Dear god I love the look of a brand new bullet of lipstick. Is there anything more luxe? So perfect and tactile and gourmand, somehow; I actually want to bite it. (Lol, feeling a bit teethy and demented today. You'll just have to bear with). My new MAC Diva didn't stay pristine very long, though; that sucker was on my pucker before you could say mwah.
Diva is superb. It's a full matte that doesn't tug going on and sits lightly and comfortably on the lips. Formula-wise, it's a dead ringer for MAC Prince Noir with its buttery, velvety textural perfection. No bleeding into wrinkles even after a cup of tea. Wears around 4-5 hours without a touch up, remaining workable and therefore avoiding the ring of death phenomenon that can occur with more immovable formulas. If you are nervous about hardcore mattes and dark shades, this is something to try before you move to the more high-maintenance offenders like Smoked Purple. Colour-wise it's a deep, cool-ish, very true merlot/berry that doesn't deviate into brown or blue. Just straight up wine, really, no matter how you build it up or smudge it out; in fact, I'll stick my neck out and say this is possibly MAC's most underrated matte. No sheen, no shimmer. I really can't think of a complexion that wouldn't benefit from this shade, but it's particularly nice with green and hazel eyes.
LIP PENCILS Above from Left:
Magenta lip pencil, Ablaze pencil.
On white writing paper, winter daylight.