of course, you can jazz it up a bit by putting on black eyeliner. I’d like to try wearing smokey eyes with this on a night out with friends in the future. Also, I wear this during the day with a casual bright yellow top, ’cause I like the contrast a loooot. People stare more because of it hahahaha! Hmmm, I wanna shop for lemon yellow tops tuloy! =))
Tip: You can tone down the brightness by putting on lipgloss. You can also try applying it with a light hand or dabbing a bit and spreading it with your clean finger. I like the pretty bright lighter pink it imparts using the latter technique.
Neon, bright, attention-grabbing!
Opaque, matte and lasts really long
Leaves a stain
Vanilla scent
Limited edition
A little drying (not as much as other matte lipsticks) so lip balm is a must
You need soft, supple lips without cracks and peeling skin for it to look best (duh)
Maybe I’ll do a comparison post when I “finish ticking off my preferred CYY dupes list”. I don’t have Barry M 52 yet, which is said to be the closest.
Also, I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to snag the brightest pink lip product that the world has seen to date (in my opinion), early next year! Can you guess what it is?
Have you ever considered wearing pink this bright?
If so, do share your favorite bright pink lipstick (that you own or covet) below! ☺

My Lip Product Collection

Hey guys! I know I’ve been neglecting this blog again hehe. To make it up to you, I posted…
…my collection of lip products! 😀 (Oh, we are so surprised, Janine.) LOL
I swatched them on my arm, all 28 lipsticks (4 of them are my mom’s), 6 lip glosses, 10 lip balms and other lip products. No I didn’t make lip swatches yet. I don’t want my lips to suffer from putting on and rubbing off lip color. I’ve done reviews on some of them, so you can check them out by clicking the links. I tried to group them according to color family, but there were still some that went astray. 😛
Hope I can help you find your next lippie! 😛

  1. Beauty UK 12 Chelsea – concealer nude
  2. Etude House Wannabe Color Lips #3 So Chic Beige – peachy nude
  3. Fanny Serrano Moisturific Lipstick Poppy Pepper (mom’s) – coral
  4. NYX Round Lipstick Tea (LSS603, mom’s) – brown nude
  5. Maybelline Watershine Pure B22 (mom’s) – light brown nude
  6. Sophie Martin J’Adore Lipstick Mango Peach (SLPC02 mom’s) – peachy nude
  7. Nichido Juicy Lips Apple Ciderpinkish brown
  8. MAC Matte Lipstick Russian Red – vampy blue red
  9. NYX Round Lipstick Eros (LSS536) – warm bright red
  10. Sophie Martin J’Adore Lipstick Fantastic Red (SLRD02) – wearable blood red
  11. NYX Round Lipstick Mute (LSS600) – frosty pale beige
    12. Sophie Martin J’Adore Lipstick Velvet Nude (SLPN01)- peach brown nude
    13. Etude House LUCIDarling Fantastic Rouge 5 purple pink
    14. MAC Satin Lipstick Pink Nouveau – blue-based pink with purple undertones
    16. NYX Round Lipstick Paris (LSS620) – pink with blue undertones
    18. Lotree Glam Silhouette Rouge – bubblegum pink
    19. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa (SMLC07) – blue-based hot pink
    20. NYX Black Label Lipstick Hot Pink (BLL101) – bright fuchsia w/ blue tones
    21. Sleek True Colour Lipstick Amped (781) – fluorescent blue-based fuchsia
    22. NYX Matte Lipstick Shocking Pink (MLS02) – bright pink w/ purple undertones
    23. NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose (LSS628) – natural rosy pink
    24. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Milan (SMLC11) – medium rosy pink
    25. Nichido Juicy Lips Pink Champagne pink red coral mix
    26. Beauty UK 10 Passion – pink red
    28. Maybelline Color Sensational Angel Rose (CP41) – pinky peach/coral
  1. Fashion 21 Fruit Gloss in Grape – clear
  2. Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Gloss Neo PK143 – very sheer pink that goes on clear
  3. Majolica Majorca Rouge Majex PK313 – peachy pink that goes on sheer
  4. Mary Kay Lip Gloss in Carribean Coral – shimmery coral pink
  5. Peacekeeper Cause-Metics Eco-Sheer Lip Gloss in Stillness – peachy beige with gold shimmer
  6. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Beige (LG129) – medium pink
  1. Mentholatum Medicated Lip Stick
  2. Nivea Fruity Shine Cherry
  3. Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm in tube
  4. Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm in stick
  5. Maybelline Baby lips in Relieving Menthol
  6. Cherry Culture Lip Balm Bubble Gum
  7. Mentholatum Lip Ice Sheer Color in Strawberry + small SPF 15 stick (7b)
  8. Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom in Peach
  9. CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm in Cabernet
One Naturales Shea Butter Lip Balm in Berry delicious
Other Lip Products:
Avon Simply Pretty Lip Defining Pencil in Nude
Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lipliner in #4
Tony Moly Tony Tint in Cherry Pink
Yeah, as you can derive from this post, I am a lipstick lovin’ kinda girl.
Which ones do you like best? 😀

Lippie Lovin’: Bright Pink Lips

I know 2012’s pantone color is Tangerine Tango and there are some beauty bloggers who have already posted makeup looks inspired by it. Since I’m a lipstick fiend, the very first orange makeup item I’d like to have is a tube of orange lipstick and I don’t have one yet huhu. I’m eyeing Kokuryu Flame and Royal Carrot, and NYX Matte Indie Flick! 😛
For now, I’d like to share with you my bright pink lippies! Swatches and short reviews below! 😀
Note: I edited the photos using Picnik (which is closing in April huhuhu) and I tried my best to make the arm and lip swatches as close to their true colors (shining through… I see your true colors, and that’s why I love you… Nyehehehehe, corny much).
L-R: MAC Pink Nouveau, Sleek Amped, NYX Black Label in Hot Pink, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa

