It’s almost fall which is not only my favorite season but also considered to be the official season of lipstick (source: me). I buy a crap ton of lipsticks year-round because I love to experiment with new shades but I find that the best releases come this time of year.

The latest crop are these little beauties from L’Oreal. When I first caught sight of them in my local Ulta, I knew I had to try them out.

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

 

Hold onto your hats, girls, here come the swatches…

Mattes

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paints
L’Oreal Matte Lip Paints – Shades from top to bottom: Festival, Velvet Pout, Cinna-Bomb

These matte shades are probably my favorite. It’s not a big surprise considering that I love a matte lip and feel most comfortable in lip products that dry to a matte finish. The shade Festival is obviously the most wearable of the bunch, but I was surprised how wearable the lavender-toned Velvet Pout was.

The vampy, rich color of Cinna-Bomb was on point for me for fall, but because it was so dark, I found it a little tricky to apply.

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Festival

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Festival

 

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Velvet Pout

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Velvet Pout

 

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint - Cinna-Bomb

L’Oreal Matte Lip Paint – Cinna-Bomb

 

 

Matte Metallics

L'Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paints

L’Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paints – Shades from top to bottom: Bronzed Burgandy, Bronze Statue, Brick Metal

I don’t think I’ve ever worn a metallic lip product before but given that it’s a major trend for the season, I thought I’d try it out. I’m surprisingly into it – I find these liquid lippies pretty easy to apply despite how shaky I am from one too many coffees. The metallic shimmer is definitely there but I find the matte finish gives it a cool, modern vibe. The color payoff on certain shades wasn’t as expected – but the pics below are all with one coat.

FYI, the color payoff on certain shades was a little disappointing – but the pics below are all with one coat.

L'oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Bronzed Burgandy

Bronzed Burgandy

 

L'oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Bronze Statue

L’oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint – Bronze Statue

 

L'Oreal Matte Metallic Lip Paint - Brick Metal

Brick Metal

 

Metallics

L'oreal Metallic Lip Paints

L’Oreal Metallic Lip Paints -Shades from top to bottom: Galactic Foil, Liquid Venom

These were my least favorite. I don’t generally love a glossy lip on me anyway, but because these were pretty pigmented, they were incredibly messy to apply and just felt tacky.

L'Oreal Metallic Lip Paint - Liquid Venom

Liquid Venom

 

L'Oreal Metallic Lip Paint - Galactic Foil

Galactic Foil

 

The Verdict

Overall, I’d give this collection a C+. There are certain shades that I’ve already worn several times (Festival, Velvet Pout and Bronzed Burgandy). The staying power is great, and lasts through most meals but I find them tough to apply perfectly and certain shades require several coats to build up intensity (which might be fine for some, depending on what you’re going for).

What about you guys? Comment with your favorite fall lipstick shades below and let me know if you’d rock a metallic lip this season.

 

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When I think of my favorite makeup – my desert island, must-have, can’t-live-without-it product – I think MAC lipstick. No matter how tired I am or how little time I have to do the rest of my makeup, a swipe of red lipstick will always save the day.

Although I wear a variety of brands, MAC is really a staple in my lipstick collection. The formulas are great and the shade range is massive. Many of their lipsticks have reached cult status and I can see why – when I need a pick-me-up, I find myself turning to the same 5 shades over and over again.

My favorite is usually a red lipstick but really, any of the following lipstick shades make me feel instantly more put together and ready for the day.

To note, I am a nw 25 skintone but many of these lipsticks are famous for their ability to flatter any skintone.

Swatches from top to bottom: Twig, Whirl, Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Retro

Swatches from top to bottom: Twig, Whirl, Ruby Woo, Viva Glam and Retro

  1. Twig (satin) – a cool-toned, rosy taupe
  2. Whirl (matte) – a classic 90’s supermodel brown
  3. Ruby Woo (retro matte)– vivid, super-matte, cool red.
  4. Viva Glam (matte) – rich, neutral-toned, brick red.
  5. Retro (satin) – neutral brown, a little 90s, a little now.
MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

Minimal makeup, messy hair and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

 

As you can tell from the swatches – I tend to prefer cooler tones at the moment. Honorable mentions include Lady Danger and So Chaud.

What are your favorite MAC lipsticks? I love discovering new shades – and there are so many “unsung heroes.” Share in the comments below!