Another tardy review of a so-over release, but if you're a hopeless lipstick junkie/prudent aficionado as per moi, you know it's good to take your time about committing to yet another red.
Mac Tenor Voice lost out in my initial perusal of the Isabel + Ruben Toledo Collection to Barbecue, which is a really divine warm orange (that I had right in my sticky hands and then sold on, rather stupidly. Pick it up if you get a chance). I bought Tenor Voice from my regular reseller after dicking around for too long. Love the packaging, BTW.
Upon initial application Tenor Voice reminded me a lot of a smoother and more forgiving MAC Ruby Woo with its great big punch of fuck-yeah red and velvety finish. The overall effect is sort of largely the same, to the extent that you could possibly get away with one shade on either lip.
Tenor Voice is cleaner, slightly cooler and a little more classically red than Ruby Woo, which, like Nars Dragon Girl, can look pinky-strawberry on a lot of people.
Even though I'm old enough to have seen it somewhere before (see below- we used to own the vinyl). The Parched Art original's been ripped off homage'd to death by everyone and their sister for the last 20 years so no biggie, I suppose.
Best. Song. Ever.
The clarity and single-notishness of this shade may be exciting and sophisticated, but there is a double edge to that gorgeous sword; it's a bit of an expert-level trick, hard, bright, flat and unforgiving- in short, a more difficult wear, colour-wise, than some might be comfortable with.
Personally I've always adored these big fat rubies. Especially ye olde MAC Red- in theory, that is- because that shit is fucking impossible to wear in any real world situation for longer than twenty minutes. It slips, slides, bleeds and wanders around like a drunk tart unless you lock it down with primers and powders and then, well... you end up with yet another bloody matte, don't you? If we're headed in that direction we might as well go for Tenor Voice since it offers the same saturated, intimidating red plus far more reliability as per the MAC neomatte formula. Pin-up, Burlesque and Rockabilly bettys should definitely acquire Tenor Voice; I wear it with a severe brow and no fucking mascara in the supermarket on a Saturday morning as an anti-basic measure. It's very anti-basic in a world full of basic shit so two thumbs up.