Fall favourites with the Lipstick Bandits | MAC Desire lipstick review

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Monday morning, my dears! We’re about to start this week off with a Lipstick Bandits feature – each blogger will be posting her favourite perfect-for-autumn lip colour, and this is mine.

Up until late last week, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write my post on. I’ve always had an idea in mind of what my “perfect fall lipcolour” would be, but I’d never taken the time to find it.

That is, until now.

The product: MAC Lipstick in Desire (Lustre finish)

The shade: Desire the exact shade I’ve been looking for in an autumn lip colour – just the right mix of brown, berry, and plum. MAC describes it as a warmed burgundy wine, which I’d say describes it pretty well. Like most sheer shades, it looks deceivingly dark in the tube, but it goes on with a surprising richness of colour.

The red tones of Desire are balanced out quite well with brown and plum notes, keeping it from looking too bright or too orange on my lips. (And trust me, my lips are difficult to work with! A good 3/4 of the shades I try on look too orange against my complexion.) The result is an effortless, muted burgundy – far from “barely there” but still coming across quite  naturally.

MAC lipstick swatch – Desire (heavily, then lightly)

MAC lipstick in Desire

The Lustre finish: I was pretty sure I’d walk out of MAC with either a Sheen Supreme (my second choice would have been Good to be Bad) or a Lustre, and needless to say, I was right about that! I’m not a fan the way really “obvious” lipstick looks on my lips, so I wanted to go with a darker, glossier shade that I’d be able to wear really sheerly.

Unfortunately, the slip of the Lustre formula means it settles into lines and catches on dry bits if layered on thickly, so keep that in mind if you (like I,) have dry lips. Additionally, despite the slip, I don’t find MAC lipsticks to be very hydrating – and this formula is no exception. They’re not stripping, per se, but I do need to keep a good lip balm on hand if I plan to be wearing a MAC lip product.

Bare lips (not even lip balm!)

MAC Desire lip swatch (applied sparingly) – this is how I’d wear Desire

MAC Desire swatch (applied more heavily)

The verdict?

It’s not “the perfect lipstick,” but I adore the effect created by Desire. It’s exactly what I was looking for – a shimmer-free, slightly glossy, muted wine, with just the right amounts of brown, burgundy, and plum to balance each other out. The wear time is definitely the cherry on top: despite the sheerness and the slippery formula, Desire leaves behind a gorgeous just-bitten stain that lasts just as long as a more traditional (read, heavier) lipstick formula.

All in all, I’m quite a happy camper about this one. And I’m tempted to go back and look for the Desire Tinted Lipglass! The swatches on the MAC site look quite similar (though the descriptions differ), so I’d be curious to see just how close of a match they really are.

Edited to add: See a full-face swatch of Desire here, & see it in a look here.

MAC Lipstick in Desire (Lustre)

MAC Lipstick in Desire (Lustre)

Wondering what the other Lipstick Bandits are loving? Check out these posts for all our autumn picks:

MAC Desire stain – this would make a good impromptu!gel blush in a pinch, too.

MAC Desire swatches, heavily then lightly

MAC Lustre Lipstick ingredients – Desire

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  3. Wow, that looked really scary in the tube but it's a really, really perfect wine color! This isn't scary at all! It's beautiful!
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  4. bloominbeauty, on November 14th, 2011 at 7:18 am said:

    Again, how did I NOT know about this shade. *adds to wishlist* darn you Rae! You made this lipstick absolutely drool-worthy! A true Lipstick Bandit, indeed.

  5. i like the heavy swatch
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  6. Jamilla, on November 14th, 2011 at 7:36 am said:

    This looks stunning! The Lipstick Bandits have voted for Berry shades I see!

  7. Lindsay, on November 14th, 2011 at 7:46 am said:

    I'm very surprised. I thought this lipstick would apply a lot more opaque & darker. I tend to stick with red lips during the fall/winter and stay away from berry/wine colors (not exactly sure why). Maybe I'll check this color out since it can be applied sheer or stain-like.
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  10. dani@callitbeauty, on November 14th, 2011 at 9:06 am said:

    Stunning! The actual lipstick looks quite brown, actually, but looks completely different when swatched. I wonder how many awesome lipsticks I've passed on because they looked too brown in the tube O_o.
    My recent post Lipstick Bandit: My Favourite Fall Lipstick

  11. Ooooh. This one has been on the wishlist for a while, and I think you just bumped it up a few notches! Lovely, lovely, lovely, Rae! And thanks for organizing the links :D
    My recent post Lipstick Bandit PSA

  12. Loove that shade!
    My recent post NOTD: Blue Addicted

  13. Yeah, I've never heard of this shade either! It's absolutely stunning and it's in one of my favourite formulas evarr. :)

    But, but… where is the full face photo? :P
    My recent post Lipstick Bandits Strike Again: Fall Lipsticks We Crave.

  14. BeautyReflects, on November 14th, 2011 at 10:56 am said:

    Same here!! How do you find MAC shades I've never heard of? It's beautiful!! LOVE it!
    My recent post Lipstick Bandits Back Again! My Must Have Fall Lipstick(s)

  15. Desire looks like it'd be Rebel's more docile and muted cousin. I feel the same way about all Mac forumlations, they don't zap all the moisture out of my lip, but they're not particularly putting any back in either. Le sigh, oh the ever on going quest for the perfect lipstick.
    My recent post Dear Fall, Please decide what you are.

