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Thursday, 14 November 2013

A Vampy Lip Obsession?! | Mac 'Dark Side' Lipstick

Mac Lipstick in 'Dark Side' | £15.00 | Link 

What's this? Two blog posts in the space of two days?! Yes, well, you might think I'm on the ball but if I'm being honest, I've just gone a bit skew-whiff with the ole blogging schedule - many thanks to final year uni work.  I will hold my hands up and openly admit that before I decided to go to university, I used to moan my way through the 9-5 and wonder why all the Saturday 'student' staff came into work of a weekend complaining about how hard it was to get a degree and how they wish they could swap with me for a while. If you're reading this, any of you, I'm sorry - I eat my words. I 'get it' now.  Anyway, schedules aside, just because I've been bogged down with work doesn't mean I haven't been trying out new items of cosmetic goodness - I am a beauty blogger after all - no amount of essay writing or presentation planning will stop me from Bird's Words-ing it!  This week, I happen to have added yet another dark berry lipstick to my collection of other dark berry lipsticks. Because you can never have enough dark berry lipsticks, right?

Yep. Mac's 'Dark Side' finally made it's way into my lipstick drawers.  If you've seen a couple of my recent lip colour related posts (here, here and here) you miiiight have noticed that I've become somewhat obsessed with dark, vampy reds and burgundy shades.  I must admit,  I've always been a classic 'pillarbox' red kind of girl, but I've thrown caution to the wind and turned over to the dark side (ahaha...sorry...) and have realised how pretty a statement dark red can look - even in the daytime.  It's definitely not a look for everybody but you'll be surprised at how much it compliments 'winter skin' - it seems to lift any dullness and adds an amazing pop of colour.  I like to pair mine with a flawless base, toned down blush and a fairly neutral eye - with either a thin flick of liquid liner or a light smudge of brown kohl across the upper lash line.  'Dark Side' is now the darkest lipstick I own - I'm not entirely sure I can go much darker than this without looking like an extra from The Adam's Family, but I'm getting quite addicted to a statement lip and it's become my go-to look for a good couple of months now.  The lipstick is described on the Mac website as being a 'deep burgundy' - and I'd definitely agree.  It's extremely opaque and being an 'Amplified' formula, the consistency is smooth and creamy, whilst providing a flawless look with amazing pigmentation.  Mac's Amplified formulas have to be one of my favourites!  I simply apply from the bullet or with a lip brush after applying lip liner (a must have!!) and I'm good to go.

If you're after a vampy lip, Mac's 'Dark Side' is worth a swatch.  It's dark enough to be classed as 'vampy', but not overly so that it looks gothic or too 'black'. It's a true dark burgundy shade and would look stunning on both paler complexions and darker skins.  Apologies for not showing a lip swatch - I'll be sure to do a post involving this little beauty nearer to Christmas time but I just had to document this new purchase! Overall, I have to say this has to be one of my favourite Mac purchases so far - it's definitely one of my more daring choices! It's not an all year round colour, nor is it one you can simply apply 'on the go' or everyday, but it's one that makes a statement and one that looks incredible when worn in the right way. I'm most certainly a fan.  Which leads me on to my next point - I'm thinking of doing an updated Mac Lipstick collection nearer to Christmas time since I did my last one a year ago (it's considerably bred since then ;)) - let me know if you'd like to see it!


Are you a fan of dark, vampy reds like me?! What's your current favourite?

48 comments:

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    1. oo yes I'd love Rebel too! I have a few purple tones so ive convinced myself I don't need it. But one more can't hurt can it? ;) Might have to grab that one soon x

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  2. Oh my I need to buy this NOW!

    x

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    1. You do. You really do ;) It's a beaut!xx

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  3. Gorgeous colour! I'm addicted to Mac lipsticks, in my opinion they are the best lipsticks out there and I have a fair few in my collection. Rebel has been my go-to over the last few months but I will definitely have a closer look at this one the next time I'm near a store!
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me too! I love them - even the packaging alone is perfect :) Oo definitely do - its a beauty! xx

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  4. This is an amazing colour - Id love to see what it looks like on you! I'm always quite nervous about gong this dark! But this looks a gorgeous colour!! Fab photos btw!
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays...

    [Are you interested in Skincare? Fancy getting involved in a blogger project? Read more here... #TheSkinProject]

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    1. I will have to do a Face of the Day with it! It's gorgeous :) Thankyou! glad you liked the photos :) xx

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  5. So beautiful, I can't believe. I want♥
    Kiss from France.

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  6. This looks amazing! I've just started getting into dark berry lipsticks this winter, and Rebel is my favourite at the moment! xx

    Rachael | overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com ♥

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  7. I like Revlon's Black Cherry. I need to try Rebel and this one though. I don't have any MAC lipsticks! SHOCK .HORROR!

