90s Nostaglia – Mac Whirl Lipstick
I went to Spain recently with the intention of attending my brother’s wedding. That was a massive undertaking for me & my family, what with my condition rendering me housebound most of the time. To cut a long story short, I was too ill to attend the wedding, after all the effort that went into getting there (my little one got to be flower girl though so that’s something). I was pretty fed up on my return so decided I deserved a little lipstick treat to cheer me up. Step forward, Mac Whirl Matte Lipstick.
This was something of a risky purchase. What with almost all of my shopping being done online, I rarely get the chance to swatch before buying. I only treat myself to a higher end lipstick occasionally and not always successfully, as was the case with Velvet Teddy. Whirl has a richness about it that appealed to me though, so I went for it :)
Whirl has all the lovely features of it’s Mac Matte brothers & sisters; it smells beautiful and applies surprisingly easily considering the matte finish. There is no significant dragging, a drawback often present in cheaper mattes. It wears very well, especially if you take the time to use a Lipliner underneath. Personally I consider that a must with matte lipsticks, to help create clean lines. Cheaper mattes can also apply in a patchy way & cause lips to appear dry and in poor condition, even when they are not! Not so with Whirl.
This shade has a gorgeous 90s vibe going on that I love. Clearly it’s brown, but without the paler flatness that made Velvet Teddy feel kinda bleurgh against my skin tone (bleurgh is a technical term ;)
There is a depth to Whirl that I really like. Granted, against my NW15 skin tone, Whirl becomes much more of a ‘statement lip’ than it would be on a less pale person. But it’s perfect for this time of year as Autumn gets going. That said, on a dark skinned or tanned person, it wouldn’t look out of place on Summer evenings either.
Have you tried Whirl? Do you have a favourite matte lipstick from MAC or is your favourite a drugstore gem?
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