  16. First word that came out of my mouth when I saw a shot of the lipstick was, "WOAH". It looks much more frightening in the tube than on the lips! This proves not all lipsticks are scary but rather, very very friendly. I need to jump on this lipstick train you're all riding!

  17. Rae, darn you, this is fabulous *writes an arm-long MAC wishlist including Desire*
    My recent post Favorite November Lip

  18. *swoon* I love how this color is perfect for fall, but so nice and subtle.
    And…I just added another one to my wishlist. This round of posts was not good for my wallet!
    My recent post Lipstick Bandit Madness: Fall Edition

  19. My thoughts exactly! It looks SO intimidating in the tube – but it's actually really lovely.

  20. LOL! Sorry, Danielle's wallet :P You're going to L-O-V-E Desire, hon!! It's so pretty.

  21. Me too! I can't really wear it heavily (the Lustre formula's a bit too slippery for my lips), but it's pretty nonetheless.

  22. Haha, we did! Most of us, at least :p

  23. Well, that's the beauty of a Lustre formula ;) Give it a try; I think it'll surprise you!

  24. mmm so beautiful. i love the sheer wash of it! what a perfect fall color. i am loving all these lipstick bandit fall favorites.
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  25. Answer: too many! The solution is clearly to just swatch everything in sight. :D

  26. Np :) Sorry it didn't go more smoothly! Silly Blogger and its non-predictive ways.

  27. It's lovely, isn't it? :)

  28. LOL! Hush, you. It was hard enough getting these ones – it was completely overcast ALL weekend!

  29. Umm. Perseveration and sheer, dumb luck? :P I love this one, too! No idea why it isn't more popular; it's stunning.

  30. Haha, it kind of is :P Fingers crossed for finding this shade in a different lipstick formula someday! One of the Clinique Buttershines might be a good match (Crushed Grape?), but I don't find those ones to be particularly hydrating, either.

    Oh, well. At least this one wears well as a stain! Work it in with a lip brush or your fingertip, top off with a bit of balm, and the lack of moisture's not a problem ;)

  31. You really do! Lipsticks are so underrated – LOVE them. Not that I have anything against glosses, of course, but there's nothing quite like a good tube of lipstick, you know?

    Give this one a try in person ;) It's so much easier to wear than it would seem!

  32. LOL, sorry lovely :P Make sure Fever is on that list, too! ;o)

  33. OMG Rae!! We must be telepathic because I *almost* used Desire as my Lipstick Bandits Fall lippy!

    Looks amazing on your lips
    My recent post A Lipstick Bandit’s guide to Fall 2011- MAC Sheen Supreme Good To Be Bad

  34. Ha! I know what you mean. All of the choices are just so gorgeous!

  35. Me too ;) Our Bandits have been making some stellar picks this fall!

  36. IT'S BECAUSE WE WERE MEANT TO BE!

    Okay, more likely is just that we have similar colouring. But still. :P

  37. messywands, on November 14th, 2011 at 5:01 pm said:

    Another MAC lipstick I now want but know i shouldn't go for T_T
    My recent post Lipstick Bandits Fall Favorites: Gloss d'Armani Plum #604

  38. what are you saying

    of course you should go for it

    of course

    :P

  39. And now I desire Desire, on top of ALLLLLL the other listicks you bandits are bandying around! Good thing I'm looking at these in bed and not during working hours with a big mall near by!

    Tomorrow I'm going to pull out my NARS Fast Ride and copy your staining effect. :)
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  40. LOL! Well, it was your fault, wasn't it? :P I feel like you were integral to the creation of the Bandits, even if you didn't join us in our crazy mask escapades!

    Have fun with Fast Ride ;o)

  41. WOW Its all awesome and I can't wait to buy them.

  42. what a gorgeous color! Fortunately i already have a lovely wine lipstick (Shiseido Perfecting Lipstick in P12) that is too pigmented as so will last me the rest of my life :P
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  43. Paris B, on November 15th, 2011 at 8:25 am said:

    That is a lovely colour! I love how we all mostly went for similar sorts of berry-plum hues :) makes me wish I could wear Mac lipsticks but they dry my lips out something awful :(
    My recent post Lipstick Bandit Fall/Winter Edition: Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique

  44. Lol! Good girl – every beauty junkie ought to have a good wine on hand, eh? :P I'll have to give P12 a swatch sometime; I've heard some really lovely things about Shiseido lipsticks over the years!

  45. Haha, we did, didn't we? :D

    MAC lipsticks definitely aren't moisturizing on my lips, either, but this one's okay – I wear it really thinly, so a bit of lip balm overtop seems to do the trick ;) Which is a good thing, because I'm not so sure anything would be able to separate me from this shade, LOL!

  46. Valerie, on November 17th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

    This is exactly the shade I've been looking for! I'm into quite sheer-looking lips, and I've been trying dark glosses (from the drugstore) to get kind of a sheer, stained, berry, dark effect. The lustre finish from MAC is my favourite, so I am going to pick this up tomorrow — if it ever stops snowing!
    I should say, also, thanks for emailing me in response to my comment last week.

  47. No problem :) More than happy to (try to) help!

    I feel like you might be better off ordering online, at this point – 15 cm expected, & all :P However you *do* end up getting your hands on Desire, I hope you like it! Definitely fulfills the "sheer, stained, berry, dark effect" criteria ;)

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  54. beastandbeauty, on November 19th, 2011 at 10:07 pm said:

    I love the heavy swatch, otherwise it just doesn't stand out enough for me. I ordered something similar from Benefit…just waiting on delivery in Australia. :)

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