L 2 R BELOW (All MAC)
Russian Red, Sin, Diva, Studded Kiss (LE), Prince Noir (LE)
Sin. It doesn't get much airplay. I know why; it's a crazy-dark little mofo, not the easiest texture to wear and looks like a thousand other vampy browny-reds, in the tube, at least.
Sin is really just as delicious as all those LE tricks we chase so hard, certainly performs better than most of them and given it's being issued with the upcoming MAC Rocky Horror collection, I thought it was time to bust out a review of my own. Are you as disappointed with the Rocky Horror sticks as I was? Pff. Franky is pretty much my spirit animal and I am revving my very own electric carving knife at MAC for not producing something a lot more nastily fabulous.
Sin is a mesmerising exercise in monotone. Boiled wine is phrase that enters my head when I look at it for any length of time, probably in reference to its monster, doubled-down saturation. I was surprised at how different it is to Diva, since I tend to get them mixed up in the glittery soup that is my forebrain. Sin is much more blackened and Syrah-deep than Diva and is probably the darkest of MAC's permanent mattes. In spite of all of this pigmented goodness, it manages to stay tight and even rather than clumping up; I mean, look at the swatches, especially the one below left- I was slathering it on hard and that kind of smoothness is some next-level shit.
Look how close Sin comes to the coveted, unicornesque Prince Noir > The only material difference is the plum-pudding brown in the heart of the latter and Sin gives better coverage and wear time. Under most lighting, there's not much brown at all in Sin; if you're seeing rustiness in these shots, trust the claret tones rendered in the sheer stoke below; the stripe to the far right is just that same dirty, smoked magenta-red at critical mass and total opacity.
RIGHT (all MAC)
Russian Red, Sin, Diva, Studded Kiss (LE), Prince Noir (LE).
< Here we have Sin sheered out + maxed out. In this climate I find the tube benefits from sitting in the sun for a few minutes in winter before application; too cold and it can be a stiff bitch to work with. This tenacity equals great lifespan, though; Sin persists until you scrub it off. There's zero bleeding as you might expect from something this resolutely matte, no shine at all and only faint staining. Despite its rather dry (but not unbearable) mouth-feel it doesn't fuck up my lips like a Retro Matte or some of the nastier MAC lustres. And it's going to the front of the lipstick box right now.