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  8. This has gone straight on my wishlist!

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  9. This looks gorgeous!!

    egtx3.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  10. I recently bought & blogged about mac rebel & well I am now hooked on the vampy lip shades!! :) plus I love the amplified formulas too! They are just amazing xxx

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  11. Gorgeous! I have been loving my Rimmel Kate 107 and this one is very similar. I do find that dark colours make the skin alot more brighter and teeth whiter aswell :) I really want 'Rebel' and 'ruby woo' by MAC too.

    Thank you for sharing~ I hope you have a lovely evening! <3

    *- YingcBeauty-*
    X x X x X

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  12. This looks sooo gorgeous! It makes me want another Mac lipstick, as after all, you can never have too many, yes? (; Lovely photography too, babe (:

    xx

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  13. This shade looks perfect! I'd love to see a picture of you wearing it! :) xx

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  14. This is gorgeous! Not sure i could pull off a colour that dark though, haha!
    Natalie xx
    Youralmostalice

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  15. I love to read your posts - the content is always interesting anf your writing style is entertaining :)

    Would wish to see you wearing it, though, I'm sure it looks amazing

    Renate from thecuriousklutz.blogspot.dk

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  16. Looks beautiful, is it comparable to Rimmel Kate Moss 107 as it looks quite similar! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  17. As a fan of the Rimmel Kate Moss 107 (and this looks pretty similar) I love this!
    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Great review,This looks like such a lovely colour, I was going to get rebel but this one has caught my eye just now, decisions, decisions!
    RosalieJayne

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  19. I'm usually not one for dark lipsticks, but this looks lovely!

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  20. Whats the difference between dark side and diva? I want to get one of them but I can't decide!

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  21. This lipstick looks great! another Mac lipstick added to my list.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  22. What a stunning color! I'd love to see it on your lips! I'm sure it's stunning!!!

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  23. Your photography is amazing + I love the colour of this lipstick xxx
    Life of Verity

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  24. Love the shade of this....another MAC lippy for my Christmas list! lol

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  25. this is so gorgeous! :)

    im hosting a giveaway :)
    http://georgiaanicolaou.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I am currently loving vampy shades also :P I just got the illamasqua lipstick in shard a similar shade to this and its gorgeous perfect for A/W :) X


    www.krystelcouture.com
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  27. ooo Beth what a stunning lipstick shade :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  28. I will definitely join you on the dark side haha because I loveee dark red lips! This shade looks particularly vampy which I've been all about lately! Thanks for sharing this shade it's so gorgeous.
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  29. I have been lusting after this shade for months and months, and swatch it every time I'm in a MAC store, but I just never seem to pick it up! I think you've finally convinced me to get it, though!
    I'm currently loving 'Talk that Talk' from the RiRi Loves MAC collection. It's like a matte version of Rebel with slightly less pink undertones. It's a bitch to apply though, so best done with a brush.

    Love your blog!
    Alice x

    paperwingsxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. MAC lipsticks are my favourite! I'm obsessed with deep berry lippys atm. This looks similar to MAC's Diva which I blogged about a couple of days ago!

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  32. I think I prefer Dark Side to Rebel! Although I do love both. Perfect for Autumn/Winter :)

    lovefrombethan.blogspot.co.uk

    xox

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  33. I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the great work ♡

    PS: May I invite you to my giveaway?

    Win a SUITSUIT luggage set (value €407) on my blog:

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  34. Aw hope all is going well for you with uni! I can sympathise with the 3rd year stresses, and I'm struggling to keep up a regular blogging schedule too. Your posts are always still brilliant though!

    I love the look of this colour, it's not as scary when it's swatched, but I think I'm still not brave enough to wear either this or Rebel.

    Would love to see an updated mac lippie collection, your last one added lots to my wishlist! xxx

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  35. I absolutely need this shade of lipstick in my life, it's so perfect for winter! xx
    fiveonecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. This is so gorgeous! I love these darker tones in the colder months :) xx

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  37. This lip colour looks beautiful- I've been searching for the perfect berry lipstick for autumn! Also your blog photography is absolutely stunning! Alice xx
    http://aliceinthelookingglass.wordpress.com

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  38. Revlon- Black Cherry is an exact dupe!!!!

    theglamaddict.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. I love this colour but I have to wear lipliner with it or it bleeds like hell!

    Charlotte - blotandreapply.com x

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  40. literally going out to buy this after work!!!!

    -Kim
    xoxo

    http://hisandhersfashionn.blogspot.com/

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  41. Gorgeous colour, I'm obsessed with Rebel and wanted a darker choice, this is beautiful!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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