MAC Pink Nouveau
Yey! One of my first two MAC lipsticks ever! I won this from a giveaway held by Kimberly of Fleurluxe. Thanks again Kimberly!
I never learned to “color within the lines”. LOL! Pardon that mess on one corner! 😛
MAC Pink Nouveau is described on the website as bright pink. It’s a pretty blue-based pink with a slight purple undertone reminiscent of the lip color of some Barbie dolls (some have pink lips that are a little deeper in color, some red even, hehe mag-explain ba raw.) I used to play with as a little girl. The color has just the right brightness to it, without being too “papansin”Not boring but not traffic-stopping either. It has a satin finish that’s pretty opaque. This lipstick is creamy and having a satin finish makes it somewhat drying, so for those with very dry lips, applying lip balm is important. The vanilla scent is love! It has no bad taste to it, yey! It has good staying power and that’s a big plus in my book because as much as I love this lip color, I’m scrimping. Hahahaha! Cheapskate aleeeeeerrrrt! The only con I can think of aotm, is the exorbitantly high price at the MAC counters (yes di ko tanggap ang 300+ pesos difference ng presyo rito vs. sa US).
Sleek Amped
A lesson I learned the hard way is, when something is limited edition, you must 1.) know about the product the soonest time possible meaning don’t be ignorant haha, 2.) buy one or more of the said product before it runs out and is gone forEVAH!
Such was my case with MAC Candy Yum Yum… I met this lippie online at a time when it has practically disappeared from every MAC counter on the face of the earth, and those who still had it were selling it for the price of my kidney (kidding hahaha, around thrice the original price lang).
One of the dupes for CYY is Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Amped. So I got one. I bought this at Php380 from Make Up Hub by Naturele Collezione.
The lighting caused the lipstick’s color to appear lighter, even after editing. It is much more pigmented and fuchsia on me in person. Also it doesn’t look that matte because I applied it after freshly erasing previously swatched lipstick with Etude House Lip & Eye Remover.
Sleek Amped is a vibrant, fluorescent blue-based fuchsia lipstick that’s not for the lippie conservative. It has a matte finish, the lipstick drags just a bit when I apply it without lip balm, therefore moisturizing is necessary. This lipstick can emphasize your lip’s imperfections, so don’t forget to exfoliate and moisturize! In the swatch above my lips had no lip balm underneath but I removed the first lippie I’ve swatched (MAC PN) with Etude House’s Lip & Eye Remover so it was pretty moisturized methinks. This has good staying power (Ms. Liz said it can survive a meal) and leaves a nice stain on the lips. It doesn’t smell nor taste bad. As a plus, this lipstick has Vitamin E! I’m okay with the price, given that it’s from UK pa. I’d like to try wearing this on a night out with my best girl friends soon! 😀
NYX Black Label Lipstick in Hot Pink
Bought this from Digital Traincase at Php325. This NYX line is an upgrade from their round lipsticks. I really like the elegant packaging, with the lace design on the rectangular tube and all that jazz.
Kiss me! K-k-kiss me! (E.T. by Katy Perry mehehehe)… Luscious lips!
NYX Black Label Hot Pink is moisturizing! I love how I don’t need to put on lip balm anymore underneath nor a lip gloss on top when I wear this! My lips feel and look juicy and kissable for real! 😛 The shade is a bright fuchsia with blue undertones. You can achieve a nice pink tint on your lips when dabbed on lightly but it is buildable to a bolder color. It has a grape scent but I’m not bothered by it. It doesn’t have a weird taste. Staying power is around 2-3 hours and a slight stain will remain after it wears off. The quality is great for its price! I think it’s wearable even during the daytime, with just mascara on (after concealing imperfections plus some foundation and powder of course) and I braved wearing this to school once. I had a lot of stares from both sexes that day, pero ano naman, walang basagan ng trip! Hahaha! Eh hot pink rin pala nail polish ko non. Overdone ba? :))
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa
Not a lipstick, not a lip gloss. Bought this from Digital Traincase at Php280. Affordable! ♥
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa (which is the capital city of Ethiopia heehee) is another bright blue-based hot pink lippie. I feel like I’ve said that over and over throughout this post. Hahaha! The lip colors aren’t the same naman di ba? 😛 It’s actually the bestseller! I love it because this brightens up my skin tone. It has some fine glitters that is not noticeable in photos nor in person. The color pay-off is very good and you can wear a layer of it for a subtler color but if you like it brighter and louder (which I think is still wearable), you can definitely build it up. The texture is mousse-like and “fluffy”, and the product glides smoothly on the lips. It goes on creamy when applied but turns matte after a while. This looks best if your lips are exfoliated and well-moisturized. The staying power is quite good (around 3-4 hours on me, with lip licking and all heehee). It has a vanilla scent with a bit of plasticky smell. Some cons are 1.) it dries up my lips when I use it daily and 2.) when it fades, it leaves an obvious line around the lips. It transfers when you kiss someone’s cheek, though only slightly, so I think this is okay if you’re feeling amorous and you want to have some smoochy time with the boyfriend/husband (Vday around the corner! *wink, wink* Me: Lonely, I am Ms. Lonely… I have nobody ohooof my ooooowwwn…). 😛
So there you go, folks! Di ko naman masyado gusto bright pink lips ano? Konting dagdag lang ng guts to wear them more often outside at hindi minomowdel lang sa balur! :))
Hawabawchu, what’s your favorite bright pink lipstick?