How's this for an unexpected lipstick hue? Well, unexpected in relation to the reds, corals, oranges and fuchsias you've been seeing here.
I can't lie: this lipstick is a challenge to wear. Darker than it appears in the lovely blow-out light I get at my window, it demands careful application. It demands flawless skin and minimal colour on the rest of the face -- I used a subtle blush for warmth (MAC Sheertone Blush in Garb), and a brown eye liner on my upper inner rims. Kept my brows fairly light, too (well, that's not unusual). And it demands white teeth (I immediately wanted to reach for a Crest Whitestrip).
But I love its impact, and its retro-â€™90s air. Got emphatic compliments as well, although I'm aware that when I walked into a press event while wearing it, this lipstick was all anyone could see. One person said she was so focussed on the shade that she didn't see who was wearing it. That's impact!
This is Gareth Pugh for MAC Satin Lipstick in Fervent, $27. Part of a brilliant designer collab -- its edgy dark allure is a reminder of MAC's buck-the-mainstream beginnings -- it's available from now until December 23rd via maccosmetics.com.
Anything from the Gareth Pugh for MAC collection would be a welcome holiday gift for fashion types as well as for beauty junkies -- the eyeshadows, blushes and nail polishes are beautiful, and, for most, a bit more accessible than a dark lipstick. And maybe the lashes (which I love).
Would you wear this shade?
Lipstick image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.