RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection - Review and Lipstick Swatches

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas came early to Teddie's Closet this year as I was gifted (by an amazing friend, you know who you are) the exquisite holiday collaboration of MAC and (none other than) Rihanna. This most recent creative collaboration features two Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow palettes, two Superslick Eyeliners, three lipstick shades (including the collaboration's staple of RiRi Woo), a bronzing powder, a nail lacquer, a double ended brush and a beautiful quilted makeup bag. The collection was released online on December 5th and will be available in-stores on December 12th in North America. Here in Barbados, the collection launches on the 14th of December in-store but stock is extremely limited and there is a "first come, first served" basis.

Firstly, let's talk packaging. This collection alludes to the holiday season with white-pearl hardware featuring Rihanna's iconic rose gold detailing, maintaining elegance while still bringing a slight edge. The magnetic clasps on the eyeshadow palettes and bronzer are especially commendable. 

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: Phresh Out
Featured are five shades created by Rihanna for infinite day-to-night looks. These shadows have a "highly pearlized frost finish" and would not be recommended for someone who prefers a matte shadow. These colours are perfect for the holiday season with Christmas and New Year's parties right around the corner. 

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: 2x Dare
Once again, five eyeshadow shades that compliment each other. This palette features a deep grey-blue shimmer perfect for the holidays. I must reiterate that if you prefer a matte eye look to stay far away from these frosty shadows. I should mention that both 2x Dare and Phresh Out created a lot of glittery fall-out.

Superslick Eye Liner: Cockiness
A liquid liner in a beautiful rose-gold colour. Application is quick and precise thanks to the simple dipstick applicator. Great wear time, it almost never comes off!

Nail Lacquer: RiRi Woo
A limited edition shade to match Rihanna's signature RiRi Woo Retro Matte lipstick. Amazing application and this high-gloss colour is perfect for the holidays! 

Double-Ended Brush
This gorgeous white-pearl brush features, on one end, a 217 Blending brush, and on the other, a 239 Eye Shader.

Makeup Bag
This GORGEOUS pink metallic quilted makeup bag is in a small rectangular shape is my favourite cosmetic bag to-date! The size doesn't allow for much (you can't even fit the whole collection in there) but for quick essentials, this bag is perfect! 

And now on to our feature presentation, the lipsticks! 

With Rihanna's collaborations, the first to sell out is always her gorgeous lip shades. This collection, we got the signature Retro Matte of RiRi Woo and two new Matte shades in Bad Girl RiRi and Pleasure Bomb. 

The matte taupe-nude of "Bad Girl RiRi" has won the title of my favourite lipstick. I love this colour so much, it's a perfect everyday nude. Of course, the shade won't work for everyone and those with fair complexions cannot possibly expect to wear it as a nude but the shade works for me and I am in love!

Pleasure Bomb is a gorgeous matte fuchsia colour. A little bold for an everyday look but this shade accentuates the fun and flirty side of wearing lipstick. Most online images I've seen (including mine) honestly do the lipstick no justice so make sure you try Pleasure Bomb on for yourself before judging it too harshly.

Last but certainly not least, the matte cool red of RiRi Woo. Rihanna's signature red and the headliner of all four collaborations she has done with MAC. I've finally got my grabs on a RiRi Woo! I'm not one for a red lip but this lipstick came into my life and changed my mind. The perfect red. I can only describe it as perfect. The retro matte finish (which is lost in the photo, my apologies) is gorgeous and this lipstick is definitely a new favourite.

And that's all folks! Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to leave a comment below. Stay tuned for a holiday giveaway coming soon to Teddie's Closet. Like the page on facebook for more information. 

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