MAC Marilyn Monroe Cremesheen Lipstick in Pure Zen
I would like to start by saying i have had great positive experiences of the products i have purchased from MAC. Including; Studio Finish Concealer, Transparent face powder and the brushes are fantastic. I also understand that MAC are widely considered to be mid range products rather than high end and offer good quality for the price. So i have considered this in my review. Another point is to remind myself not to buy products i am not 100% about online.
So when MAC were bringing out the MM collection i was very excited. I loved the look of the packaging in the promo pics and thought i have to purchase at least one item from this whole collection. I had read on previous occasions, on many blogs that MAC lipsticks are lovely. So i thought i would buy one from the MM range.
As soon as the Marilyn Monroe collection hit the website i purchased the Pure Zen cremesheen lipstick ( a re-promote). It arrived two days later in the post, very prompt! I eagerly ripped the packaging open to find a rather small package. I looked it over and noticed that it was 3g in size. Small, but i guess it was only £15.50. The lipstick case had a rather sweet picture of MM on it. The lipstick itself had a strong aroma of wax with a hint of sweetness, maybe added to try and mask the waxy smell. The lipstick was far too pale for me, not MAC’s fault, completely my own and a good reason not to select shades online.
I tried it anyway as i wanted to check the quality out for future possible purchases. I applied the lipstick with a brush and then after blotting, re applied with the bullet. Well 30 minutes later it was gone. Wow! Couldn’t believe it. I had not eaten anything, so what happened? Now maybe a cremesheen is a more moisturising base but still, 30 minutes is not good enough for that price. Not happy at all. I have bought low end lipsticks that have lasted three times the length of time at a third of the price. Lesson well learned i guess. If a lipstick cannot go the pace for at least one hour or preferably more then what is the point?
I know that MAC do other formulas and Pro long wear ones too, so next time i will try in store first before i buy and my advice to you, if you have not tried them, is do the same, and you will not waste the money i did.
Picture below left is with Pure Zen and right is Pure Zen with Chanel Glossmer in 104 Astral. I applied the glossmer to give the MM lipstick some life and as ever Chanel saved the day. Did MM really wear a shade that pale??? I think this shade will work very well on skin with a warmer tone, not pale skin though.
Any comments or questions on cremesheen lipsticks are welcome.