Monday, August 25, 2014

FOTD: My Favorite 60s-Style Peach and "Modern" Red

I've been looking for a lipstick that's similar in color to Illamasqua Obey for over a year now. It's that perfect white-based, early-60s peach that strikes me so, but the formula is a monstrosity. Then I gathered enough empty MAC containers to hit up the Back 2 MAC program, so I did some Google image searching and stumbled across Sushi Kiss. I'm finally able to try it out now that my lip pimple has healed. Instant love, you guys!

Like most MAC Satin-finish lipsticks, it can be a bit difficult to get an even color. But the layer-and-blot trick definitely works with this shade, and it's a thousand times more comfortable than Illamasqua Obey.

BASE: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly

EYES: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, Shu Uemura brow pencil in Seal Brown, Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes

CHEEKS: Kiss Me Touch Me Lip2Cheek in 03 Mango, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl

LIPS: MAC Satin Lipstick in Sushi Kiss

My other Back 2 MAC acquisition was one of the new-ish Retro Matte lipsticks, Relentlessly Red. I know how I feel about the formula: it's not the best for your lips, even if you're accustomed to uber-mattes like I am, and you will have to exfoliate before applying and be gentle with your mouth for a few hours after removing. As for the color...I'm not so sure. I oscillate between loving it, hating it, and feeling kinda "meh" about it. Hopefully we'll get more colors in the Retro Matte line, though, because I think the finish is very neat and great for a modern pin-up look.

BASE: MAC Face & Body foundation in N1 + White, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, Dolce & Gabbana powder foundation in #50 Ivory

EYES: Maybelline Full n' Soft mascara, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Shu Uemura brow pencil in Seal Brown, Anastasia clear brow gel, Wet n' Wild MegaEyes liquid eyeliner in Black, Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows in Unforgettable Oriole and Bohemian Waxwing, Milani Liquid Eyes eyeliner in Black

CHEEKS: NYX cream blush in Boho Chic

LIPS: MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Relentlessly Red


  1. Of all the lipsticks I've seen you showcase on this blog, I think Relentlessly Red might be my favorite on you! It suits you so perfectly, I can't even stand it. I've actually been eyeing RR myself for a few months because of that delicious neon coral-red color, but my lips are begging me to reconsider. I wish I could find a dry-lip-friendly dupe, but I suspect this is one of those lipsticks with no real dupes. Hmm...

    1. Well, thank you kindly! As for dupes: is there anything in the Armani Maestro line that's similar? It wasn't my favorite formula, but it definitely has a similar look without the major dryness. There's also the NARS Velvet Matte pencils; they've got a very silicone-y feel.